Spring 2020
Transformative Times By Debbie Eisele

Even with major shifts globally, retail morphs with newness and opportunity.

Lives and businesses have been forever changed just as the seasons shifted from winter into spring. Spring is known as the season of growth, beauty and change; from the doldrums of winter to vibrant colors and lots of fresh air. This season provides both a personal and professional opportunity to review things that matter; that make a difference. Even in the current global crisis we all are facing there is hope and the ability to adjust and transform with the times.

Take the time, recharge and consider your overall business plan and find new ways to conduct sales and help in your local community. Utilize the product spotlights in the Spring issue to find inspiration on merchandise that is ideal for humans, felines and canines. So when your doors are open once again, you will have a fresh mix to delight customers.

Also in the Spring issue, Fetch RI, a Rhode Island retailer that focuses on well-being, vitality and longevity of pets provided us with some great insight, prior to COVID-19. Read more about this holistic specialty shop when the Spring issue arrives.

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I also had the opportunity to interview Rebel Dawg, a maker of unique pet ID tags. Inspired by a special medical need, the owner of this Brooklyn-based operation began a business that is all about creating fashionable, 100% customizable, jingle-free tags for pets.

Now more than ever, consumers look for reasons to buy merchandise that offers charitable giving opportunities. Read through our exclusive online articles that delve into the charitable giving conducted by Bil-Jac Foods, Fluff and Tuff, Highwave and Paws N Claws Eyewear.

We want to share more information on retail shops that are taking actions to continue serving customers. So if you manage, own, or know someone who has an amazing shop and offers pet-related merchandise, show it off! It’s simple, go to SHOW US YOUR SHOP and share how your business is coping with the current retail climate. 

Until next issue,


Debbie Eisele

Debbie Eisele is the former managing editor for Gift Shop Plus, Stationery Trends and a variety of special issue publications, including: The Guide, Holiday Shop, Celebrations & Occasions and Waterfront Living.

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