• DMC Before You

    Casual Chic

    The country is in flux right now, transitioning from a pandemic state of life to a gradual recovery. Some consumers are tiptoeing back into life while... more »
  • The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Store Signage project and Memorial tour rack card

    Never Forget

    September 11, 2001, is a day most of us can recall in detail, and on each anniversary of that attack we honor all those that lost a life or suffered f... more »
  • Gather-d retail store

    Coming Together

    Kelly Tuit is a people gatherer by nature and loves to throw parties, so opening a shop and event space was a natural fit for the former art teacher t... more »
  • Zara Collection from Bella Vita Jewelry

    Cultivating Calm

    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, stress levels have been soaring. As it swept across the globe, fear and uncertainty reigned. COVID made an e... more »

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Editor’s Letter: The Art of Retail

Editor’s Letter: The Art of Retail

By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor I'm going to take a minute to brag a bit, as something pretty cool happened in my city of Grand Rapids this fall - the second year of ArtPrize. The... more »
The Four M’s of Retail

The Four M’s of Retail

Marketing, merchandising, management and merchant services can help increase store sales Let's face it - retail still isn't where we want it to be. Even if your foot traffic is strong, your sales may still... more »
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts

Creating a "test" store during a big city-wide event gets them ready for new store launchThe Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Mich. didn't have a retail store in their building, but... more »
Trends and Toys

Trends and Toys

The challenge of catering to customers of all agesStocking your shop's shelves with entertaining products designed to appeal to children of all ages is no small feat, and finding a balance that keeps kids and... more »
Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Lighty

Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Lighty

Digital photography serves as both employment and enjoyment for this artistWhen handed lemons, some people make lemonade. When handed a daunting diagnosis, Kathleen Lighty made art.While working as a retailer of fine art in 2004,... more »

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