• 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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Professor of Profit

Professor of Profit

Pennypickle's Workshop is scientific evidence that learning can be fun—and profitable By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor When you enter Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle's Workshop at The Temecula Children's Museum in California, you're not just entering... more »
10 Ways to be a Shoppertainer

10 Ways to be a Shoppertainer

By Anne Obarski, Special to Party & Paper Retailer Just look around your own town and you will see advertisements for wine tasting, food sampling, free merchandise, free lessons, VIP shopping hours, gourmet food classes... more »
Toy Story

Toy Story

Learning can be fun—and profitable—if you play your cards right By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor Before the electronic age of computers and gaming, kids had to rely on (gasp) their imagination for a majority of... more »
Deep Sea Sales

Deep Sea Sales

Atmosphere and unique selection help Virginia Aquarium gift shops seal the retail deal By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor What makes someone purchase a gift in the Water's Edge Gift Shop at the Virginia Aquarium &... more »
Editor’s Letter: It Starts at the Top

Editor’s Letter: It Starts at the Top

By Abby Heugel, Managing Editor I'm slowly becoming a convert to the principle that you can't motivate people to do things, you can only demotivate them. The primary job of the manager is not to... more »

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