museums&MORE Winter 2012

2012 Trend Outlook

What will 2012 bring for the specialty store market? A little birdie - make that a trendy owl - let me in on a few tips and tricks to help retailers prepare for the year ahead. While the items that se... more

Artist Spotlight: Karen Ehart Art Glass Inc.

Branding and blending glass with classMost companies know that in order to distinguish themselves from the crowd, they need to brand their products. In the case of Karen Ehart of Karen Ehart Art Glass... more

Editor’s Letter: Make Your Presence Known

Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer the feel of a book in my hand, a greeting card or walking the aisles of a store to their electronic counterparts. There's just something to be said for the ta... more

MASTERing Retail

By Ken Nisch Chairman, JGAToday the most typical formula for a self-help book-be it for personal, business or solving the world's problems-involves "steps." These steps help us organize, prioritize an... more

Mission: Possible

Making Stellar Employees Out of So-So Associates

Plush Profits

There's nothing soft about sales in this popular category Unlike other giftable items, plush lends itself to every retailer and just about every customer. It's a great impulse or add-on purchase and c... more

The Science of a Gift Store

Experiment for successful sales What are the scientific odds that, in 1797, the first members of the amateur scientific society known as The Maryland Academy of Sciences could imagine that their infor... more

Wild Things Museum Store

Where products keep a natural heritage aliveAccording to Sarah Wilcox, Wild Things Museum Store manager at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Va., the Commonwealth of Virginia is blessed with... more

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