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July 23, 2007
Unique New Lenox store shares one-of-a-kind gifts

When it comes to gift stores, Petals & Twigs used to be the best kept secret in New Lenox."Now the secret is out. Everyone's heard of it," manager Jan Nemeth said.Nemeth credited the increased awareness... more »

July 23, 2007
Online Popularity Contest Next in Barbie-Bratz Brawl

Barbie and her rivals, the Bratz, have taken their long-running fight for playground supremacy off to an important new venue: MySpace-like social-networking sites.Mattel Inc.'s Barbie has been under attack for six years from MGA Entertainment... more »

July 23, 2007
Gift shop delves into the Victorian; Hand of Man finds niche in Christmas decorations

Oswego -- The Hand of Man gift shop on Owego's historic Front Street found itself in a real pickle last year.Widely known for its enormous, year-round selection of colorful and unique Christmas ornaments, the shop... more »

July 22, 2007
Rapunzel’s Fairy-tale Transformation; Owner converts gift businessto boutique to answer growing demand for infant, tween apparel

Island retailer Randi Evans noticed that customers at her Royal Poinciana Way gift shop, Rapunzel's of Palm Beach, were always asking for and purchasing the limited array of baby clothes and children's toys and books... more »

July 21, 2007
Federal Minimum Wage Rising This Week

Washington - Fast-food waitress Fawn Townsend of Raleigh, N.C., knows exactly what she is going to do if her salary goes up with Tuesday's increase in the federal minimum wage: start saving for a car... more »

July 21, 2007
Businesses use the Web for retailing

There are few retail businesses that haven't felt the pervasive pull-and-tug of the Internet, and nobody knows that better than Chris Butts, general manager of Charmar Flower & Gift Shop.There was a time when traditional... more »

July 21, 2007
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July 20, 2007
This Summer, Americasmart Exhibitors Presented Boldest, Best in Product Merchandising

Atlanta - Each January and July—during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, more than 2,000 showrooms and 4,400 temporary booths are judged on their creative efforts, including use of space, product display and... more »

July 20, 2007
U.S. teen retailers seek edge for back-to-school

Chicago, July 20 (Reuters) - The back-to-school shopping season has already begun, but the forecast for U.S. clothing sales appears cloudier than in years past.With factors such as higher gas and grocery prices weighing heavily... more »

July 19, 2007
Aurora Announces Newest ’07-’08 Products for Baby

Pico Rivera, CA - Aurora World Inc.'s (Aurora) giving retailers something to coo about with their spectacular new releases from the Baby Aurora catalog of products for infants and toddlers. Retailers have been anxiously anticipating... more »

July 19, 2007
Dogeared Jewels & Gifts Layers it On

Dogeared, a trendsetting brand that creates handcrafted jewels and gifts in Los Angeles, is previewing their latest line at the summer trade shows, where a significant trend continues to be the layering of handcrafted jewelry.... more »

July 19, 2007
Special Events During NeoCon Xpress

Chicago - NeoCon Xpress, the West Coast's premier contract furnishings show, makes an exciting debut with two days of special events, accomplished speakers and educational programming. The West Coast's foremost event for architects, designers and... more »

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