June 24, 2007
What to Expect When Expecting? A Whole Lot of Loot

After Claire Varrelmann announced that she was pregnant, she created three registries for her four baby showers.Ms. Varrelmann, 28, who lives in Stoughton, Wis., started off with a shower given by her best friend from... more »

June 24, 2007
A Mid in a candy store; success has been a treat for Ebensburg shop

Ebensburg — Mildred "Mid" Mandichak insists she has no secret recipe.Instead, she says, it's all in the type of chocolate.It must be, because Mandichak started making her candy 28 years ago, using 500 pounds of... more »

June 23, 2007
Former accountant finds success in quilting

Choctaw, Okla. (AP) - Marie Childress worked as an accountant for about 25 years. After her husband retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, her job with Inion Inc., a medical device maker, relocated... more »

June 23, 2007
From glass to goodies, Funk’s gallery is one of a kind

Sketched patterns of various shapes coat large pieces of white paper that are draped across the tables and walls of an art studio. From these black and white patterns glass artist Pamela Funk creates colorful... more »

June 23, 2007
Carrying on a Bountiful tradition

Edmonds —Todd Waddell was 14 when he first went to The Weed Lady, a quaint gift store owned by Joan Searle. He would play with crickets on the back porch while his mother sold her... more »

June 23, 2007
Mom-and-pop gift cards; These modern alternatives to gift certificates are going local

From Christmas stockings to bar mitzvah bashes, plastic gift cards from big chain stores have become an accepted part of American gift-giving over the past decade.Now, local retailers are getting into the act, offering gift... more »

June 21, 2007
Store’s closing brings end to local tradition; Owner of Jewish-themed gift shop is retiring

Tradition — a gift shop specializing in Jewish-themed art, books, gifts, jewelry and music — is closing after 20 years in business.Judy Wertheimer, the owner of the shop at 932 S. Winton Road at the... more »

June 21, 2007
Floral store blossoms for mom, daughter; Boutique grows in larger space downtown

"We've been looking for a place for two years, so this is like heaven," said Ellie Bonde, co-owner with daughter Rene of Blossom & Basket Boutique in Mount Airy.The Bondes found just the space they... more »

June 21, 2007
Investigators seize more than $500,000 in Myrtle Beach raid

Authorities arrested and charged four beachwear store owners with distribution and trafficking of counterfeit merchandise.Agents say they seized more than a half-million dollars in counterfeit goods along North Ocean Boulevard Wednesday.For the second time in... more »

June 21, 2007
Shoppers choose environment; Plastic bags are out, reusables are in as stores struggle to meet demand

Cloth and reusable bags are appearing in a number of Kingston stores, and downtown retailers say customers are snapping them up because they're worried about waste from plastic bags. "People are becoming more and more... more »

June 20, 2007
Bronnley, the Soap Used in the British Royal Households is Now Available in America

Bronnley of London has the privileged honor of being the recipient of two Royal Warrants: one from Her Majesty, The Queen; and one from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. A warrant and use... more »

June 20, 2007
Merchants Should Be Preparing For The Holidays Now; Eight merchandising tips

Just as most consumers begin to enjoy summer, it's time for savvy merchants to put the finishing touches on holiday sales plans. While it is difficult to estimate the volume of "gifting" purchases made online,... more »

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