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Best Sellers in Chicago

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In the true spirit of the “Buy Local” movement, Chicago’s indie gift retailers find success in supporting local artists because, truth be told, they’re often artists themselves.

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Presenting the Past

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Display inspirations for fall 2014.

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Soft & Snuggly

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Check out all the soft and snuggly plush items from our showcase.

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Cushion Love

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We’ve found some wonderfully unique pillows for our cushion love showcase.

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Best Sellers in San Luis Obispo, California

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Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in the heart of California’s Central Coast, sits a spirited college town that is filled with charm and history. San Luis Obispo residents and visitors frequently enjoy beaches, mountains, state parks and wineries in near-perfect 70-degree weather year round.

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Mad for Men’s Gifts

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Pop culture and man-cave sensibilities have merged to create an increased demand for men’s gifts.

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Destination Shopping: Hotel Gift Shops Stay Ahead

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Retail operations within the lodging industry vary greatly. Hotel gift shops may consist of little more than a small area near the front desk that sells magazines and snacks, to thousands of square feet of retail space in convention hotels and resorts.

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Green Bath and Body Cleans Up

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Green­—organic and natural— bath and body products are on a rapid growth curve. Here’s a look at the latest in the industry.

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Trending Up for Summer 2014

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Check out what’s trending up for summer 2014.

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Handbags Showcase

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Our favorite handbags for summer 2014.

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Deck the Halls

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When it comes to the holidays, some traditions are timeless. Yet it might be time for some new ones as well. What can you expect this season?

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Trends: Today & Tomorrow

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Look no further than paint chips and fabric samples for the next incarnation in the long line of blue tones that have dominated in 2014. Dark shades like New Jeans, will be softened by accents of lighter shades like Chambray, as 2015 nears. What other trends are worth watching? We explore five in our forecast.

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Thank You, Come Again

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In the spring issue of GIFT SHOP, we discussed the basics of a loyalty program. Here are some ideas for how you could implement and market one.

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A Toy Story

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It’s all fun and games when it comes to toys.

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Fab Finds for Summer 2014

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Our picks for the fab finds for summer 2014.

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Gift Retail News & Press

November 19th, 2014
Macomb County Shops Make Big Deal of Small Business Saturday

Macomb County, MI – It’s called Small Business Saturday, and Nov. 29 will mark the fourth year of American Express’s nationwide ... Continue Reading »

November 19th, 2014
Meyda Custom Lighting introduces Coral Chandelier

The natural beauty and vibrant pulse of the deep sea coral reef habitat come alive with elaborate accents depicting Coral antlers and strands ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
Simpsonville Tea Shop Takes Over Former Amanzi Tea Space

Simpsonville, SC – Roger Bowman does not look like a tea person. With his cut to the chase tone and biting wit, he seems more suited for ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
Passion Meets Business in Orphans From the Attic

Granite Falls, MN – After years of operating by word of mouth, Orphans From the Attic, a passion project-turned furniture business, has ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
Harmony Boutique Owner Expands Offerings at New Store in Time for Holiday Season

Cape May, NJ – Following her family’s footsteps led Carol Anne Futrell to open her first business. “My mother had her own business, and ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
Sorella Boutique Perfect for Every Rebel Gift List

Oxford, MS – Whether you are looking for the perfect ballgame outfit for the Egg Bowl or Christmas gifts that are sure to make your friends ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
New Shop Focuses on Personalized Art

Charlevoix, MI – Artistically Yours, a new gallery and gift shop located just south of Charlevoix, is open for business in time for holiday ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
AmericasMart Adds Lead Retrieval to Market Technology Services

AmericasMart® Atlanta will offer its thousands of permanent and temporary exhibitors the ability to track and optimize their at-Market buyer ... Continue Reading »

November 18th, 2014
GHTA Confirms New Board at Inaugural Bridgeway Collaborative Conference

The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), whose mission is to support, lead, and unify the gift and home industry, focusing on its long term ... Continue Reading »

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Here Comes The Sale

DEMDACO2-copyIn 2014, weddings are expected to be a $56.3 billion industry nationwide, according to The Wedding Report, Inc., a research company headquartered in Tuscon, AZ, that tracks and forecasts the ... Continue Reading »

Check it Out!

Screen-Shot-2014-06-05-at-5.07.01-PMFirst impressions are important in retail, but last impressions are just that – lasting. The accessibility and presentation of the cash-wrap affect the final amount of a sale, future ... Continue Reading »

Deck the Halls

Mixture-VotiveWhen it comes to the holidays, some traditions are timeless. Yet it might be time for some new ones as well. What can you expect this season?... Continue Reading »

Trends: Today & Tomorrow

TrendsIntroPageLinum-copyNever stealing the show, this year’s medium pink shades promise to convey a bit of optimism and fun in fashion and home accessories. What other trends are worth watching? We explore five in our ... Continue Reading »


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