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Best Sellers in San Luis Obispo, California


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


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


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


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


Check out what’s trending up for summer 2014.

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Handbags Showcase


Our favorite handbags for summer 2014.

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Deck the Halls


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


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


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


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

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Fab Finds for Summer 2014


Our picks for the fab finds for summer 2014.

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GREENRetailer Fab Finds for Summer 2014


Our picks for the greenest fab finds for summer 2014.

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Fair-Weathered Finds


A rustic, all-American look is about finding the beauty in the old and making it new again. Weathered display fixtures and props are a cozy addition to retail spaces and ideal for merchandising vintage, shabby chic, minimalist, country, feminine, primitive, industrial, natural and eco-friendly categories of merchandise.

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Teen Spirit Showcase


Gifts for Tweens and Teens.

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Trendy Textiles Showcase


Our picks for the trendiest textiles for summer 2014.

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Gift Retail News & Press

October 20th, 2014
Get Creative at New Union Square Bead Shop

Somerville, MA – Somerville Ave. is looking a little brighter these days thanks to BeadKreative, a cheerful new store selling, you guessed ... Continue Reading »

October 20th, 2014
Randy Morrow Appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Door County Coffee & Tea, Co.

Door County Coffee & Tea Company, a Midwest leader in specialty coffees, is excited to announce that it has appointed Randy Morrow as Chief ... Continue Reading »

October 19th, 2014
Mad Hatter Boutique Opens in Marshall

Marshall, TX – The Mad Hatter has come to Marshall. The boutique store, based off of the Alice in Wonderland character, opened earlier this ... Continue Reading »

October 18th, 2014
Local Shop Offers Regional, Handmade Items

Front Royal, NV – When shoppers enter Gathered, they are stepping into the idea that has been in Cadyn Speziale’s head for almost 10 ... Continue Reading »

October 17th, 2014
Patina to Open in Woodbury

Woodbury, MN – A store known for its eclectic mix of gifts, home décor, jewelry and clothing is making its way from the big city into the ... Continue Reading »

October 17th, 2014
Craftworks: Handmade Gift Items, Knitting and Craft Classes at Northborough Shop

Northborough, MA – Business name: Craftworks Address: 243 W. Main St., Northborough Owner: Ande Lockwood Contact information: 508-393-9435 ... Continue Reading »

October 17th, 2014
New Gift Shop Opens in Murphys For Men and Women

Murphys, CA – Murphys is now home to a shop for both guys and gals alike. Kris and Kerry Keeney, the owners of Murphys Taxi, have expanded ... Continue Reading »

October 16th, 2014
Laura Jones: A Salute to Small Business

October is for you, small business owners. For the jobs you create, for the neighbourhoods you make and for the risks you take. October is a ... Continue Reading »

October 16th, 2014
Small Business Saturday Becomes Holiday Tradition in Communities Across the Country in Only Five Years

Since 2010, customers and small businesses alike have been able to kick start their holiday shopping season on a day celebrating the uniqueness, ... Continue Reading »

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Say it Write

Cardthartic-Two-Brides-Card-copy-copyThink greeting cards are a thing of the past? Think again! With annual retail sales close to $7 billion, the stationery category is as vibrant – and relevant – as ever.... Continue Reading »

Fab Finds for Summer 2014

StudMuffinDessertsOur picks for the fab finds for summer 2014.... Continue Reading »

The Great Outdoors

ParsnipPartyPapersLuminaries-copyYour customers are taking it outside. The “nesting” trend means more time spent in gardens and the outdoors. More effort and products invested in creating the perfect haven. So, dig right in!... Continue Reading »

Jewelry Rocks

marmol-ReadinerJewelry is the quintessential component of “hot” couture. Here are some fun product trends in the category that dazzled and shined at the summer markets.... Continue Reading »

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