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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 22nd, 2014
New Shop Offers Haute Couture for Girls

Los Altos, CA – Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for a birthday party, a role as ... Continue Reading »

October 22nd, 2014
Conwy Chocolate Maker Baravelli’s to Open First Ever Shop

Conway, UK – Artisan chocolate maker Baravelli’s is to open its first ever shop. The award winning chocolatier curently has a production ... Continue Reading »

October 22nd, 2014
New Battle Creek Gift Shop Offers the Unusual

Battle Creek, MI – There’s an inflatable reindeer by the front door and alligator heads inside. Interested in every sort of knife that ... Continue Reading »

October 22nd, 2014
AmericasMart Announces Inaugural Floor 15 Home & Design Showroom

A select collection of design showrooms will anchor AmericasMart®’s highly anticipated Floor 15 expansion with nine exhibitors committed ... Continue Reading »

October 21st, 2014
New Luxury Boutique Opens on Mason Street in Greenwich

Greenwich, CT – A new boutique opened up in town this month, offering pre-owned designer handbags, collectible watches and estate jewelry. ... Continue Reading »

October 21st, 2014
Fresh Couture Opens in Augusta

Augusta, KS – Fresh Couture, an upscale boutique, has opened in downtown Augusta. Located at 521 State St., just a couple of doors south of ... Continue Reading »

October 21st, 2014
ICON HONORS 2015: The Call for Entries Opens Now

The ICON HONORS 2015 call for entries opens today in pursuit of top achievers competing for recognition in the home and gift industry’s most ... Continue Reading »

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
6 Guaranteed Ways To Improve Your Holiday Marketing Results

There’s nothing small about the holiday season when it comes to small businesses. According to the National Retail Federation, 20 to 40 percent ... Continue Reading »

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Here Comes The Sale

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Disaster Preparedness 101

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On the Rocks

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Mad for Men’s Gifts

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