Gift Retailer Profiles
America’s collective palate continues to expand in every thinkable direction, and the specialty food industry continues to expand right along with it. Nearly 60 percent of American consumers, roughly 145 million people, purchased specialty food products in 2014, according to the Specialty Food Association.
Products and recipes geared toward specific diets — namely gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan — are becoming more and more prevalent on store shelves, as are options heavy with flavors native to Africa and Asia, such as curry and Sriracha.
The shelves at Art of the Table, a specialty food, beverage and cookware store located in the trendy Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan, are stocked with interesting and unique products. Co-owner Amy Ruis, whose store has been named one of Gourmet Retailer’s top 50 specialty food retailers, has no trouble finding distributors.Continue Reading »
In a large city like New York, it takes a lot for a green store to stand out. Find out what one award-winning store does right. Continue Reading »
Local goods attract local shoppers. Find out how gift shops in Arcata, CA, are thriving by driving home the impact of buying local. Continue Reading »
Try as you might, sometimes you just can't do it all. A motivated, invested staff is key to the success of your gift store. Continue Reading »
A good sale not only moves stale inventory, it injects much-needed cash flow into your business. Continue Reading »
Most gift stores these days have a presence online. But what if an online-only business decided to branch out to brick-and-mortar? GIFT SHOP explores the challenges and possibilities of this business move. Continue Reading »
What steps can retailers adopt to follow up on customers who have attended an in-store event? What should retailers do after an event to get the maximum benefits from it? In-store events are key to success in today's competitive retail market—and Continue Reading »