The Future of Malls: A Visit to Stanley Marketplace

Stanley Marketplace

While Stanley Marketplace may meet the technical definition of a “mall” it feels wrong to use that term. Take the general concept of a mall, flip it upside down, shake everything out, and start from scratch.




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Let Your Store Shine on Small Business Saturday

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First there was Independent Bookstore Day, then we had Free Comic Book Day, then Small Business Week, and now Small Business Saturday is coming up so all indie retailers should get ready to entice new customers.




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Serendipitous Saltwater

Saltwater

Jessica Sokol and her business partner Sarah McBrair opened Saltwater boutique in Fairfield, CT just over a year and a half ago.




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5 Tips to Help Retailers Go Green Earth Day and Everyday

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Earth Day is the perfect time for everyone to stop and think about how they can help “go green,” even if for just a day. Maybe you don’t print as much paper, or you carry around a reusable water bottle instead of wasting plastic. There are so many ways to make a difference, but why […]



Made In New England

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Say the words ‘New England’ and your mind immediately conjures up images of quaint small towns, beautiful foliage, and fabulous regional products like maple syrup. For retailers interested in offering the unique and popular items made in this gorgeous part of the country, The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show is for you.




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How to Rally Your Community Behind Your Business

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As most retailers know, becoming an integral part of your local community is incredibly important for your success. Working with other local businesses creates trust, inspires collaboration, and makes people that much more willing to support what you have to offer.




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Prepping for Small Business Saturday

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The crisp smell of fresh greens, the bite of cold wind, the twinkle of little white lights strung across doorways and shop windows – you know what season it is! Which means we hardly need to remind you that Small Business Saturday, the independent retailer’s biggest day of the year, is right around the corner.




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What Small Retailers Need to Do to Survive

Small Business Survival

According to the Small Business Administration, 70 percent of small retailers go out of business within the first four years. However, not a lot is said about why the success of these retailers is such a long shot, or what they can do to avoid becoming a statistic.




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ASD Independent Retailer Conference Highlight: Customer Loyalty Programs

Independent Retailer Conference

At the ASD Las Vegas trade show this week, Independent Retailer publisher Bill McNulty presented his thoughts and ideas on what retailers can do to boost their sales using the Buy Local Movement.




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How To Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

How To Get More Out of Small Business Saturday

With five fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year than last, 32 percent of indie retailers are starting their holiday promotions earlier than last year, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and American Express. American Express founded the event, which is November 30 this year, in 2010. Many small business owners who are aware of Small Business Saturday say the day will be a part of their promotional calendar as it will be helpful in attracting new customers.




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