• Mother’s Day retail spending to be sky-high in 2017

    Apr 25, 2017

    Consumers say they will spend more than ever on Mother’s Day this year as they shower moms with everything from jewelry to special outings at favorite restaurants, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Mother’s Day shoppers are… Full Story »
  • Competing with Amazon, big-box stores takes toll on third-generation costume shop in metro Detroit

    Apr 21, 2017

    Patrick and Susan Lynch are ready for a break. After spending much of their waking lives running Lynch’s costume and theatrical shop, they have earned it. Patrick Lynch, 57, is a third-generation owner of the Dearborn, Michigan store, which was started by his grandmother, Eleanor,… Full Story »
  • March retail sales see spike from last year

    Apr 17, 2017

    Retail sales in March increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants. “Various factors were at play in the first quarter, but we are… Full Story »
  • National Retail Federation ups campaign to fight controversial tax proposal

    Apr 17, 2017

    From the National Retail Federation: House Republicans in Congress have proposed a “border adjustment tax” on all imported goods — from clothing to computers, gasoline to groceries and toys to tires. The BAT would be a new, additional tax that would drive up the prices… Full Story »
  • Paper First Affiliates’ 2018 trade show heading to San Antonio

    Apr 13, 2017

    Paper First Affiliates announced its 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show with a twist — a video promotion to highlight the location and dates for its 24th annual event. The show is headed to San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt on Feb. 1-3, 2018. The venue is right in… Full Story »
  • Fledging New England Party Supplies store featured by Taunton Gazette

    Apr 12, 2017

    Tristan Michael-Savage’s story of starting his own balloon and party store is a feel-good one, but also one of caution. Michael-Savage’s store, New England Party Supplies, is located in Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton, Massachusetts. It opened in November 2016, although Michael-Savage’s history as… Full Story »
  • HBO releases pictures of new ‘Game of Thrones’ costumes

    Apr 11, 2017

    Your favorite “Game of Thrones” characters have some new duds. HBO released all the new looks for the seventh season of the cult phenomenon earlier this week. The seventh season debuts in July, and the new costumes could be influential this Halloween season. You can… Full Story »
  • Rubie’s has ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ officially licensed costumes

    Apr 6, 2017

    Rubie’s Costume Company Inc., has joined forces with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Lafig Belgium/IMPS to produce officially licensed costumes, masks, make up and accessories inspired by the all new fully animated feature "Smurfs: The Lost Village" from Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures, in… Full Story »
  • 3 tips to start getting online savvy

    Apr 6, 2017

    Adding e-commerce to your traditional brick-and-mortar store can be a bit scary. There is a lot to think about. It is, however, a good way to open up more sales opportunities and get your store name out there beyond your geographic market, so it is… Full Story »
  • Sullivans launches SparkLED lighting line

    Apr 3, 2017

    Sullivan Inc., an industry leading designer and distributor of everyday, seasonal and branded home decor products, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has announced the launch of an all-new SparkLED lighting line. "Now Sullivans' customers can purchase the very same commercial grade LED lights installed… Full Story »

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