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Archive for 2017

Retail for the Fun of It <br> October 2017

Retail for the Fun of It
October 2017

October 1, 2017 No Comments

There is a lot of preparation, hard work and sometimes even travel in making your store the best it can be. Whether you are researching staff training techniques, putting in a long day or visiting a trade show in another state to find the perfect merchandise, there are always new mountains to climb in an […]

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Las Vegas Market Sets a Positive Tone for the Second Half of the Year

October 1, 2017 No Comments

Buyers took advantage of a record number of resources – including significant new product introductions and first-time exhibitors – at the Las Vegas Market. International Market Center officials said that the summer show’s success was tied to key increases in gift buyer attendance, stable home furnishings attendance and burgeoning support from the interior design community. […]

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The Rocky Mountain Gift Show, Denver, Colo.

October 1, 2017 No Comments

Over 230 gift and apparel exhibitors welcomed buyers to the August Rocky Mountain Gift Show and Denver Apparel Market. The event maintained momentum with buyer traffic from Colorado and 12 surrounding states. Additionally, the new event app was a complete success with attendees finding it easy to use, fast, convenient and informational.  Select gift showrooms […]

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The 2018 Public Lands Alliance (PLA) Convention and Trade Show

October 1, 2017 No Comments

The 2018 Public Lands Alliance (PLA) Convention and Trade Show will be held February 25 to March 1 in Palm Springs, Calif.  For information, visit http://publiclandsalliance.org/convention/attendees

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Display with a Sense of Fun <br> Tips for Arranging Toy Store Merchandise

Display with a Sense of Fun
Tips for Arranging Toy Store Merchandise

October 1, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold For Steve Presser, founder and owner, Big Fun Toy Store, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, displaying his store’s diverse inventory is a game in itself. “I have video game junkies that work for me, and we approach stocking shelves like playing Tetris,” he said. “We stuff shelves as tightly as possible, displaying as much […]

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Selling More Souvenirs <br>Retail Advice for Caves and Caverns

Selling More Souvenirs
Retail Advice for Caves and Caverns

October 1, 2017 No Comments

At cave and cavern stores nationwide, visitors are eager to purchase souvenirs of their often thrilling visits below ground. With a wide range of souvenir choices, shops make the most of their wares through strong displays, product placement, and suggestive selling, among other techniques. At Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Ind., cave staff member and tour […]

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Boutiques and Inspirational Stores <br>Advice to Sell More Apparel and Gifts

Boutiques and Inspirational Stores
Advice to Sell More Apparel and Gifts

October 1, 2017 No Comments

According to store staff, selling more apparel and inspirational gifts at boutiques and inspirational stores requires “inspired” personalized customer service, staff knowledge, and of course, solid display technique. Social media often plays a part as well. Shops offer their advice on how they appeal to their customers and elevate sales of these items, and also […]

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Becoming a One-Stop Shop  <br>Best-Selling Jewelry and Gifts at Pharmacies

Becoming a One-Stop Shop
Best-Selling Jewelry and Gifts at Pharmacies

October 1, 2017 No Comments

By Sara Hodon Independent pharmacies have had to find ways to set themselves apart from their big box competitors, and many are finding that branching out into retail has given their bottom line a boost. “With changes in pharmacy and lifestyles, we are trying to offer more of a one-stop shopping experience,” said Darla Smay, […]

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Tiny Treasures <br> The Best Small and Inexpensive Souvenirs

Tiny Treasures
The Best Small and Inexpensive Souvenirs

October 1, 2017 No Comments

By Karen Appold While visiting zoos and aquariums, customers often seek out small and inexpensive merchandise at the gift shop. In addition to serving as a memento of a visit, these items won’t break the bank and are easy to take home. Colleen Dunlap, gift shop buyer, Austin Zoo, Austin, Texas, said her best-selling small, […]

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Souvenirs: What Sells Well, and How to Sell More

Souvenirs: What Sells Well, and How to Sell More

October 1, 2017 No Comments

When managers and buyers of gift shops at zoos, amusement parks and museums were asked about how to boost sales of souvenirs, they were filled with ideas. Regarding displays tips, Kathryn Swinimer, retail operations manager, Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta, tends to arrange plush by species, and/or country of origin. “We use shelves, rolling bins, baskets […]

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Testimonials

    • “We always enjoy Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine and are happy to share our stories. I learn something from it every time I read it and share it with our gift shop staff regularly.”
      – Beth Rich, Zoo Superintendent, Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls, ID

    • “We have been in business since 1988 and a part of our success has been the use of trade magazines such as yours. Being far away from most trade shows, these magazines are a great lifeline for us who can’t just drive to a gifts show. So thank you for being there for us with insightful articles.”
      – Malia Johnson, President, Malimar Inc. dba Sedona, Honolulu, HI

    • “…Because of our budget, I am unable to go to market, so your Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties publication serves at a great tool for me to see what is new and trending in the market, and I have tried many new products because I’ve seen them advertised in your magazine. Thanks again.”
      – Nancy Cole, gift shop manager, Booth Society, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives, Spearfish, S.D.

    • I just received my copy of SGN Magazine, and I was delighted to see [Natalie Hope McDonald’s] article about us. Thank you for featuring my shop in such a lovely way. It means a lot to me as a small business owner.” 
      – 
      Heather Mohorn, Momo’s Tree House, Philadelphia, Pa.

    • “Thanks for your magazine. I really enjoy it and learn from it monthly.”
      Susan Michener, Admission/Gift Shop Manager,  The Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.

    • “I wanted to take a minute to not only tell you how much I use and enjoy my copy of Souvenirs, Gifts, and Novelties Magazine, but to share with you some good news about my husband’s and my business Her Majesty’s English Tea Room. We recently won the prestigious Icon award from Americasmart Atlanta. …Thank you again for a magazine that is a little bit like a work book. My husband and I both go through it in detail, always picking up a display idea, new product, or tip.”
      – 
      Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild, Her Majesty’s English Tea Room, Dunlap, Ill

    • “Thank you for your wonderful magazine. I love getting it and we do a lot of business with your advertisers. I know that their marketing money is limited, so I make sure to mention that I saw them in Souvenirs, Gifts & Novelties magazine. Win-Win-Win. Everybody’s happy!”
      – 
      Steve Fegley, Director of Retail Operations, the Science Museum of Minnesota

    • “The March/April 2017 issue just arrived and it really made our day! Thank you for featuring the LA Maritime Museum’s Sea Chest Gift Shop. The article was very well-written, and our assistant buyer is thrilled to see her photo included!”
       – 
      Marifrances Trivelli,
      director and store buyer,  Los Angeles Maritime Museum,  San Pedro, Calif.

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