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One-Stop Shopping  at National Parks <br>The Most Popular Gifts at Caves, Caverns and Waterparks

One-Stop Shopping at National Parks
The Most Popular Gifts at Caves, Caverns and Waterparks

November 21, 2018 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald Situated in scenic Grottoes, Va., Grand Caverns is the country’s oldest continually operating show cave. This popular natural national landmark is part of the Civil War Trails map and the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, a network of tourist experiences that attract visitors from around the world.  While the cave was […]


Getting Guests to Go For Gleaming Gifts
Gem and Mineral Merchandise at Science Museums and Caves

April 30, 2018 No Comments

All that glitters can be gold when it comes to sales of gem and mineral gifts at cave shops and science museums. Staff members share their tips for top sales and discuss their best-selling items. At the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Ariz., Assistant Store Director Grant Burkhart said the best way to sell more […]

Where Natural Wonders Take a Starring Role <br>Gem and Mineral Merchandise Trends at Caves and Caverns

Where Natural Wonders Take a Starring Role
Gem and Mineral Merchandise Trends at Caves and Caverns

March 26, 2018 No Comments

Over 35 states in this country have marked caves open to visitors curious about these subterranean worlds. Whether you’re spelunking in Missouri’s oldest operating show cave – the Mark Twain Cave, New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns – the 28th largest cavern in the world, or Idaho’s underground lava tube Kuna caves, caves whisper ancient secrets, spark […]

Advice to Sell More Gem and Mineral Home Décor and Jewelry Gifts

Advice to Sell More Gem and Mineral Home Décor and Jewelry Gifts

February 1, 2018 No Comments

By Jen Heller Meservey Gem and mineral gifts are some of the most unique products in caves and rock shops. Each gem or mineral has its own story, and showing that story helps it to sell. “Our top tip for selling more stone and mineral jewelry and gifts is to provide information on the gems […]

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 […]

Lighting, Customer Service and More <br> Merchandise Selling Tips from Caves and Caverns

Lighting, Customer Service and More
Merchandise Selling Tips from Caves and Caverns

August 1, 2017 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Brightly colored, well-lit displays are key to selling anything, according to cave and cavern retailers — and that goes double for gems and minerals, gift shop mainstays that attract with their sparkle. But Steven Rush, who owns Mystic Caverns in Marble Falls, Ark., said savvy customer service is actually his top tip […]

Getting Gems Gone<br>  The Sales Picture for Attraction Shops

Getting Gems Gone
The Sales Picture for Attraction Shops

July 1, 2017 No Comments

By Romona Paden With novelty of experience and uniqueness of visuals as cornerstones of museums, caverns and other tourism sites, gift shop retailers at these locations capitalize on tapping the moment with stones, gems and jewelry available for sale to visitors. Central to selling the offerings is insight around giving customers a tangible form of […]

Where the Sales Shine Bright Selling Loose Gems and Minerals

Where the Sales Shine Bright Selling Loose Gems and Minerals

March 1, 2017 No Comments

Gone are those prosaic buckets of souvenir gems and minerals. At the redesigned flagship store of Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco, shoppers can pick up pieces of hematite, jasper, and rose quartz tumbled stones and spin the mirrored, whirling vortex display at the center. “It’s an exhibit as well as a sales display,” […]



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