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As winter thaws and spring and summer bring warmer temperatures and lifted spirits, expect your customers to search for the best and brightest tableware and accessories. Guide their urge to decorate with iridescent bowls perfect for fresh appetizers, tumblers that tickle the hand, and coasters that bring the outdoors to the table.
Even a wobbly economy is no match for our 2009 Top Retailers, who share their strategies for buoying business and positioning themselves for a strong 2010.
NICHE magazine honored a total of 32 retailers and gallery owners: 24 Top Retailers and 11 special category winners, with three galleries garnering two awards each, and a tie in the Best Museum Store category. This year, we’ve combined the Top Retailers and specialty category winners into one list, ordered alphabetically by name.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That’s the message NICHE magazine’s 2009 Top Retailer Award winners are sending.
“I’m not interested in portraying the concern we all have about the economy with bare shelving and stale inventory,” explains Whitney Marsden, retail manager of Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington. “My goal is for patrons to be inspired by the ever-evolving environment.”
Village Artisans Gallery
P.J. Heyman, owner
Boiling Springs, Pa.
Carolyn Luce, owner
Winter Park, Fla.
How do this year’s sales compare to recent years’? Are you seeing a consistent decline or a slow improvement?
As is true of other parts of our country, Florida has been very deeply hurt this past year by the economic collapse. Last fall, we began to partner with our artists, our landlord, our advertisers and our customers to find the most effective ways to get through these times.
Spectrum Art & Jewelry
Star Sosa, owner
Our best year was 2006. Since then, we have seen a consistent decline of revenue. Six percent the first year, 8% the second, and this year I am predicting at least another 8% decrease.