All bets are off when it comes to what kinds of jewelry shoppers are buying these days. But they are buying it, and taking their cues from artists, designers, actors, metrosexuals, even the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times.
Get out your 10-gallon hats, everybody, and polish up your most comfortable cowboy boots: in June, the American Made Show is heading to Dallas and we want you to come along!
Mary Kearns made her first aromatic bath and body goods using a DIY kit she’d ordered for her daughter from a children’s catalog.
J.R. Ewing was never shy in boasting about the city he loved, and neither are the good citizens of Dallas who live there now. The city’s got a new slogan (“Big Things Happen Here”), great stats (located in the strongest economic region in the U.S., just for starters), and lots of reasons to love the place.
One of the added pleasures of being a gallery retailer on visits to other cities is the chance to check out the competition. Extend your stay on either side of the June American Made Show, and you can see all kinds of art in museums, guild shops and retail stores, get into conversations about business with owners, and come away filled with fresh ideas to take back home.
Let’s get one thing straight: Washington DC has never not been a beautiful city. Over the years, however, and contrary to the visionary plan laid out centuries ago by Pierre L’Enfant for grand boulevards angled like rays of the sun to showcase exquisite views of towering monuments in every direction, the capital’s architecturally rich city blocks fell into disrepair. By the 1960s, great swaths of its downtown looked tired and neglected, as did their potential as commercial and residential city centers.
Bless you, bless you, Harvard Business Review! Included in an email alert I get regularly from the HBR Blog Network was a headline that made my heart sing: “E-Commerce Is Not Eating Retail.”
Some people just don’t have green thumbs. Others in harsher climates face long winter months where nothing grows. Still others look for garden brighteners they won’t have to water—ever. How to help? If you’re a savvy retailer, you’ll consider stocking up on works like these from eight American design studios:
“Three winters ago, I kept hearing a great horned owl in the early morning hours,” says West Virginia potter Lisa Kovatch. “Up to that point I had been working strictly with a white-bodied clay with patterned surfaces reminiscent of indigenous textiles.
“I’ve always been inspired by color and pattern,” says Tennessee furniture designer and woodworker Kimberly Winkle. “My interest lies in the potential of wood as an expressive device.”
You might still be in the thick of the holiday selling season, but January is right around the corner. Your busiest time of the year will be over and you can breathe a sigh of relief. But then what?