Last December, PopShop’s Annual Winter Market certainly popped. The local indie market is held twice a year in the summer and winter, and features dozens of local retailers, makers, and businesses. Held in a event space locally known as “The Warehouse,” the market all but stopped traffic downtown from 10am – 3pm in Fairfield, CT. […]
Small Business Saturday (SBS) was a record-breaking success during the 2018 holiday season. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion. Based on the annual Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from American Express and the […]
Filled with a little bit of magic and a little bit of everything nice, Poopsie’s is a funky, fun retailer that’s been an anchor of Galena, Illinois’ historic Main Street shopping district for more than 25 years. Their whimsical shop is filled with tons of books, toys, games, one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, home décor, and other […]
We sat down with local retailer Kim Ramsey of The Toy Room for her tips and tricks on holiday selling. How can indie retailers stand out this holiday season? “Keep doing what indie retailers do best: offer the best service. Hands-on customer service is something you really don’t get at a box store. We […]
Marge never knew her retirement would consist of running two small shops. After working at an airline for 38 years, she was ready to become a “snowbird” and live her best life, not being tied down to any particular thing. That was until she got a very strong feeling that she should open up a […]
“To be honest, I don’t think I was able to truly appreciate where I grew up until I went off to school,” says Tory Brown, co-founder of The Two Oh Three lifestyle brand. “When I moved away from home for the first time my heart immediately longed for the coast … I began realizing that, […]
While Stanley Marketplace may meet the technical definition of a “mall” it feels wrong to use that term. Take the general concept of a mall, flip it upside down, shake everything out, and start from scratch.
If you’ve ever attended summer camp as a kid, you know the homesickness can be brutal. At that age, few things are more exciting than a care package from home, or when you go away to school for the first time, receiving a surprise box in the mail from your family.
Jessica Sokol and her business partner Sarah McBrair opened Saltwater boutique in Fairfield, CT just over a year and a half ago.
“Fashion is one of the most pollutant industries in the world,” explains Emma Olson, cofounder of Hazel & Rose boutique in Minneapolis. Before Hazel & Rose opened, Emma was working in mass retail and “becoming less and less comfortable with my work.