Silver Touch started off as a home business and has grown into a successful independent gift and jewelry store. It is a leading retailer in downtown Bethel, CT.
Just over a year ago Amy Polinsky and her family moved to Newtown, Connecticut, from Florida. While living in Florida, Amy managed a fitness studio and began working as a stylist for her husband, a commentator on WWE.
This month we sat down and had a chinwag over a proper cup of tea with Lisa and Nigel Whitmore, proprietors of local Connecticut retailer UK Gourmet.
“I still had hair,” Dennis Janofsky responded with a laugh when asked how long his store has been open.
From creating local employment, providing high standards of customer service to offering a variety of competitively priced, traditional and often locally crafted and produced goods, independent businesses are at the heart of the community. However, in an increasingly crowded marketplace, smaller businesses constantly have to seek out new ways to compete against corporate giants, and […]
Say the words ‘New England’ and your mind immediately conjures up images of quaint small towns, beautiful foliage, and fabulous regional products like maple syrup. For retailers interested in offering the unique and popular items made in this gorgeous part of the country, The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show is for you.
As most retailers know, becoming an integral part of your local community is incredibly important for your success. Working with other local businesses creates trust, inspires collaboration, and makes people that much more willing to support what you have to offer.
The crisp smell of fresh greens, the bite of cold wind, the twinkle of little white lights strung across doorways and shop windows – you know what season it is! Which means we hardly need to remind you that Small Business Saturday, the independent retailer’s biggest day of the year, is right around the corner.
According to the Small Business Administration, 70 percent of small retailers go out of business within the first four years. However, not a lot is said about why the success of these retailers is such a long shot, or what they can do to avoid becoming a statistic.
At the ASD Las Vegas trade show this week, Independent Retailer publisher Bill McNulty presented his thoughts and ideas on what retailers can do to boost their sales using the Buy Local Movement.