Retail Products

A Fresh Scoop

The market for frozen yogurt might be reaching the saturation point but YoFresh has a workaround. The popularity of self-serve yogurt franchises can’t be ignored,... »

Adventures Galore

An experiential retail concept outside of Boston is winning fans young and old. A trip to the mall does not usually involve solving mysteries other than where you p... »

Heel Thyself with Cupcakes

This kiosk brings the owner’s love of fashion and food together in an unusual concept. Women who love the efficiency of multi-tasking can appreciate the new “sh... »

Business Basics

What every specialty retailer needs to know before launching a new business. The experts, the consultants and even the retailers offer the same advice: Don’t open... »

Falafels for Foodies

New casual dining concept entices food-lovers with flavors and top-it-yourself sandwiches. Franchisees are now lining up to get in on the action. Amsterdam is known... »

Enduring Industry Stars: Two Companies, One Product Category and Vastly Different Journeys

Concepts come and go in the specialty retail industry. That is par for the course in an industry that is fueled by product fads and short-term trends. However, amids... »

Revenue Kicks Into High Gear

A new ancillary program has been a perfect fit not just in terms of added revenue but also for this center’s marketing objectives. At a time when every last dolla... »

The Write Machine

Appealing to millenials, these repurposed candy machines dispense greeting cards for a variety of occasions. Bring out your quarters! That’s the rallying cry beh... »

Starch On

The potato is no longer a side dish at the fast-casual franchise Potatopia; it’s the star of the meal. CEO Allen Dikker put the spotlight on spuds in 2011 after w... »

A Shot of Glamour

A long-time Santa Barbara store tests a pop-up over the holidays. Glamour House is a long-time fixture in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara, CA. The current owner... »

Brewing New Business

Keurig launches destination store to test and gather consumer preference data. For coffee and tea lovers looking to perk up their home brew, Green Mountain Coffee R... »

Just Chillin’

New England’s first ice bar gets warm reception at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. At a time when visiting the shopping center has become an entertainment ex... »

Hair to Stay

More than just a traditional salon, with BLO/OUT, a classic indulgence goes mainstream. It might look like any other hair salon, but a BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar is actua... »

Snackin’ on Spuds

A new franchise capitalizes on the popularity of potatoes. Who doesn’t love French fries? According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average American cons... »

Pop-ups Add Pizzazz

Pop-ups add much-needed dose of vitality to downtown retail. Walnut Creek, CA, was facing a challenge all too common for today’s downtown city centers: how to cre... »
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