Retail Product Features

It’s About Time

Times a-changin' But while the picture is still grim for mid-price (over $100) watches, lower-end watches are leading the recovery. "Fashion" watches in the $10-$50 ... »

New Age is Now

Use the phrase "New Age" and everyone seems to have some idea of what you're talking about. But get into the specifics, and the answers vary. To some consumers, New ... »

Demo Sells!

Tell people what you want them to know, and maybe they'll understand it and even remember it for a while. But show them, involve them, and they'll "get it" and retai... »

The Teen Scene

"That's sooo 10 minutes ago," she says as she rolls her eyes, dismissing this or that as way passé. She's a teen, and she knows what she's talking about. So d... »

Down the Aisle

There's going to be a wedding—nearly two and a half million of them, actually. Weddings with all the trimmings are back in vogue, and the wedding market grows ... »

Food Glorious Food

Americans are sitting down to family dinner again, home-cooked in their own kitchens. Not a return to the '50s, but one of the lingering effects of 9/11: we have fam... »

Baby, Baby!

"Come to a baby shower!" Or two or three. Surprise! Baby showers or, more precisely, baby gifts are big business. Used to be that baby showers were one to a customer... »

Candle, Candle, Burning Bright

Pillars, tapers, tea lights, votives... candles in countless sizes, shapes, shades and scents have become a staple of home, hearth and beyond since the early 1990s. ... »

Outside the Envelope

In You've Got Mail, rival booksellers Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks get to know each other (or not) entirely via email. But the movie is a remake of The Shop around the Cor... »

A New Sense of Calm

The woman next door confides that she's addicted to aromatherapy bath salts. The kind with lavender. Work is stressful, and a daily soak relaxes her. The woman next ... »

Positively Plush

If most of what you know about plush comes from a collection of stuffed animals on a tween's twin bed, you may be in for a few surprises. The first one might be that... »

A New Shade of Cool

Shades. Whether glamour and glitz, intrigue or sport, for decades they have been the little fashion add-on that defines the look, the attitude, the ultimate fashion ... »


Someone compared picture frames to chocolate: affordable, easy to find, portable, and highly addictive. But whether it's an "addiction" or "passion," people who like... »

What’s New in Novelties

Remember the novelties of your youth? Those back-of-the-comic-book, dime- (or dollar-) store gags and goodies—Groucho glasses, trolls, pet rocks, the goofy and... »

Hey, Doll

From Raggedy Ann to Barbie and beyond, dolls have always been regarded as the universal "girl toy." Dolls of all kinds predate the modern versions we're familiar wit... »
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