Retail Product Features

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... »

The Name Game

Coca-Cola T-shirts, NFL beer mugs, and Scooby-Doo snack jars. Godzilla dolls, Harry Potter soup bowls, and National Wildlife Foundation mouse pads. These are just a ... »

Pretty Please

Try it On Upscale department stores have them. So do drugstores and groceries. Women everywhere expect, look for and try makeup "testers"—counter displays of o... »

Down the Garden Path

Accessorize the Garden Every spring and summer, garden stores carried all the perennial standards—the flamingos, gazing balls, birdbaths and feeders and lots o... »

Mad About the Cow

Just when you thought the public was no longer mad for cows and you packed away all that cutesy, country black-and-white moo-chandise, here comes Cows on Parade, mar... »

Deck the Malls

Crazy for Ornaments Linda DePue's customers are crazy for collectible Christmas ornaments. How crazy? Each year they brave a midsummer's midnight to get to DePue's s... »

Clicks & Bricks

Imagine a place that energizes your senses ... with vibrant colors and sounds ... and the power to take you where you've never been before ... See things you never k... »

Time for Tea

Teaism is alive and well as a chain of three specialty tea houses and restaurants in Washington, DC. Stop in sometime and you might find George Stephanopolous sippin... »

Playing with Fire

Votives and tapers, cubes and cylinders, multi-wick and more: interest in all kinds of candles has spread like wildfire. Every day, every season, customers are drawn... »

New Age Moves Toward Main Street

If you simply must have a Tibetan singing bowl, a kambala or even a didgeridoo, see Mark Seaman. He's in the business of using sound to make people feel better. Eart... »


I get several calls a month from friends and associates in the specialty retail field, and the question is always the same: "Have you seen any new products?" While n... »
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