Unique Concepts

A Gem of an Idea!

Many years ago, it was during a fateful fishing expedition that Maui Divers made a discovery, which changed the future of their company: Hawaiian black coral. Shortl... »

Whimsy is a Brand at LittleMissMatched

LittleMissMatched is a "lifestyle company" that encourages whimsy, reflected in its line of socks for kids and adults featuring polka-dots, stripes, zig-zags and a h... »

STAR Gallery Brings Culture, Traffic to Mall

The Steamtown Artists Renaissance, an artists' cooperative in Scranton, PA, had space issues. After the building in which they were operating shut down for repairs, ... »

Wine Sellers Taste Opportunity at the Mall

Gary McCoy says malls are a perfect fit for wine sellers who want to do big business. The foot traffic is high and holding cross promotions-say, a wine tasting at th... »

Xscape Hopes to Lure Millions to Mall

Proving that in every recession there are opportunities for smart retailers who move fast, Amanda Royalty, real estate director for Indianapolis-based Zoom Entertain... »

Flip Flops Are Hot!

Not so long ago Todd Giatrelis and Sarah Towne found themselves in Las Vegas on a business trip, searching in vain for a flip flop shop where Towne could find a pair... »

Unique Concepts Winter 2009

Twelve Unique Concepts A Maryland inline expands its one-stop game-room concept as a franchise. NBC's hit show "The Office" is the first to have its own mall cart. A... »

Unique Concepts Winter 2009: Online Exclusives

Three Online Exclusive Concepts A successful artists' cooperative draws shoppers with monthly festivals. SaveMyPix.com! gives treasured photos a new digital home in ... »

Unique Concepts Fall 2008

Thirteen Companies' Fresh Approach Every company profiled here has its own unique approach to specialty retail, whether that means putting a fresh spin on a mainstre... »

Unique Concepts Summer 2008

Gypsy Garden's Future Forecast Malls are emphatically about the present, the ultimate glorification of the "now" as people buy the hottest, latest designs. But at le... »

Unique Concepts Spring 2008

Nine Hot Ideas By combining 3-D scanning with vitrography, Germany-based LOOXIS has created a unique kiosk concept that's a hit overseas and recently expanded to the... »

Unique Concepts Winter 2008

Seven Ways to Generate Revenue Seven unique concepts for the specialty retail industry. With an emphasis on airport retail, :10 Minute Manicure has grown from one s... »

Unique Concepts Fall 2007

Fresh Faces Lix by Misha, a new cart in Dadeland Mall, is giving Misha's Cupcakes access to new buyers hungry for sweet treats.

The crowds are no il... »

Unique Concepts Summer 2007

Eight Concepts Freddissimo Gelato & Dolci has been wildly successful in Brazil, and is a fresh new face in the US specialty retail market, serving up gourmet gelato ... »

Picture Perfect: Art at the Mall

Widen Your Audience Jason Abbott discovered the mall as a venue to sell his art by accident. After being laid-off as a systems analyst in May 2002, something caught ... »
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