Retailer Profiles

The Future of Skin Care

With 180 carts, and 2008 sales of $6 million, Onsen is taking the specialty retail skin care market by storm. This year promises to be even bigger, with the introduc... »

Betting on Strong Sales in Las Vegas

Town Square, owned by Turnberry Associates and Centra Properties, is an open-air, super-regional lifestyle center in a downtown setting, where customers can drive th... »

Wrapping Up the Sales at I-Wrapz

In less than a year, Oscar Cano and Joe Montalvo have transformed their idea for a better mousetrap-or in this case, a better iPod wrap-from a topic of conversation ... »

He’s Got Game

Remember the first generation Xbox, a watershed launch back in the fall of 2001? Emre Gol sure does. He remembers customers waiting countless hours in lines snaking ... »

Shaping a New Industry, One Brow at a Time

The founders of Shapes Brow Bar are working day and night to grow a unique niche within the beauty industry-one that's attracting more customers every day. "Within t... »

ZoomShops Flying High in Airports-and Beyond

What's a ZoomShop? It's a sleek, interactive automated retail store that uses cutting-edge technology to attract shoppers' attention, answer their product questions,... »

Retail With a Mission

Boston's Northeastern University School of Technological Entrepreneurship recently studied what drives entrepreneurs to launch new businesses. Nearly two-thirds said... »

All That Glitters… Sells

Eric Andrew finds it hard to describe how he gets his ideas for the one-of-a-kind jewelry he designs, handcrafts and sells through five mall carts. "The designs jus... »

Smokin’ Hot

Some products come along at just the right time, when societal trends and technological advances merge to create new markets for savvy entrepreneurs. Elicko Taieb an... »

Innovation Fires Up Spa Concepts

When Ajay and Meenakshi Chadha first noticed consumers' skyrocketing interest in stress-relief products about 10 years ago, the couple was actively searching for a n... »

Now Playing: Specialty Retail 2.0

The fact that Webkinz, Club Penguin, Neopets and other innovative companies have made millions by successfully merging brick-and-mortar sales with Web-based social m... »

Wind Power: Making Sales a Breeze

When artist Ron Spinks started dabbling in metalwork at his home studio in Denton, TX several years ago, the idea that by 2008 he would have one of the hottest cart ... »

Micabella’s Mineral Magic

Eli Frenkel knew he was looking at a winner when he and his partners, Roni Paz and Jovany Mamo, spotted a fresh new mineral makeup line at a tradeshow a few years ag... »

Partnering for Growth

Sometimes the whole is greater than its parts. That's what a number of specialty retail companies have decided when looking for innovative ways to increase sales and... »

Seacret Spa’s Secret to Success

When Robert Meirovich started selling Dead Sea skincare products in 2002, they were just starting to capture the attention of consumers, mostly women but some men. T... »
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