Retailer Profiles

Giant Steps Forward

Ten years ago, shoppers slipped on their first Happy Feet oversized plush slippers, purchased from a cart in Louisville, KY. Now NJD Specialty Retail, Inc., creator ... »

TATs With Flair

They're fun, colorful and come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes. But most importantly, they look real! Temporary airbrushed tattoos, or "TATs," are all the ... »

Markdown Magic

Many retailers spot an empty big-box store and think failure. Dan Olson spots the same thing and sees opportunity. Olson leases vacant stores on a short-term basis f... »

Mom Means Business

There's no stopping a new mom when her heart and mind are set on something she needs. No use underestimating a mom's determination, or strength, or sense of purpose ... »

Solar Flair

When they were growing up in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Michael Mahoney and John Norris, now 30, couldn't have imagined that they would be partners ... »

Calendar Club

Thirteen years ago, Marc Winkelman had no idea his company would be where it is today—all over the United States, plus Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealan... »

Good Heavens!

If you could bottle entrepreneurial spirit, the label would read "Frank Friedland." Listen to the owner of Heavens Therapy list the companies he's started and manage... »

5 at the Top

Starbucks Until the mid-1980s, coffee was considered a commodity in the US: nothing "special" about it. Perhaps that's why consumption had been declining for more th... »

B. Hip, B. Spirited

Walk into a B. Fashion store in Florida and you enter a different world—an enchanted world. The variety of items for sale is dazzling, a vast array of unique d... »

Heeding the Call

In 2002, Dean Kretschmar wanted to buy a company. Wireless Dimensions, Inc., operating out of one kiosk in one mall, wanted to be bought. At the time, Kretschmar was... »

Getting Good Ink

One might say Carey Porcher has ink on his hands, on his mind, and in his blood. How it got there isn't the story: the story is how and why his company, Island Ink-J... »

Game On!

Hardcore season-ticket holders with painted faces. Couch potatoes planted three feet from the TV screen. Boisterous fans gathered at the local sports pub. They know ... »

Whole New Ball Game

The BirdieBall is on a roll. The practice golf ball that John Breaker and his father, Richard, invented is getting rave reviews, not just from golfers but from the w... »

Growth Strategy

The Wholesale Route Pat Yates: One product, many operators Pat Yates, owner of Happy Feet (Goshen, KY), is a cart operator-turned-wholesaler. Eight years ago Yates g... »

Sterling Success

The road from Turkey to the United States was paved with silver for Ali and Seda Kulatti. After playing the State Department's annual green-card lottery for seven ye... »
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