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Winter 2011
Trends Trackers, Winter 2011

Crazy for Cupcakes

These sweet confections continue to do delectable business at malls around the country. Also hot? Cupcake-related accessories! Tweens are the hot target for cool cupcake bling. Next on the horizon: French macaroons!


Kiosk Design Jewel

Imagine a kiosk shaped like a pearl oyster! The German jewelry company, Von Besser, plans on launching the model soon. Company executive, Marzena Von Besser, promises the concept will revolutionize the kiosk industry.

What’s Popping Up

Retailers are looking for test locations for new concepts. Mall managers are looking to invite new customers into their properties. Pop-up stores seem to be a marriage that works for both. And while big retailers like Toys ‘R Us and Borders are getting in on the act, the concept has wide appeal for a variety of specialty retailers that could well include you!

Poornima Apte

Poornima Apte is the managing editor for GIFT SHOP, GREENRetailer and Specialty Retail Report magazines. She oversees and executes all editorial processes and is responsible for delivering editorial content for both magazines. To implement the magazines' editorial missions, Apte works with an extensive team of writers and photographers from across the country. She is also responsible for certain online deliverables including editorial content that complements the print edition of both magazines.

Prior to joining Pinnacle Publishing Group in 2006, Apte was Editor-in-Chief for INDIA New England, a bimonthly publication catering to the South Asian community in New England. In her role for the company, she oversaw an extensive editorial lineup featuring a wide variety of news reports and features. Apte first joined the newspaper as a general assignment reporter. Her reporting, specifically on a series of stories about Indian immigrants returning to their home country in the wake of India's economic boom, earned her a national award from the South Asian Journalists' Association at their 2005 convention held at Columbia University's School of Journalism.

Formally trained as an engineer, Apte made a gradual switch to journalism after a stint in technical writing at Abaqus, Inc. Apte enjoys reading and reviews contemporary literary fiction for in her spare time.

Apte earned an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Studies from Boston University and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

Apte welcomes reader input. Please email her at

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