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Artist Coops Provide Community, Connection for Local Makers

Artist coops present an interesting opportunity to sell your work. A coop is an organization owned and democratically controlled by its members, and in the case of an artist coop, the organization can provide professional services for its members including gallery space or shelf space at its brick-and-mortar store location.

How to Succeed as a Brick-and-Mortar Retailer

In this panel discussion, we dive into what makes a brick-and-mortar retail shop successful including curating the product assortment, building community, training staff, running special events, and more.

Podcast Episode #196: Leigh Metcalf of Topstitch Studio

In this podcast interview, Leigh Metcalf talks about how she opened her fabric and yarn shop, Topstitch Studio. After writing a book covering craft shops all over London, Leigh opened one of her own with the intent of building community and curating a beautiful selection of special goods.

Point of Sale Systems: What are They and Why Do You Need One?

If you’re a crafty business owner that is selling goods or services, you need some way to process and track your sales transactions. These are point of sale (POS) systems and include the software you’re using to manage your sales transactions, inventory, customer relations, marketing efforts, and more, as well as the hardware you’re using to accomplish these tasks.

Local Yarn Store Day is Returning April 17, 2021

Local Yarn Store Day is a special event designed to bring consumers into local yarn stores. It’s taking place for the fourth time and will be held this year on April 17, 2021.

Covid-19 Retail Business Resources for Reopening 

As retail stores prepare to reopen, they need to look to their local government for guidelines. There are wide variations within the US when it comes to reopening for business and other activities and it’s ultimately the business owner’s responsibility to be familiar with their location’s requirements. While this guide links to each state’s retail […]

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