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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.

A Visit to the New Michaels Concept Store

Michaels recently announced a transformation of two of their stores in an effort to “re-imagine the optimal maker shopping experience.” We visit one to see what its really like.

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 […]

How to Offer Curbside Pickup Service for Your Business

As retail store owners weigh how to safely reopen, curbside pickup provides an enticing middle ground for stores that want to increase local sales with less risk. With precautions in place, some craft businesses are using curbside service to connect with local customers — from a distance.

Fabric Depot Shutting Its Doors After 26 Years

Fabric Depot, Portland, Oregon’s famously enormous fabric store, is closing. Founded in 1992 in a space formerly occupied by a Fred Meyer supermarket in Southeast Portland, Fabric Depot was one of the largest, locally and independently owned stores in the United States.

JOANN Opens Concept Store in Columbus, Ohio

JOANN is hoping their new concept store in Columbus, Ohio will leave guest inspired to tackle their crafty vision boards one project at a time. The grand opening unveiled their new store, with a Creator’s Studio inside, which signals a new direction for the company, one of the largest craft retail chains in the nation.

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