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December 2016

Coastlines, inspired by Adrian’s childhood visits to the New Zealand coastline with his father, is classic space/ ambient music with the emphasis on “classic” since it was recorded on older electronic music devices, including a 1988 Apple Macintosh running music software. Sometimes warm and comforting

THE NEW YEAR USHERS IN an extraordinary peak for body-mind-spirit publishers.  The demand for high-quality, well-produced products has blossomed beyond what even the most optimistic of us had envisioned.  For this issue we have chosen to represent a broad range of topics and as many

by Jean Haller, Royce A. Morales, Seasons Koll, Leslie Neilson, Deborah Leydig, Sloane and Casey Simmons   In a special “Best of 2016” edition of Shop Talk, our team of retail experts offers insider tips and sage advice on running a successful independent retail store, from branding

by Jean Haller, Margaret Ann Lembo, Deborah Leydig, Royce Amy Morales, and Kim Perkins   Q: I HAVE HEARD THAT INCREASING YOUR AVERAGE customer sale will help increase profits, but I don’t know where to start.  Do you have any suggestions?   A: The standard rule of thumb about

by Seasons Koll, Margaret Ann Lembo, Royce Amy Morales, Leslie Neilson, and Bill Binkelman   Q: WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO ENCOURAGE MORE impulse buying, not just for small-ticket items at the cash wrap but throughout my store?   A: Encouraging customers to buy isn’t always easy. You have

Q: I want to revamp our tagline, but I have no clue where to start. What’s the best way to come up with one that truly reflects the unique gifts and shopping experience we offer without being too wordy? A: Taglines are an incredible asset to any