Retail Profiles

Winter 2017
Space Observation

America's first planetarium offers products that exceed expectations

Winter 2017
Manager’s Corner: Bill Lucey

Now 16 years into the business, Bill Lucey of Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo in Tennessee is now among the seasoned veterans of zoo retailers.

February 2017
Peer Perspective: Mari Gruber, Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Mari Gruber, who started the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in 2002, believes in treating people well and promoting appreciation of nature. In her experience, doing so also leads to business success.

Winter 2017
New Discovery

As Las Vegas has grown, the Discovery Children’s Museum has grown with it

January 2017
Peer Perspective: Brent Walter, Vilas Zoo

Brent Walter’s father was a zookeeper, and Brent followed in his dad’s footsteps from an early age. In addition to being an integral part of the Vilas Zoo in Madison, Brent also is a longstanding member of the Zoo & Aquarium Buyer’s Group (ZAG) and its treasurer.

December 2016
Peer Perspective: Amy Dufour, Urban Expositions

We asked Amy Dufour, a marketing manager for Urban Expositions — one of the biggest players in the retail trade show industry — what the most common mistake she sees companies in the field make. Her answer was two-fold, but both involve the internet.

November 2016
Peer Perspective: Bill Lucey, RainForest Adventures

Bill Lucey started RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo 16 years ago. The learning curve was steep early. However, the biggest thing he’s learned in the long haul is not to let preconceived notions hinder his decision-making. Is there anything you do differently now than when you started? I think that learning curve... more »

October 2016
Peer Perspective: Chris Lake, Denver Zoo

I have been involved with some form of retail all of my life. I worked in fashion retail at a department store when I was 15 years old.
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