Retail Profiles

Summer 2015
Greens & Gifts: Tower Hill Botanic Garden a horticultural paradise

As buyer and manager of the gift shop at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, Judy Coughlin knows that in New England, flowers and lush green plants are easy to come by in the spring and summer. In the depths of winter, however, they are rare and precious commodities.... more »

Summer 2015
SEA LIFE Michigan: Where sales and conservation make a tidal gift shop story

The SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium opened only four months ago in Auburn Hills and has since experienced nothing short of a wave of retail success. Located in Great Lakes Crossing Mall, SEA LIFE cut its grand opening ribbon on Jan. 29 and its popularity has rippled through the community every... more »

Summer 2015
Made in America: U.S. consumers want U.S. products, but there is a limit

Buy American. It's a slogan attributed to, or at least mass marketed by, the United Auto Workers Union during the 1970s and early '80s. Many others have followed — "Made in the USA," "Buy Local" and "Shop Small," just to name a few. In other words, the push for economic... more »

June 2015
Susan Noyes

MM: What is your retail background?My career in retail began back in 1985. My husband was a soldier and was deployed often. We lived on a military base and I had a lot of idle time. So, I went to the local mall and applied for a part-time job at... more »

May 2015
Harlan Schenbaum

MM: What makes your store unique?Our hospital has been named one of the most beautiful in the world. We are in the Pebble Beach forest with ocean views from some areas. The building was designed by renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone and is recognized for its healing environment, which features... more »

April 2015
Jennifer Stupica

MM: What makes your store unique? The Coastal Discovery Museum is all about inspiring people to appreciate the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The items in the store serve to further educate our visitors or to serve as a memento of the time spent here. We work with local authors, artists... more »

Spring 2015
Manager’s Corner: Theresa Danneffel, John Ball Zoo

Museums & More recently caught up with Theresa Danneffel, who heads the Gifts of the Wild shop at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. MM: What is your retail background? Danneffel: I started working at John Ball Zoo in 2002 while I was in college. During that time I... more »

March 2015
Jane Riley

What makes your store unique?   We devote our energy to creating and developing custom gifts that showcase Manassas and its rich history — things you cannot find anywhere else. We appeal not only to tourists, but to local community residents as well. We maintain a nice mix of choices, from souvenirs, books,... more »
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, Michigan 49345
616.887.9008
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