Retail Profiles

September 2015
Colleen Manzi

Q: Could you describe your position at The Mountain?I work with our designers to create marketing collaterals and to put together campaigns for all our new products. ... I work with publications and media on press releases, but a big part of what I do is catalog production and new... more »

August 2015
Christa Simpson

MM: What is your retail background? I have worked in all aspects of retail for over 13 years, entering the world of nonprofit retail three years ago. My background includes visual merchandising, management operations, buying, customer relations and store design. I have specific expertise in supporting rebranding, store expansion and... more »

Fall 2015
Manager’s Corner: Kathleen McLaughlin, Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

MM: What is your retail background? KM: My inventory history goes back to my 28-year career with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E, 1972-2000). As inventory coordinator, I was responsible for over $23 million in inventory. In the mid-1990s, my husband, John Hutchison, and I opened a seasonal Halloween store,... more »

July 2015
Iffat Khan

What is your retail background? My first retail career move was with Target Corporation as the head designer for product design and development. I worked with major manufacturers from around the world to launch brands that were exclusive to Target for domestics. From Target, I was recruited by Sears Holding... 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 »

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
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
California Healin’ — Comforts Gift Shop meshes amid Monterey Peninsula surroundings

Most people would find California's gorgeous Monterey Peninsula therapeutic in itself. The popular tourist area features majestic scenery and unmatched amenities, including world-class golf, shopping and restaurants. People still get sick, however, and that's where the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula comes in, a facility that incorporates nature into... more »
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