Retail Profiles

Fall 2015
American Keepsakes

Souvenirs celebrating American places made right here in America — that's a recipe sure to appeal to today's consumer. Here, we take a look at three new companies — Boundless Brooklyn, Michigan Shaped Adirondack Chairs and Zootility Tools, all less than three years old. The companies offer a diverse array... more »

October 2015
Joseph Hammer

MM: What is your retail background?I started in retail as a young guy, working in and managing/buying for small and medium gift stores. I was general merchandise manager for one of the country's largest college department stores for 13 years, and a small business consultant for five, helping people with... more »

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 »
75 Applewood Drive, Suite A
P.O. Box 128
Sparta, Michigan 49345
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