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March/April 2023


10 An Array of Ideas
Check out these unique products to spark the attention of your customers.

16 Patriotic & Made in USA

Show how to celebrate with Americana on patriotic holidays or any time of the year, while also demonstrating how such purchases support U.S. businesses.

24 Children & Babies
Gift sets, toys, ornaments, and more offer new parents and grandparents visiting your shop ideas of what to buy.

28 Candles & Scents
Introduce your customers to new candle scents and styles to freshen their home or office.


32 Wholesale Cash & Carry
Warehouses: A Way To Add More Inventory in Your Store
Learn how to make the most of such a shopping trip.

44 Five Habits of Successful, Independent Retailers
Strengthen your store’s performance with these top tips.

48 Use Social Media To Anticipate Trends
Turn to these platforms for information about upcoming trends that will help you stay relevant with your customers.

50 Business Briefs
Neighborhood feeling is in the bag; national names look local; is that invoice real?; small but mighty; which way to pay?

54 Scent-sational Shopping
Discover ways to use fragrance to connect with your customers.

58 Down To Earth Home, Garden & Gift
For close to 50 years, this business in Eugene, Oregon, has been helping people create sustainable and healthy lifestyles. The company is known for the practical goods it has for natural living — from potting soils and fertilizers to beekeeping supplies, housewares, and body care products.

ON THE COVER: Organic soy wax melts from Classic Farmhouse Candles