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Smart Retailer January 2022
Table of Contents



10 Looking Forward
Take a gander at what’s new and trending for 2022.

14 Farmhouse & Primitive

Celebrate the nostalgia and the simple lifestyle of the past with the ever-popular rustic look.

22 Garden & Outdoor
These colorful decorations will spruce up a garden, yard, deck, or patio to create a relaxing, beautiful environment.

30 Pet Products
Find the purr-fect gifts and décor for your pet-loving customers.

36 Atlanta Market Trend Watch
Get a sneak peek at trending themes at Atlanta Market’s Winter Show: Tasteful Scents; Green Clean; and For the Boys.

44 Las Vegas Market First Look
Discover fresh products in Las Vegas Market First Look, featuring three hot themes for the winter show: Forest, Preserve; Together; and Now Screening.

52 Business Briefs:
Hire ambitions; creating the new mall mix; a new year, a new you; who ought to automate; safety first? maybe not.

56 Small Business Grants: Innovative Funding for Independent Retailers
It’s hard for small, independent retailers to come up with the money for facility improvements on their own, but storeowners may find money through community grants.

60 Inspiration Resources
Kick off 2022 with resources and strategies for developing new visual merchandising ideas.

64 2022 Social Media Calendar
Retail expert Flora Delaney brings fresh ideas for social media topics and themes for the coming year.

68 Uptown Gifts on Main
Michelle Cormier was a gift store owner for 14 years before becoming a gift wholesale rep. Her experience on both sides of the industry came in handy when she became a store owner again in 2020 the middle of the pandemic.

CWI Gifts offers the latest buzz in country home décor, including containers, signs, candles, florals, plush, and more. See our new location at AmericasMart — Showroom #612B or visit our website