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Smart Retailer July 2022
Table of Contents


10 Hot Stuff
Fresh, trending merchandise to keep your store on the cutting edge of gift retail.

16 Christmas/Winter Décor & Gifts
Get a jumpstart on the holidays with this grand collection of festive merchandise.

24 Impulse Buys
Cash in on irresistible stocking stuffers and add-on purchases.

28 Entertaining & Tabletop
Houseguests will be impressed with this selection of eye-catching, high-quality dinnerware and décor.

32 Gifts for Men
Find top-notch guy products here.

34 Gourmet Food
Delightful, delicious specialty items perfect for both special occasions and everyday treats.

36 Beyond Convenience: Evolve with BOPIS to Maximize Profits
BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store) has helped stores survive the pandemic. Now learn how to take this highly effective innovation to the next level.

44 Overcoming the Shipping Crisis
Discover strategies to counter the ongoing supply-chain bottleneck.

52 Bosses Helping Bosses
At the beginning of the pandemic, Kathleen Plate of Smart Glass Jewelry was at a loss at how to cope with the massive challenges. But when she and other handmade makers formed Bosses Helping Bosses, they found the help and support they needed.

56 Business Briefs:
Indies: take a bow; mindful marketing; a staycation challenge; post-pandemic shopping: sticking close to home; SBA learning platform helps women business owners rise.

64 Boost Your Booth!
Hosting a pop-up booth at a community event is a great way to promote your store. Learn the tips and tricks for successful setup and display.

70 Storeowners’ Favorite Merchandise Sources: Reader Survey Results
Take a peek at where other storeowners like to get their products, and hear what they have to say.

76 Atlanta & Las Vegas Summer 2022 Markets
IMC’s summer shows at Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market offer exciting new product lines. Plus, the seminars, cooking demonstrations, parties, and more are returning in full force.

82 Door County Nature Works: Fine Home Furnishings & Accessories Since 1994
Polly and Don Heim have built a booming store by catering to both locals and tourists in one of America’s hottest vacation destinations — Door County, Wisconsin.

Say hello to the all-new Gnome Balls from Bright Ideas! Find six gnome ball designs plus a wide selection of fun gnomes, cute critters, wall décor, florals, trees, and more at