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Smart Retailer August/September 2022
Table of Contents


10 Something for Everyone

Check out these unique products that will keep customers coming back into your store for more.

18 Candles & Scents
These candles in a variety of scents and styles will add ambience to any home.

22 Home Décor
Linens, accents, throws, and pillows to help your customers create the look they want in their homes.

28 Cooking & Kitchen
Find the perfect products for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

32 Game Day Sports
Get ready for the fall sports season with these items.

34 Proactive Profitably: Tips for Taming Inflation
Now is the time to adjust inventory categories, find new ways to connect with customers, and increase customer service experiences.

38 Hiring and Staffing in Today’s Retail World
Storeowners share what their current staffing levels are and the ways they are trying to find potential employees.

44 Business Briefs:
What’s your biggest challenge; strength in numbers; promoting workplace mental health; online guide provides ADA answers; be prepared: a guide to emergency response plans.

48 Tackle the Inflation Monster
Learn some steps you can take that will lead to solutions during this challenging time.

50 Once Upon a Time: Boost Sales Through Storytelling
Build loyalty and drive sales by telling customers about your store, the products you carry, and your purpose.

56 Studio 24E: Individual Style …
Greg and Nina Tate-Elliott met working in retail and used the expertise they developed in customer service and design when they opened their upscale boutique. Located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, their business continues to evolve and grow.

Second Nature by Hand creates quality, one-of-a-kind products. Our products contain a story, a soul, a moment of history. Working with reclaimed materials on selected pieces allows us to offer our customers a fleeting treasure that is only available for as long as our limited supply of raw materials lasts.