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Smart Retailer March/April 2021
Table of Contents


10 Home Fashions and Practical Gifts
Check out these colorful, trendy products for gift giving or brightening the home.

16 Shining a Light on Candles & Scents
Sales of candles and scents have skyrocketed during the pandemic, which many attribute to their stress-relieving qualities. The glowing, flickering flames and luscious aromas can calm frayed nerves after a long day.

28 A Salute to Patriotic & Made-in-USA Products
Products made in America are trending for many reasons. For instance, they provide jobs and keep profits in America, boosting the economy when U.S. consumers and retailers are facing the greatest economic challenge since the Great Depression.

36 Children & Babies Merchandise: Soooo Big!
Kids products are virtually recession proof, and don’t forget that shoppers may come for toys and clothes, but they’ll likely discover other irresistible things on your shelves too.

44 News Roundup from
Find news stories and article summaries here with full stories available on

66 Cash & Carry Wholesale Warehouses: A Convenient, Budget-Friendly Way to Stock Your Store
Storeowners typically order products through an online or print catalog or by attending a tradeshow. But wholesale warehouses are becoming an increasingly popular way to purchase merchandise. Find out why they’re such a hit.

74 Business Briefs:
One road to recovery: make shopping fun; wowing shoppers in Walla Walla; resources from the U.S. Chamber; stories that sell; small but mighty: an Amazon alternative.

76 Sure-Fire Strategies: What the Pros Know
Create professional looking displays with these time-tested tips.

78 Seven Maples Gift & Garden
Seven Maples Gift & Garden in Monroe, Connecticut, features quaint New England charm with an array of accessories, seasonal wreaths, candles, collectibles, custom handbags, and home and garden décor. Owners Brad and Lisa Orr have spent decades building up their business to become a celebrated shopping destination for their community.

Shining Sol’s wood wicked, 100% soy candles offer a scent and style for everyone, and include wax melts, various jar sizes, and more. Featured are top sellers Sunkissed, Mermaid Cove, and Shenandoah.