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Smart Retailer May/June 2021
Table of Contents



10 Heartwarming Décor and Gifts
Products celebrating family, home, gratitude, and more are a great reminder to treasure the important things in life.

14 Harvest a Bountiful Crop of Fall & Halloween Sales

See what’s new in autumn and Halloween décor.

20 Bed, Bath & Personal Care
Discover soothing soaps and lotions and luxurious bedding and décor.

24 Greeting Cards & Gift Packaging
Help shoppers make their gifts extra special with thoughtful greeting cards and attractive, easy-to-wrap gift packaging.

30 Unleash Sales With Pet Merchandise
Find delightful gifts for pet owners and their furry friends.

34 Gift Baskets: Thinking Outside the Box
If you’re new to selling gift baskets or need new strategies to market them, fi nd inspiring ideas here.

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

40 Business Briefs:
New resources for Black-owned businesses; brands start listening to their elders; combating business burnout; post-COVID will opportunity knock?; a promotion with heart; fraud protection and precautions.

42 Set a Date to Collaborate

Learn how to team up with other local small businesses to leverage the power of community.

44 Mama Ann’s Gifts & Goodies: Where Goodness and Grace Gather

Rita Grisetti’s gift shop is a beloved fixture in the Smith Mountain Lake area of rural Virginia. Both year-round residents and summer visitors frequent her shop to enjoy its homey, welcoming atmosphere and top-quality merchandise.

ON THE COVER: Old Town Soap Co. features a wide variety of products including handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotion candles and its #1 selling shower bombs! Made in the USA with top quality ingredients.