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Young Bushey brothers launch stationery collection to help the needy

After watching a documentary about children living in poverty, Bushey brothers Joe and Sam Pressinger were moved to help. The boys, aged 12 and nine, had no idea families struggled to buy basic items such as pens and pencils for school, let alone fun stationery for play. They decided to ... READ MORE »

The art of the thank you note

There are two reasons people don’t send out thank you notes: lack of time and no stationery. But don’t minimize the importance of the handwritten card, says Atlanta stationery artist Kelli Hall. Here are three bits of advice for carrying on this tradition. Timing Thank you notes are best sen... READ MORE »

Holiday retail sales exceed NRF forecast, showing strongest gain since Great Recession

Holiday sales during November and December increased 5.5 percent over the same period in 2016 to $691.9 billion as growing wages, stronger employment and higher confidence led consumers to spend more than had been expected, the National Retail Federation said today. The number, which excludes re... READ MORE »

Product Pick of the Week

Wear a little fragrance on your wrist. These bracelets from ScentGear are a super-chic accent piece. #ProductPickOfTheWeek   ... READ MORE »

Top tips for building a retail brand story that sells

  In an era of increasing competition from both online and brick-and-mortar retailers, modern shopkeepers find themselves continually questioning what they need to do to stand out. According to Jerrod Sumner, founder of branding and storytelling agency Brandtabulous, the answer may be ... READ MORE »

Mud Pie Celebrates 30th

Mud Pie rings in the new year, celebrating its biggest milestone to date – 30 years as a business in the wholesale gift industry. Mud Pie has experienced tremendous growth since it was founded in  1988 by current visionary and CEO, Marcia Miller.  The humble beginings of  the brand started w... READ MORE »

Emily McDowell Studio, Sisters of Los Angeles join Knock Knock to become Who’s There Group

Venice Beach gift company and book publisher Knock Knock announced the acquisition of Emily McDowell Studio (EMS) and Sisters of Los Angeles (SoLA), fellow Southern California women-owned companies. Knock Knock will run the trifecta under the new banner of the Who’s There Group. On Jan. 9, the com... READ MORE »

Project to raise funds to buy books, stationery and shoes for needy school children

Going to school can be tough for some students. But it’s even tougher for them if their parents can’t afford the latest pair of shoes, new books and new stationery materials. Jarrod Murphy said he learned of the plight of some students struggling with school life in Ora... READ MORE »

Following job gains in November, retailers scale back in December

Retail industry employment decreased by 20,200 jobs in December from November, the National Retail Federation said today. The number, which excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants, reverses the increase of 20,500 jobs seen in November over October, which the Labor Departme... READ MORE »

IFDA to present the Rising Star of Design Awards

The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA NY) will hold its 11th annual “Rising Stars of Design” awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, January 9th at the Robert Allen Showroom, Suite 305, in Manhattan's D & D Building.  The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.... READ MORE »

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