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7 Clever Ways Waterstones Has Reinvented Itself

Waterstones Book Shop
Not long ago the future of Waterstones was being questioned. Wicked whispers said it wouldn’t be long before it joined the likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster and BHS in the retail wasteland. Another once mighty chain, failing to adapt to the changes in consumer spending habits. The story of Waterstones would finish with tragedy rather than...

5 Great Art & Shopping Trails

The Big Hoot
First let’s start with explaining this post’s title. Just what are “5 Great Art & Shopping Trails”? It’s ok, Gift Shop Hub is here to help. We’re the ultimate retail resource of useful and not so useful facts after all. Below we’ll be exploring 5 retail trails. And exploring really is the key word here....

Gift Shop Trends – How To Spot The Next Big Craze

Fidget Spinners
My name is Chris and my partner Julia Keeling owns a card shop. This is not the opening of group therapy but rather an introduction to my world. I’m fast approaching 40 and one day I might one day even feel like an adult. Sure I have many grown up responsibilities: A mortgage, work...

Tea For Two, For Me For You… Cards & Gifts Celebrating Teatime

The Taste Buds Food Selection
Hello Gift Shop Hub! This is Sai from The Taste Buds, bringing you a little bit of teatime mischief for a change. As it’s National Cream Tea Day today (30 June), let’s look at cards and gifts celebrating teatime. Go on, grab a cuppa and have a nice little sit down with me. At The...

Cudworth Bunny Trail – A Shop Local Event

Cudworth Bunny Trail Banner
Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth tells us why he's excited about the Cudworth Bunny Trail. Art and Shopping trails are a great way to promote your village/town/city as a whole. To encourage your customers to explore your high street and visit shops they've never been to before. There are two secrets I must share...

Use Common Sense – How Social Media Can Go Wrong Part 2

Social Media Buzz Words
At the time of writing this, it's another week when technology news hits the headlines again with Google, Whatsapp and websites all raising controversial discussion. Google found themselves having to apologise after a series of companies withdrew their ads when it emerged they were being displayed alongside hate videos and other inappropriate content, so the...

Engage Not Outrage – How Social Media Can Go Wrong

Donal Trump Hates You Card
Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth looks at the issues with promoting your shop on social media and how it can go wrong. Here's Chris... This latest article "Engage Not Outrage" is a little different from my normal column’s happy smiley philosophy. Maybe it’s the uncertain political landscape, the rise of the right wing across the world or it could just...

10 Great Twitter Accounts You Must Follow

Just A Card Twitter
Twitter is one of the best social networking sites out there. Especially for independent shops and small businesses. It's a great way to quickly swap ideas and discover amazing retail inspiration. There's numerous Twitter Hours run by the accounts below which create a joyous wave of retweets and friendly advice. We love a good Tweet...

5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas

5 Simple Handmade Gifts
John Miller from the Artisna Marketplace loves everything artistic. Here's his 5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas with the message that something handmade is something straight from the heart. Now, we all like to go shopping. We all like to splurge and pile on until we drop, but soon after that we are on our way to a less...

7 Practical Housewarming Gifts

Molly Milson from Smooth Decorator selects 7 practical housewarming gifts... During moving season, numerous people are in pursuit of a new home and items that give away that typical homey sensation. In case you are pondering gifts, steer away from the usual bottle of wine and come up with an item which is both practical and...

How To Guides

The Science of Retail Store Layouts and Design 

Retail stores have come a long way from when Harry Selfridge pioneered the storefront display window in the early 20th century. Today, stores do more...