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Down Your High Street

Down Your High Street Logo
Down Your High Street is a online marketplace dedicated purely to the local shop owner to make it easier to connect with people in and around their area and across the UK. Their mission is to bridge the gap between offline and online retail so the independent high street shop owners of the UK...

4 Heatons Traders Association – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

Four Heatons Banner
Today Gift Shop Hub talks to The 4 Heatons Traders Association, or 4HTA for short. The purpose of the 4HTA is summed up in it's mission statement:"To make the Heatons, a better place, to live, work and prosper". Any business based in the SK4 post code area, which covers the villages of Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Heaton...

Cool by Association – The Power of Business & Community Associations

Cudworth Doodle Map
The Internet is a wonderful tool but can be scary if you don’t know how to make the best use of it. In today’s blog post Chris Fox the digital media manager of Wishes of Cudworth looks at how joining a business or community association can benefit your shop. This article was originally published...

The Greeting Card Association

GCA at Top Drawer
The GCA is the trade association for the greeting card industry, a great community of card publishers, retailers and specialist suppliers. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Sharon Little who is the CEO for the Greeting Card Association. Hi Sharon, let's start with finding out about the GCA... The Greeting Card Association is a not for profit membership organisation,...

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....

Kate Morgan – An Interview with Illustrator Kate

Kate Morgan Glastonbury Illustration
Kate Morgan is an illustrator who also run workshops for all ages. When asked to describe her work Kate said "I would say that my illustrations are colourful, friendly, detailed with a story usually attached. I have quite a range of themes too. I like to illustrate real places in Yorkshire, landmarks in Sheffield...

Vanishing Point Records – An Independent Record Shop In Chesterfield

Chesterfield Record Shop
Today's interview is with Corey Lavender from Vanishing Point Records: An independent record shop in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. In the store Corey sells some new titles, mainly soundtracks and electronica together with many genres of vintage vinyl on 45s and LPs. The shop also stocks a small selection of CDs and music and film related...

Ros Brown – A Gift Shop Hub Artist Interview

Ros Brown Dog Swimming
Ros Brown is a talented artist who specialises in hand painted original portraits of people, pets, cars and wildlife. Available as limited edition prints, greeting cards or a personalised commissioned portrait of your own pet, person, car or favourite wild-life animal. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Ros about her life and work... Describe your average...

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...

Buy the Light – Berni Parker Designs Shop Of The Month

Village Candle
Gift Shop Hub has teamed up with Berni Parker Designs for our third article featuring their recent Shop of the month competition winners. Today's winner is Buy the Light which is based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Bury St Edmunds is a lovely old market town with a Cathedral, a ruined Abby. The town has a produce...

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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...