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News, updates & best practices in home accents retailing

News and resources covering independent retailers, big box stores, home accent specialty stores and furnishings stores including openings, closings, expansions, personnel changes, retailer profiles and best practices.
  • Gift for Life, Retail Design Institute opening holiday pop-up shop

    Gift for Life has partnered with the Retail Design Institute of New York to create a holiday pop-up shop to be built and operated in Chelsea this December. More

  • High Point Market announces Fitness Challenge

    The High Point Market announced a new fitness challenge for the upcoming fall market. More

  • Tuesday Morning CEO retires

    Tuesday Morning Corporation today announced that Michael Rouleau is retiring as CEO and a member of the retailer's board of directors, effective immediately. More

  • Boston Interiors goes multichannel with first catalog

    The seven-store retailer added the catalog to its brick-and-mortar and online formats.

    Boston Interiors has revamped its website and launched its first-ever product catalog as it moves to grow into a true multi-channel retailer. More

  • LA Mart Design Center stages Fall Designer Week

    Second bi-annual event, to be held Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, 2015, caters to local professional designers with a variety of special events and CEU-credited educational seminars. More

  • Doug Self's Provision Oxford bridges wholesale and retail, heart and home

    Doug Self has represented some of the home and gift industry’s best brands since 2001 when he opened J Douglas, a full-service, to-the-trade representative sales agency based in Atlanta. Two years ago he ventured into retail with the opening of Provision Oxford, a lifestyle store in Oxford, Miss., near his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. More

  • Retail Report: Clicks to Bricks

    In her March, 2015 "Bricks to Clicks" report, Susan Dickenson talked with brick-and-mortar retailers who had expanded into e-commerce. In this report, she examines the opposite - retailers that started in the online space, then made the decision to open a brick-and-mortar location. More

  • Ken Ludwig, on his move from the Mart to the Village

    Earlier this summer, Ken Ludwig left the Chicago Merchandise Mart, where he’d spent 24 years working with the trade and wholesale side of the home furnishings industry, to open a retail and design boutique in the Chicago neighborhood of Roscoe Village. More

  • Retail trends of tomorrow

    The retail landscape today looks vastly different than it did even a few years ago. An increasing number of brick-and-mortar retailers are expanding into e-commerce, and e-tailers are opening physical stores. Mobile is evolving, both as a shopping tool and a means of connection between businesses and consumers. But what changes do the next few years hold? Planet Retail, which offers strategic and consultancy services to retailers across the globe, explores these ideas and more in its research report, “The Future of Retail: 10 Trends of Tomorrow.” “Retailing has undergone seismic shifts over the past five years and we believe ... More

  • Sicily's City of Ceramics

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    In July, a group of U.S. retailers traveled to Sicily to tour the artisans and factories of Caltagirone, Italy’s “City of Ceramics,” where maiolica and terra cotta goods have been produced for centuries. More

  • Store Openings

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    Art Van welcomes 2,000 people to its latest store opening, Circa Lighting expands to Connecticut, Living Spaces opens a new store and distribution center and more. More

  • U.S. retailer discusses the ins & outs of direct importing

    Thirteen years ago, Terrie Viets and Jane Clark opened Solari – Quintessentially Italian, a lifestyle store in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, Ohio. They had no retail experience and not a drop of Italian blood, but they shared a love of collecting - especially Italian ceramics - and an entrepreneurial vision.  Today, business is booming and Terrie, whom I met on the Italian Trade Agency’s Sicilian ceramics tour this summer, is not only a successful retailer, she’s an expert importer. After dinner one night in Caltagirone, a few questions about her business turned into a lot of questions about importing ... More

Vegas Market Videos

HAT designers at Vegas

Los Angeles interior designers Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson of Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design talk with HAT Editor in Chief Jenny Heinzen at the Las Vegas Market about the progression of the marketplace and the Design Center. See Video. Sponsored by IMC.

Sketchbook: Modern Glamour

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Embrace the luxurious lifestyle with a streamlined, understated look loaded with texture and pattern. See the photos