Attics of My (Retail) Life: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

Long Strange Trip
As I made my way up the coast of California for a long late-May weekend in San Francisco, a couple of random thoughts crossed my mind as my flight prepared to land in the City by the Bay:  “Long Strange Trip,” the highly anticipated documentary about San Francisco legends The Grateful ...

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Seven Lessons About Retail I Learned While Watching Tiny House Hunters

Lessons Learned from Tiny Houses
One of my favorite television shows is “Tiny House Hunters” (#TinyHouseHunters) on HGTV. The tiny house movement is all about living simply in truly tiny houses that are typically less than 500 square feet in size.  It fascinates me that people can truly downsize that much and then live ...

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Store Formats More Saturated than Food Court Fries: I’m Bored (and I’m a Threat to Your Business)

Bored as Food Court Fries
It’s true: though I’m surrounded by lights, music and a ton of activity, I'm bored. I’m completely disengaged—caught in a void between my expectations and my experience.  Once again, I’m at the mall. It’s ridiculous, I know. I’m a self-contained adult, not some whiny adolescent ...

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Aptos Engage Photo Album: Better Together, Indeed!

Aptos Engage Photo Album
Aptos Engage 2017 was, by all accounts, a rousing success. Over 300 people from across the retail industry gathered to network, brainstorm, share successes and, well, engage. The optimism and enthusiasm for the opportunities that this era of retail presents was undeniable and people came to ...

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He Got Snapped

Snapped by a Fashion Store
When was the last time you stepped foot in a specialty fashion store? I’ll be honest; it had been awhile for me, which is saying something, considering the industry in which I work.  I, like many career-focused shoppers, have slipped into an on-line or subscription service shopping pattern.  I ...

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Can Earthworms Help Us Compete with Amazon?

Finding the Future of Retail
My hometown of Encinitas, California, is the last place you might look for a glimpse into the future of retail. If anything, Encinitas – a true hippie’s paradise – is a throwback to simpler times. Birkenstock sandals and tie-dye tees are fashion mainstays for most locals. People practice ...

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