Order less and buy more often.” That’s smart advice for efficient inventory management in any economic environment. With today’s consumers pulling back, it’s doubly important to make sure your retail stock doesn’t get out of hand.
What’s the buzzword among NICHE magazine’s 2011 Top Retailers? “Community.”
Owner Don Muller, who has been selling art in western Massachusetts since the early 1970s and at his Main Street, Northampton, gallery since 1978, has seen many changes through the years. But his story isn’t as much one of survival as it is of vision—or perhaps of vision and dedication combined.
Owning a gallery is a powerful fantasy. Newly minted art school graduates and young entrepreneurs daydream about expansive, carefully lit retail spaces filled with handcrafted objects that eager customers will immediately whip out their credit cards to buy.
We carry only American-made fine craft and art, with an emphasis on work made in Pennsylvania.
Our customers are an eclectic mix of individuals who live in our community or visit us from nearby Minneapolis/St. Paul
We’ve never taken a negative attitude about the economy. We’ve always offered a wide price range—from very affordable, to museum-quality pieces.
ew marketing tactics, traffic-driving events and partnerships with like-minded small business owners are all hot topics for NICHE magazine’s 2010 Top Retailers. But above all, they’re optimistic about the future.