Bargain Hunters Emerge From Their Food Comas

Looks like readers of the Chicago Tribune know what day it is. The media frequently refers to Black Friday as the busiest retail shopping day of the year, but this is not always the case. While it has been one of the busiest days in terms of pedestrian traffic at shopping centers, in terms of […]

From Content To Retail And Back

Everyone’s dabbling in media these days. Meanwhile, smart media companies are getting into retail. Wired Magazine, for instance, will sell merchandise like Jack Spade messenger bags, “The El” bike, headphones and iPad cases in a pop-up store that opens on Friday in the three-story Tower Records building in NoHo. “The gloves are off here at […]

Come See The Creepy Side Of Sears

I gotta admit, I don’t think about Sears much. Haven’t bought anything there in years and yes, I’ll always remember it as the place where my grandfather would park the car when he took us to the mall. But Sears is still alive. Sort of. You can see more of Sears’ Sears’ pursuit of the […]

A Good Day To Say “I Do”

We went to a wedding yesterday. Apparently it’s something a lot of people will be doing today, as well. Brides magazine estimates that 31,050 couples will be married today — almost 10 times as many as marry on a typical Sunday — to take advantage of the perceived benefits of writing one’s wedding date as […]

Powell’s Books: A Textbook Retailer Since 1971

Portland agency ID Branding has come up with a winning idea for the city’s most famous retailer, Powell’s Books. According to Doug Lowell of IDB: The idea is fairly simple on paper (execution was not quite so simple): we create a photobooth-type experience inside the store that lets customers have their picture taken in front […] Clicking Video, Mobile And Social Boxes

Seattle-based retailer, Nordstrom, which operates 193 stores in 28 states, is investing in its online store. Seattle Times reports that Nordstrom’s new site–three years in the making–promises easier navigation, bigger photos and a prominent place where people can express their thoughts about the latest trends. Executive Vice President Jamie Nordstrom, who oversees the company’s direct […]

J. Peterman, A Classic Brand Storyteller, Lives On — Online

If all you know about J. Peterman was the character on “Seinfeld,” you missed out on some great catalog copywriting in the 80’s and 90’s. As a result of the show’s publicity , the company expanded into retail outlets then fizzled out. But J. Peterman still sells online, using the same mystique to sell clothes […]

Shopping For Pointy Shoes? Cool, Buy A Car.

Ford Fiesta is chillin’ with the hipsters in Portland this month. According to The Oregonian, Ford will share space with a clothing retailer Local35 by day. At night, the so-called “pop-up” shop will host parties and a concert series put on by Spin Magazine. The pop-up shop aims to introduce the car to those young […]