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  • Boho Modern ‘To Go’

    Boho Modern ‘To Go’
    Celebrating its 10th year in Los Angeles’ trendy Atwater Village, Potted is a destination for its urban clientele looking to personalize their outdoor living spaces with fresh styles from the store’s funky bohemian modern product mix. Owners Mary Gray, a former set designer for TV commercials, and Annette Goliti Gutierrez, a former script writer for film, recently renovated the store, adding space for creatively cross-merchandised displays and brightening up the space....READ MORE
     
  • Building a Positive Culture at Your Family Biz Goes a Long Way

    Building a Positive Culture at Your Family Biz Goes a Long Way
    What makes some businesses successful versus other businesses, even though they may be in the same industry with seemingly equal access to the same resources? Do they work harder? Do they work smarter? Do they have a secret hidden competitive advantage?...READ MORE
     
  • Seven Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Online Store

    Seven Ways to Use Social Media to Promote Your Online Store
    The success of any IGC retailer with an online store centers on gaining customers and generating new online sales. Social media is a great place to do this, from building a community of online advocates to engaging with new customers. Not only can social media help you raise brand awareness of your online store, it can also be used to acquire new leads and ultimately new customers for your retail business....READ MORE
     
  • Go Ahead, Ask Your Customers to Give to Charity - They Like It!

    Go Ahead, Ask Your Customers to Give to Charity - They Like It!
    If you think that asking your customers to donate to a charity at the checkout is a turnoff, think again. A survey from the Good Scout Group shows that customers like to give to a good cause while running their shopping errands. According to the report, 71 percent of those surveyed donated to a charity at the register....READ MORE
     
  • Put More Sizzle In Your Summertime Displays!

    Put More Sizzle In Your Summertime Displays!
    It’s so easy to catch a summer cold in our independent garden centre business. Spring was so wonderfully busy this season that we may have forgotten about summer until it was upon us. But don’t worry, there’s still time to put more sizzle in your summertime merchandising!...READ MORE
     
 
News and Opinions
  • Big Things In Store

    August 17, 2012

    New ideas, new products, new excitement at IGC 2012 - you’ve never seen anything like it! Spring sprang - and sprang big. Now garden center owners, managers and staff are making big plans

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  • ‘It Was Awesome,’ Say IGCs of the Season that Broke Records

    July 20, 2012
    Spring’s early arrival across the country, along with consumers’ willingness to open their wallets, made for a sunny selling season for many this year. “Weather-wise, it was awesome; sales-wise, it was awesome,” says Peter Bowden, Garden Expert and Public Relations for Hewitt’s Garden Centers, NY, ranked No. 49 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with $10.4 million in sales....

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