According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 1 million restaurant locations in the United States. So what can emerging restaurants do to standout — especially if they want to expand into new markets?

We spoke with Steve Silverstein, CEO & Founder, and Dennis Maher, Vice President of Real Estate, of Not Your Average Joe’s (NYAJ), to find out what makes NYAJ so unique and how the New England-based restaurant chain found its way into Kimco’s Suburban Square in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.… Read More

Professional artist Sandra Marshall has been a painter since she graduated college, working mostly on portraits and wall murals. But she has just as much of a passion for teaching — her degree was in elementary education.

When she moved to the Phoenix area from New York, she found a need for more arts education, and began offering lessons and painting parties out of her home to friends and classmates of her children.… Read More

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Small business optimism reached its third highest level since the Great Recession last month, in spite of harsh weather conditions that pummeled much of the country this winter. That resilience is promising for the economy, and underscores the importance consumers place in small shops as they continue to patronize these retailers and businesses.… Read More

It seems we were right.

The last time we discussed the Marketplace Fairness Act the bill was gaining momentum. The U.S. Senate had just passed the bill in a 69-27 vote, and brick-and-mortar retailers and supporters nationwide rejoiced.

But we projected there was still a long road ahead to passing this critical piece of legislation into law.… Read More

Have you Googled yourself or your business lately? If so, are you happy with what you see? For many consumers, off-line shopping generally starts with online research. According to Andy Beal, a leading online reputation management expert, all your radio, TV, and print ads will be wasted money if someone then types your name into Google and sees that you have a questionable reputation.… Read More

Purchasing sports equipment can be expensive, and for people playing multiple sports, or children wanting to try new activities, costs can rack up very quickly. This is where Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting goods resale franchise in North America, steps in.… Read More

Gone are the days of simply walking into a store, trying on an outfit or testing out a new product, and then determining whether or not to make a purchase. New in-store retail technologies can now help shoppers make that decision by combining the perks of online shopping with a traditional brick-and-mortar experience.… Read More

Last October, Amazon grabbed headlines by leasing space in New York City, with reports swirling that it would be the online behemoth’s first retail store as well as a hub for its same day delivery service, giving NYC shoppers instant gratification, an advantage that brick-and-mortar stores still have over e-commerce.… Read More

We’ve been witnessing the disruption that technology has been having on retail, but what was once something that created anxiety is now creating tremendous opportunity, and retailers are now actively embracing these opportunities. Just last quarter, Macy’s invested billions of dollars toward a new effort that, in part, encourages shoppers to use their mobile device to search for and purchase apparel in its stores, while others have turned to virtual reality to create a next generation retail experience.… Read More