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

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

Last September, we shared news of a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opening its doors in our North West Square shopping center in Columbus, Ohio, its first-ever site in the state. This month, the popular healthy and organic grocery chain hosted another grand opening in our Fairview City Centre in Fairview Heights, Illi., a site we are in the process of redeveloping to attract new tenants, while revitalizing the center for existing tenants, including OfficeMax and Petco.… 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

Getting customers through the door is half the battle. So what are businesses doing to attract customers to their shops? A recent trend shows retail chains hosting events to entice customers and boost sales. These in-store events vary by store and brand but they all have the same goal in mind–get the consumer in the store and keep them there.… Read More

With approximately 800 shopping centers across the country, we have a big footprint here at Kimco. But our commitment to giving back to the communities where we operate is equally as large. In addition to the many volunteer efforts of our employees, we’re always looking for creative ways to help give back to organizations that are making a difference in the world, like donating prime retail space to organizations who lack the physical space to carry out their generous acts.… 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

In busy Northeast Philadelphia, Kimco has played a key role turning four adjacent blocks into a retail hub for the city. Target, Sears, and Pathmark anchor three of the properties where Cottman Avenue meets Bustleton Avenue, and all have been successfully serving a dense local population, buoyed in part by the ground-up renovations we completed five years ago.… Read More

In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in America, making it very important for children to become more active during their time of play. Over 25 years ago, My Gym, a children’s fitness center, was created to help children develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally through fitness activities.… Read More