Next up in our series of StoreFront posts, we are featuring Mountain Mike’s Pizza—a pizza chain along the West Coast. What started as a single pizza restaurant with a casual, family-oriented atmosphere has grown into a leading pizza brand with more than 150 restaurants in California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah.… Read More

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

This year’s Small Business Saturday is a wrap! Consumers spent $5.5 billion at independent merchants during the day (Nov. 24), according to the Small Business Saturday consumer insights survey.… Read More

With more than 42 million children under the age of five classified as overweight, the World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed childhood obesity to be one of the biggest public health challenges of this century. In the United States, the adult obesity rate hit nearly 28 percent by May 2014 — the highest number ever measured by Gallup and Healthways since the two organizations began tracking this data in 2008.… Read More

Store owner Sherrie Ammirato with her dog, Jessie

Store owner Sherrie Ammirato with her dog, Jessie

Sherrie Ammirato is used to seeing dozens of furry tails when dog owners bring their four-legged friends into her Doggie Bag store to shop for doggie treats, toys, and apparel. But this week, she’s also paying close attention to the tail-end of the holiday shopping season in the run-up to Christmas.… Read More

2013 was an important year for health and fitness retailers. Consumers remained highly focused on taking control of their health as reflected in a USA Today study that found that our national obesity epidemic has finally begun to level off.… Read More