Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America

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Penguin, May 28, 2009 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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How small, one-of-a-kind businesses can break through among giants

Megachains like Walmart, Starbucks, Home Depot, and The Gap attract Americans to thousands of outlets by offering a large selection of goods and services. But this doesn't mean that independent stores can't compete with the big guys-and win. Retail expert George Whalin identifies and explores twenty-five highly popular and profitable independent stores from around the country. Unlike the mom-and-pops of yesteryear, these businesses embrace technology and innovation, generate word of mouth, and turn their size into an advantage. They include:

? ABC Carpet and Home in New York City
? Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon
? The Junkman's Daughter in Atlanta
? Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, Ohio

Readers will be inspired by how these independent stores are thriving and take away lessons they can apply to their own businesses.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Jungle Jims International Market
10
Gumps
21
Archie McPhee
29
Powells City of Books
39
Abt Electronics
47
Zabars
60
Bronners Christmas Wonderland
68
Nell Hills
131
LouisBoston
140
Estes Ark
148
Junkmans Daughter
156
Junkmans Daughters Brother
162
Smoky Mountain Knife Work
167
Berings
174
Wanna Buy a Watch?
181

Ron Jon Surf Shop
77
A Southern Season
85
ABC Carpet Home
96
In Celebration of Golf
104
Gallery Furniture
112
Wilkes Bashford
124
Rowenas
188
The Silver Queen
195
Toy House Baby Too
201
Hartville Hardware
209
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