Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Rocky Mountain Chocolate is all about the sweets this Valentine’s Day! They have the classic box of chocolates that anyone will love, or indulge in some chocolate roses or hearts!

Moondance Jewelry offers the gift  of sparkle and glam with their fashionable jewelry designs. Leave lots of hints or just send that special someone an email to let them know what you have your eye on!

Soaptopia is here to get you into the Valentine’s Day spirit with their aromatic red and pink hues. They have everything from heart shaped soaps, to a sale on their Natural Lip Balms, to a 50 Shades of Shea pack. Plus, lots of their items ship for FREE so check out their site while supplies last!

Charlotte Olympia has everything a girl desires for her Valentine’s Day Collection. A pair of heels covered in hearts paired with a clutchwill provide those final touches for the perfect romantic evening!

Moonstruck Chocolate  has your sweet tooth covered with their decadent treats! They have cute Love Bug Truffles, Sea Salt Almond Bark, and more! Up until Valentine’s Day, they’ll be running some great deals!
Looking for a couples gift? Mr. Peabody’s Optical Shoppe is for you! Take advantage of a Buy One Get One Free Sale on all non-prescription SUNGLASSES! Sale ends on the 14th!

Buying for men is never an easy task, but Nixon has some great suggestions! They have an array of watches that can fit any personality.

Best Dressed Grammys 2015

Gwen Stefani in Versace
We love the mixture of textures for Gwen Stefani’s look that took wearing black to a whole different level.  
Taylor Swift in Elie Saab
One of the most colorful artists on the carpet last night and it completely works for her! Blues and some fuchsia made T-Swift look beautiful!


Anna Kendrick in Band of Outsiders

Miss Kendrick has made this suit incredibly feminine and sexy with the low cut front and perfectly placed curls. Anyone else excited for Pitch Perfect 2 now??

Beyoncéin Proenza Schouler
Honestly, Queen B will look good in anything. But this black lacey dress shows off her amazing shape in such a classy way!
Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood
It’s something about the dress, the haircut and Zendaya’s confidence that makes this a great pick for her.

Chrissy Teigen in Emilio Pucci
She can do no wrong! For a night that is known for showing a little skin, Teigen’s cutouts we’re perfect.

Miley Cyrus in Alexander Vauthier
She went for an understated outfit and definitely stood out for it! Great choice Miley.


13 Retail Blogs You Should Follow

Description: “At SnapRetail, we want to make life easy for local retailers…We want them to have more – more time, more traffic and more sales. That’s why we’ve developed a system that helps them easily engage and sell to customers using email and social media.”
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Description: “We are a user experience agency for brick & mortar retailers.”
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Description:Unlock the power of a digital receipt that builds your brand,
engages your customers and transforms your business with
valuable analytic insights.”
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Description: Our professionally certified business partners provide local training, service, support, and regulatory compliance so you can grow your business no matter where it takes you.
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Description: “NCR Counterpoint includes robust point-of-sale, inventory management software, built-in customer loyalty, automated purchasing, and configurable reporting capabilities.”
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Description:Retail TouchPoints (RTP) is an online publishing network for retail executives, offering content focused on optimizing the customer experience across all channels.”
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Retail Minded
Description: “Retail Minded is a trusted resource for independent retailers and other small business owners.”
Follow them at: @retailminded
Description:Smart Retailer covers all of today’s popular styles, including country, traditional, vintage, coastal and more, and it provides new-product previews, trend reports, display ideas, and valuable business advice to help retailers build smart businesses.”
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Description: “…merchants use our platform to manage every aspect of their business — from products to orders to customers, selling online, in retail stores, and on the go.”
Follow them at: @shopify
Description: “I work with retailers just like you who are good at what they do; however, they have never been taught exactly how to run their stores more profitably or more effectively.”
Follow them at: @retailmavens
Description: Their complementary skill sets and diverse backgrounds give their company and retail trainers at WhizBang! Training a one-two punch of street-smart independent retail store owner and highly trained retail pro.”
Follow them at: @BobNegen
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Description:Welcome to The Retail Digest – the world’s best site for retail news and information, curated by the top 100 industry thinkers and doers, and upvoted by people like you.”
Follow them at: @theretaildigest
Description:Our mission is to advance the interests of the retail industry through advocacy, communications and education.”
Follow them at: @NRFnews


Retail Twitter Handles to Follow

General Retailing, Industry News and Tips
Retail Week

Retail Wire @RetailWire
RIS @RISnewsInsights
Hanover Research @hanover4bix
Retail Minded @RetailMinded
Retail Online Magazine @RetailOnlineMag
One Step Retail Solutions @OneStepRetail
Future of Retail Alliance @joinFORA
NY Times Retail Reporter

Retail Technology / Technology
Point of Sale News @PointOfSaleNews
One Step Retail Solutions @OneStepRetail
Tech Crunch @TechCrunch
Retail Digital
NCR Counterpoint: @NCRCorporation
Retail Pro: @RetailProNews

Hiring / Personnel
The Retail Life @theRetailLife
Find Hire @FindHire
Work in Retail @WorkinRetail
NRF Retail Careers @Retail_Careers

Consultants / Training
Evan Carmichael @EvanCarmichael
Retail Smart Guys @danjab
Retail Touch Points @RTouchPoints
Retail Concepts @RetailConcepts
The Retail Doctor @theRetailDoctor
Retail Mavens

NRF News – National Retail Federation @NRFnews
Board Retail Association @BoardRetailers
Florida Retail Association @FloridaRetail
Michigan Retail Association @MichRetail
California Fashion Association: @calfashion
Canadian Apparel Federation: @caf_apparel
Museum Store Association: @MSAconnect
Jewelers of America: @Jewelers_JA
Association of Zoos and Aquariums: @zoos_aquariums
American Nursery & Landscape Association: @american_hort
American Apparel and Footwear Association: @apparelfootwear
Brewer’s Association: @BrewersAssoc
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America: @FDRA
Game Manufacturers Association: @GamaOnline
International Council for Shopping Centers: @ICSC
National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers: @NASGW_Pros
National Sporting Goods Association: @NSGASportingGds
North American Home Furnishings: @theNAHFA
Sports and Fitness Industry Association: @theSFIA

Visual Merchandising and Design
Retail Details @retail_details
King Retail Solutions @KingRetail
DDI Online @DDItweets
Store Signs @StoreSigns
Retail Design Blog: @RetailDesignBG

Promotion and Marketing
Snap Retail @SnapRetail
Brand Spank @BrandSpankShop
Plastic Resource @PlasticResource
Postcard Mania @PostcardMania

Retail Real Estate
Retail Traffic @RetailTraffic

Style and Fashion
Racked National @Racked
Lifestyle Lemonaid @LifeStyleLemonaid
Women’s Wear Daily @WomensWearDaily
Refinery29 @refinery29
Red Carpet Fashion: @Fashion_Critic_