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2011 Plus Awards Winners

March 2, 2012

Innovative design and a commitment to superior service are synonymous qualities of this year’s Plus Award winners for excellence in design and retail.

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Thinking Outside the Box

January 31, 2012

Four successful retailers—a bike shop, a cupcake boutique, a coffee house and an art store—offer universal insights on how they are thriving in the borderless, digital retail age by thinking locally. By Lyndsay McGregor

hat can a footwear retailer learn from a tasty cupcake boutique in Colorado or a snazzy bike shop in Connecticut? How about from a trendy coffee shop in Texas or a boutique art store in Indiana? The short answer: A whole lot.

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Rock Steady

January 6, 2012

Despite tough economic obstacles, the outdoor category continues its consistent growth trajectory, delivering what consumers increasingly desire: versatile, minimal and fashionable shoes suitable for a rugged hike or a walk in the park. By Mary Avant

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Stock Options

December 1, 2011

Get ’em while they’re hot: These styles are in stock and ready to land on store shelves within the next 60 days.

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Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

October 18, 2011

A New Orleans native ditches the Big Apple for the Big Easy and helps rebuild her family’s shoe stores after Hurricane Katrina.

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A Well-Respected Man

September 7, 2011

Post Metrosexual and Retrosexual revolutions, today’s male seeks a refined balance as a legion of classic brands and up-and-comers answer the call.

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The Real Jersey Shore

August 2, 2011

Forget Snooki, self-tanner and over-gelled wannabe Romeos. Despite what MTV may say, for these footwear retailers, the real Jersey Shore is full of locals who flock to the coast for sun, sports and style.

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Baring It All

July 6, 2011

The minimalist running category is red hot with emerging brands, fresh designs and new claims related to the concept’s approach to the age-old exercise of running. The latest market analysis and Spring ’12 products are sure to keep the buzz going.

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Steely Determination

June 7, 2011

The story of how Reyers, “the world’s largest shoe store,” withstood the test of time—for 125 years and counting.

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Midwestern Moxie

May 3, 2011

When times got tough, Jane and Matt Stricker got going, building their Nebraska comfort boutique Footloose & Fancy into a growing chain.

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