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Art of the Pivot: How a Gallery Found Suburban Success With Multi-channel Sales

Art of the Pivot: How a Gallery Found Suburban Success With Multi-channel Sales

Nathaniel Hughson Gallery | Shopify Retail blogWhen Daniel Banko purchased a building on a bustling street in Hamilton, Canada, 10 years ago, he had no idea that the neighborhood would be at the center of what has been described as a “cultural renaissance.” Located 38 miles outside of Toronto, Canada’s most populous city and economic centre, Hamilton has experienced an awakening both in terms of a major influx of people moving to the city and in its artistic blossoming.

“No one wanted to be here,” says Banko, who purchased the building to house two of his businesses: a photography studio and an advertising agency. Banko opened his third business, the Nathaniel Hughson Art Gallery, at the start of the so-called renaissance.

“Hamilton has always been a strong cultural city mostly with music, but it has never really been celebrated in the way that it is now. There have always been a lot of talented artists who lived here but they just didn’t get the same media attention that they are receiving now,” said Banko, adding that Hamilton’s thriving food scene and numerous cafes have contributed to the recent spotlight.

Banko points to Hamilton’s regional theatre, Theatre Aquarius, along with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton as three cultural institutions that existed long before the renaissance. These icons have acted as pillars to support the city’s artistic development, encouraging its citizens to weave the arts into their daily lives. Adding to the cultural movement is the influx of city-dwellers heading west from Toronto, the country’s second-hottest real estate market after Vancouver, as housing prices continue to rise and push residents outside of the core. But for many people leaving Toronto, the choice is not purely economical. The arts scene has drawn many to Hamilton, including large numbers of young adults who don’t want to have to sacrifice the feeling of living in a bustling city rich in culture.

“We’re in the very early stages of this renaissance and there are more and more people discovering all the wonderful hidden or ignored cultural treats the city has to offer as people move west. Right now, food is the big cultural phenomenon in town. Because the population is so diverse, there is a lot of authentic cultural flavor and a great fusion food movement.”

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How This Kids Clothing Company Uses Personal Touches to Double Online Sales

How This Kids Clothing Company Uses Personal Touches to Double Online Sales

Mini Mioche, Toronto | Shopify Retail blogIt’s often said that dogs resemble their owners. While this is true of parents and their children for obvious reasons, parents are also dressing their offspring in attire that mirrors their own fashion sense. In the ’80s, it was Laura Ashley floral dresses for mothers and daughters. In 2016, many trendy parents opt for minimalist basics in premium materials.

Capitalizing on this matchy-matchy inclination is Alyssa Kerbel, owner of Toronto, Canada-based children’s lifestyle brand Mini Mioche. After the birth of her first child eight years ago, Kerbel struggled to find neutral, wash-and-wear baby clothes without garish prints and in-your-face graphics.

“I’m a T-shirt and jeans kind of person and I just wanted to dress her in a similar way. I think that’s the case with a lot of parents nowadays. They like their children to have a similar aesthetic and reflect their lifestyle,” says Kerbel.

With a background in fashion wholesaling, Kerbel decided to flex her creative muscles and start her own children’s clothing company. The brand has since evolved into two Toronto brick-and-mortar stores and an ecommerce site which attracts customers from across Canada.

After spending over a decade managing a fashion wholesale company in Toronto, Kerbel had collected the connections to get her business off the ground. Her first step was to hire a production manager to show her the ropes of clothing design and manufacturing. Working together, Kerbel and her new manager decided to initially offer 10 basic styles in 10 colors for newborns up to 24 months to sell wholesale to children’s clothing boutiques.

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How a San Francisco Indie Wine Store is Attracting International Customers

How a San Francisco Indie Wine Store is Attracting International Customers

Blackwells wine and spirits | Shopify Retail blogThe latest limited-edition release of Jack Daniels. A wine from a relatively unknown Loire Appellation in France. A selection of over a dozen mescals from Mexico. Blackwell’s Wine & Spirits has built its niche as San Francisco’s go-to store for the eclectic and the hard-to-find bottles.

And word has spread not just amongst its local customers, but abroad, with orders coming in from the UK, across Western Europe, and Asia.

“What is new and unusual does well in San Francisco,” says owner Gary Blackwell.

Blackwell is happy to give the people what they want. In fact, he has built his business by listening to customer needs and sourcing rare products to fill requests whenever he can. As a self-described hobbyist of wine, Blackwell is a fan of the “obscure or far-left-field, cult-like sorts of things.”

In its 12 years since opening, Blackwell’s Wine & Spirits has survived the recession — a time when buying a bottle of Bordeaux was simply out of the question — along with the era of online shopping and the constant influx of alcohol trends, both old and new. What’s kept this family owned specialty store relevant after more than a decade is its owner’s savvy business logic and ability to effectively listen to customers needs. With a wealth of knowledge, we’ve highlighted some of Blackwell’s key learnings from his career in the alcohol industry thus far.

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How This California Pair Built a High-End Surf Brand With Upcycled Wood Scraps

How This California Pair Built a High-End Surf Brand With Upcycled Wood Scraps

Ventana Surfboards and Supplies | Shopify Retail blogWhen it comes to retail, passion can be a key differentiator that helps brands rise above the noise. And when passion is combined with storytelling that’s deeply intertwined with your brand, a retailer could have a formula for sales success.

So it’s no surprise that the founders of Ventana Surfboards and Supplies are passionate about the ocean — and preserving it. For co-founder David Dennis, waves break right at the foot of his backyard and he uses a home office right across the street from the beach in Santa Cruz, California. With the beach just steps away, Dennis manages to surf the local waves about three to four times a week. His business partner, Martijn Stiphout, who is also the master craftsman responsible for creating Ventana’s beautiful wooden surfboards, still gets out in the water five days a week.

And it’s this respect for the water that’s helped the duo cultivate a brand that’s hustling to change an entire industry, one board at a time.

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