Summer 2020 Starfish Award Winner: The Blue Flamingo
Starfish Award Winner Profiles
Aug. 10, 2020
The Blue Flamingo furnishes hope to many through a special partnership with VOA.
Jersey Shore stores take hit from Tropical Storm Isaias
Aug. 6, 2020
Stores forced to close while high winds took out power, caused damage.
Clarion cancels Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show
Aug. 5, 2020
Show organizer will launch virtual Gift & Souvenir Marketplace from September 2020 to February 2021.
Surf Expo September goes virtual
July 28, 2020
Citing the ongoing pandemic, show will launch virtual Surf Expo Connect, Sept. 16-18, 2020.
New show comes to Texas
July 24, 2020
The Corpus Christi Souvenir & Resort Show is Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Clarion provides safety update on Las Vegas show
July 16, 2020
Precautions for Oct. 7-10 show include physical distancing and increased sanitation and first-aid stations.
North Carolina home decor gift store gets new home
July 15, 2020
Crabby Chic’s new Wilmington location has more visibility and space.
Ocean Voyages Institute conducts largest open ocean clean-up
July 8, 2020
Crew successfully removes 103 tons of waste during 48-day expedition in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
A dream comes true for new Florida store owner
July 3, 2020
Tricia and Jeff Mangrum opened The Boutique by the Beach, formerly Sirene Coastal Interiors, in Venice.
Vera Bradley provides COVID-19, Pura Vida and Q1 updates
June 18, 2020
Revenues are down but company remains focused on its Vision 20/20 goals.
May retail sales improve dramatically over April
June 16, 2020
Census Bureau says sales were up 17.7 percent over April but still down 6.1 percent from 2019.
Virginia Beach gift shop has positive open amid pandemic
June 16, 2020
Madeleine Philipp’s third store opened to positive feedback.
Stand Up for Retail: Innovation in a #NovelEconomy
June 15, 2020
Best-selling author and Salesforce’s Global Innovation Evangelist, Brian Solis, shares retail insights.
Surf Expo provides health and safety update
June 12, 2020
Task force created to develop on-site preparedness plan.
IMC campuses reopen with new safety procedures
June 11, 2020
AmericasMart reopened June 8; High Point, World Market Center Las Vegas to reopen June 15.
PPP Flexibility Act passes House
June 10, 2020
Legislation extends the expense forgiveness period from eight weeks to 24 weeks.
World Oceans Day 2020 includes in-person and online celebrations
June 7, 2020
30x30 campaign calls on global leaders to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.
Shark Off launches new bracelet style
June 3, 2020
The Rio is made of paracord and available in four color patterns.
World Reef Day goes virtual in 2020
June 1, 2020
Week-long Instagram Live series includes inspiring thought leaders.
Color trend: Classic Blue
Larry Bernstein and Kristin Ely
May 29, 2020
Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year evokes inspiration for coastal fashions and decor that depict this primary ocean color.