A serious record collector and a music expert walk into a bar...or should we say a new store in Kirkland. Daren Compton and David Chadwick recently opened Vortex Music and Movies, and they took time out from a busy Saturday to share with us why vinyl is making a comeback and their belief in local retail as it struggles to survive against online and mobile shopping.
Valentine's Day is almost here and you know what they say. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. And after that, business ideas to help Moms with their little charges – at least for Mompreneurs like Sari Crevin. She's the inventor of a successful line of products to help parents make their lives easier.
She’s not alone. The market for infant and kids products has exploded. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, U.S. wholesale revenue for prenatal through preschool items, not counting clothing and food, has grown to almost $3 billion. Hear Sari tell her story of how she is grabbing her share of the market, from when she bought her first sewing machine to selling into some of the biggest retailers in the country.
Also on this week's show, a new website from the SBA, the interactive media industry and the app economy in Seattle.
Guests Art Torelli of Electronic Processing Consultants and Food Pedalers, and Betsy McFeely of Seattle Goodwill, talk about merchant accounts, what it takes to run a bicycle food delivery service and how one of the biggest non-profits supports itself through retail.
It's time for holiday shopping period, so our debut show is all about retail business. Featured guests include Steve Naramore of Sip and Ship, Miriam Works of Works Consulting and Tammy James of Ventures. You'll hear ideas on marketing, merchandising, opening stores, expanding to second locations, and more.
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