Local Retail Stories

The Bookies Bookstore in Denver, CO

The Bookies Bookstore in Denver, CO

Fortunately we get to talk about independently owned bookstores and can highlight a handful we learn about because they carry Idea Chíc cards and gifts. There is no better bookstore to start with then where we buy books. The Bookies Bookstore in Denver, CO.  Owner, Sue Lubeck, decided the children of Denver needed a magical bookstore. She filled her home basement with children's books and opened her doors. Soon, the books were joined by teaching resources and they all spilled into the hallway, then the living room, and into the bedrooms! That was over 45 years ago! About 10 years later she opened The Bookies...

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Chirps & Cheers in Midtown Oklahoma City OK

Chirps & Cheers in Midtown Oklahoma City OK

Here is an American dream for ya. As we always do, we dive in and learn all we can about a new store and buyers stocking our cards and gifts. After the first order we quickly learned that shop gal, Jade just became an owner of Chirps & Cheers in Midtown Oklahoma City, OK! That was last May and five more POs already in, she´s curating very well.Jade´s favorite thing in life is carefully curating her little shop so it’s an oasis for their customers. Making people feel loved through paper is her goal 🖤They also host workshops, an excellent...

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Solstad House in Beacon NY

Solstad House in Beacon  NY

Solstad House in Beacon , NY opened Nov 1, 2019. Their first order with us was in Oct, 2019 to help stock for opening day. This retailer has re-stocked/added greeting cards 14 more times, DURING A PANDEMIC! We think of them when someone writes brick and mortar retail is dead. Interesting Retail works! What is the secret?If you're in Beacon, please stop by and say hi to them and head to the back of the store for The Beacon Lights.The Beacon LightsThe greatest joy for Steve and Frankie, owners of Solstad House, comes from rescuing and adopting senior-aged dogs. Their...

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The Stanley Marketplace in Aurora CO

The Stanley Marketplace in Aurora CO

The Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, CO is a special place, before and during the pandemic. So special we think their reason to exist or as they call it ¨Stanifesto¨ might have a lot to do with a physical marketplace doing better than others during the pandemic.Like all muti-use space the events draw ended. At Stanley the effort to drive traffic for their retailers was quickly replaced with effective logistics and communications for delivery and curbside pickup. Their email, social media, press and overall communications is inspiring for all....¨WE ARE LOCALLY INSPIRED AND COMMUNITY DESIRED. WE ASKED OURSELVES WHAT WOULD MAKE...

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MADE in Jackson WY

MADE in Jackson WY

Have you been to Jackson, WY? Like our favorite CO mountain towns you have to visit during all four seasons. These towns are also great because of the small business community. Main Street. In Jackson you are sure to step into one of John Frechette´s stores. He has expanded to four!MADE - his first boutique created to sell his own waresMountain Dandy - 2nd store which is a Men´s Store and when his partner Christian joined full time, a former teacher.(Just like how I joined my wife full time at Idea Chic a few years down our road.)M - closer...

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