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Ways small shops shifting holiday sales amid COVID-19

Watty Brooks Hall, the owner of the Brooks Collection, plans to keep her iPhone charged and ready for more FaceTime calls this holiday season.

Her Collierville, Tennessee gift shop introduced virtual shopping for consumers who don’t feel comfortable coming inside but want to see the pottery, gifts and home goods up close. Hall also plans to post more photos on Instagram and Facebook where engagement has been up since the pandemic.

Texas-based Stag Provisions also is engaging more with shoppers on social media. It will also stock more comfortable clothes such as t-shirts and sweatpants this holiday season as people continue to spend a lot of time at home. 

And Gibson’s Bookstore, New Hampshire’s oldest independent book shop established in 1898, hopes to drive online sales with its new curbside pickup option.

Small retailers across the country have had to get creative to keep the lights on after dealing with

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Cleveland Shops to offer first gift card sale of the year

CLEVELAND — Northeast Ohio is once again coming together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cleveland Shops, an organization of locally owned stores, has announced its first gift certificate sale of the year, hoping to help drive-up business in anticipation of the holiday season.

Each location has a limited number of gift cards to sell, either 5-$100s or 10-$50s. $50 certificates will be sold at $35 and $100’s at $70.

The list of local shops involved includes: Alson Jeweler’s, Lisa Moran Ltd., Casey’s Irish Imports, Paisley Monkey and Kilgore Trout to Cara’s Boutique, Marshall Carpet One, Mar-Lou Shoes, Cleveland Lighting, Calvetta Brothers, J3, Knuth’s Shoes, Geiger’s and more.

“Plans for this launch have been over a year in the making,” says Gordon Geiger, President of Cleveland Shops and owner of Geiger’s in Chagrin Falls, Lakewood and Downtown. “We believe that the time is right. We’ll help our members kick off the holiday

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If you’re ready to downsize — especially with jewelry — don’t forget to try selling at pawn shops | Home/Garden

Orderliness is a blessing you leave your children. Which is how I wound up this week in a pawn shop.

For the record, I had never been in a pawn shop. I assumed they were for other people: gun traders, drug addicts, gamblers, those seeking bail money or who were otherwise down on their luck ― not that I haven’t run out of luck myself from time to time. But there I was, in my tailored blouse, good haircut and sensible pumps bargaining with a pawn broker as several closed-circuit cameras looked on.

Christine Gerardi got me into this. You may recall, a few months ago, I wrote about Gerardi, a jeweler who came to my home and helped me sort my jewelry. Besides giving me permission to let go of some dated costume pieces, Gerardi bought some gold jewelry I no longer wore for their melt value. (Huzzah!) During

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