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I Heard It Was Christmas Day

I Heard It Was Christmas Day

In a field dominated by piano and piano-based releases, it’s refreshing to hear a holiday music album from a guitarist. Tom Caufield’s I Heard It Was Christmas Day is a real treasure. Ten carols, including one original, get enjoyable and interesting treatment without losing their trademark “feel.” Besides his guitar, Caufield also plays bass and keyboards, but it’s his stellar guitar playing that shines brightest on this album.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Pianist Doug Hammer’s second holiday release is a beaut! Seventeen carols and one wintry/seasonal original performed on piano in a relaxed manner make Christmas Lights a fantastic backdrop for quiet relaxing during this ultra-busy time of year. While his arrangements of these time-tested classics sometimes spin off into original improvisation, he does so with style and grace. Some carols get an energetic treatment.

Winter Symphony

Winter Symphony

If you seek music to fit the lively, joyous, and celebratory nature of holiday gatherings, reach for Jennifer Thomas’ terrific Winter Symphony, one of the most ambitious Christmas albums I have heard. Playing piano and violin, and featuring three different orchestras and The Ensign Chorus, Thomas pours her heart and soul into these 12 selections, which include traditional carols, originals, “seasonal” music (“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”), and even the John Williams’ penned “Somewhere In My Memory” from Home Alone.

6 Quick Holiday Marketing Tips

Marketing Mondays - 6 Quick Holiday Marketing Tips

The holidays are officially upon us, and whether you do it up big in your store or you take a more understated approach, people are on the hunt for the perfect gifts for their friends, family, co-workers, and pets. Are you ready to make this your best 4th quarter?

We’ve gathered a few holiday marketing tips to get the snow globe rolling, and for even more tips, check out "Making Spirits Bright."

Shop Talk: Practical answers for tough business questions

Question: Last year I went overboard in my spending and purchased way too much merchandise for the holidays. It took almost three months for my inventory to sell down to a normal level! I want to avoid a repeat scenario. Is there an easy way to set up a holiday budget?

Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright

The all-important fourth quarter is not quite here, but most shoppers have already begun to look for holiday gifts and décor. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly one fifth of consumers begin their holiday shopping before October! Even if your store is proudly known as the antidote to commercialization and the last place you’d expect a deluge of red and green, you can still highlight your store as the destination to find truly unique and meaningful gifts for all the winter holidays and decorate in a way that highlights the festive energy of the season.

Seasonal Traditions Light Up The World

Seasonal Traditions Light Up The World

Midwinter is a time to make merry. We come together and share feasts of food, song, and dance. We visit neighbors and friends and spread our wishes for peace and prosperity. To dispel winter darkness, we practice ancient rituals of lighting candles, remembering virtues, cherishing our communities, and enjoying the magic of the solstice time as the earth turns once again toward the sun.

Happier Holidays in Store

Happier Holidays in Store

In the classic holiday movie, Miracle on 34th Street, Kris Kringle, acting as the Macy’s Santa Claus, promises a child a particular toy fire engine. The child’s mother admonishes Santa by telling him Macy’s is out of stock on that toy. In his affable way, Santa tells the mother she can find the fire engine at Schoenfeld’s, one of Macy’s many retail competitors. What sounds like a crazy idea eventually becomes a marketing gold mine. It shows that Macy’s puts the customer first, above profits, which makes for a great holiday in-store shopping experience.

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