Category Archives: Hub Talk

Celebrating Record Store Day

Tall Bird Records Chesterfield

Record Store Day will be 20 years old this year and no doubt the musical landscape has changed since its inception. The new digital kids on the block: downloads and streaming were supposed to signal the end of traditional music formats. CD’s and tapes may be struggling or gone but vinyl records have been one […]

7 Clever Ways Waterstones Has Reinvented Itself

Not long ago the future of Waterstones was being questioned. Wicked whispers said it wouldn’t be long before it joined the likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster and BHS in the retail wasteland. Another once mighty chain, failing to adapt to the changes in consumer spending habits. The story of Waterstones would finish with tragedy rather than a […]

Using Videos To Promote Your Small Shop

Chris Fox from greeting card shop, Wishes of Cudworth looks at how videos can promote your shop and create engaging online content… What does the word video mean to you? If you’re of certain age you may instantly think of the days of VHS. The warm, nostalgic haze of yesterday’s video shops, vans and tapes. […]

The Greeting Card Project

The Greeting Card Project

The Greeting Card Project is a YouTube channel and Facebook Page documenting Jeremy Corner’s New Year’s Resolution to visit different shops every week to buy and send more cards. Jeremy wanted to see if the simple act of card sending changed him and if it might enhance his relationships with friends and loved ones. Jeremy […]

10 Great Gifts That Retail Under £10

Wish Strings Bracletts

It’s tricky finding the right gifts for your shop and more importantly at the right price too. With that in mind Gift Shop Hub has put together 10 great gifts that retail for under £10. A mixture of different products that should make perfect additions to your shop’s gift ranges. All prices are RRP but […]

Seven Things I Learned Running A Retail Trail

Cudworth Bunny Trail Rabbit

Hi, my name is Chris Fox and I’m the digital content manager for greeting card and gift shop Wishes of Cudworth. I try to look as Wishes as a brand. Not a corporate, soulless brand I must add. No, it’s rather about consistency of tone and dreaming up new ways to promote the shop. To […]

4 Heatons Traders Association – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

4 Heatons Traders Association

Today Gift Shop Hub talks to The 4 Heatons Traders Association, or 4HTA for short. The purpose of the 4HTA is summed up in it’s mission statement:“To make the Heatons, a better place, to live, work and prosper”. Any business based in the SK4 post code area, which covers the villages of Heaton Mersey, Heaton Moor, Heaton Norris […]

The Greeting Card Association

Sharon Little from the GCA at Top Drawer

The GCA is the trade association for the greeting card industry, a great community of card publishers, retailers and specialist suppliers. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Sharon Little who is the CEO for the Greeting Card Association. Hi Sharon, let’s start with finding out about the GCA… The Greeting Card Association is a not for profit membership […]