Style with a Smile

When I was growing up, back-to-school shopping meant a pack of No. 2 pencils, a black and white composition book and maybe a pair of tennis shoes or Mary Janes. Now, it’s mini-erasers shaped like pandas and elephants, fidget spinners and light-up Skechers. The basic accessories of the ’60s and ’70s are over, and kids… Read More

Elizabeth MacLean

Beyond the Brands

Farley’s of Newburyport Offers Unique Shopping Experience. (sponsored) Owners T.J. Conte and Lisa Burke purchased John Farley Clothiers from former owner John and Linda Allison three years ago and they believe their staff has found a niche in the industry that focuses on and benefits the consumer. “We are a relationship-based business,” says Farley’s store Manager… Read More

Katie Lovett
Home trends couch

Back to the Furniture

This past April, I made my annual pilgrimage to North Carolina and the High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings and decor show. It was as inspiring and overwhelming as always. After looking at thousands of products and designs, I noticed five emerging trends. 1. Color: Overall, warm neutrals dominated the 2017 spring Market. Sophisticated… Read More

Linda Holt
mvma retail

2017 MVMA Winners – Retail Therapy

Thousands of ballots have been cast, the results tabulated, and now we present the winners of the 2017 Merrimack Valley Magazine Awards. This spring, the top picks in all categories were chosen by our readers via our online voting platform. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and congratulations to all the… Read More

Doug Sparks
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