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Whistle Shop

Turn your store into a destination by making shopping an event.
March 1, 2005
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/76276

How do you turn a small town of 2,500 people into a shopping destination? Diana Schmidt, owner of clothing boutique Kaylane's Kloset, teamed up with local retailers Karen Cather and Amy Wells to create the Diva Day Away program. Customers pay $20, meet at a lavishly decorated house, enjoy a four-course brunch or lunch, and receive goody bags with gifts and coupons from participating retailers in Anthony, Kansas.

Then, says Schmidt, 45, "We send them downtown, shopping like divas. They get a small gift or special treatment at nine different shops."

Debbie Allen, a retail consultant and author of Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters, urges other retailers to take cues from the Diva Day Away team to create more entertaining shopping experiences by:


Gwen Moran is a writer and consultant specializing in marketing.