AS SEEN IN - USA TODAY - DECEMBER 3RD 2012
Hotel retail turns trendy with pop-up shops!
No more Pepto-Bismol
Last year, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, an environmentally certified hotel in Teton Village, Wyo., carved out space in its lobby by the front desk and restaurant to use as a first-ever, hip gift shop called Made Jackson Hotel.
“They don’t sell Pepto-Bismol or Bayer Aspirin,” says David Kingston, the hotel’s general manager. “We do that through the hotel. The gift shop specializes in selling items that are completely hand-made, re-purposed or found items for sale; it uses local artists and vendors whenever possible.”
Among the more popular items are belt buckles made of pieces of recycled glass that artists colored and designed, he says. They range in price from about $12 to $24. Also popular are antler necklaces ($36) and a recycled bike chain clock ($22). Some guests even go for the bigger ticket items that require the added expense of shipping, such as antique tables and chairs, Kingston says.
“It’s different than a traditional hotel gift shop, where you tend to find overpriced sweatshirts with hotel logos on them,” he says.
The theme also “speaks directly to who we are and what we’re all about,” he says of the 132-room hotel with a high level of environmental certification.
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