The name of Esther Price Candies has meant quality in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, for 90 years, and through the Internet, now nationwide.

By Russ Gager

Home cooking is always best, and that includes home candy-making. So the tried-and-true methods of candy-making employed at Esther Price Candies – which date back to the founder’s home business 90 years ago in Dayton, Ohio – keep customers coming back for more.

“People from here move down to Florida, and all their relatives and friends up here send them our candy, and this happened continuously because Esther Price is one of the things we are noted for in this area and potato chips,” President James Day says. “They still call and order for their friends at Christmastime, and that’s why our mail-order business is so strong.”

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Harvest Market implements a number of sustainable measures to shrink its footprint while continuing to support its communities. 

By Janice Hoppe

Harvest Market takes the better-for-you concept to a new level by focusing not only on what consumers put in their bodies but also on how it can better the environment and communities in which it operates. As Mendocino County, Calif.’s first Certified B Corporation, the company made a commitment to use its business for good and not just a profit.

“Basically, that means that we are not just making a profit,” co-owner and Senior Vice President of Operations Jennifer Bosma says. “It shows that we can make decisions that are not just good for profit, but also about environmentally sustainable measures, supporting the community and provide employees with a fair living wage. Part of that is also carrying a certain amount of organic and non-GMO products.”

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. There are more than 1,400 Certified B Corps in 42 countries and more than 120 industries working together to redefine success in business, B Lab says.

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A signature blend of on-trend apparel at affordable prices has helped Melrose Family Fashions reach its target market.

By Eric Slack

The Melrose Family Fashions story began with a single store in the southern tip of Texas, a 6,000-square-foot location focused on ladies’ apparel. Today, the organization has grown to about 100 stores with a focus that has expanded to the entire family.

“Our stores are now about 10,000 to 12,000 square feet,” CEO Reuben Bar-Yadin says. “We are mostly in Texas but have expanded toward the West Coast. We focus on strip centers and our target audience is what we call the blue collar Hispanic consumer.”

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Launched this year, the new Carry On by Brookstone airport concept store stands to revolutionize the retail experience for the traveling public.

By Eric Slack

The Brookstone name has been synonymous with retail excellence since the company opened its first location in 1973 in Peterborough, N.H. Today, the Merrimack, N.H.-based company continues to strive for retail innovation, including with the recent launch of its Carry On by Brookstone airport store concept.

“For years, Brookstone has had particular success serving both business and leisure travelers in our airport stores,” CEO Tom Via says. “They’ve come to rely on us for travel electronics, travel pillows and blankets, and the ever-important take-home gift. Brookstone airport stores were so successful for us that we simply wanted more of them. As a new store concept, Carry On gives us a great way to offer customers an even more specialized travel assortment that we just couldn’t fit inside our Brookstone stores. Plus it gives us a way to open more stores in airports where we already do business.”


S&R Quisberg provides its customers with a full selection of products in Minnesota’s north woods in its branded grocery stores and gasoline stations.

By Russ Gager

Chris Quisberg’s grandfather started in the grocery business in Minneapolis around 1956, but later sold the business and opened grocery stores in Minnesota’s north woods. “My guess would be my grandfather didn’t want to retire, and my dad, Steve, wanted to be in the grocery business,” Quisberg surmises. “Somebody came along and offered him a deal, and it was good enough money. My dad always says everything is for sale for a price.”

Quisberg himself – now president of S&R Quisberg, headquartered in Baxter, Minn. – started working in the family’s grocery business when he was 12 years old. “I’ve never had a different job in my life, so I don’t know if I’m missing anything,” Quisberg concedes.

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Shikatani Lacroix Design Inc. relies on a deep understanding of consumer behaviors to assist its clients.

By Bob Rakow

For Shikatani Lacroix Design Inc., it’s all about the moment of purchase. The Toronto-based strategic design agency delivers branding solutions that “strike an emotive chord with consumers,” founder and President Jean-Pierre Lacroix says.

Shikatani Lacroix believes that a brand must capture a consumer’s imagination and heart at the moment of purchase. Yet that opportunity is fleeting. The agency’s goal is to help companies capture it, Lacroix says. Shikatani Lacroix works with clients to increase traffic, generate sales, boost monthly transactions or shift brand perceptions, Lacroix says. The agency offers a variety of services including brand strategy and engagement, corporate identity, design innovation, digital experiences, environmental design, naming, packaging design and place branding.


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