Angela Skogen, owner of Williston, ND-based Cooks On Main, has been named a 2019 Impact Merchant by HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®, sister publication of GOURMET INSIDER®.
Skogen was recognized by vendors for her sharp eye and attention to trends, as well as her ability to strategize and plan ahead.
“The market is always changing, so I spend a lot of time on the sales floor and I talk to customers very frequently. I also think about what I would want as a consumer and what I would need a product or want a product to do,” she said.
Skogen said that one of the factors that has made her successful is taking advantage of year-round specials, even if she is purchasing product to sell later on. This, she said, allows her to save money, prep for year-round in-store events and have quality products on hand for sidewalk sales or other traffic-drivers.
According to HomeWorld Business, the selection of the Impact Merchant winners is not intended as a definitive list of the best merchants in housewares retailing. Votes went to several more merchandisers than those featured. This year’s honorees represent buyers in given categories that received the majority of votes by vendors polled.