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Decorative and colorful vintage bicycles and wagon flank the entryway to Colville Street's Door Number Two store. With a slow-moving economy, merchants will be relying on whatever means they have available to make their wares and business enticing to customers passing buy during the upcoming holiday season. October 26, 2011

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The gift of ingenuity

Tough economic times will call for retailers to be more creative to attract local holiday shoppers this year.

Bob Catsiff knows he can't replicate the kind of attention a controversial mural brought to his Inland Octopus toy store in 2010. But with the holidays approaching, that hasn't stopped him from wracking his brain to come up with a plan.


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