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More and More Millennials Are Heading to Suburbia

In the past few years, we’ve seen millennials who, after graduating from college, have chosen to live downtown or in an urban area (usually renting an apartment in the neighborhood of their choice). There’s plenty of nightlife and other activities ... Read More »

Route 66 With Renee: A Warm Welcome in Amarillo

After a wonderful second night’s sleep at the Colcord Hotel, The Great American Route 66 Road Trip crew was ready to kick off day two of the journey. We all piled in to our awesome Ram ProMaster City, which was ... Read More »

Route 66 With Renee: Local Charm in Oklahoma City

IWS Road Trip

Last summer, I road tripped with Independent We Stand to visit local retailers along a route from Detroit to Boston, helping celebrate and spread awareness of small businesses of all kinds, including hardware and home improvement stores. This week, I headed out again with three ... Read More »

A 2016 Outlook on Home Improvement Product Sales

The U.S. economy continues to improve, and home improvement product sales are up — factors that should only bode well for home improvement retailers. Total home improvement product sales increased in 2015, and are expected to grow even more in 2016 and ... Read More »

NRHA Kicks Off Route 66 Road Trip in Oklahoma

Road Trip

This week, Independent We Stand is road tripping to spread awareness about independent businesses across the country and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) is going along for the ride. The Great American Route 66 Road Trip kicks off March 14 in Oklahoma City. ... Read More »

Trends Spotted at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show


Retailers across several industries gathered in Chicago at the McCormick Center to check out the latest and greatest products and innovations to hit the market. Thousands of new items were on display at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), which ran March ... Read More »

Home Depot to Pay Consumers $19.5M in 2014 Data Breach Case

Home Depot

About two years after a data breach exposed payment card information from more than 50 million of its customers, The Home Depot has announced plans to compensate some of the shoppers, according to Money magazine. The company will set up a $13 million fund to ... Read More »

Nominate Your Main Street for Online Contest

Whether your local Main Street is already established or is in great need of a makeover, a new online contest promises to liven up one of America’s Main Streets and allows the country to have a hand in making it happen. On ... Read More »