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Retail Across America: Connecticut

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As Connecticut Retail Merchants Association CEO Tim Phelan says, “Retail in Connecticut is a great story.” Get an inside look at the state’s retail community with Phelan, Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari, Town Green District’s Winfield Davis and New Haven small business owners Vishal Patel and Kimberly Pedrick.

In Connecticut, retail supports more than 470,000 jobs and contributes more than $34 billion to the state’s economy.

NRF and the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association visited retailers in New Haven, Danbury and Branford during the Retail Across America road trip. 

Check out more videos in this series, featuring companies like Ethan Allen, Connecticut Mattress, idiom, The Happiness Lab and Zane's Cycles.

Ethan Allen: Then and now

From its humble beginnings as a furniture-making workshop to becoming the world’s leading interior design company, Ethan Allen is a pioneering force in the retail industry. CEO Farooq Kathwari takes us through the evolution of the brand and its strong ties to New England culture and community. 

The life of a Connecticut small business owner

Connecticut-based small business owners Tom Wholley of Connecticut Mattress, Kimberly Pedrick of idiom boutique, Vishal Patel and Onyeka Obiocha of The Happiness Lab and Chris Zane of Zane’s Cycles talk about a day in the life of a small business owner and the  rewarding experience of working in retail. 

Work hard, play hard

New England’s outdoor retailers sell more than just products; they sell a lifestyle. Orvis and Outdoor Gear Exchange (Vermont), Kittery Trading Post (Maine) and Zane’s Cycles (Connecticut) explain how fun and thrilling experiences are an integral part of keeping their employees and customers engaged with the great outdoors.

Happy Life Coffee

Explore more stories about retail in Connecticut:

Small Business Spotlight: A Happy Life
This is Retail finds out what's brewing at sustainable lifestyle coffee brand A Happy Life. This Connecticut retailer is spreading happiness at home and throughout the world, one cup at a time. 

Connecticut retailers make their mark on the state's culture and communities
Student Correspondent Biancha Felix joins the Retail Across America road trip and discovers that anything is possible with drive and a dream. 

Retail Across America
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We set out on a road trip to find the most powerful retail stories across the United States, showing how retailers large and small are creating jobs, driving innovation and giving back to the communities they serve. This is Retail Across America.

Retail's Impact
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Find out how the retail industry impacts jobs, income and GDP in your state. View the map and check out the data.