Bon-Ton Stores Seek Locally Sourced and Themed Products
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. is seeking locally sourced and themed products for its growing Close to Home program.
The Milwaukee, Wis.-based department store operator is inviting vendors with established businesses and galleries interested in having their products sold in its Close to Home in-store shops to apply online now through Aug.31 .
Available in-store and online, Close to Home shops feature locally-sourced and themed products many of which are hand-crafted or upcycled.
Since opening in 45 stores in fall 2016, Bon-Ton has more than tripled the number of Close to Home in-store shops to 148 and plans to open an additional 40 in early fall.
Back By Popular Demand
Bon-Ton launched its first Online Sourcing Fair earlier this year as part of an ongoing effort to provide shoppers with a broader selection of local products by developing more relationships with area makers in communities they serve. More than 1,250 artists, designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs submitted applications in more than a dozen product categories with jewelry, artwork, home décor, kitchen and bar, apparel and accessories.
"We were thrilled by the number of submissions and the level of creativity and quality we found in our first Online Sourcing Fair and are very excited to develop more partnerships with makers," said Chad Stauffer, evp, chief merchandising officer. "Our Close to Home shops allow local artisans to reach a much wider marketplace and offer our customers the true local flavor and personalized offerings they want from their hometown shopping destination."
Close to Home is part of Bon-Ton's broader commitment to support the communities where its stores are located. Bon-Ton Stores operates department stores in 25 states under the following banners: Bon-Ton, Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman, Herberger's and Younkers.