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Double-digit drop in Westchester sales tax revenue

Westchester and Putnam counties lead the state in declining sales tax revenue.

Q&A from the Corner Office

The Dagar Group in Fishkill reinvented marketing techniques to pitch retail properties to potential tenants.

The marketing of the green

The Zunda Group in South Norwalk has found green to be a package design must in 2009.

Preparing salespeople to perform exceptionally

What can I do to prepare my salespeople to perform exceptionally as the market begins to recover?

Economic movement, with or without you

“Five years ago, we thought of the Web as a new medium, not a new economy,” said Clement Mok, an early Web pioneer for the likes of IBM and the Mayo Clinic and founder of NetObjects.com, a software design company.

Chic, etc.

William D. Rondina, CEO and chairman of The Connaught Group, an apparel company with annual sales of more than $150 million, who had launched the Per Se fashion line – “Modern sophisticated clothes for the woman who makes her own rules” – and personal shopper service exclusively in Fairfield County, has jumped the border into Westchester.

Q&A from the Corner Office

In a rough-and-tumble retail landscape, global commercial real estate brokerage and investment management services firm Jones Lang LaSalle opened up.

Entrepreneur for a day

When Jonathon Papsin was a kid, he and his younger brother would scour flea markets for Matchbox cars, G.I. Joe’s and baseball cards.

Q&A from the Corner Office

This week, Rick Rakow, president and CEO of Rakow Commercial Realty Group in White Plains and Stamford, Conn., discussed realty trends for retailers in a precarious economy.

Stockade District awash in history, but few customers

It’s 40 degrees – warm by Hudson Valley standards – on a Saturday afternoon in mid-February in the Stockade District of Kingston.


Q&A for the Corner Office

Despite the bleak reality of Circuit City’s filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, David Livshin, president and CEO of The Dagar Group Ltd. in Fishkill recognized possible perks for existing retailers.

Home Depot to shutter Home Expo stores

Home Expo, the interior décor arm of The Home Depot, is closing in New Rochelle, leaving the city with a big-box footprint.

Acadia acquires Cortlandt center

Acadia Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust based in White Plains, has paid $78 million for the 640,000-square-foot Cortlandt Towne Center in the town of Cortlandt, where the bankruptcies of two retail tenants have caused a 10 percent drop in occupancy.

Trade show game plan

We’ve decided to stick with the annual trade show we go to every year.

If they snooze, you lose

I spent 17 years in the advertising business.