An on-line community for sharing, learning and inspiration for brick and mortar retailers who are passionate about building the business they dream of while having time in their life for the things they want. Take the overwhelm out of the every day and get the help and support you want from experts who understand retail and other retailers who understand you.

The Hive is for you if:

  • you own a brick and mortar store that sells merchandise
  • you love your store, merchandise and your customers and you want to do it better
  • you’re tired of doing it all alone
  • you want to build your business and have a life without being in a constant battle between the two (and still get a full nights sleep)
  • you want to put systems in place so you CAN do it all

Whether you’re a new retailer struggling to make all the pieces work together…or you’ve got a good sales base but can’t seem to nudge it past that plateau to the next level, or maybe competition has taken a bite out and you don’t know what to do.   You’ve got lots of great ideas but you can’t find the time to make it all happen.


in addition to


~ basic how to’s and new inspiration for each season ~

Plus all this good stuff…

Selling online—should you, shouldn’t you and if you should, how to do it right

How to expand your merchandise concept–what to look for at market

Creating private label products that will differentiate your store so you don’t have to worry about competition

Great packaging that doesn’t cost a fortune but drives sales

How to deal with competition–down the street, in the big boxes or the ever-looming online shopping–no more sleepless nights

Creating signage that sells–knowing what to say, how to say it, and where to place it for greatest impact

How to successfuly do a pop up store

Promotions and in-store events that work and bring traffic into the store

Creating systems so that you can work ON your business not IN your business

Branding beyond your logo so that your store is memorable

Creating exceptional customer service that makes moments of magic for your customers

Making your holiday sales rock

Hiring and training–have a staff that is as invested in your store’s success as you are

Setting goals and getting to them.  How not to get to the end of the year and ask What happened??

Be organized, planned, structured and in control.  It’s not just a to-do list

Understanding and making your margins and the financial pieces of your success

Monthly Retailer Spotlight

Don’t you love hearing how others do it? Each month Retailer Spotlight will feature a different independent retailer giving us their story, their ups and downs and challenges and how they’ve figured it out.

You’ll get to see inside their store and hear in their own words what their secrets are.  Inspiration at it’s best!


Monthly Social Media Masterclasses

Social Media is probably one of the biggest challenges of retailers today.  What to post, when to post it, how to say it.  There’s so much to know and it changes every day.  Take the overwhelm out of your social media with these monthlyTutorials on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, email marketing. These are practical and actionable classes so you can put into play everything you learn!

Monthly Live Q&A's with the very experts who taught the Masterclasses

Every month, about 2 weeks after the Masterclass you’ll have the chance for a live Q&A with the expert who taught the class. Ask the questions you still need answering. And if you can’t make it live, the recording will be in The Hive the next day.

It’s ridiculously affordable…only $30 monthly!


This is what you’ll get as a member of The Hive…


Monthly Expert Masterclasses

Monthly Social Media Tutorials

Monthly Retailer Spotlight

Seasonal Visual Merchandising how-to’s, tips and tricks

Private Facebook community of other retailers for sharing, support and inspiration.


For only $30 per month your membership includes all of the above.  There’s no contract so you can cancel at any time (although I don’t think you’ll want to) and all the content is there for you all the time so you can consume it again and again as you need it.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

The classes in The Hive are really incredible.  I’ve been an importer wholesale and retail and I can tell you these are right on target.

Vicki P.

Owner, Kennedy Jones

“in business there’s what you know, and what you don’t know that you don’t even know.  Mary helped bridge the gap.  There’s a lot of knowledge needed to open a store, train a staff and give the customer service training that we needed.  We were able to get to opening day with Mary’s help.  It was like she was part of the team”  Nikki L.

Nikki L.

Mary Romeo has been in retail for 23 years with her own store and as a regional director of 6 stores for an independent company.  In 23 years she’s hit every obstacle that a retailer can hit and still built stores that are still in business and happily serving their customers every day…and making money!

She’s passionate about great retail and teaching others, helping them work through the speedbumps that are keeping them from having the business they love.  “There’s nothing more exciting then going to market and finding that one item, or that one idea,  that you just know is going to make your season!”


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