Buck Stops Here: ‘Wall of Shame’ seems like a fair idea

Melanie Thomas for Antique Trader magazine

Remember going into stores as a kid and seeing copies of bounced checks pinned to the wall behind the cash register? They were fairly common because they were effective at discouraging bad checks and getting customers to make good on their debts. In the latest installment of her Buck Stops Here column, Melanie Thomas ponders the practice for today’s business environment. Read More +

Turning the world onto urban archeology

Jewelry store room

Stuart Grannen’s love affair with antiques and artifacts began at the age of seven and has evolved into his life’s passion, prompting him to pioneer the “urban archaeology” movement — which is celebrated and displayed daily at Grannen’s business Architectural Artifacts, and will take center stage May 2-4 during the company’s 2nd Annual Auction in its Chicago-based showroom. Read More +