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Here Is The Most Wildly Popular Type Of Retail Store In Each State

It may not surprise you that there’s a lot of demand for surf shops in Hawaii, but did you know that South Dakota is all about its art galleries?

A recent collaboration between The Huffington Post and Yelp reveals what kinds of stores are the most insanely popular in each state, based on the review website’s listings. It’s the same idea behind our recent map showing each state’s most popular type of cuisine.

To collect info for the map, Yelp delved into its online catalogue of store listings and calculated the percentage of a given type of shopping business relative to the total number of business listings in that state. Then, it compared those percentages with each type of store’s representation nationwide and produced a list of the top 10 most disproportionally common stores in each of the 50 states.

The map below, made by HuffPost’s Alissa Scheller, shows which type of retail shop is the most likely to appear in each state.

Yelp Data Scientist Will Seltzer told HuffPost that it wasn’t hard to see why some states favored a certain type of store. The several instances of fireworks shops on the map, for example, was to be expected, given that they’re legal only in a handful of states. That there were a ton of “outdoor gear” stores in Montana, well known for its parks and outdoor activities, was also no surprise.

“Baby gear and furniture [stores] show up in the top 10 in Utah and Texas, and those are two states that have some of the highest birth rates nationally,” Seltzer pointed out as another example.

The popularity of personal shopping businesses in California and D.C. also could be correlated to the celebrities and politicians who live in those places. This same demographic could explain why custom-made clothing shops (referred to by Yelp as “bespoke clothing”) were so hot in New York and D.C.

But what’s with the 5 instances of car battery stores on the map?

“My suspicion is that in certain states you have these stores that are just dedicated to car batteries, and in others they’re part of a larger outlet or department store,” Seltzer said. He went on to point out that businesses on Yelp can be tagged with up to three different store categories, which may also explain the prevalence of car battery stores on the map.

Check out Yelp’s full overview of the top 10 most popular kinds of stores in each state:


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Infographic American Shoppers Spend $19 billion On Valentine’s Day!

2015 Valentine’s Day Spending Stats

The NRF is reports Valentine’s Day spending at $19 billion with more than $142 per person as +60% of consumers say they will celebrate with purchases this year. announced a new Valentine’s survey that reports 39% have smartphones as a top choice for Valentine’s gifts for her, and him. With iPhone6 deals and iPad Air deals will surely creep into Valentine’s gift lists, we fully expect spending to exceed $20 billion this year. The trend to get something techie may not be as romantic as chocolates and flowers, but there are apps that can simulate a whole lot more than taste and fragrance! Traditional gifts will still be a boon for retailers though as half are expected to buy candy and 1/3 or more will once again buy flowers, with males outspending females 2 to 1. The guys may want to visit FatWallet’s Valentine’s Deals to find increased cash back and coupons to help them save some dough!

25 Valentine’s predictions and fun facts that indicate a 2015 shopping spree…of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day:

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Wal-Mart Means America [infographic]

Buy in large and bulk retailers seem to be in style these days. Wal-Mart is no exception. I’ve heard stories of protest over one company joining the local economic circle being protested. One of these companies is Wal-Mart.

For support of mom and pop shops, Wal-Mart’s openings have been disputed in many areas. Some feel they are just what the government ordered, while others have praised their opening. When I lived in Louisiana, the opening of a local Wal-Mart meant things were on the up and up. Business was booming and if a Wal-Mart was suggested, it meant that all your economic numbers were on the increase. But over the years and across state borders, this outlook has changed.

Many see the opening of a Wal-Mart as the end of all business. Local family owned industries were looked at as if they were set to be closed and Wal-Mart was the reason to blame. But upon further analysis of the infographic below, it made me wonder whether or not Wal-Mart should be praised or scowled at.

One of America’s own is the leader a major leader in revenue, sales, and manpower. Wal-Mart, in some ways, embodies that American dream better than any other company known to man. Should we hate it or embrace


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