If you are an innkeeper and you have a shelf or a corner of a room in your property, you should consider using this space for a gift shop. Gift shops are a great way for innkeepers to earn a little extra income. You do not need a lot of space, just a small area in which you can display some products that you may currently be using in your inn. Many of our innkeepers have been using our InnStyle 600 Wrinkle Free Sheets for the beds in their bed and breakfasts or inns. Their guests love these sheets, comment how wonderful they are to sleep on and want to purchase them. On a shelf, a set of sheets can be displayed with a list of sizes and prices. You can take orders to be shipped direct to your customer by InnStyle. It really is that easy!
Other products that you use have in your Inn can be shown as well. Many products take up a small space and can be carried in small amounts, stacked on a shelf and orders can be taken for products that can be shipped direct by your supplier. While guests are enjoying your hospitality, they are also enjoying the amenities that you have placed in the inn for their pleasure. It could be the bedding (mattresses, sheets, coverlets, quilts, featherbeds, blankets, pillows), the bath items (soaps, towels, makeup cloths, robes, slippers) and any other products that you are using in your Inn. It is a known fact that when people are traveling, they spend more freely than when at home.
If they enjoy sleeping on the mattresses you provide in your rooms (we ship Sealy hospitality mattresses direct to your customer), the sheets on the mattress, the towels in the bathroom and all other amenities that you provide, they are excited to be able to have these same products in their home.
So if you are not presently showing products that you are using in your property in a gift shop, think about finding a space at your bed and breakfast or Inn to sell products that you are using. It is a service to your guest and provides added income to you and your property.