You've provided a stellar welcome, a perfectly curated stay, and your guests have made long-lasting memories at your inn. Have you considered adding an inn store, commonly known as a gift shop, so they can take a memento of their unforgettable experiences home with them? Having an inn store enables you to include those private label amenities that were greatly enjoyed, from the luxurious plush robes to that relaxing spa treatment! Read below for some great ideas to get started, and be sure to bring your shopping list to the Summit Marketplace to find all of the unique and special products that would be great additions to your inn store.

If your inn or bed and breakfast offers a spa package, why not private label your products to sell your brand beyond your property? Not only will your guests leave feeling refreshed and centered, they can replicate the experience in their own homes. Consider selling a gift basket of your private-labeled soaps, bath salts, lotions, or aromatherapy oils to accompany spa treatments. Gift baskets can be perfectly coordinated and timely gifts, and your guests will love the opportunity to share their relaxing experience with their friends and family. If your establishment doesn’t offer any spa-related experiences, showcase some of the items from your favorite local spa or shop that sells handmade soaps and lotions.

What about selling that lovingly curated sleep experience? From sheets to bath robes, these luxury items are always impressive, and allow for your guests to extend their experience to their own private bedroom or bath. The Comphy Company, an AIHP Allied Partner, offers a variety of luxury linens, pillows, and soft throws and blankets for the hospitality industry’s use in guest rooms, or to sell in your retail store. Pencil in Comphy for the 2018 Knowledge Sharing Summit and Marketplace; with signature features that allow you to design your own beds or spa tables, Comphy can provide everything you need to make 2018 the year you become a serious rest & relaxation legend.

While some of us may cherish the blissful hours of sleep (especially in those custom-made Comphy beds), others seek to savor the flavors of your locality. If you also run an in-house restaurant that caters (literally!) to foodies, then it’s time to sell your own cookbook! You could also private label and sell your inn’s specialty pancake, cookie, or muffin baking mixes for those that can’t live without your savory sweets. This is a great way to bring your inn or bed and breakfast into the homes of your guests and their families, and ensure that they remember their dining experiences for years to come. And don’t forget the fresh-brewed coffee! Consider selling bags of your favorite local coffee shop’s specialty blends of coffee or unique tea products. You’ll certainly want to begin offering eye-catching mugs with your inn’s logo. Gift baskets are great way to go — toss in a mug with your logo, some freshly ground specialty coffee or exotic tea, and a bag of your famous pancake mix, and your guests will be able to gift their unforgettable breakfast experience year-round!

What about extending your store as it grows to an online e-commerce model? Partnering with locally-made products are major points of interest, and can increase traffic to your website and help to build your social media following. From an online store, guests can rest in the comfort of their homes and purchase gift cards, your specialty baskets and select products, or particular services for themselves or for their loved ones.

We can’t wait to see you at the Summit Marketplace, and we look forward to introducing you to our amazing community of hospitality-themed sellers and products that can expand your brand well beyond your property. Give your guests the memory of a bed and breakfast stay that they’ll be sure to never forget!