As national retailers struggle to keep up with e-commerce and ever-changing consumer tastes, opportunities are growing for a once-endangered species: the mom and pop store.
Big brands such as Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch are disappearing from malls amid downsizing or, worse, bankruptcies (think Aeropostale). In at least some cases, their former spaces are filling up with shops you probably wouldn't recognize, but might want to check out.. . . more