Retail Roadtrip Atlanta, GA part two

We have been fortunate to visit Atlanta several times of late. This post is part two of three, celebrating the retail revival happening in Hotlanta right now! (To view part one, click here.)

Ponce City Market Atlanta Georgia

Ponce City Market. 

Formerly a Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center and the largest brick building in the Southeastern United States, Ponce City Market is a historic ten story, 2.1 million square foot structure. The building is being restored as a mixed-use development with offices, retail and residential spaces.

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As you enter from the parking garage, you pass through an original freight elevator. We applaud the developers’ efforts to stay true to the history of the building.

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Retail areas include interior and exterior entrances. It’s almost impossible to distinguish old from new, as the industrial theme continues throughout.

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The interior is vast with columns at every turn.

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Bellina Alimentari Market made the best of the columns for display space, constructing custom shelves that wrap around just inside the entrance from the food hall.

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Williams-Sonoma embraced the columns in their visual merchandising, as well:

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In an interesting visual twist, one wall of the Williams-Sonoma shop is actually an interior window, that looks right into a neighboring restaurant:

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WEST ELM:

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Bold textures were a theme at West Elm; in-store, above, and in the store windows, below.

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One of my favorite display surprises, were these “vinyl” shingles on the roof:

Ponce City Market West Elm Atlanta

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE – The store displays at Anthro, never disappoint. Sometimes the simplicity is stunningly effective:

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta

And, sometimes the complexity of the logistics have us looking very close…

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

But always intriguing, Anthropologie’s display design teams are some of the most talented in the retail visual merchandising business!

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

Here’s another view of the Anthro table:

Ponce City Market Anthropologie Atlanta, GA

Stay tuned for part 3 of the Atlanta Retail Roadtrip, with much more from Ponce City Market…

Ponce City Market Atlanta Georgia

I’ll be in NYC at the end of the month, presenting a seminar about retail trends at NY NOW on January 31, 2016. I’d love to meet you if you are at the show!

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Retail Roadtrip Atlanta, GA part one

The last few months have found us in Atlanta, GA several times for business and for pleasure. Of course, when your job involves store visits and showroom visual merchandising, business IS pleasure! What a nice surprise to find so many new shopping destinations in the city.

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The Merchant at Krog Street Market

First stop: Krog Street Market. Located along the BeltLine trail, the mixed use space is designed to be as authentic as the 1920’s warehouse it’s built into. It’s called a food hall, but is home to some very interesting retail offerings, as well.

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The Merchant at Krog Street Market

A supplier of industrial chic wares, general gifts, stationery, and home furnishings, The Merchant carries brands like Rifle Paper and Fishs Eddy. One of the first displays I noticed was this intriguing set of ladder shelves:

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In for a closer look, the rope accents are perfect to complement the beautiful wood of the thin shelves. The orange is just the right shade to catch customers’ attention.

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The Merchant at Krog Street Market

The main building retains some of the industrial, warehouse feel, but with added modern touches in the food and retail spaces.

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Krog Street Market food hall, Christmas 2015

Mosaic patterns in the wood add warmth to the communal eating area (pictured above). Some of the retail areas appear to be pop-up shops and others have more permanent fixtures, like the lovely space of Mama Soap Co:

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Krog Street Market is the second location for The Merchant. We visited The Merchant at Howell Mill on a different day. The expectations were high, having seen the newer location, but we were not disappointed in the least!

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The Merchant at Howell Mill, Atlanta GA

This location also has a giant hanging canoe and I was in awe of all the beautiful vintage props in both of their stores. Here’s a closer look at the ornament display:

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I could write an entire blog post about the vintage pieces in this store and maybe I will after gift show season! The cubbies in this area were so perfectly charming and one of my favorite areas of the store:

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Did you notice that the tree has no ornaments or items for sale? That would normally be a visual merchandising no-no to give up such prime selling space, but the designers utilized display space so well throughout the stores, that I got over it. I found myself really digging the white lights trees, having seen the impact at both of their stores.

Before leaving the West Side area, I noticed a Shop Local store window. (Cue the sound of screeching brakes!)

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Crafted Westside

Inside Crafted Westside, vignettes filled the large space. Some were individual artists and others were cross merchandised with complementary product lines. All merchandise seemed to be artist-created, few duplicates and with a nice variety of products and price ranges, this is anything but a craft show moved indoors!

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Crafted Westside

Most of the fixtures reflected the handmade vibe and such a cute sandwich sign out front, too:

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Next stop: Ponce City Market, so stay tuned for a history lesson and some superb visual merchandising inspiration soon!

Meanwhile, if you are attending AmericasMart this week for the gift and home show, I’d love to meet you. I am moderating a panel of super-star retailers on Saturday, January 16 at 2PM. Details on the website under the events tab.

Not going to Atlanta this time? I’ll be in NYC at the end of the month, presenting a seminar about retail trends at NY NOW. 

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Hope to see you soon. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

Happy New Year – Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year. Cheers to new opportunities and successes big and small!

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Let me know if there’s any way we can assist with your business this year. We look forward to fun collaborations, display contests and seminars and speaking opportunities.

Stay display inspired! ~Becky

 

Tree Skirts: a Christmas Eve compilation

Christmas trees are all “dressed” up these days! A few years ago, we started seeing store displays created with mannequin/dress forms and Christmas tree combinations. I started a file, but lost many of the images in a computer crash. Little by little, I am building the file again and I decided to share a few with our Retail Details blog readers on this lovely Christmas Eve.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ~Becky

Christmas Tree Dress

Image source Pinterest

Christmas Tree Dress

Image source Flickr

 

Christmas Tree Dress

Image courtesy L. Tyre

This image, above, was one of the first examples that I saw in a store window. It was in a lovely store in New Haven, CT. Sadly, the store is no longer open. (Insert #shoplocal message here) :-)

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Image courtesy Red Door Boutique

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Image source Pinterest

Christmas Tree Skirt Dress

Image courtesy of Amy J. Rimmer instagram

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Image source Pinterest

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Image source Pinterest

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Image source Flickr

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Image source Pinterest

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Image source Pinterest

Image courtesy Monarch Thrift Shop Chicago

Image courtesy Monarch Thrift Shop Chicago

Tree Dress

Image courtesy Hicks Nursery in NY

Christmas Tree Dress

Image courtesy Fancy Pantz Designs

Christmas Tree Dress

Image courtesy Andrew Steven Salon

The last two images, below, are from Mannequin Madness. Tutorials are available on their website, for a fee.

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Mannequin Madness

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Mannequin Madness

Stay display inspired!