Keeping an Eye on Retail. Literally.

A recent visit to a local eyeglasses studio reminded me of a conversation about Warby Parker and their beautiful retail concepts. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the stores and how the retail designers celebrate each geographic location while staying true to the brand. Stay display inspired!

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Scottsdale, Arizona

Warby Parker celebrates a love of books in most of their locations and this Scottsdale store is no exception. The attention to lighting is superb and I’m a big fan of the terrazzo tile floor in this location.

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Scottsdale, AZ

 

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Miami, Florida

The Miami location is a tribute to Florida colors and the “pool” references are truly on-point!

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker Miami, FL

 

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker San Francisco, California

Known for the use of murals, the exterior design of Warby Parker on Hayes Street in San Francisco is iconic in the area. This location features a cozy reading nook and stocks periodicals sourced from independent presses.

Warby Parker store retail visual merchandising

Warby Parker San Francisco, CA

Keeping a đź‘€ eye đź‘“ on retail and sharing ideas when we can. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

Retail Road Trips & Display Recap part 1

As the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the lovely stores we visited and celebrate all the independent retailers we met along the way. Enjoy this recap and as always… Stay display inspired!

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A speaking engagement in Ohio gave me the opportunity to take a side trip to visit some retail stores in Pittsburgh, PA. Located in a former run down old bar, No. 14 Boutique was a true gem of a find with lovely displays. Owners Michelle and Brianne turned the space into the most chic 1000 square feet in Lawrenceville.

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No. 14 Boutique – Pittsburgh, PA

When a writing assignment in Nashville coincided with an event I have wanted to attend for quite some time, the stars aligned and we finally attended one of the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs in Franklin, TN.

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The vendor booths are truly a lesson in merchandise styling.

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One of my favorite themes was how many of the vendors incorporated flowers and plants in the styling of their booths.

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Kim Leggett, the organizer of the City Farmhouse pop-up fairs, has a book coming out in 2017 and I’m told she shares some of her styling secrets, so I’ll be watching for the book release and keep you posted.

Speaking of books…

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In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, pictured here at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL., is one of my favorite books this year. Featuring insights from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, it is an unprecedented collection of empowering advice and inspiration.

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Soapology, New York, NY

Gift industry trade shows take me to Atlanta and New York at least twice per year, so I enjoy exploring neighborhoods and finding fun stores like Soapology NYC, (above) and Boogaloos Boutique (below) in Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

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The creativity in retail stores never ceases to amaze me. I hope you find inspiration in following the visual merchandising examples that I post throughout the year. Want to see more? Follow Retail Details blog on social media, too. Links in the sidebar.

Stay display inspired!

~Becky Tyre

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. 

Follow Retail Details blog on social media to see display images from the trade shows. Links to my social media sites are in the blog sidebar.

Hope to see you soon. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

Altar’d State Store Spotlight: Celebrating Visual Merchandising and Store Displays

 

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Altar’d State Cincinnati OH location

What first caught my eye about the Altar’d State stores, were the recessed, framed display areas on the walls. This feature allows for deeper shelves without protruding out into the retail walk space.

 

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Altar’d State Mason OH location

Area rugs spotlight display tables and those ceilings are fabulous, with charming lighting, too.

 

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Altar’d State Charlottesville VA location

Display Tip: Note the arrangement of the display tables in the above image. Tables with varying sizes add visual interest and in some cases, allow tables to nest or overlap a bit. The industrial pipe rolling racks are smaller than many standard sizes, allowing for more flexibility in placement. I like how they frame a corner of the table display grouping in the photo, above.

 

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Altar’d State, Charlottesville VA location

Each of the locations has a unique personality, but similar fixtures and staging techniques stay true to the brand.

 

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Altar’d State Charlottesville VA location

Half-round display tables are one of my favorite fixtures as they can be combined to make a round table, placed flush against a wall or serve as endcaps for display tables, as shown in the jewelry area in the image, above.

 

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Altar’d State Cumming GA location

Note the zig-zag placement of the doors that serve as a backdrop for the denim display. Hinging doors allow for expanding or contracting depending on the width needed and can also fold flat for storage when not in use.

 

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Altar’d State El Paso TX location

The rustic-chic theme is charming and I applaud the attention paid to details in the visual merchandising.

 

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Altar’d State Knoxville TN location

The Altar’d State brand was born in 2009 with one store with a mission to fill a gap in the retail industry and change the world for the better and they currently have almost 50 stores in the United States. Brian Mason and Aaron Walters met while working for a large clothing chain and opened the first Altar’d State location in Knoxville, TN. Driven by the desire to give back to those in need,  Altar’d State has donated over $1,100,000 to various charities.

All images courtesy of Altar’d State.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl Marketing ~Becky