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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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:


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!


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:


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:


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!)


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!


Crafted Westside

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


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!


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) 🙂


Image courtesy Red Door Boutique

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

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


Image source Pinterest


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.

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Mannequin Madness

Christmas Tree Dress Retail Details blog

Mannequin Madness

Stay display inspired!

Holiday Shelf Appeal

Following up the Christmas Tree alternative post with a functional approach!


This is one of my favorite display finds this year and I cannot provide much history or insights into the display as the creator or photographer is from the Netherlands. He or she is known online as Christmasaholic and that is all that I know.

The concept is so simple and the execution is superb. This is a beautiful example of the use of multiples for impact. The shelf-supporting pegs and shelves are in the same color family as the chest that serves as the base for the tree. This monochromatic approach has a modern rustic vibe, especially with the choice of wall color. This display would be ideal for a store that does not stock much holiday merchandise.

Other applications and versions:

  • Use traditional Christmas colors for a more festive or whimsical version.
  • Outline the tree with garland down the sides of each shelf.
  • If the pegs are reposition-able, play with configurations for other shapes that would extend beyond the holidays.
  • Create a smaller version with a dress bust form or top-half mannequin on top of it and the shelves become a skirt. What to display on skirt shelves?
  • Inverted, it could be a jumbo martini glass to display glassware or mixology-themed products or candles.

I’d love to hear your ideas inspired by this display, so leave a message in the comments section. Have you used something like this in your store?

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Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl MarketingBecky


Christmas Tree Alternatives for Small Retail Spaces and Store Windows

Welcome November! Online voting has closed for the store display contest with Paddywax Candles and Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine. The submissions were amazing and the top three moved on to the judges to determine the grand prize winner, which will be announced in the December issue of the magazine. You can still view the stores that entered in an album on the Retail Details blog Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we get so many requests for ideas for Christmas tree alternatives to use in small retail spaces and store windows, so we are sharing some of our favorites. Looking for more? Check out the Retail Details pinterest boards and @RetailDetails on Instagram, too!










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