Branching Out: Store Displays

Birch_A_title_image It’s hard to think of a display trend more prevalent than the use of birch in visual merchandising this past year or so. I’ll share a few of my favorites from the collection of images I call Branching Out. Enjoy and stay display inspired!


Anthropologie may have started this trend.

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Anthropologie, Naples FL. Image credit: Loran Tyre, Retail Details blog

Roost & Co., Beverly, Massachusetts

Roost & Co., Beverly, Massachusetts

Fortunata Display at AmericasMart Atlanta




Marie Belle NY


Two's Company Cupcakes and Cartwheels display at NYNOW

Two’s Company display at NYNOW

Laurel Denise jewelry display at NYNOW

Laurel Denise jewelry display at NYNOW


Birch display DIY using foam core

Birch display DIY using foam core

Birch display DIY: paper

Birch display DIY: paper

SANTA via Faith Bartrug Design

SANTA via Faith Bartrug Design

BIRCH via Tripar Displays

BIRCH via Tripar Displays

And finally, this is the inspiration for an upcoming jewelry display…


…so stay tuned to see how that turns out.

Stay display inspired!


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. 

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Hope to see you soon. 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?

Stay display inspired!

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Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre, Swirl MarketingBecky


Store display ideas and visual merchandising solutions

Looking for display ideas for the holidays?

Snowmen make cute store window props. Accessorized accordingly, they can even be left up after Christmas. Make your own snowmen out of anything round that can be altered and stacked in various sizes.  Image courtesy of Beehive Co-op.

Candelabras and candle sticks are ideal for featuring small round items, like ornaments during the holidays. This also makes a cute Easter display with eggs. I got this idea from French Nest, a lovely shop in Orlando, FL and also located inside one of our newer favorite stores, Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs.

On our recent trip through NY, CT and MA, it was exciting to find many small towns that had at least 5 independent retailers to visit. One of the larger towns on our New England tour, New Canaan CT was having a chamber-of-commerce sponsored retail & restaurant event on the day we visited. Sadly, many of the retailers were not open after 7pm even though the event was scheduled until 9pm. However, we found several nice shops with displays worthy of notice.

Barely open a year, The Summer House is a lovely home decor store with furnishings, gifts and art. It is one of those stores where everything has a place and looks like it belongs there. You can imagine each item in your home — a tribute to good merchandising. A favorite display piece is the drum pictured above.

We fell in love with their long credenza display, too. Next door to The Summer House is a stationery and gift store, M Milestones. One of the busier stores on our stroll through town, M Milestones had a clever hanging cell phone display, but unfortunately the picture did not come out well.

One of the most frequent display topic requests are ideas for jewelry displays. While in New Canaan, we saw this bracelet display made from paint rollers at the upstairs shop, Caren Forbes. We have to admit that although we have created entire stores full of displays using items found in home improvement stores, it never occurred to us to use spare paint rollers for bracelet displays. Bravo, Caren Forbes!

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