Display ideas from AmericasMart: part 1

Retailers: I hope you take notes when you see interesting display ideas at trade shows. I know you are focused on the search for unique products to sell in your stores, but the same merchandising that attracted you to the booth or showroom may be ideal for displaying the products in your shop. Part one features display inspirations from my recent trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta:

I love a good story — visual and otherwise — so a “cause map” always catches my eye.

Sips Drinkware booth at AmericasMart

Sips Drinkware booth at AmericasMart

In Uganda alone, over 8 million people lack access to safe water, equivalent to the population of New York City. SIPS is out to change that by delivering a clean, sustainable sip that promotes access to potable water for communities in Uganda. With every purchase, buyers are helping them drill a well for a village in need.

Candle wick spools as display lifts

Candle wick spools as display lifts

Candle wick spools and small pots of greenery create a natural feel to the visual merchandising in the SIPS wholesale booth. The continuity of color theme, as shown throughout the booth, translates well to a retail environment by defining an area. Note the use of “multiples” in the props as it creates visual interest and impact.

Hint: You could use inexpensive spools of twine to create a similar effect. They come in many sizes and colors.

TIP: Ask vendors if their images are available for promotional use.

Sips Drinkware graphics

At times, vendors have marketing materials available for retailers to use in-store. Marketing post cards make great display signs and some vendors will provide product photography that you can use in your social media to promote the line when it arrives in your store.

Stay tuned for more coverage from the summer gift shows. 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.

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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

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

 

Display Inspirations: Restaurant Version, LAH

Do you ever return from vacation and you can’t stop thinking about something you ate at a fabulous restaurant? I feel that way about stores and restaurant décor.

Retail Details blog Lah Restaurant Madrid display inspirations plate wall2Earlier this year, we visited my daughter and her husband in Madrid and went to a beautifully designed restaurant, LAH, located next door to their apartment.

Retail Details blog Lah Restaurant Madrid display inspirationsLittle did I know that Lah would become so famous, covered in various architectural and retail design publications, so I found some images via google to add to my own and share as I know Retail Details readers love good retail design.

Retail Details blog Lah Restaurant Madrid display inspirations exteriorGlass on three sides, I could see right into the restaurant each night from my daughter’s apartment. I am still amazed at how late they eat in Madrid, with the first reservation usually around 9pm – and that’s for the early birds.

Retail Details blog restaurant design Lah Restaurant Madrid display inspirationsThe first thing to catch my eye was the feature table for large parties. Lit from within, the glass top creates an illusion of plates and glasses floating above an interesting configuration of chopsticks.

Retail Details blog Lah Restaurant Madrid 2013 display inspirationsThe choice of colors are perfectly welcoming with a mix of cool blues and warmer tones that create a hip, comfortable atmosphere that is upscale without being pretentious or posh. This was our table with a great view of the bustling street outside.

Here’s a wider view:

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The lighting fixtures were delightful, but by far my favorite element of the décor was the wall of plates.

Retail Details blog Lah Restaurant Madrid display inspirations plate wall1Arranged in no certain color configuration, plates — some forward-facing and others backwards — covered the only major interior wall becoming a focal point that was textural, relevant and artistic.

I’m thrilled to have my kids back in the U.S. now, but I’m glad we visited Madrid while they were there. If you get a chance to visit Madrid, add LAH to your must-see list. Kudos to IlmioDesign for such a beautiful restaurant design!

Location: Calle Maria de Molina 50, Madrid, Spain

Retail Details blog Lah Madrid display inspirations

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