Retail Display Shelves Best Practices

Today’s post celebrates a few stores that are “getting it right” with store display shelves. Stay display inspired!

London Avenue Designs, Rockford IL, visual merchandising, retail store, store displays, retail design

London Avenue Designs in Rockford, IL.

I love the shelves at London Avenue Designs in Rockford, IL. The unit is a beautiful design and ideal for the layout of the space and size of the wall. The placement of products is strategic – note the use of multiple (mostly in threes) and the use of plants. The branches are a focal point to catch customers’ attention and pictures inside the frames draw them in for a closer look. Heavy and bulky items on the bottom shelves anchor the display and the smaller items are neatly placed at eye level and within reach. This is a lovely store display fixture and the tall ladder to the left is a nice touch, too!

Art of Home, Cambridge, Ontario, visual merchandising, retail store, store displays, retail design

The Art of Home in Cambridge, Ontario

Message pillows are best displayed more like signs or artwork, as shown at The Art of Home in Cambridge, Ontario. Side by side, the matching shelf units feature a nice mix of soft lines with a few home decor products mixed in for visual interest. Art of Home Cambridge, Ontario, visual merchandising, retail store, store displays, retail design

Did you notice the “We Customize” pillow? Bravo! Nice touch. No sign needed.

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~Becky

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 👀 eye 👓 on retail and sharing ideas when we can. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

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.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

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.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

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

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

 

The interior is vast with columns at every turn.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA

 

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.

Ponce City Market Atlanta GA Bellina

 

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

Ponce City Market Atlanta Williams-Sonoma store display

 

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

Ponce City Market Williams Sonoma Atlanta

 

WEST ELM:

Ponce City Market West Elm Atlanta

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

Ponce City Market West Elm store window ATL visual merchandising

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

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Cincinnati OH visual merchandising

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Mason OH visual merchandising

Altar’d State Mason OH location

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

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Charlottesville VA visual merchandising

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Charlottesville VA visual merchandising store spotlight

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Charlottesville VA visual merchandising

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Cumming GA visual merchandising store

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State El Paso TX visual merchandising store

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.

 

Retail Details blog Altar'd State Knoxville TN visual merchandising

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