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. 

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Hope to see you soon. Stay display inspired!

~Becky

Fancy’s Southern Chic Decor & Display Ideas

Sometimes visual merchandising inspiration pops up when you least expect it. In a continuing effort to EAT & SHOP LOCAL, we stumbled on a gem in Ft. Myers, Florida. Fancy’s Southern Cafe’ is tucked away in the back of a shopping plaza and hardly looks “fancy” from the street, but once inside, I could not get my camera out fast enough to get some pictures!

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The horizontal door suspended by ropes and  pulleys is clever, welcoming and great for daily specials and social media.

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A feature wall greets you as you walk into the front dining area from the entrance and bar area. Old windows have loads of charm and work well in retail settings. Here’s the “before” picture that shows the layout of the frames:

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Around the corner is the wall with the restrooms. Problem: The restroom doors are too visible from the dining area. Solution: Hang some more doors from ropes and pulleys. Beautifully executed and problem solved!

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Here’s what the doors are blocking and note the cabinet doors and drawer-fronts that cover the wall:

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 Here’s what it looks like from the back dining area:

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Note the detail on the ceiling and the mason jar chandelier in the main dining room:

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And yes, we put the camera away and enjoyed a nice meal. I highly recommend the spicy cole slaw and the made-from-scratch mac & cheese! We are going back to enjoy the lovely bar area — will go early so we can get pics there — and for dessert which I hear is made daily, on site.

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Note: Several areas were too busy for me to get good pictures, so I included some additional images on their Facebook page. All “before” pictures are from Fancy’s facebook page and website.

Stay display inspired! ~Becky

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