Retail Road Trips & Display Recap part 1

As the year comes to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on some of the lovely stores we visited and celebrate all the independent retailers we met along the way. Enjoy this recap and as always… Stay display inspired!

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A speaking engagement in Ohio gave me the opportunity to take a side trip to visit some retail stores in Pittsburgh, PA. Located in a former run down old bar, No. 14 Boutique was a true gem of a find with lovely displays. Owners Michelle and Brianne turned the space into the most chic 1000 square feet in Lawrenceville.

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No. 14 Boutique – Pittsburgh, PA

When a writing assignment in Nashville coincided with an event I have wanted to attend for quite some time, the stars aligned and we finally attended one of the City Farmhouse Pop-up Fairs in Franklin, TN.

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The vendor booths are truly a lesson in merchandise styling.

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One of my favorite themes was how many of the vendors incorporated flowers and plants in the styling of their booths.

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Kim Leggett, the organizer of the City Farmhouse pop-up fairs, has a book coming out in 2017 and I’m told she shares some of her styling secrets, so I’ll be watching for the book release and keep you posted.

Speaking of books…

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In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, pictured here at Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL., is one of my favorite books this year. Featuring insights from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs, it is an unprecedented collection of empowering advice and inspiration.

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Soapology, New York, NY

Gift industry trade shows take me to Atlanta and New York at least twice per year, so I enjoy exploring neighborhoods and finding fun stores like Soapology NYC, (above) and Boogaloos Boutique (below) in Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

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The creativity in retail stores never ceases to amaze me. I hope you find inspiration in following the visual merchandising examples that I post throughout the year. Want to see more? Follow Retail Details blog on social media, too. Links in the sidebar.

Stay display inspired!

~Becky Tyre

Visual Merchandising Tips and Displays at AmericasMart

I’m just back from AmericasMart and excited to share a few fun displays. The wholesale trade show booths and showrooms are wonderful sources for creative display ideas and the Atlanta show never disappoints!

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ChickeeBoom jewelry display in the Road Runners LLC showroom at Americasmart

I was on the hunt for interesting display backdrops and this one from ChickeeBoom in the Road Runners showroom caught my eye. I like how the damask pattern is broken up with a wood insert for visual interest and pattern relief which keeps it from looking too busy. The trick with displaying jewelry – and other small items – is to draw the customer closer so they can clearly see the product.

Spartina 449 showroom at Americasmart

Spartina 449 showroom at Americasmart

I love bold graphics on a back wall to draw customers into the store or in this case, into the showroom. Color is key to this cohesive story in the Spartina 449 showroom at AmericasMart.

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Heartstrings Jewelry – Grace Direct showroom

The state-shaped boards in the Heartstrings window feature the new state collection. The Grace Direct/Bridgewater Candles showroom is well-known for their creative displays. Visit the Retail Details social media sites to see more from this showroom.

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Gleeful Peacock booth at AmericasMart

State-themed charms are cleverly displayed on a large easel map in the Gleeful Peacock booth. I zoomed in to show the chalk graphic indicating these as Best Sellers. Customers want to know what’s “hot”. This is especially effective in gift stores where customers are looking for gift suggestions.

Thanks to AmericasMart for awesome hospitality and a great show, as always. Next stop for me is Las Vegas Market, followed by NYNOW. I hope to see you there. Join me for a seminar in Vegas and a panel of retail experts in NY.

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky Tyre~Becky

Summer Sails: boat themes for visual merchandising

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Textiles boat display – Dean & Co. – UK

Boats go with Summer like flowers go with Spring, popping up in store windows and in-store displays to capture the feelings of time spent at the lake or by the sea.

Simple shapes and traditional nautical color schemes make it easy to represent the theme:

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Summer Sale window by visual merchandising students

Or go BIG with a life-size hull if space allows…

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CatStudio display at Homestead Gardens in Davidson, MD.

You might recognize the CatStudio boat display (above) as I included the Homestead Gardens image in a feature about Retail’s Softer Side for Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine last year, click here to read more.

The iconic shape of boats show up in visual merchandising applications as shelves, as seen below at Simplicity Decor in Kirkland, WA:

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Simplicity Decor – Kirkland WA

I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Simplicity Decor, A. Suraphong Liengboonlertchai when he attended one of my seminars at a gift show and I hope to visit his shops when I make it to WA one of these days. I need to plan a #retailroadtrip to the Northwest.

More shelves:

Boat shelves visual merchandising in the Demdaco Showroom at Las Vegas Market

Boat shelves in the Demdaco Showroom at Las Vegas Market.
Image credit: Becky Tyre

I enjoyed these wall shelves in the Demdaco showroom at Las Vegas Market last year and the floor boat was a fun display, too!

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Sand-filled boat display in the Demdaco showroom – Las Vegas Market
Image credit: Becky Tyre

And another favorite is this hull bow mounted as an end cap display in the P. Graham Dunn retail store in Dalton, OH:

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P. Graham Dunn retail store – Dalton, OH.
Image credit: Becky Tyre

If you ever get the chance to visit the P. Graham Dunn facility in Dalton, it is a real treat! The retail store is lovely and it is located in one of Ohio’s picturesque Amish communities. I was honored to present some seminars at their dealer’s conference in March and enjoyed meeting the retailers, touring the wholesale production facility and having dinner at one of their Amish employee’s home was a highlight of my year!

I’ll close with a small boat prop I spotted last week at a charming home decor and gift store, Cottage and Loft in Fort Myers, FL:

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Mini-boat floats on a bed display at Cottage & Loft – Ft. Myers, FL.
Image credit: Becky Tyre

Stay display inspired!

Retail Details blog, Becky TyreBecky

Holiday Shelf Appeal

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

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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