Worth Reading; In-store Trends

Informative article, lots of good tips on retail store trends Walgreens’ new flagship store in Chicago includes everything from made-to-order smoothies to sushi and juice bars to a fully stocked humidor.  The health & beauty retailer also makes it clear that it can relate with the local market.  It uses its most visible wall space in the store (below the … Read More

Space Saving Corner Case

Ever wonder what to do in a corner? When two wall systems meet in a corner there is always an empty space, determined by the depth of hanging or shelving. I’ve seen many solutions to this quandary, fake trees, folding screens, etageres all can solve the problem, but this can really but that space to use. M. Fried has the answer. M … Read More

The Candy Man Can with Gondola Shelving

I remember a time when the mention of gondola shelving sent specialty retailers running to find another store planner. Back in the 80’s gondola shelving meant drugstore or Kmart and were never used by more upscale retailers. Things have certainly changed. We recently out-fitted this candy store with a gondola shelving by Madix.  Gone are the days of dreary pegboard … Read More

Revzilla Motor Sports

I’ve designed a good many retail shops during my career, lots of clothing, women’s, men’s, children’s even dog apparel but Revzilla holds a unique place in my repertoire. Rev is a retailer of motorcycle attire and accessories. Back in 2004 two young men came to me with a request to build them a showroom for their primarily online business. They had … Read More

Biltmore Winery

  Last night I spent the evening at the Biltmore estate in Asheville N. Carolina, a house tour,an exhibet of stunning Tiffany lamps and a visit to  thier “Antler Village” a relatively new addition to the estates commercial operations. Every time I visit I am impressed with the quality of execution and the high level merchandising skill. While I was … Read More

Mens “Rigging” some things never change

     Display has changed greatly over time, “Branding” has highjacked much of what I consider the  traditional skills that I learned as a young man from old school window trimmers.  The one aspect of Visual Merchandising that has survived is mens suit “rigging” which is the term used for fitting a suit or shirt to a display form. Butt sagging jeans and team … Read More

Recovery is Up to You

We all know whats going on, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. These stats are sobering to say the least. the bright side is that my loyal clients are still around. The simple fact that they are my clients is the fact that they rely on my services and believe that it does make a difference to employ … Read More

Coffee Table Books

Don’t worry the coffee table book will survive…All this talk of books becoming obsolete is simply not true. Nothing can replace the thrill of high quality reproductions on beautiful expensive paper. I prize my library beyond most of my other possessions. All the electronic pads that Apple is flooding the markets with will never replace the feeling of sitting down with a favorite book … Read More

News from the Hood

Love them or hate them, it’s undeniable that the North Brooklyn neighborhoods Williamsburg and Greenpoint have served as a laboratory of creativity for longer than a decade. Urban activists in the trendy enclaves have created models for more collaborative, locally focused economies, mapping out a blueprint for a sustainable approach to urban life. Amplify Brooklyn, an exhibit and event series … Read More

Americas Hottest Clothing Chains

Those that top the list according to Forbes are: number one, Kohl’s, number two is Nordstrom and three is Macy’s. I understand seeing Kohl’s and Macy’s, but what is Nordstrom doing there? Nordstrom is not price driven like its neighbors on the list. The answer is their amenable atmosphere. Creating a comfortable pleasurable, shopping experience, is at times, as important as price. Nordstrom’s attention to customer … Read More