Galleria’s new luxury wing proves not all malls are dying.

What might have been a standard trip to Hugo Boss turned exceptional when Amanda Goller spotted the new Ted Baker store at the Galleria. She hadn’t visited the high-end clothier since she worked in finance on Wall Street, a job she left two years ago for a corporate one in Houston’s energy sector. The London-based … More Galleria’s new luxury wing proves not all malls are dying.

50 Best Concept Stores Worldwide – 2017

We continue to be surprised and inspired by new iterations of the concept store. Whilst a well-worn term, retailers worldwide are constantly rethinking the format. There are five storey department stores with ‘secret’ stockrooms for those in-the-know. There are gallery-stores that refresh with the seasons. Flower shops operate under the guise of a cafe. For … More 50 Best Concept Stores Worldwide – 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe Pops Up at Irvine Spectrum Center

Just like the interesting cast of Sanrio characters, some 50 in number, the operators for the new Hello Kitty Café container store at Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California, are a dynamic team. With Sanrio’s help, Urania Chien, Charlie Chien and Allan Tea created the first Hello Kitty Café container store and it is setting … More Hello Kitty Cafe Pops Up at Irvine Spectrum Center

Empty storefronts find new savior in an unexpected place

It took just five weeks to transform the 1970s-inspired accounting office into a modern hair salon. After covering the drab white paint with coats of gray and purple, and knocking down the wooden doors that had divided the space into offices, online beauty retailer Madison Reed opened its first physical shop last week.  The 1,500-square-foot … More Empty storefronts find new savior in an unexpected place

Reimagining Shopping Malls

As guests flock to new theme park-style shopping centers, Southern California mall owners undertake major renovations. When The Grove opened in 2002, it was a breath of fresh air for Southern California shoppers — literally. After years of grand openings for enclosed, suburban-style malls, here was an open-air shopping center reminiscent of a theme park, … More Reimagining Shopping Malls