Tag Archives: retail
This Week: Garage Store (San Francisco)

This Week: Garage Store (San Francisco)

You know how it is: sometimes putting things off means they never get done. And while I can’t speak for you, I’m never better for it. Get ready for a tale of heartbreak and redemption. It’s a tale of lazy days, chilly nights and good friends who save the day in a little burg I […]

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Interview: Anthropologie Executive Creative Director Kristin Norris

Interview: Anthropologie Executive Creative Director Kristin Norris

I’ve long enjoyed Urban Outfitters for their clever displays and entertaining atmosphere; their showrooms make shopping fun (darn it).  But friends, don’t even get me started on Urban Outfitters’ woman-focused brand Anthropologie, which I adore . . . adore, a fact which doesn’t make me any less of a man . . . dudes. So […]

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On Location During Flor’s Catalog Shoot (and an Open House Update)

On Location During Flor’s Catalog Shoot (and an Open House Update)

Last week I had the opportunity to hang out with the Flor team during a shoot for their upcoming spring catalog.  Like many companies who produce catalogs, the Flor folks use actual homes for their photo shoots, but unlike many companies who will remove all the furniture, change out window treatments and sometimes even paint, […]

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The Friday Roundup (and a contest for you readers with a real prize and everything!)

The Friday Roundup (and a contest for you readers with a real prize and everything!)

But he promised this wouldn’t be a regular column! I shot this image at Anthropologie the other day. For those of you in retail who are now groaning in sympathy for the Anthropologie staff, I swear I put all the letters back the way I found them.  And no, I don’t have too much time […]

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Interview:  FourSided and TwoSided Founder Todd Mack

Interview: FourSided and TwoSided Founder Todd Mack

I’ve long been enthralled with FourSided founder, artist and entrepreneur Todd Mack’s framing projects, which elevate common objects to art through the creative use of mattes and collage, so I was very happy to hang out with him for a bit recently.  As you read this interview, may I suggest that you listen to the […]

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Chicago Secrets: The Field Museum’s Hush-Hush Rental Program AKA the Harris Loan Center (Exposed!)

Chicago Secrets: The Field Museum’s Hush-Hush Rental Program AKA the Harris Loan Center (Exposed!)

Museums, in addition to being large publicly funded institutions which are open to the public for educational purposes but which often require an annual membership or nominal daily fee, are places where ANYTHING can happen!  Artifacts are collected for crying out loud!  From around the world!!  From remote areas!!!  Watch it because the exclamation points […]

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Chicago’s Shopkeepers, Antique Dealers and Designers on the Economy

Chicago’s Shopkeepers, Antique Dealers and Designers on the Economy

It’s an odd time to be an American.  On one hand, day-to-day life continues.  People go to work, break bread, visit friends, fall in love and download Internet entertainment.  On the other hand, Starbucks just introduced instant coffee (yesterday’s luxury lifestyle is today’s Sanka) and every day brings more bad news: layoffs are surging, state […]

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