Rose Quartz and Serenity
 
"[Rose Quartz and Serenity are] a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mind-set of tranquility and inner peace" according to the Pantone Color Institute. 
 
Space 15 Twenty
 
If Urban Outfitters’ first concept store, Space 15 Twenty in Los Angeles is any indication of successful hybridization between retail, arts, events, and food – the company’s acquisition yesterday of six Vetri Family restaurants (the flagship, Vetri, was excluded) yesterday for under $20 million suggests that experiential concepts that incubate socialization are profitable and sustainable mashups. 
 
Vetri Family joins Anthropologie, Terrain, Free People and Urban Outfitters under the subsidiary of Urban Outfitters Inc. as culinary partners charged with blending the barriers between retail and food in existing café locations while increasing the portfolio of restaurants in lifestyle villages like Space 15 Twenty nationally. All current food and beverage brands will be folded into and managed by the Vetri Family. The acquisition comes with plenty of street-cred: Chef and founder Marc Vetri, was named Food & Wine's "Best New Chef in 2000 and his restaurant Vetri in Philadelphia, PA was awarded the James Beard Award  "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic" in 2005.
 
Hybrid Hubs
 
Hybrid Retail
Free People and Umami Burger (above) at Space 15 Twenty in LA
 
While some financial markets might not fully appreciate the nuances of this deal as it pertains to stock price targets and year-over-year quarterly sales, we applaud any effort to appeal to a creative class that embraces tribal community while maintaining a meaningful, quality, and on-brand experience. Supporting young creatives is an attribute at the core of much successful collaboration in retail – and hybrid hubs with a gastronomic focus offer alluring variety to boost time-starved consumer interest. 
Culture Club Cheese Bar
 
Culture Club Cheese Bar, Seattle's newest homage to fromage, opens Friday, October 23rd, and we couldn't be more excited for Calf & Kid's sibling. At a private pre-party for Kickstarter backers, we got the first glimpse of the concept, which includes beer and wine pairings that highlight cheese. 
 
 
In addition to pairing flights and a small food menu, owner Sheri LaVigne is planning on continuing to host cheese events - much like those that she puts on at Delancy. For details on upcoming events, visit the Culture Club Cheese Bar Facebook page. 
 
 
 
Loving these repurposed vintage fixtures at Haberdash in Stockholm. The warmth of the wood tone complements the merchandise and reference the timeless style, lasting value, functional quality, and adept artisanship of the brand.
 
 
Crustum
 
 
 
Often, it is best to follow your nose. Especially, when it comes to bread.
 
Crustum, a gloriously modern artisan bakery in Sevilla, is the kind of spot that hardly makes a travel guide but never fails to disappoint locals. The merchandising is abundant enough to offset the stark interior, with layers upon layers of freshly stacked items "that smell like grandmothers". Proof that artisan and fermented breads – with thick crusts and open cell structures like those found at Tartine Bakery – continue the global to trend upward.   
 
In addition to in-house baking at retail, the concept offers craftsman workshops to encourage residents of all skill levels to learn how to bake their own bread. 
 
We love how Crustum's approaching traditional Spanish breads with an "Old World" appeal while gathering community around education. 
Quinoa trends
 
If you have ever contemplated how quinoa is marketed in France, look no further.
 
As big fans of grocery shopping in other countries, it's fun to see Quinoa Gourmand "Rice of the Incas" presented without the gluten-free, healthy, and super-food status that we've become accustom to in the US. It says a lot about the importance of heritage, cultural identity, and creative direction that's often overlooked. 
 
 
Bocce Signage
 
Charming and functional design details via simple stenciled instructions next to the Bocce Ball court at Campo Fina in Healdsburg, CA. A perfect example of Simplexity executed in restaurant marketing, operations, and customer service. 
sharing economy
 
Airbnb has created a floating cottage on London's famous River Thames. The listing, designed by architects and twin brothers Nick and Steve Tidball, features two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room, dog kennel, a book collection and a private garden. 
 
As the logo on the home might suggest, Floating Home at Number 1 is owned by Airbnb and available for one evening as part of a contest. The lucky winner and up to three friends, will board the impressive feat of construction this Friday and be treated relaxing massages before dinner is served by Robert Ortiz, the Michelin-starred head chef of Lima and Lima Floral. 
 
 
The unusual property celebrates the passing of new rules that allow Londoners to open their home to travelers and is further proof of the unstoppable Sharing Economy, Simplexity, and Collaborative Consumption trends. 
 
 
For Mother's Day, one son devised a sneaky plan to celebrate his Mom by sharing her best qualities with the world in hope of finding her a boyfriend.
 
This heartfelt video, shot over the span of one year, has a millions of views and demonstrates how authentic storytelling is helping to transforming lives beyond traditional matchmaking services. 
 
 
If you think you could be Eva’s match, Lyngaas is accepting emails at icouldbeadam@gmail.com.
 
 
Kicking off May by visiting NICHEoutside and Kurt Farm Shop within the newly opened Chophouse Row in Seattle. 
 
 
The petite garden-inspired retail store within the mixed-use development along 11th Avenue packs a punch with beautiful and unique products. Owned by the team behind the floral design studio Fleurish, the crisp jewel-box space, along the charming pedestrian alleyway, feels very European.
 
 
We're particularly fond of how the visual merchandising at NICHEoutside reflects the same durability and form as the assortment. Case in point: a brass dowel wall full of suspended treasures. 
 
 
The second space within the Chophouse Row mews is Kurt Farm Shop. The retail-foodservice-hybrid offers award-winning cheese, small-batch ice cream and plants from Kurtwood Farm on Vashion Island along side a small selection of artisan dairy products from other local farms. We love how the photos of Kurt's "ladies" flanking the 295-square-foot-shop reinforce the farm-to-table anesthetic authentic. 
 
Visual cues are vital in retail and restaurants because they inform a deeper customer experience and both of these concepts balance graphics with thoughtfulness. Plus, the implamentation at NICHEoutside and Kurt Farm Shop feels simple and fresh.
 
Allowing customers to discover and place importance on the specific products and services that resonate with each individual – with minimal signage and calculated formulation – is the ultimate pledge to authentic consumer-centric innovation at retail.  
 
 
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UPDATE 6/9/15: According the CHS Blog, a grand opening celebration for Chophouse Row will take place on June 11th. 

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