Experimenting with concepts: A tour of NYC retail

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Retail’s BIG ShowWho’s pushing the envelope in retail store design, experience and concept? If you want to experience the answer to that first hand (like I did) you’ll need only to go so far as signing up for one of the handful of NRF-led store tours as a part of Retail’s BIG Show which officially kicks off tomorrow in New York City. Our afternoon store tour with 40 or so retail executives from across the globe included stops to a few of my favorites like Uniqlo and Anthropologie, and also a handful of new concepts that I will be visiting again all too soon.

If you need a little retail inspiration, here are three concept stores not to miss in New York City.

ABC Carpet and Home
888 & 881 Broadway at East 19th StreetTwo words: Visually stunning. This is a designer’s dream and a merchandiser’s paradise. ABC is 10 floors, yes 10, of home textiles and furniture – it’s quite a collection. For the digital retailers out there, the ABC website does not disappoint either.
390 Bleecker Street near 11thWalking into the “Double RL” brand flagship store could turn event the slickest of New Yorkers into Marlboro Man in seconds. The concept store, which opened in September 2011, changes its design layout every three months and offers a slice of Americana in the heart of the Big Apple.
treasure & bond
350 West BroadwayThis retail experience is about more than visually-pleasing, clean design. It’s about giving back to the community in leaps and bounds. This Nordstrom concept gives back 100% of profits to charities benefiting NYC children. Their goal: “To help people help people—and to do so with wit, imagination and style.” Amazing.
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