A.R.E. Shoptalks are expanding—in both scope and number of locations. Retailers
and designers are invited to gather at one of eight locations in the U.S. and Canada
for an afternoon of education and networking. This year, A.R.E. introduces a format change that adds two interactive workshops, led by industry experts:
• The integration of technology into retail space.
• ROI on store design.
In addition to extended educational content, the evening will offer peer-to-peer
networking during an informal cocktail reception. Learn more and register at
Shoptalks: More cities, more connections, more courses
Cirque to perform at PAVE Opening Night Bash
After an evening of award-winning retail design (see above), head over to the GlobalShop Opening
Night Bash to support future talent. The event, 7:30–10: 30 p.m. on March 24 at LIGHT Nightclub at
Mandalay Bay, benefits PAVE and its educational programs. It combines the ultimate food and cocktail
experience with the unique production and artistry of three live Cirque Du Soleil performances at LIGHT.
LIGHT, the first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque Du Soleil, merges cutting-edge creativity with
incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience.
Upon arriving at LIGHT, PAVE Opening Night Bash guests will enter the realm of the unknown,
as everyone in the club is part of the show. Headlining DJs and performers will lead the charge,
coupled with revolutionary performances.
For ticket information, visit www.paveinfo.org/forpavesupporters/paveglobalshopbash.
Celebrate the best of retail from around the globe
Showcasing the best of retail in
a banner year, the 2015 A.R.E.
Design Awards presentation
is a must-attend. Held at the
Four Seasons Ballroom in
Las Vegas on March 24, the
event will highlight 67 projects.
These finalists beat out a record number of
entries representing more than 20 countries
on six continents.
Get inspired by these stellar projects as
we award the best in multiple categories.
And see firsthand who will take home Visual
Presentation of the Year, Sustainable Project
of the Year, Fixture of the Year, and the highly
coveted Store of the Year.
Emceed by Las Vegas entertainer Heather
Burdette, the evening will also include the pre-
sentation of design:retail’s Markopoulos Award
and A.R.E.’s Merriman Above & Beyond Award.
Finalists for the Merriman Award are Nashville
Display and Rose Displays. The
evening includes a networking
reception with around 500
Judging the competi-
tion were Susan Morton,
Nordstrom; Rob Jordahl,
Belk Inc.; Angela Gearhart, Sleep Number;
Fred Margulies, Architect, LEED AP, Herschman
Architects Inc.; Eric Boulden, LEED Green
Associate, Jump Branding & Design Inc.;
Jo Rossman, LEED AP ID+C, Retail Environments
magazine; Alison Embrey-Medina, design:
retail magazine; and Patricia Sheehan,
This year’s award sponsors include GlobalShop 2015, Visual Citi, VMSD, Infinity Retail
Services, Grottini, GH+A, and FRCH Design
For tickets, visit www.aredesignawards.
com/ events.cfm or purchase at the door.
A.R.E. tools and events for
measuring store design ROI
A.R.E.’s GlobalShop session, “The ROI
Advantage–How To Get Your Store Design
Project Approved,” on March 25 will kick off
a series of association events on measuring
the return on store design investments.
The session builds on the report published
in the January/February issue of Retail
Environments magazine presenting research
from EWI Worldwide and A.R.E. The research
revealed that a holistic approach to store
design metrics is most successful.
“Guiding and measuring uncharted
changes in how stores work and look will be
vital to the industry in the next few years,”
said Janis Healy, EWI’s VP of retail strategy.
“The Millennial generation is fundamentally
different from retailers’ traditional Boomer
shopper. Understanding their expectations
and designing stores to appeal to them is
Moderated by A.R.E. Director of Member
ship Karen Schaffner, the session features
panelists Healy, Angela Hoekstra Gearhart
of Select Comfort, and Julie Swanson of
A.R.E.’s regional Shoptalk series also will
include a workshop on ROI. And A.R.E. has
expanded its ROI Resource Center, www.
to include the report as well as a searchable
database of referenced case studies.
“Advancing the retail environments
industry is core to our mission,” said A.R.E.
Executive Director Todd Dittman. “Accurately
measuring the benefits of store design is an
important factor in the industry’s success,
and we have put considerable resources
behind this effort, as has EWI Worldwide.”
A.R.E. SHOPTALK 2015 LOCATIONS
Los Angeles ......... April 23
San Francisco ........ May 7
New York........... May21
Montreal ........... September 17
Cincinnati ........... October 1
Seattle ............. October 15
Dallas .............. October22