Shea Links: July

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community:

“Patio Perfection: Taking great design to the great outdoors” – Shea:
Highlighting the recently created outdoor dining spaces at Mercy and Bellecour, how great patio design can serve a restaurant

“Target Rejiggers Brands to Lure Shoppers” – Wall Street Journal:
News on a major Target brand revamp in an attempt to stand apart from online retailers and better differentiate its clothing and furniture brands

“Montenegro” – Everyday Champagne:
The latest Everyday Champagne post, highlighting Tanya and David’s trip to Montenegro

“Experience-Driven Fast Casual Takes a Cue from Full Service” – FSR:
How HalfSmoke, a gourmet sausage concept in DC, is using full-service inspiration to make their quick-service model more successful (full bar, comfortable seating, and other elements designed to make people stick around)

“Another Restaurant Closes. That Doesn’t Mean the Industry is Headed for a Crash” – The Washington Post:
A discussion of whether the “restaurant bubble” (in Washington, DC and across the country) is a real concern, the value of restaurants in today’s culture, and why they seem to close so frequently

“Two-Day Towns: Montreal” – Shea:
The latest in our We Travel “Two-Day Towns” series, on where to eat, drink, stay, and play in Montreal

“Why All-Day Dining is the Breakout Trend of 2017” – Eater:
A look at restaurants that cater to all dayparts (breakfast through bar close) and a handful of restaurants around the country doing it right

“Shea and Bellecour Featured in Restaurant Development + Design Magazine” – Shea:
This month’s Restaurant Development + Design feature story on functional design that doesn’t sacrifice style, featuring Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding and our work at Bellecour in Wayzata

“How Instagram and Retail Created the Perfect Recipe for Restaurant Anchors” – BisNow:
How restaurants have come to be desired anchors for mixed-use buildings, especially food halls, and working directly with developers can help cut out the landlord middleman

“Six Ways Hotels are Targeting the Millennial Market (and Benefitting Us All)” – Washington Post:
A look at how hotels are adapting to appeal to millennials, including incorporating Instagrammable details, connecting guests with local favorites, and changing the form and function of lobbies

“Property Developers Push for Open Drinking on City Streets” – Wall Street Journal:
With the rise of open-air shopping districts, a look at how developers (in Atlanta, Iowa City, New York state, etc) are pushing for open-container policies to encourage a lively atmosphere, and how it increases restaurant and retail sales

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