June 30, 2023

Curated by Shea: June

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design and industry news so that you don’t have to – and we pull what’s smartest and most forward-thinking together to save you the time of sifting through it all. 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.

Best Hotel Design Practices – Today’s Hotelier

Shea Principal & Partner, Tanya Spaulding, spoke with Today’s Hotelier to share our best practices for design, layouts and lighting in hotels – all practices that, when implemented correctly, improve both the guest experience and the bottom line.

This Restaurant Theme is a Big Hit, and More Foodservice News – FES Mag

Spoiler alert: the big-hit theme is pickleball, and according to Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, it’s continuing to gain popularity. They shared that by the end of 2022, over 8.9 million people were playing the paddle sport. We’re excited for the Shea-designed Pints & Paddle to open in Maple Grove, MN this fall so we can add to the growing number of pickleball players.

Diners Are Losing Patience with Restaurant Service—and There’s No Quick Fix – WSJ

The Wall Street Journal provides solutions to the ongoing labor shortage that’s been leading to service complaints in some restaurants. With investments in technology and time investments in training, restaurants can improve and speed up their service and allow their staff to build greater expertise.

With record-high vacancies, these commercial space owners are getting creative to save their buildings and businesses – Fast Company

Learn from commercial property owners who shared their solutions for adapting and repurposing their empty spaces with Fast Company. Some are repurposing whole spaces, some are reconfiguring and diving space up and others are creating new amenity spaces that are bringing employees back to the office at a faster rate.

The Top Retail Design Firms for 2023 – VMSD

VMSD released their annual list of the top retail design firms across the nation, and we’re proud to share that Shea made the 2023 rankings.

Report Recap: Why Emotion Should Be Retailers’ Strongest Design Focus – Frame

Emotion is a major part of creating consumer experiences, and when thoughtfully included in a store’s design, connects guests with the brand. Frame shares key findings from a report exploring emotions and the brand-consumer relationship and outlines opportunities for retailers to better engage and reconnect consumers with their emotions.

New announcements & upcoming openings:

Shea named a 2023 National Standard Top Workplace

Star Tribune named Shea a 2023 National Standard Top Workplace, and we’re so proud of everyone on the team for creating and exemplifying our strong culture that led to this honor.

Daniel Del Prado’s Layline opening July 1st

July is kicking off with the opening of our latest partnership with Innerbloom Hospitality and Daniel del Prado, Layline, in downtown Excelsior, MN.

Myrtle’s Fur Vault & Bar opening in July

Downtown Sioux Falls is getting a new cocktail & wine bar. Myrtles is part of the Parker’s Bistro expansion project, and we’re excited to help them bring new life into the historic building.

Woodbury yum! Kitchen & Bakery location opening in September

Our fourth yum! location with Patti & Robbie Soskin is coming to Woodbury, MN and expected to open in September. We’re proud of our continued partnership and look forward to their expansion into the east metro.

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