June 17, 2024

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.

Elevating Product Categories in Today’s Retail

With the importance of AI, digital marketing and social media, consumers demand more from brick-and-mortar retail. In this piece, we share examples of how we partnered with retailers to create custom, branded solutions to raise their hero products, create engaging in-store experiences and build consumer loyalty.

Brick-and-Mortar Retail is on the Rebound – Shop! Association

Shopping behaviors are shifting, according to the EY Future Consumer Index. The global study has found a “notable pivot away from online-first shopping behavior,” and noted the value of human interaction during the post-purchase journey. Shop! Association has the full highlights.

The Unlikely New Real-Estate Darling: Restaurants – Wall Street Journal

Americans are dining out more than ever, and real estate owners are taking notice. Landlords across the country have recently become eager to sign restaurant tenants – a major shift from previous years. The Wall Street Journal dives into the factors and consumer habits that lead to the shift.

Shea Ink Volume 24 Issue 02 – SheaMakes special edition

SheaMakes has been a growing division of our team for over 20 years, bringing unique spaces, custom pieces and branded experiences to life. Our latest edition of Shea Ink celebrates the SheaMakes team, tells their story and showcases many of their innovative projects.

At Museums, a Revolution Gains Momentum – New York Times

Some museums are taking a “radical hospitality” approach to attract visitors and grow attendance. The New York Times details the approach, noting museums’ focus on locality, emerging talent, and technological enhancements – strategies that could be applied to any consumer-focused business.

Minneapolis Named the Happiest City in United States – Travel and Leisure

Over 100 parks, miles of biking/walking paths and affordability are just a few reasons why Minneapolis topped the Institute for Quality of Life’s list of the happiest cities in the U.S. Travel + Leisure summarizes the institute’s report and highlights some Minneapolis gems.

A list of Twin Cities Patios for Outdoor Dining – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

With all of our fantastic patios, it’s no wonder why Minneapolis is the happiest city. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine compiled a list of outdoor dining options for the season, and they’ve got some great recommendations –  like Grocer’s Table, Khâluna and Sidebar at Surdyk’s to call out a few Shea friends/partners.

Inside the Grocery Store Boom – Twin Cities Business

TCB takes note of the major growth of grocery stores in the Twin Cities and details the competitive landscape of the industry. Over the past two decades, market share has shifted between competitors – including both local and national chains in the market – and TCB dives into why that is and what’s next for many of the brands.

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