Shea Links: August

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:

“Dined There, Bought the T-Shirt: Tapping into the World of Restaurant Merchandise” – FSR:
How restaurants can use branded merchandise as a way to build their companies and generate additional revenue

“Shea-Designed Provision Brings Pay-What-You-Can to Minneapolis” – Shea:
The Star Tribune piece on upcoming Provision Community Kitchen, a Shea-designed, pay-what-you-can restaurant

“Mixed-Use Trends: Meeting Shoppers Where They Are” – VMSD:
How urbanization has encouraged the growth of mixed-use shopping centers

“The Californication of America’s Restaurants” – Eater:
How restaurants across the country are channeling California’s indoor-outdoor style and light, bright aesthetic

“If Only These Walls (and Bookcases) Could Talk” – New York Times:
The addition of secret rooms and hidden bookshelves in office spaces to both save space and provide privacy in open plans

“Inspiration From the Top Down: The Importance of Culture on Your Workplace Design” – WorkDesign:
How workplace design can inspire and motivate employees to further their company’s mission

“Construction Control: Five Challenges of Building a Restaurant” – Restaurant Development + Design:
A breakdown of common problems and solutions during the restaurant-construction process

 “These Are the World’s Best Restaurants: North America, South America, Africa, and Middle East” – Food & Wine:
Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure’s joint worldwide list of the top restaurants

“Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding on the Business of Restaurants” – Shea:
The Twin Cities Business article featuring Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding along with acclaimed chefs Gavin Kaysen, Ann Kim, and Tim Niver discussing the state of the restaurant industry and where it’s headed

“If These Entrepreneurs Have Anything to Do With It, Reports of Brick-and-Mortar Retail’s Death Will Be Greatly Exaggerated” – Inc.:
A piece detailing the Free Market (a Denver food-hall-style retail collective) outlook on retail: how to make it work, what’s coming up for retail, what the model works for, and more