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Heartland - Winter Newsletter - 2024 Kickoff Edition

Retail Design Institute Heartland Chapter

Winter Newsletter - 2024 Kickoff Edition

Hey Heartland Retail Design Enthusiasts,


Let me be the first to welcome you to a new year with the Retail Design Institute Heartland Chapter! 2024 is slated to be full of creative inspiration, unforgettable experiences, and vibrant connections! I hope that you’re as excited as I am to spend the year with us, immersing ourselves in some of the most groundbreaking retail design spaces and experiences right here in our own backyard. My fellow board members and I are extremely excited to share with you all that we’ve been planning for you this year… we are certain that your membership with the Institute will provide you with a whirlwind of inspiration, knowledge, and camaraderie. Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

Save the Dates for 2024:

February 29th: Three Sixty Happy Hour (Westport)

  • Join us on Leap Day at Three Sixty, the newly opened bar at the top of the Gold Tower in Westport Plaza, for a Happy Hour to kick off the new year in style. It's not just a networking opportunity; it's our chance to reconnect as a chapter, discuss the exciting events ahead, and bask in the vibrant energy of our community.

April TBD: Proper Cannabis Store Tour

  • Dive into the emerging niche of retail design with Proper Cannabis and this behind-the-scenes tour that is sure to elevate your creativity whether you’re someone who partakes or not. And don't worry… if you get the munchies, we'll have you covered!

June 21st: Pickleball Fun @ Chicken N Pickle St. Charles – It’s kind of a Big Dill

  • Unwind with us in June for a bit of friendly competition as we compete in the fastest-growing sport in North America – pickleball. With great food and a fun environment, this event is going to be a surefire way to spice up your summer.

August TBD: Back-to-School CEU Presentation

  • Elevate your skills in August with our in-person CEU event, to help sharpen your knowledge and get you back into your creative groove.

October 9th – 10th: IRDC in KC

  • We hope you’re able to join us at this year's IRDC in Kansas City. We'll be working with VMSD to develop a self-guided walking tour of the best retail Kansas City has to offer (Have suggestions for spots to highlight? Share your insights with us!) Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the conference!

November / December: CWE Window & WalkingTour/Happy Hour – Dec. 17th

  • Be part of a tradition that our chapter has upheld for several years – the Central West End's holiday window design. Volunteer to craft, build, and install. Then, join us on December 17th for a festive happy hour celebrating a year filled with design wonders.

Join Us and Unleash the Benefits:

As a member of the institute in 2024, you're in for an experience like no other. Here's a sneak peek at the perks:

1.      Discounted Admission to Exclusive Events:

  • Be part of our gatherings at trendy spots like Bar Three Sixty and Proper Cannabis. Your membership unlocks discounted admission, as well as access to exclusive event photos and content, making these events not only unforgettable but also affordable.

2.      Virtual Events - The World is Your Oyster:

  • No matter where you are, you will have access to all the virtual events hosted across the Institute, bringing the best in retail design from around the world to your screen. Explore global trends, connect with experts, and expand your horizons without leaving the comfort of your home.

3.      Behind-the-Scenes Tours for Creative Sparks:

  • Gain exclusive access to behind-the-scenes tours of the latest and greatest retail projects in our region. Immerse yourself in the world of design, gather inspiration, and stay ahead of the curve.

4.      Networking Opportunities:

  • Forge connections with fellow retail design enthusiasts, industry experts, and potential collaborators. Our events are not just about inspiration; they're your chance to build a network that propels your career forward.

Submit Your Ideas and Join the Momentum:

We invite you to submit your ideas for potential events! Share projects you've worked on, or anything you think might captivate our diverse group of design professionals, retailers, students, and allied trade members.

Additionally, we are on the lookout for someone to join our board and help us to build our social media and marketing presence. This is an excellent opportunity for a student, emerging designer, or anyone who is looking to get more connected and involved within their local professional retail design community. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at @Retail Design Institute Heartland Chapter.

Calling All Sponsors:

Help us build this momentum and grow our community! We're on the lookout for a few generous sponsors to join us on this exciting journey. Your support will shape the future of retail design in the Heartland. For more information, reach out to our Chapter Treasurer @JanineBuettner

Ready to embark on this design adventure with us? Join or renew your membership for 2024 today!

Cheers to an inspired retail design community!

Warm regards,

Jessie Sanders, RDI

President, Heartland Chapter

Retail Design Institute


“Thank You” To Our International Sponsors & Partners!

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