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Southern California - September 2023 Newsletter

Greetings Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter Members!

We had such a great time last Wednesday, Sep 13, on our block tour of Larchmont Blvd. Thanks for all who came, it was a blast! Several emerging local, national and international brands have been opening in this charming neighborhood enclave in Los Angeles since the pandemic and we were lucky to have been welcomed in to 7 of them to learn about their brand from the staff who run them. Each has a unique brand story but the constant theme for why they decided on Larchmont is the authentic neighborhood community and the walkability. There are so many great stores it was hard to not stop at every single one but we stopped in to hear from the store managers at Rothy's, Beyond Yoga, Topdrawer, Buck Mason, Thirteen Lune, Du/er and Faherty.

Thanks to all who came out including those visiting from Heartland and New England chapters. Just one of the many reasons to join RDI is that you can attend any event, anywhere. Being a member is an asset to all in our industry, no matter where you live.

Special shoutout to Patty Lombard of the Larchmont Buzz for joining the tour and giving us some local insider information on the neighborhood and its history.

Did you know the Southern California Chapter includes the regions of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii? It’s true! If you know any innovative store experiences, retail companies or consultants in any of these areas please let us know! We’d love to spotlight them in this series.


Upcoming Events

Retail Design Institute's 52nd International Design Awards

Tuesday, October 10 3:00-5:00pm PT

Join us to virtually see which of the 15 winning projects will be named 2022 Store of the Year and which projects will be named Innovation Award recipients.

Your hosts are International President Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz and International Chairman Ray Ehscheid.

Click the registration button below to purchase a general admission VIRTUAL ticket!


HD Buttercup Design Center Tour

Hosted by Coco Republic November 2, 4:00-6:00 pm PT

Coming up in November, we will host a showroom tour and panel discussion at Australia’s leading furniture brand, Coco Republic, that recently opened its Culver City showroom in partnership with HD Buttercup at the Helm’s Bakery District. This will be an evening event with food and refreshments provided.

3225 E Helm’s Ave, Culver City, Los Angeles Thursday, November 2, 2023 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Registration will open next week!



Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter has a few openings on the board and are looking for a Chapter Secretary as well as a Communications Chair. The Chapter Secretary will be in charge of monthly meeting minutes and our communications and announcements through various platforms as well as being an active board member that participates in quarterly board of directors meetings with the International Office. The Communications Chair will be heading our marketing and PR, managing and maintaining our web and social media presence and collaborating with the Secretary on external/internal communications.

If you or someone you know is interested in either position, please drop us an email at

“Thank You” To Our International Sponsors & Supporters!

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