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Southwest + Pacific - May 2024 Newsletter

Greetings Retail Design Institute Southwest + Pacific Chapter Members!

What a great night last Friday at the brand new Rivian showroom at their South Coast Theater in Laguna Beach. It was a huge turnout with an exclusive tour guided by Rivian leadership and the architect of record, RDC. Special thanks to RDC and AIA Orange County for sponsoring and putting the event together.

Constructed in 1934, the historic Laguna Beach Theater has been transformed into a local community and experience center owned by electric-car manufacturer, Rivian. Now known as the Rivian South Coast Theater, the space is now used not only as the automaker's showroom, but also as a community center, hosting events, showcasing films, providing education and a fun place to relax for the neighborhood. Rivian beautifully restored the theater, bringing the classic Art Deco movie theater design back to its original glory and modernizing it for today's demands.


Did you know?

The Southwest + Pacific Chapter includes 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...


2024 Shop! Design Award winners The Set, Los Feliz

Special shout-out to Retail Design Institute Southwest + Pacific's very own board members, RDC and retailREHAB, for winning the 2024 Shop! Gold Award for the Specialty Food and Consumables Retailer category for their cannabis dispensary, The Set, in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. This project is a great example of how the Retail Design Institute fosters connections that can grow into successful business partnerships that last.

The design team created a retail experience that nods to the movie and music industry. Large, light-filled windows in the entryway contrast with the rich, dark interiors, where customers discover a center-stage display featuring new products and occasional live performances. Within the retail space is an immersive showroom that layer’s cannabis displays over movie memorabilia like rolling trucks and film reels. A VIP lounge is strategically located near the checkout area to encourage guests to stay and collaborate. The renovation breathes life into the 1921 building that enlivens the landmark retail site.

Shop! Is the global non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. Shop! Represents more than 2,000 member companies worldwide and provides value to the global retail marketplace through our leadership research, design, marketing and construction.


Enter now!

Retail Design Institute's 53rd International Design Competition

Celebrating outstanding and innovative retail spaces and experiences completed between January 1st and December 31st, 2023. Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit their projects covering all retail formats. The competition welcomes exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional retail stores to restaurants, kiosks and pop-ups.


June 7, 2024

Click HERE for more information!


Welcome Southwest + Pacific's new board member and Chapter Secretary!

The Retail Design Institute's Southwest + Pacific Chapter is excited to welcome our newest board member, Kimberly Malone, as Chapter Secretary!

Kimberly is the Studio Director and Southwest Regional Retail Practice at Gensler, based in Newport Beach. Her experience is deeply rooted in retail design and delivers seamless, connected shopping experiences across platforms as she maximizes the engagement between brands and customers. We are thrilled to have her on the board, welcome Kimberly!


Come Join Us!

Retail Design Institute Southwest + Pacific Chapter is a fun place to connect, network, learn and have a good time. Be part of a global non-profit networking organization dedicated to the advancement of retail and retail design. The Retail Design Institute is a collaborative community where ideas, knowledge and a passion for design are shared at local levels.

RDI members enjoy a variety of benefits such as priority access to events, networking and educational seminars, access to members-only areas of the website, job postings, emerging retail trend information and access to other Chapter events.

Come join us by clicking HERE!


“Thank You” To Our International Sponsors & Partners!

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