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EXPLORING AUSTIN DESIGN

Heading to Austin next week for IRDC? Add South Lamar Blvd. to your list of shop-seeing destinations, if only to visit two customer-centric concepts making news with rapid expansions in the U.S.

EXPLORING AUSTIN DESIGN

Austin’s creative culture, progressive mindset and devotion to locally-owned businesses have made it a hotbed of smart indie-retail concepts—and a window into the lifestyle-driven retail experiences of the future. One of the best examples is this Lance Armstrong-owned bike shop that essentially functions as a second home for Austinites who live to ride.

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As bricks-and-mortar retail becomes less about product and more about experience, the demand for creative thinking has never been greater. So what can we do to make sparks of genius fly from our brains more often? We asked returning IRDC speaker David Kepron, a 25-year industry veteran and creative director of the Brand Experience Studio at Little, how he feeds his own muse, and that of his team.

EXPLORING AUSTIN DESIGN

While Austinites are passionate supporters of local, independent businesses, the city’s primary downtown shopping district, 2nd Street, is a healthy mix of indie and national retailers—and a few gems that are uniquely Austin—just five blocks from IRDC headquarters, the Hilton Austin.

EXPLORING AUSTIN DESIGN

In a previous post about the bungalows-turned-bars on Austin’s Rainey Street, we told you a bit about Container Bar, though it’s so not a bungalow. Rather, it’s a courtyard bar and event space made of seven repurposed shipping containers—a sharp, contemporary contrast to the laid-back bungalows and mature shade trees of the formerly residential Rainey St. entertainment district. And, it’s only a five-block walk from the Hilton Austin.

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When’s the last time you stopped for gas and popped inside the convenience store for an artisanal, made-to-order sandwich? Or a snack of freshly cut fruit? That’s just the beginning of the branded experience that Kraig Kessel, co-founder of San Francisco branding and design firm, Kraido, and his team created for Alltown Market, a new convenience store brand operated by energy supply company Global Partners.