Hardware Retailing

SEP 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2017 98 Stumbling Upon an Amsterdam Hardware Store Because I work for NRHA, I can't help but feel excited when I come across a local home improvement store in a foreign city. In November, my family met me in Amsterdam to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we hurriedly walked down the stone streets lining the city canals in a rush to our afternoon tour, I spotted a hardware store called Gunters & Meuser. Understanding my connection to hardware stores, my family patiently waited as I walked in and gave myself a tour. While there are always staple departments and physical elements to every hardware store, the most exciting part is discovering what makes each unique. Gunters & Meuser's unmissable quirk was its cool window displays. On each side of the store's front door were large windows. In the right window was a display with antiques and hardware relics likely collected throughout the history of the business. Also in the window was a sign that read "190 Jaar," or 190 years. To read the continuation of this post, visit TheRedT.com/amsterdam. Handmade Merchandisers in Portugal As my traveling companions and I roamed the stone streets of LxFactory, a historical industrial complex full of artsy retailers and restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal, our tour guide said, "Check out this art supply shop." Upon walking into the shop called Ponto das Artes, my eyes bounced around the room—paints, papers, easels, adhesives. I'm assuming this store would be any artist's dream. But what truly captured my attention were the beautifully handmade wooden merchandisers displaying products within the modern space. Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese so there was a communication barrier between the salesclerk and me. However, with a little bit of makeshift sign language and Google Translate, I did manage to confirm that all displays were handmade by someone associated with the store. Wood Pallets Turned Mobile Displays In the center of the store stood two displays made of painted wood pallets with wheels. For read the continuation of this post and to see photos, visit TheRedT.com/portugal. Lisbon, Portugal Amsterdam, Netherlands

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