Beyond the Earbuds | 5 Songs From 5 FRCHers

Holy Potatoes Batman, we made it to Friday! Why not celebrate with a couple of deep cuts hand picked by your co-workers?

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WHAT? A Pirate Barrel Made from a 2×4!


That’s right.  A vintage looking barrel made from one 8 foot 2×4 averaging $3.95.  Finding inexpensive ways of making props is a skill every designer should have.  We use them in Theme Parks, Retail and Events. Read more of this post

Beyond the Earbuds | 5 Jams From 5 FRCHers



Happy Friday! Here’s your weekly offering of righteous jams to help you get in the zone, broaden your musical horizons, or question your co-worker’s musical tastes.

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Dramatic and Simple Displays


The illusion of three dimensional space can be achieved using flat artwork installed in layers for depth.  Theater sets have used this visual form for centuries. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2014 in Photos

Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related: store fitting, store design, sales promotion, visual merchandising, even information technology. The home of the 2014 conference was Dusseldorf, GermanyRead more of this post

Friday: Refined

FRCH FridayRefinedThey say you can’t escape your past, so it’s no surprise that whenever the topic turns to fashion I’m usually asked to comment. You see, prior to joining the FRCH team I had a long career in fashion retail. It started casually of course, when a college-aged me realized the only way I could afford Lucky jeans and Dr. Marten’s was to land a healthy employee discount at Buckle. After stints with Von Maur (where I met my first suit) and Banana Republic, I began what became a 10 year relationship with Nordstrom. So my “fashion authority” (an old Nordstromism) is legit and with that comes a tie that binds (you’ll still see me in a tie at least twice a week). I came to Cincinnati from Chicago where “How are you doing?” was less common than “Who are you wearing?’ and while that may seem superficial (it is) it’s a powerful thing. The designer Kenneth Cole once told me that the one thing you have absolute control of every day is the way you present yourself to the world, and that’s impacted me to this day. So at the risk of sounding shallow, I’ll share with you my fashion manifesto and hope you’ll forgive me by the time you finish these prose on clothes. Read more of this post

Second Shift Creativity

To quote the famous Bill Cosby sketch “the same thing happens every night”…and I LOVE it!

Second-Shift-Creativity, Creative Fuel

My day starts at 5:30 am, then speeds up around 8:30 with a series of meetings, brainstorms, idea sharing, problem solving and if I’m really lucky some sketching. In my world all these things require creativity, in one form or another. But creativity is like anything else, a full day of it and your sponge is full…you just can’t handle anymore. You need a break, time to relax and decompress…but I have a 2 1/2 year old and someone forgot to explain this concept to him (I’ll spare you the “bottle his energy cliché”…). Read more of this post


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