The Blending of Retail: RH Chicago

The retail, hospitality and restaurant industries are blending, now more than ever, and there’s no better example than the 3 Arts Club Cafe and the Restoration Hardware flagship in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The high-end furniture brand transformed an early-20th-century landmark into a one-of-kind destination – part art gallery, part restaurant – the 70,000 SF space certainly offers more than just retail. Read more of this post

#FRCHCelebrates

In celebration of over ten years of “Best Place to Work” recognition, everyone’s hard work and closing in on our 50-year anniversary coming in 2018, we thought it would be a great opportunity to say THANK YOU and give Monday, July 3rd as an extra day off to extend the holiday and spend some extra time with family and friends…however there was one condition, FRCH-ers had to capture their free time with photos. We asked them to share those special moments – whether it was fireworks, food, family or fun – we wanted to see how #FRCHCelebrates!  Read more of this post

Fast Food Goes Organic

Amys Drive Thru, FRCH Creative Fuel

While attending a wedding this past weekend in Santa Rosa, California, I did a double take when I drove by a drive-thru restaurant with grass growing from the roof and a water tower in the lawn. I quickly recognized the Amy’s logo – not because of my familiarity with the restaurant, but from the numerous Amy’s products (from soups to frozen pizza) I’ve consumed over the years. Read more of this post

Pass Your Plate

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“The most indispensable ingredient of all good home cooking: love for those you are cooking for.” – Sophia Loren

We firmly agree with Ms. Loren so for our holiday “card” this year our team decided to gather our favorite recipes from around the firm and share the stories behind the food (along with some pretty mouthwatering recipes…).

Every family has a story to tell, welcome to ours … so pass your plate and allow us to share our joy, memories and waistline with you this holiday season.  Read more of this post

Bonjour de Montréal

Montreal, IRDC, Creative Fuel

Every year the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) selects a city that is a leading curator of retail trends. This year’s host was Montréal – a city that celebrates its history while exuding a contemporary flair, edgy style and a thriving cosmopolitan energy. Combined with a plethora of retail stores, an expansive range of dining options and diverse neighborhoods to explore, this year’s host city was the total package.  Read more of this post

The Carriage Roads of Acadia

Acadia National Park, FRCH Creative FuelSometime in January I got talked into going to see “National Parks Adventure” in Imax … I’m not sure if it was the soothing sound of Robert Redford’s narration (apparently Morgan Freeman was unavailable…), the catchy tune of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back The River’ or the feeling of being enveloped by the overwhelmingly beautiful scenery – most likely all three – but I suddenly had an overpowering urge to explore these seemingly untouched places. Read more of this post

A History Of Collaboration

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It seems like just yesterday I scrounged up enough money (probably better spent toward college textbooks…) to purchase a cherry-printed Luella Bartley wristlet from Target as part of their first – and much anticipated – GO International program. Officially launching in 2006, on the heels of the success of Issac Mizrahi for Target, the campaign featured a different high-end designer each season that would create an exclusive, limited-time and obviously lower-priced, collection for Target. Read more of this post