One-stop shopping for moms-to-be is just one of the attractions at the Destination Maternity flagship on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
The three-level, 10,000-sq.-ft. store is the superstore format of Philadelphia-based Mothers Work. It houses the company’s three retail brands—the value-oriented Motherhood Maternity, the fashion-forward Mimi Maternity and the upscale A Pea in the Pod—under one roof. But it also includes a full-service spa (Edamame Maternity Spa), mini-art gallery, kids play area, lounge and a learning studio that offers classes in everything from breast-feeding to prenatal yoga.
The design maximizes a corner, three-level street front space that is configured between other retailers and below office space. A glass storefront on the ground-floor entry showcases a grand foyer, which displays art and serves as a decompression zone.
“The space was a bit of a challenge in that the majority of the retail space is on the second level,” said Thom Morbitzer, design director, Cowan + Associates, Worthington, Ohio. “To get customers up there, we put the staircase toward the front to make it more inviting. We also tried to bring as much natural light into the area as possible.”
A floating cement-and-glass custom staircase provides access from the ground floor to the upper level, home to Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity. The storefront and shop for A Pea in the Pod is set to the back of the foyer, on street level. The spa is on the lower level.
Destination Maternity is designed for comfort and convenience. Each of the three retail shops has its own look, defined by its own finishes and materials. (A Pea in the Pod and the spa are more pronounced in finish and detail to reflect a higher-end brand image.) Environmental graphics in the form of mounted banners, in-store signage and lifestyle images enhance the brand identity of each shop and provide wayfinding information. A variety of flooring surfaces are featured, including stained concrete, porcelain tile, eco-friendly rubber flooring and carpet.
To make things as convenient as possible for shoppers, there are fitting rooms on both the first and second floors (the rooms include sample “belly pillows” to help a shopp