New Starbucks store in Downtown Disney features digital chalkboard
Seattle — In collaboration with Disney, Starbucks Corp. has opened its first company-operated store at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, a nearly 4,000-sq.-ft. location at Downtown Disney West Side. This past March, Disney opened its first company-operated café at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California.
Both locations feature 70-inch digital display panels that use built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests and their surroundings — the cameras automatically render whatever is in front of them into a live illustration. (When users touch the screen, they can draw on the rendering with their fingers.) Customers in the Disney World Starbucks will be able to interact with those in the Disneyland location.
“We know the value of having that moment of connection over coffee,” said Starbucks senior designer David Daniels. “This is the beginning of connecting our stores globally through technology so you could share a cup of coffee from coast-to-coast.”
The Orlando space features artwork of metallic Venetian plaster that depicts the Starbucks coffee origin story. The site is Starbucks 500th LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store, with 100% energy-efficient LED lighting. Reclaimed oak, maple and other sustainable materials are used throughout the space and community tables are made from salvaged trees. The store has a green roof consisting of hundreds of lemon grass plants.
“We had all the grass grown in a nursery and we fed it with compost from our coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks store. This gesture is one of the many ways we’re able to tell our story,” said Daniels.
Miami-based industrial designer and artist Paloma Teppa created a replica of the Starbucks Siren logo out of moss on a living wall in the store. The moss art installation is a touch of Disney-like whimsy that brings a piece of the tranquility from a forest to a Starbucks store.
L.L. Bean to make Vermont retail debut
Freeport, Maine — L.L. Bean announced it will open its first store in the state of Vermont, at Burlington Town Center.
The two-level, 18,290-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in October. It will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel and footwear, outdoor gear including hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking and camping products. It will L.L. Bean’s 20th retail store outside of Maine.
"Our stores are where the L.L. Bean catalogs come to life for our customers," said Ken Kacere, senior VP and general manager of Retail at L.L. Bean. "It’s very exciting to open our first Vermont store just steps away from Lake Champlain, which offers countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Burlington is a great fit for L.L. Bean."
Online retailer Gypsy05 to open stores
Los Angeles — Another online retailer is taking the brick-and-mortar plunge. California lifestyle brand Gypsy05 announced it will open its first two retail locations at the end of this month. After nearly 10 years of business, the brand has decided to open branded Gypsy05 retail stores, in Beverly Hills, and in the Malibu Country Mart in Malibu, California. The brand is set to open a third location, in Orange County, California, later this year, but real estate negotiations have not been completed.
Both locations will offer a range of boho-chic Gypsy05 apparel for men and women along with the swim line, Gypsy05 Sand. The stores will also carry an assortment of furniture and accessories, including colorful chairs, blankets, poufs, handbags and scarves in classic Gypsy05 prints and dyes.
In addition, the stores will feature unique found goods, handmade jewelry, candles, and books from around the world. The boutiques, around 800 sq. ft. each, are designed to look like the quintessential California beach getaway. The exteriors are covered in reclaimed wood while the walls will be coated with a ground limestone plaster.
"We want you to feel like you entered a place that you came across while exploring on your summer holiday. You will find things that are unique even for LA. You will want to stop in to find the perfect dress to attend a beach wedding or a special gift for your best friend but then stay for a moment to relax in our lounge area. It’s the full experience and it is going to be stunning,” said co-owner, creative director and designer Osi Shoham.