Putting a Spotlight on This Year’s New and Innovative Retailers

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Posted by: Alex Kaminsky – SVP, Consumer Marketing

Want to discover innovative retailers that are bringing out-of-the-box concepts to their in-store experiences? Look no further. Here are some businesses that are truly reinventing retail.

Gigi Alibhai, creator and founder of Smooshies, a unique candy and confectionery store, saw a need for a “sweet” space where kids could hang out and parents could bond with each other. In fact, she even encourages parents to bring kids in to do homework! The store is stocked with educational toys and treats for health-conscious patrons, like gluten-free sweets and “Nitro Ice Cream.”

Drybar, a beauty salon chain that specializes only in blow-outs, has 40+ stores nationwide and even one in Canada. Since opening its flagship store in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood in 2010, the concept has spread like wildfire. A true startup success story, Drybar responded to the call of women (and men) with tough-to-tame hair needing a place to get a quick and relatively inexpensive blowout whenever they needed it most. No cut, no color, no huge bill – simple as that.

Canadian brand Arc’teryx Sportswear started off by creating specialized gear for climbers – then quickly began to manufacture high-performance outerwear and technical equipment. The brand also makes military outerwear under the Arc’Teryx LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) sub-brand, as well as a “weekend adventure” division, called Veilance, for city dwellers.

Men’s clothing expert Bonobos may have started as an online-only e-tailer, but now they’ve got 20 retail “Guideshops” where customers can get measurements taken, try on clothes, find the perfect size and fit, and place orders online. You can’t take any clothes home with you, but they’ll arrive at your doorstep in just a few days. The concept has a very bespoke feel to it.

You may think you’re walking by a traditional pet store when you stumble upon Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks, but you’re really at a shelter that helps find happy homes for rescue dogs. It’s truly a unique take on the animal shelter model. Additionally, proceeds from all the pet products sold at the store go toward rescuing and finding homes for needy dogs.

Read more about these innovative retailers – as well as five others that we didn’t mention here – on YP.com today. While you’re at it, be sure to sign up for YP’s monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your local neighborhood.


Photo Credit: ARC’TERYX

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