Two online retailers are opening their first brick-and-mortar locations: kitchenware brand Our Place, in Los Angeles; and bedding and loungewear retailer Sunday Citizen, in Manhattan.
Our Place: Bringing people together over the joy of cooking
Kitchenware brand Our Place has announced the opening of its first-ever retail store in the heart of the brand’s Los Angeles hometown, at 1344 Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
“When we started Our Place, we knew it was about so much more than kitchenware,” says Shiza Shahid, co-founder of Our Place. “We wanted to create a place that brought people together over the joy of cooking, and now, we are able to bring everyone into this physical space to make even deeper connections. This store is truly a place by and for us and our community.”
Our Place Venice Beach was conceptualized as a place for gathering and community, states the company. Our Place partnered with creative agency Mythology and design firm Ringo Studio on its design: The interiors incorporate textures, patterns and colors to feel like an inviting home. The space is lined with limewash plaster walls, and accented with smooth, recycled tiles in jewel tones and bright pastels throughout. An arched shelving display showcases Our Place’s signature colorways, and the streamlined suite of products is artfully displayed throughout the store – all while maintaining a cozy, home-like feel.
The new brick-and-mortar location also features the Our Place Cafe, which serves tea, boba, haldi doodh (turmeric latte) and other culturally rooted beverages. A front nook, color-drenched in Our Place’s signature spice shade, provides the perfect place for friends to enjoy a drink, and a backyard with stadium and cafe seating can host food-related events, book launches and film screenings. A backyard mural, created by Our Place graphic designer Erika Jaquez, is tinged with turmeric, saffron, cumin, star anise and other spices from the indigenous and immigrant communities that have shaped cuisines and traditions throughout the world.
Our Place reports that a second retail location will be opened in Los Angeles later this year.
Sunday Citizen: Supporting ‘home, body and soul’
On the other side of the country, Sunday Citizen – the direct-to-consumer bedding, home and loungewear retailer – has announced a grand-opening event for its first brick-and-mortar shop, located in New York City, on December 8th.
The shop, on 42 Crosby Street in the Soho neighborhood in Manhattan, will act as a showroom for the brand’s “radically soft” products, as well as a destination for wellness workshops that support the brand’s “home, body, and soul” initiative.
“We’re thrilled to offer a space where customers can not only touch and feel our products before purchasing for the first time, but also connect with the Sunday Citizen lifestyle,” says Mike Abadi, Co-founder and CEO of Sunday Citizen.
The grand-opening event, open to the public, will invite guests to enjoy special offers and exclusive surprises while they engage with Sunday Citizen collections.
“We want the store to build community with the Soho neighborhood. We’ve placed great emphasis on creating a welcoming environment that speaks to that feeling of home-brewed comfort and we can’t wait to foster local connections,” explains Michelle Familier, co-founder and CMO of Sunday Citizen.
The location is the brand’s first step toward an omnichannel approach after running as a direct-to-consumer business for over three years, states the company: “Customers can look forward to wellness activations such as skill-building workshops and influencer talks in the coming months.”