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Editor’s Note: Once in awhile we come across something noteworthy and we want to share it with our readers. However, due to a variety of reasons (it’s too new to obtain research, it’s in a far-away land that we can’t quite reach, etc.) we don’t quite know what to do about it other than tell you “Hey. This is amazing and you should know about it.” Show & Tell is a collection of those recent things.
1. At one time just for moving cargo, the shipping container is now used frequently as a stand alone retail structure, a pop-up space inside a store or as a permanent fixture. Starbucks’ recent introduction of the shipping container takes it to a new level complete with a drive-thru. Built to LEED green building standards, Starbucks has converted four used containers into a drive-thru pop-up shop in Tukwila, Washington. According to a Starbucks spokesperson the company wanted to recycle the shipping containers that ship the brand’s coffee and tea around the world. Check out the Business Insider or the The Seattle Times to read more.
2. MWnails, a new nail salon in London, takes customers to first class with an airplane interior design. Created from a real American Airlines Boeing 737, the menu of services is displayed on a ticker-like board with all treatments cleverly travel-inspired with names like “The Mile High,” “Shanghai Shape” and “Fiji Full Set.” Employees are dressed for flight in 1970’s style flight attendant attire and frequent fliers are rewarded with MWmiles (loyalty cards). Gift certificates were even created to look like old-school boarding passes. Book your MWnails flight and stay up to speed by following them on Facebook.
3. Three nostalgic items of Dutch culture—bread, cheese and tulips—get prominent display in the new retail space at the Schiphol Airport Lounge 3 in Amsterdam. The “Say Cheese” area utilizes a circular counter mirroring the shape of the traditional cheese wheel, and the windmill-inspired “Bread” area uses an ash wood shelf system for displaying the product. “House of Tulips” brings new meaning to the word “pop-up” by incorporating a pulley system that allows the glass greenhouse to elevate during business hours and then descend when the space is closed. Check out this YouTube video to see it in action.