A Few Tips on Designing Your Storefront

A collection of photos from Paul Lacy's book, Brooklyn Storefronts. Showing the progression of storefronts over the years. Both the beautiful and the ugly facades.

NYC Dept. Of Business Solutions has released a beautiful booklet, Facade: Guide to Storefront Design. With the warm weather coming, more people will be out walking the streets looking to spend their money. If you’re storefront can be picked out from a block away, you will bring in more customers.

Ten Tips on how to Design a Storefront:

1. Less is more

2. Choose good materials.

3. If you are going to use a roll-down security solution, always choose an open-grid security grill.

4. Know who you’re hiring.

5. Proper maintenance goes a long way and in the end will help your bottom line.

6. Keep in mind the fabric of your building and your neighborhood.

7. Think about what it is that makes your area unique.

8. Make  it easy to see into your store.

9. Include inviting lighting.

10. Remember: Keep it simple!

If you’re in the process of opening a business or want to revitalize your facade, keep these tips in mind and read the whole manual in detail. Facade: Guide to Storefront Design





Categories: Bed Stuy, Small Business

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One Comment on “A Few Tips on Designing Your Storefront”

  1. April 17, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I think this is a very interesting post and well needed. As a current resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant and designer my plan is to develop my first retail store here in Brooklyn near my home. I often analyze the aesthetic of many of the storefronts in BK, some are well thought out, others are unique in their own way.Great list though. Thank you for the inspiration.


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