Resource Roundup:Give your shop some zip with a little help from these experts.

If you’ve ever thought you had nowhere to go to find retail supplies, think again. Below you’ll find just a tiny drop in the bucket of suppliers, services, and sources for fixtures, lights, flooring, wall coverings, and things you haven’t even thought of yet.

If you still want more, check out Display and Design Ideas magazine, published by Shore Varrone Communications in Atlanta, Georgia. Its yearly buyer’s guide is an invaluable (if disturbingly large) store-design resource.

For more info on DDI and its buyer’s guide, call: 1-800-241-9034, FAX: (404) 252-4436, or point your Web browser to: www.ddimagazine.com

Services and Consultants

National Retail Federation

Liberty Place, 325 7th St., NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004

(202) 626-8125, FAX: (202) 737-2849

Web Address: www.nrf.com

For info about retail, this group is the place to start. From annual sales stats to demographics, it’s all here. They offer a membership and informative publications, but the Web site alone is worth a look.

Axiom Lighting

3707 5th Ave., Ste 434, San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-8832, FAX: (619) 220-8832

Web address: www.axiomlight.com

Axiom designs architectural and retail lighting. Its goal is to give your store a new, more focussed image. While it doesn’t do any of the purchasing, it does determine what’s needed, where it needs to go, and recommends a contractor. Its final job is coming in and focusing your lights. Prices range from about ten dollars per square foot and up.

Fixtures Group

2870 5th Ave. #201, San Diego, CA 92103

1-800-642-9929, FAX: (619) 260-1901

E-mail: fginc@fixturesgroup.com

Web address: www.fixturesgroup.com/fginc/

Fixtures Group does store design and project management nationwide and prides itself on custom fixturing, whether it’s building to supplied specs or custom design and fabrication. The company also keeps a big supply of factory-direct fixtures in stock.

Robert Young Associates

3100 McKinnon St. Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75204

(214) 220-9040, FAX: (214) 220-9047

E-mail: info@rya.com

Web address: www.rya.com

If you want to go for the big time, and join the ranks of the elite in retailing, there’s always Robert Young Associates. One of the leading retail-design consultant groups in the United States, RYA does only retail store design. Its clients include Nieman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Tiffany.

Display Fixtures

Accenta Display Corp

5815 Coopers Ave., Mississauga, ON L4Z-1R9, Canada

1-800-222-3682, FAX: (905) 568-4149

E-mail: display@accenta.com

Web address: www.accenta.com

The company’s A Line system is quick, easy to work with, and cost-effective. And its 20/20 system requires only a rubber mallet to literally whack together a display unit.

Advanced Wall Systems

200 N. Water St., Peekskill, NY 10566-2024

1-800-705-2926, FAX: (914) 737-8697

E-mail: alusett@alusett-usa.com

Web address: www.alusett-usa.com

Not exactly your run-of-the-mill fixtures, Alusett’s Advanced Wall Systems offers modular walls that could be used to partition stores, to create slatwall “enclosures,” and other fancy stuff. The Systems sports doors with simple but secure locking mechanisms, can be reused as the dimensions warrant, and can be reassembled in a short time.

Allen Designers, Inc.

1716 Shelby Oaks Dr. North Suite 5, Memphis, TN 38134

1-800-523-1192, FAX: (901) 937-8777

Allen’s offerings run the gamut from stock slatwall and fixtures to custom-order displays or specially designed units. The company also stocks the little essentials like hangars and label guns.

California Decorative Manufacturing Co.

10864 Edison Ct., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

1-800-530-1484, FAX: (909) 980-3137

E-mail: sales@caldec.com

Web address: www.caldec.com

Some interesting, non-standa fixtures, including cash-register stands, funky sunglass units, and modular display racks. Its Puck system is a unique alternative to slatwall.

Concept Designs

2580 E. Wyandotte St., Mt. View, CA 94043

1-888-233-4332, FAX: (650) 965-9993

E-mail: coicreate@aol.com

Concept prides itself on creating POP fixtures that cater to a wide spectrum of budgetary needs, from five-dollar displays and up. A bulk of its business has been with in-line-skate customers, and the company has a selection of standard fixtures.

Continental Consolidated Industries (CCI)

118 Greenwood St., Worcester, MA 01607

(508) 756-4372, FAX: (508) 753-1433

E-mail: sales@retailfixtures.com

Web address: www.retailfixtures.com

CCI offers some very elegant wooden racks and shelves with that spare, urbane look. It does custom work, with emphasis on creating cost-effective retail-store fixtures, architectural millwork, and custom casework. The company works with solid wood, veneers, laminates, glass, and acrylics.

Continental Display and Design Inc.

2324 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821

1-800-339-3545, FAX: (916) 482-4316

Web address: www.cdisplay.com

The company distributes for more than 50 vendors, as well as designs and manufactures custom fixtures to spec. It also offers store-planning services, from creating one display to a complete remodel. Its specialty is dealing with the small and midsize retailer, can take orders by phone and Web, and can ship anywhere in the world.

Nearly New Store Fixtures

2334 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95821

(916) 974-3545, FAX: (916) 482-2606

Web address: www.cdisplay.com

Run by folks at Continental Display and Design, Nearly New offers used fixtures, usually at a 50- to 70-percent savings. Need mannequins? This is the home of the Mannequin Studio, where, according to the Web site, “more than 300 men, women, and children are just waiting to go home with you.”

Dann Dee Display Fixtures

7555 N. Caldwell Ave., Niles, IL 60714

1-800-888-8515, FAX: (847) 588-1620

This is your basic, no-nonsense fixture supplier. Prosaic rounders, four-ways, and slatwalls can all be found here. Also offered are some inexpensive but classy options. The most obvious is the Concept II line, with its crinkle black finish and quasi-industrial, slightly post-modern look.

Equipto

4819 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219

1-800-323-0801, FAX: (214) 443-9644

Web address: www.equipto.com

Equipto’s “mezzanines” offer very cool creative potential to build upwards and comes in lots of bright colors. The V-Grip construction allows for integrated components to be easily reconfigured. If you want sturdy, start here: Equipto Iron Grip Super-Strength Shelving will hold up to 2,000 pounds per shelf, and adjusts without tools.

Kee Industrial Products Inc.

100 Stradtman St., Buffalo, NY 14206

1-800-851-5181, FAX: (716) 896-5696

E-mail: keeind@ix.netxom.com

Web address: www.keeklamp.com

These clamps for holding pipes together can be used to make a number of creative structures, most of which will support an industrial amount of weight. And, as the company literature points out, Kee Klamp fittings allow you to “capture that ‘retro-industrial’ look that’s popular in today’s store designs.”

Lundia

800 Capitol Way, Jacksonville, IL 62650

1-800-726-9663, FAX: 1-800-869-9663

Web address: www.lundiausa.com

If you want wood displays, Lundia has some very slick styles. Lundia is one of the oldest, largest, and most experienced designer/manufacturers of shelving products in the United States, and has sales reps and dealers nationwide.

Reeve Store Equipment

9131 Bermudez St., P.O. Box 276, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

1-800-927-3383, FAX: (562) 949-3862

E-mail: info@reeveco.com

Web address: www.reeveco.com

This is one of the big dogs of the fixture world. Its specialty is metal, and the company catalog of stock product is quite comprehensive, but Reeve will also do custom work. Reeve is big enough to have regional reps, so you can likely get a personal meeting.

 Lighting

Derek Marshall Lighting

85 Upper Rd., Sandwich, NH 03227

1-800-497-3891, FAX: (603) 284-6237

Web address: www.derekmarshall.com

This small New Hampshire studio has some interesting units that could, with a little creativity, make for supremely hip lighting options. “As always, consider developing something unusual with our help,” reads the company’s Web site. “No charge for this development work, of course. Other finishes, including lacquers, verdigris, rusty iron, silver vermeil, and custom finishes are always available-usually with no upcharge.”

Derkson, Inc

6115 Main Ave. Suite 15, Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 988-0390, FAX: (916) 988-3575

E-mail: derksen@derksen.com

Web address: www.derksen.com

If you’ve seen the projected Salomon logo at the Showcase store in Whistler, British Columbia, you’ve seen Derksen’s work. This graphic projection system consists of a projector and a gobo (the “cookie cutter” that creates the image). Choose from five models. Prices run from 595 dollars for a light that projects ten feet to 5,300 dollars for one that projects 300 feet. Gobos run 195 dollars to 275 dollars.

Emergi-Lite Inc.

Emergi Lane, P.O. Box 548, Westbrook, CT 06498

(860) 399-7991, FAX: (860) 399-7996

E-mail: sales@emergi-lite.com

Web address: www.emergi-lite.com

A good source for emergency lighting systems, from basic two-headed models and decorative models to industrial units. Competitively priced, easy to install, and readily available.

Lighting Services Inc.

2 Kay Fries Dr., Stony Point, NY 10980

1-800-999-9574, FAX: (914) 942-2800

Web address: www.lightingservicesinc.com

Lighting Services Inc. (LSI) is one of the big manufacturers of track, accent, display, and fiber-optic lighting systems. It also has occupancy sensors to turn ’em on and turn ’em off.

Skanda Lights II

2710 Greenleaf Ave., Elk Grove, IL 60007

1-800-748-1832, FAX: (847) 364-5127

Web address: www.skandalights.com

Skanda offers track lighting and accessories, and all Skanda Lights’ low-voltage fixtures are equipped with the auto-regulated electronic converter (step-down transformer), which “minimizes voltage fluctuation and maximizes manufacturers’ rated lamp life,” says the company propaganda.

Tech Lighting

1718 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 882-6110, FAX: (773) 883-6130

E-mail: tcltg@aol.com

Web address: www.techlighting.com

Billed as “alternatives to track lighting,” Tech’s Kable Lite is “powered by slim cables that virtually disappear, creating the illusion of lights floating in space. Parallel cables are tightened between two rigid surfaces and may span a distance of up to forty feet without supports.” If your store needs that surreal look, the Kable Lite is a spot-on option.

 Display Ideas

Adventure Creations

1060-D Calle Negacio, San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 498-6911, FAX: (949) 498-4090

Searching for big balloons? Adventure Creations manufactures cold air and helium inflatables, and, as you might guess, it does lots of custom work. So if you need a giant inflatable monster for your boot-display area, give these guys a call.

Cies Sexton Visual

1247 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204

(303) 534-4000, FAX: (303) 534-4064

Web address: www.cies.com

Ever want to decorate with huge photo murals? Cies Sexton Visual has Mac and PC imaging, Canon Color Laser Output, as well as mounting and laminating services, and can make color murals from negatives and transparencies.

Chelsea Decorative Metal Company

9603 Moobig dogs of the fixture world. Its specialty is metal, and the company catalog of stock product is quite comprehensive, but Reeve will also do custom work. Reeve is big enough to have regional reps, so you can likely get a personal meeting.

 Lighting

Derek Marshall Lighting

85 Upper Rd., Sandwich, NH 03227

1-800-497-3891, FAX: (603) 284-6237

Web address: www.derekmarshall.com

This small New Hampshire studio has some interesting units that could, with a little creativity, make for supremely hip lighting options. “As always, consider developing something unusual with our help,” reads the company’s Web site. “No charge for this development work, of course. Other finishes, including lacquers, verdigris, rusty iron, silver vermeil, and custom finishes are always available-usually with no upcharge.”

Derkson, Inc

6115 Main Ave. Suite 15, Orangevale, CA 95662

(916) 988-0390, FAX: (916) 988-3575

E-mail: derksen@derksen.com

Web address: www.derksen.com

If you’ve seen the projected Salomon logo at the Showcase store in Whistler, British Columbia, you’ve seen Derksen’s work. This graphic projection system consists of a projector and a gobo (the “cookie cutter” that creates the image). Choose from five models. Prices run from 595 dollars for a light that projects ten feet to 5,300 dollars for one that projects 300 feet. Gobos run 195 dollars to 275 dollars.

Emergi-Lite Inc.

Emergi Lane, P.O. Box 548, Westbrook, CT 06498

(860) 399-7991, FAX: (860) 399-7996

E-mail: sales@emergi-lite.com

Web address: www.emergi-lite.com

A good source for emergency lighting systems, from basic two-headed models and decorative models to industrial units. Competitively priced, easy to install, and readily available.

Lighting Services Inc.

2 Kay Fries Dr., Stony Point, NY 10980

1-800-999-9574, FAX: (914) 942-2800

Web address: www.lightingservicesinc.com

Lighting Services Inc. (LSI) is one of the big manufacturers of track, accent, display, and fiber-optic lighting systems. It also has occupancy sensors to turn ’em on and turn ’em off.

Skanda Lights II

2710 Greenleaf Ave., Elk Grove, IL 60007

1-800-748-1832, FAX: (847) 364-5127

Web address: www.skandalights.com

Skanda offers track lighting and accessories, and all Skanda Lights’ low-voltage fixtures are equipped with the auto-regulated electronic converter (step-down transformer), which “minimizes voltage fluctuation and maximizes manufacturers’ rated lamp life,” says the company propaganda.

Tech Lighting

1718 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 882-6110, FAX: (773) 883-6130

E-mail: tcltg@aol.com

Web address: www.techlighting.com

Billed as “alternatives to track lighting,” Tech’s Kable Lite is “powered by slim cables that virtually disappear, creating the illusion of lights floating in space. Parallel cables are tightened between two rigid surfaces and may span a distance of up to forty feet without supports.” If your store needs that surreal look, the Kable Lite is a spot-on option.

 Display Ideas

Adventure Creations

1060-D Calle Negacio, San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 498-6911, FAX: (949) 498-4090

Searching for big balloons? Adventure Creations manufactures cold air and helium inflatables, and, as you might guess, it does lots of custom work. So if you need a giant inflatable monster for your boot-display area, give these guys a call.

Cies Sexton Visual

1247 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204

(303) 534-4000, FAX: (303) 534-4064

Web address: www.cies.com

Ever want to decorate with huge photo murals? Cies Sexton Visual has Mac and PC imaging, Canon Color Laser Output, as well as mounting and laminating services, and can make color murals from negatives and transparencies.

Chelsea Decorative Metal Company

9603 Moonlight, Houston, TX 77096

(713) 721-9200, FAX: (713) 776-8661

Web address: www.telluscom.com/chelsea

“Retro” gets a whole new meaning with Chelsea’s tin-plated steel ceiling tiles. With a motto like “Bring back the 1890s in the 1990s,” you can imagine that the designs reek of that turn-of-the-century Victorian decadence, but it does offer some eccentric decorating possibilities.

Decorative Novelty

74 20th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232

1-800-526-3668, FAX: (718) 965-9729

Web address: www.decorativenovelty.com

If the Viva Las Vegas sequined/cheesy look is your idea of the perfect motif, call Decorative Novelty. Check out the metallic slit curtains, shimmering hanging columns, and oh-so-tacky-but-cool table skirts.

Goldman Arts Boston

20 Flanders Rd., Boston, MA 02178

1-800-484.4221 ext. 3767, FAX: (617) 484-8856

Web address: www.goldmanarts.com

Something different, to say the least. Their Totally Tubulars are inflatable tubes installed with blowers or helium, that fill large spaces both indoors and out and can be speced in almost any shape. And for the ultimate in inflatable fixtures, the Urchin collection is a must see.

Precision Laser Products

2613 Barrington Ct., Hayward, CA 94545

1-800-756-LASR, FAX: (510) 782-0555

E-mail: plpdesign@netvista.net

If you have a design you need cut into acrylic, steel, even carpet or titanium, Precision can handle it. You fax them the specs, the company estimates the job, faxes it back to you, then turns it around, usually within five to seven days. They also can do fabric panels, stud mounting, and finishing (including painting and brushing metal).

Flooring

Aged Woods Inc.

2331 E. Market St., York, PA

1-800-233-9307, FAX: (717) 840-1468

Web address: www.agedwoods.com

The floors from Aged Woods have been “harvested” from agricultural out-buildings (as in barns) that range in age from 75 to 200 years. The wood has a tighter grain, the look is old-time craftsmanship, and each board is unique. While spendy-and not for every retail space-in the right setting, these floors are the cat’s ass.

Amtico

6480 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328

1-800-268-4360, FAX: (404) 267-1901

Web address: www.amtico.com

High-tech manufacturing yields flooring that looks like (pick one) marble, wood, mosaics, and so on, but is far more durable. They are dense, non-porous, resilient, and conform to a number of exacting industrial standards for slip, wear, and weight bearing.

DuPont Flooring Systems

725 Town Park Dr. Suite 400, Kennesaw, GA 30144

1-800-966-6797, FAX: (770) 420-7752

Web address: www.dupontanswers.com

This is the pay-dirt spot for carpets and other floor coverings-especially with their Web site. Milliken, Crossley, Mohawk, all these and more (including, of course, DuPont’s own products) are right here in one spot.

Nuway Matting System

94 Big Boom Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804

1-800-456-8929; (518) 792-0029

E-mail: sales@nuwaymats.com

Web address: www.numwaymats.com

While billed as “entrance” matting, this stuff is low maintenance, silent, reversible, anti-slip-it even looks good. Sounds like just the ticket for snowboard retail stores. Moonlight, Houston, TX 77096

(713) 721-9200, FAX: (713) 776-8661

Web address: www.telluscom.com/chelsea

“Retro” gets a whole new meaning with Chelsea’s tin-plated steel ceiling tiles. With a motto like “Bring back the 1890s in the 1990s,” you can imagine that the designs reek of that turn-of-the-century Victorian decadence, but it does offer some eccentric decorating possibilities.

Decorative Novelty

74 20th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232

1-800-526-3668, FAX: (718) 965-9729

Web address: www.decorativenovelty.com

If the Viva Las Vegas sequined/cheesy look is your idea of the perfect motif, call Decorative Novelty. Check out the metallic slitt curtains, shimmering hanging columns, and oh-so-tacky-but-cool table skirts.

Goldman Arts Boston

20 Flanders Rd., Boston, MA 02178

1-800-484.4221 ext. 3767, FAX: (617) 484-8856

Web address: www.goldmanarts.com

Something different, to say the least. Their Totally Tubulars are inflatable tubes installed with blowers or helium, that fill large spaces both indoors and out and can be speced in almost any shape. And for the ultimate in inflatable fixtures, the Urchin collection is a must see.

Precision Laser Products

2613 Barrington Ct., Hayward, CA 94545

1-800-756-LASR, FAX: (510) 782-0555

E-mail: plpdesign@netvista.net

If you have a design you need cut into acrylic, steel, even carpet or titanium, Precision can handle it. You fax them the specs, the company estimates the job, faxes it back to you, then turns it around, usually within five to seven days. They also can do fabric panels, stud mounting, and finishing (including painting and brushing metal).

Flooring

Aged Woods Inc.

2331 E. Market St., York, PA

1-800-233-9307, FAX: (717) 840-1468

Web address: www.agedwoods.com

The floors from Aged Woods have been “harvested” from agricultural out-buildings (as in barns) that range in age from 75 to 200 years. The wood has a tighter grain, the look is old-time craftsmanship, and each board is unique. While spendy-and not for every retail space-in the right setting, these floors are the cat’s ass.

Amtico

6480 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328

1-800-268-4360, FAX: (404) 267-1901

Web address: www.amtico.com

High-tech manufacturing yields flooring that looks like (pick one) marble, wood, mosaics, and so on, but is far more durable. They are dense, non-porous, resilient, and conform to a number of exacting industrial standards for slip, wear, and weight bearing.

DuPont Flooring Systems

725 Town Park Dr. Suite 400, Kennesaw, GA 30144

1-800-966-6797, FAX: (770) 420-7752

Web address: www.dupontanswers.com

This is the pay-dirt spot for carpets and other floor coverings-especially with their Web site. Milliken, Crossley, Mohawk, all these and more (including, of course, DuPont’s own products) are right here in one spot.

Nuway Matting System

94 Big Boom Rd., Queensbury, NY 12804

1-800-456-8929; (518) 792-0029

E-mail: sales@nuwaymats.com

Web address: www.numwaymats.com

While billed as “entrance” matting, this stuff is low maintenance, silent, reversible, anti-slip-it even looks good. Sounds like just the ticket for snowboard retail stores.