Blurring of Finds
"To-The-Trade" interior design showrooms are increasingly opening their doors to consumers
and more retail sporting To-The-Trade programs.
The Evolution of Retail
Retail showrooms have also gone through an evolution in recent years. To encourage the design trade to consider retail shopping sources, such outlets are presenting expanded fabrics offerings and customizations not previously available. We are also seeing presentation services such as floor plan and color board preparation offered to trade professionals. Retail consumers also benefit by having more options at their fingertips either directly through the store sales staff or their personal designer.
Tips of the Trade
Trade showrooms are scattered throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, but most can be found neighboring the Scottsdale Design District or Scottsdale Design Center. Visit their respective websites to research the available showrooms or the LuxePros directory, which features many of valley trade sources. Since not all trade showrooms allow the public to enter without a designer, check the specific showroom pages to see their visitation terms and hours. Although each Trade showroom has its own entrance policy, all will require you to sign in and many may require appointments and only allow retail traffic on certain days of the week.
Trade showrooms contain many more options than retail outlets. If you don’t have time to literally search through hundreds of brands, take advantage of the showroom’s in-house sales consultants. “We often have retail clients come in with a Pinterest photograph,” requesting to duplicate a favorite look says Roxanne Silva, Design Consultant, Facings of America. Sales consultants are there to help point you in the right direction to achieve your vision. Roxanne suggested having a set budget in mind as the price points vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, “We can save you time by steering you to sections of the showroom that will keep you on track.” Not sure what you want? Roxanna suggests a simple showroom tour as a great start to “loving the space you live in.”
One on one time with a consultant is possible but make sure to always make an appointment ahead of time if you need that level of service. A trade showroom is not like a typical retail outlet as they do not have staff specifically assigned to the floor. Many of the sales take place behind the scenes via phone calls, emails, or fax and although things seem quiet, they are never unproductive and on-site staff is actively processing sales.
Tips to the Trade