In a world where we can find everything imaginable online, the brick and mortar retail space continues to refine and innovate their purpose. In an effort to become a space for people not only to spend money, but spend time, concept stores such as Merci in Paris carefully curate fine pieces of clothing, home goods, dry goods, art, and accessories. Or, there is Nicobar in Bengaluru, India where the customer is greeted with fresh air, an island vibe, and a small collection of seasonally-appropriate minimalist clothing. Upstairs, a communal table invites you to take a seat and chat, read one of the curated books from the shelves, or even send a postcard to a friend or snap a pic in the photo booth. We’re fortunate to have spent time at Merci in Paris and it truly feels like a home away from home. From coffee to sunglasses to sculpture to pastries to dishware, you’re embraced with quality and that feeling that each piece was selected just for you. The traditional lines between store and cafe are blurring as retailers move to shift perceptions of the “brick and mortar” concept.