In the Media

Paint & Decorating Retailer: Making Your Store’s Exterior an Extension of Your Brand

July 20, 2021

Paint & Decorating Retailer interviewed Judy Bell for a new way to think about the importance of a retail store’s exterior, all the way into the parking lot!

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Retail Evolution: Fortress REIT - Retail Estate Investment Trust

Johannesburg, February 2021

Judy Bell joins thought leaders from around-the-globe who offer their perspectives on how well South African retailers are positioned to adapt and thrive in the post-COVID era. A webinar from Fortress REIT.

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Design:Retail Winning Windows

New York, December 2020

Judy Bell joined hands with Jessie Dowd from Retail TouchPoints and Anne Kong from FIT to judge New York’s Winning Windows 2020. Top honors went to Bloomingdales, 2nd place to Macy’s, and 3rd to Anthropologie. A new North American Award opened the windows event up to retailers outside NYC, and MartinPatrick3 in Minneapolis won Judges Choice, with Rodeo Drive claiming the People’s Choice Award.

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Star Tribune: North Loop Window Display Wins

Minneapolis, December 2020

Minneapolis Star Tribune reported with pride that MartinPatrick3 claimed the North American Judges Choice Award for their seven winning windows celebrating the Nutcracker Fantasy. Judy Bell of Energetic Retail,  Jessie Dowd of Design:Retail and Anne Kong of FIT were the judges.

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World Retail Congress: Can Stores and Destinations Reinvent Themselves for a Post-Covid World?

Moderated by Mark Faithfull, September 17, 2020

A special panel discussion bringing together leading international store designers, retailers and technology experts to debate the issues facing brick-and-mortar stores while they incorporate new safety measures with traditional retail experience. Judy Bell, CEO @ Energetic Retail, Joerg Wienke, VP Global Marketing @ Shell, Julio Bruno, CEO @ Time Out Group, Catharina Frankander, Head of Store Concept @ Monki/H&M. worldretailcongress.com

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Lake Society Magazine: Mon Coeur - Retail Strategist and Author Judy Bell finds inspiration in an artful blend of music halls, museums, and theaters in Minneapolis, New York and Paris.

Summer 2020
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NRF - National Retail Federation: Looking at the Post-Pandemic In-Store Experience

By Janet Groeber, June 2020

Design and strategy experts from BHDP Architecture, Energetic Retail, Fitch and RHDC Studio weigh in on the future of in-store product sampling and the ramped-up marriage of digital and physical spaces post-pandemic.

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WindowsWear - People Behind the Windows: Judy Bell

New York, September 2019

Judy Bell, Author of Silent Selling, a college textbook, talks with Tom Beebe about her start in visual merchandising.

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Sky Bench Design - Retail Horizon Series: Judy Bell

Dallas, February 2019

Judy Bell talks with Kevin Brailsford about why online brands who venture into physical retail locations are a draw for shoppers.

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Capsule Design's Think & Link: Judy Bell

Minneapolis, September 2017

Judy Bell stepped inside Capsule Design to talk about best practices for retailers and the importance of building relationships with shoppers.

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Design:Retail Capturing the Magic

January/February 2020

Macy’s interactive and engaging holiday windows in New York City won the hearts of judges Judy Bell of Energetic Retail, Design:Retail’s editor in chief Jessie Dowd, managing editor Michelle Havich and Anne Kong, associate professor at FIT.

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Design:Retail Winning Windows

New York, December 2019

Judy Bell joined Design:Retail’s editor in chief Jessie Dowd, managing editor Michelle Havich, and Anne Kong, associate professor at FIT, to judge retail holiday windows in New York City.

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StarTribune: She Judged NYC’s Best Holiday Store Windows

Minneapolis, December 2019

After judging the best holiday windows in New York City with Design:Retail magazine, Judy Bell traveled around the Minneapolis St Paul area with an eye open for the best local holiday windows.

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Design:Retail Forum

Nashville, September 2019

Judy Bell and colleagues at Design:Retail’s Annual Forum in Nashville.

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Design:Retail Honors

New York, May 2019

An evening celebrating the industry's most promising future leaders alongside the highest regarded visionaries.

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Design:Retail Forum

Detroit, September, 2018

Judy Bell and colleagues at Design: Retail's Annual Forum in Detroit.

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Can't Miss: New York Market Week 2018

New York, May 2018

Markopoulos Circle Panel Discussion with Judy Bell, Harry Cunningham, Denny Gerdeman, and Ignaz Gorischek @ Vitra Retail North America showroom. Andy Hearle, Director @ Vitra moderates.

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Design:Retail Honors

New York, May 2018

An evening celebrating the industry's most promising future leaders alongside the highest regarded visionaries.

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JGA: Retail Focus

Guest Editorial, November 2017

Got a Minute? Become a Mentor. Judy Bell talks about the benefits of becoming a mentor and how you can begin with just one minute per day. She highlights Shinola's creative collaboration with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

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Design:Retail Honors

New York, May 2017

Markopoulos Award winners including Judy Bell, Tom Beebe, Tony Mancini, Ignaz Gorischek, and others gathered to honor the 2017 winner, Linda Lombardi of Godiva Chocolatier.

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Markopoulos Award Winner Interviews

New York, May 2017

Interviews with Judy Bell, Denny Gerdeman, Bill Goddu, Harry Cunningham, Tom Beebe and Ignaz Gorischek.

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The New Psychology of Visual Merchandising

New York, December 2016

Coffee, Tea or a Twist of Psychology? Judy Bell's presentation in Bernstein Display's NY showroom discussed what you can add to your morning routine to look at your visual merchandising strategy through a fresh lens.

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Design:Retail Forum

Brooklyn, September 2016

Interviews with Ignaz Gorischek, Judy Bell, Andrew McQuilkin, Paco Underhill, Justin Hill and others.

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The Markopoulos Circle

New York, May 2016

The Markopoulos Circle: Celebrating 20 years of industry icons in the name of the legendary Andrew Markopoulos, the 20 winners of the most prestigious award in the retail industry including Judy Bell will meet in New York on May 16.

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40 Under 40, CitySCENE

New York, May 2015

Hosted by design:retail magazine, the 40 Under 40 awards honored up & coming retail designers who gathered at roundtables for discussions with former Markopoulos award winners including Judy Bell.

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Do Your Branches Turn Heads?

By Aaron Pugh, November 2014

Baxter Credit Union shares lessons it learned from tapping a retail-merchandising expert to create more appealing locations. 

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Designed to Sell: Today and Tomorrow

By Janet Groeber, April 2013

Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t going away. Look for evolutionary, not revolutionary, changes on the horizon.

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Props to the Props Generation

By Steve Kaufman, December 2011

The visual merchandisers of the 1980s and 90s still have plenty to say.

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