The city of Shaker Heights began a community visioning project back in 2000 to identify how the city could better serve its residents. A plan was developed for a lifestyle center to bring together residents and retailers in a local destination, which became the Van Aken District. The redevelopment plan included a revamp of a key intersection and the creation of the Van Aken Market Hall concept as a lifestyle center and an extension of the community. The Market Hall brings a curated collection of national retailers and local boutiques together in one location for visitors to gather, shop and dine. Building the public space for community programming was integral to the concept from the beginning, which shows from design details like the pattern and color of the tile on the interior to the inclusion of a stage and versatility of various seating options. Richardson Design worked with RMS Enterprises and Bialosky Cleveland to reinvent a former grocery store into this new concept. Read more about the interior and graphic design work on this project in our latest case study.