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Design Forum Creates Golfers' Paradise Dayton, Ohio-based Design Forum completed the design of PGA Tour Stop, the anchor store in World Golf Village resort in St. Augustine, Fla. The 31,000 sq. ft. store entertains shoppers with a putting green, television monitors and kiosks featuring interactive golf games. The interior features a bridge over a babbling brook, sounds of golfing and a stone path leading customers around the store.

The intricately detailed flooring includes famous holes at top golf courses, which are placed under the floor for customers to view. Each hole is illuminated and includes a bronze plaque that tells the venue. Larger-than-life graphics display top golf professionals and popular golf vendors.

New Associates at RYA Susan K. Younger, account director at Dallas-based Robert Young Associates (RYA), has been named associate. Currently directing the RYA team responsible for designing and implementing in-store shops for Federated Merchandising Group, Younger was with the company from 1977 to 1980, and rejoined RYA in 1995.

Jeff Henderson, senior account planner in RYA's planning/merchandise department, has been appointed associate. Henderson has been with the firm for two years, and is currently planning projects for Von Maur Stores and Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Also at the company, Claudene Anderson has been named associate. With 15 years of retail design experience, Anderson is senior project manager and has been with RYA since 1996.

Rachel Grant Vieceli, project manager and senior planner, also has been named associate. She is currently working on store design projects for David Jones Ltd., and two stores for Burdines.

Chris A. Hungerford has been appointed associate. Hungerford has been with RYA since 1997 and is a job captain responsible for supervising construction documentation for renovations of several Bloomingdale's.

RYA has been contracted to design three new Fossil stores for mall locations. Tom Ryan is the principal in charge of the projects. Richardson, Texas-based Fossil Inc., maker of fashion watches, now operates nine full-priced retail stores primarily in malls as well as 28 outlet stores.

Shawmut Design Expands Restaurant/Retail Division Charlie Henriques has been named assistant project manager at Boston-based Shawmut Design and Construction. With a background in interior design and construction, Henriques will support the management of the Ruth's Chris Steakhouse national account.

Also at Shawmut, Michael Harriman has been named project manager. Harriman will manage the Rockport Shoes store rollout. Harriman brings more than eight years of retail construction experience to the company.

Todd Haynie has been appointed traveling construction manager. Haynie will focus on the support and management of national projects, traveling from site to site to assist superintendents and project managers.

DPG Names President Andy Weber has been appointed president of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Design Performance Group (DPG), a Plasti-Line company specializing in merchandising systems, in-store displays and interior design. Weber has been in the industry since 1982 and has held sales and management positions with Milwaukee-based DCI Marketing and New York-based Thompson-Leeds.

Kiva Spa Earns Honors as NASFM Store of the Year The National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers (NASFM) named Chicago's Kiva Spa "Store of the Year" at its 28th Retail Design Awards presentation. The award ceremony took place March 27 in Chicago during GlobalShop.

NASFM awarded a total of 11 grand prizes, 19 outstanding merits and nine special merits for outstanding store fixtures. Judges noted that Kiva was recognized because of its exquisite beauty and attention to detail. At 6,000 sq. ft., the spa prototype features a full-service beauty salon, a natural remedy apothecary, a food and juice bar, and a retail center.

The spa's design elements were inspired by the round kiva stone used in ancient Southwestern Indian sacred rites ceremonies. The environment incorporates curved architecture, warm earth tones, a 22-foot-high high stone waterfall and a sacred round column with select words faux-painted on its surface.

Senior Designer for Retail Named to Callison Team Martin Anderson has been named senior designer for Seattle-based Callison Architecture. Anderson will be on the firm's retail team, focusing on specialty store design. Prior to joining the company, Anderson served as creative director for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Pavlik Design Team. Anderson has worked with a number of national and international retail and entertainment leaders including Universal Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering, Bloomindale's and Hyundai Department Stores.

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