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Meet Brian Weltman of Retail Habitats in Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Weltman.

Brian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My mom recently told me that when I was about four years old, my favorite thing to do was sketching floor plans with my grandfather, who was a store designer. I guess you could say it was in my blood! I went to an art & design school in Ohio (I grew up in Cleveland) and moved to San Diego for my first design job out of college in 2007. I co- founded Retail Habitats in 2010 and have slowly but surely built it up from our first independent client to working with International brands!

Has it been a smooth road?
It has absolutely not been a smooth road. Owning a small business takes a ton of dedication and there are many “first time” hurdles that you just kind of have to figure out as you go.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Retail Habitats is a design-build studio run by a passionate group of rebellious creatives. The retail experience is our canvas. We deliver great design and expert advice that is on brand, on budget and on time.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Despite the rapid growth of digital, I think there will always be a great need for experiential spaces. A physical environment, even for a digital company with just one location, gives the brand a certain cachet. We already see brands launching fewer stores with smaller footprints, and they are migrating away from big centralized malls.

But there is still demand to see, feel and touch products, to try things on, to connect with the brand in a more tangible way. Retailers want customers to go on social media and say, “You know that website I love? I got to meet it in person today!”

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Zack Benson

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