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Camelot Music

Great Lakes Mall, Mentor, Ohio

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When the mall-based Camelot Music chain decided to open a larger, 17,000-square-foot flagship store, the decision was made to compete on platforms of service, experience and technology rather than price. Camelot's broad appeal to music-lovers of all ages included a palette of intense, saturated colors in a cavernous industrial space. Lighting effects reproduce theatrical environments with oscillating track heads and template graphics. Invisible laser technology allows customers to step onto a numbered floor circle to hear top-20 tunes, triggering the audio mechanism to project that particular music through a localized sound dome. Typical music-store long rack fixtures have been replaced by shorter racks, interspersed with cross-merchandising fixtures.

Photography by Camelot Music, Canton, Ohio

Design: Jon Greenberg & Associates, Southfield, Mich. — Michael Crosson, ceo; Kenneth Nisch, principal in charge; Jenness Anderson, planner/ designer; Michael Benincasa, designer; Edward Kaffel, project manager

Camelot team: Kenneth Chance, vice president store planning and operations

Architect: Jon Greenberg & Associates, Inc. General contractor: Gaetano Contracting, Canton, Ohio

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Lighting Design: Illuminating Concepts, Farmington Hills, Mich. Audio/video consultant: AEI Music, Seattle

Fixturing: Kason, Binghampton, N.Y. Flooring: Amtico Intl., Glen Ellyn, Ill. Lighting: Kramer Lighting, Fall River, Mass. Ceiling: USG Corp., Chicago; Sequentia, Middleburg Heights, Ohio Graphics: Communication Arts, Boulder, Calif.; Integrate Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Mannequins: Greneker Solutions, Los Angeles Visual Merchandising, and 3-D graphic signage: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio

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