Check Out Our Winning Design From the 2019 PAVE Student Design Competition!

The PAVE Student Design Competition this year was a showstopper! We absolutely loved teaming up with such talented design students and working with our friends at The Container Store to bring this college-inspired design to life.

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What is PAVE’s GlobalShop Student Design Challenge?

The PAVE Student Design Challenge showcases the winning designs created by passionate student designers from a variety of colleges, including: Bellevue College, Appalachian State University, University of Minnesota, and Fashion Institute of Technology.

PAVE does such a wonderful job of bringing together the best student design talent with store fixture manufacturers like us, and retail brand clients, such as The Container Store.

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How Does The Design Challenge Work?

The clients present real-life design problems to the students who work hard to design solutions that address these problems in an attractive way! From their finished work, the best designs are chosen to be built by store fixture manufacturers and are unveiled at a prominent exhibit at the GlobalShop trade show in Chicago.

The student designers of the winning entries are also flown out to the Globalshop, Chicago, to proudly present their work in person.

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About The Winning Design:

We are thrilled to have brought to life the winning Container Store design that was designed by a student at Appalachian State University.

In addition to selling products, this design will let The Container Store merchandise in a way that will inspire college students with ideas to stay organized, optimize their small living spaces, and infuse their dorms with color and personality!

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For this innovative pop-up shop, we used MDF, Birch Veneer and Plywood Edge Banding to create an affordable, functional, and appealing design we were all happy with.

We look forward to seeing how The Container Store uses this design during move-in week for college campuses.

The Value of the PAVE Project:

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We enjoy participating in opportunities such as the PAVE Project, where we can support talented student designers as they learn what it is like to compete for work and receive design critique in a real world design scenario.

Plus, winning students experience the thrill of having their work brought to life and get invaluable networking opportunities with the top design firms.

In fact, many participating students receive internships and other job opportunities!

As manufacturers, we enjoy giving back to the design community and supporting the learning development for students.

For the brands and retailers, they have the unique opportunity to receive top-notch design from a large pool of designers and select their preferred concept from these prototypes.

And, of course, everyone involved enjoys the enhanced exposure during GlobalShop!

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Thank you to everyone who participated and good luck to all of the student designers and participants.

The Burnside Collection in Cactus Sports

For Sun Devil fans, the Cactus Sports store is the go to place for all the latest Arizona State University merchandise. The Burnside fixture line was used to revamp their retail space with new displays comprised of both wall and floor fixtures. The new displays allowed them to maximize the floor space while giving the store a sleek, updated look. 


Squeezing a large amount of merchandise into a small space required maximum utilization of all the walls.



Combining both faceouts and shelves, sports apparel and paraphernalia were cross-merchandised beautifully.



The brick and natural wood provided an attractive backdrop to the metallic silver Burnside Displays.



Gondola Merchandisers and 4-Way Racks created space for both folded and hanging apparel.

Burnside is a full line of displays that include a wall system, racks, gondola merchandisers, and nesting tables. It’s available in stock at Grand + Benedicts Store Fixtures.

Industrial Meets Style

Building on a long term partnership with Parr Lumber, G+B was excited for the opportunity to help remodel their Newberg, Oregon location.

The versatility and the flexibility of the Burnside Fixture line made the perfect fit for Parr Lumber, and provided the refined yet industrial look they were going for.

Burnside’s strong construction came handy for merchandising heavy, industrial tools.

To achieve a more industrial look, Parr Lumber opted for Lozier gondola in a clear coat finish.

Grand + Benedicts is now stocking Lozier Gondola in a clear coat finish. Visit for more details.

Grand + Benedicts’ Slatgrid panels offered strength and utility to showcase power tools.

A Gift Shop Built to Inspire


Grand + Benedicts teamed up with Monterey Bay Aquarium on their new Aquarium Gift Store.


Starting with customer supplied designs, G+B enhanced and refined the design through engineering and construction drawings.


A custom light box tunnel that shoppers can enter, illuminates the aquarium images to create a unique “under-water” experience.


We employed some phenomenal materials for this space including sandblasted glass etched with custom artwork to deepen the identity of the space.


Stone covered, illuminated cash wraps defined the space further. All fixtures were built by Grand + Benedicts.

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The Versatility of Burnside on Display

Our Burnside Fixture Line has arrived in Vegas! NHL team store, Vegas Golden Knights, chose Burnside to outfit their new Arsenal store. After a few customizations including a Storm Gray finish and Slatwall Back Panels, the store achieved the “Golden” look they were going for.


Incorporating custom Aluminum Slatwall Panels delivered maximum merchandising flexibility and the versatility to use Branded ice Skate Shelves.


Burnside is a full line of displays available in stock in a Metallic Silver finish. Watch this video for more in-store solutions.


View Burnside at one of our three showrooms:
Portland, OR | Seattle, WA | Hayward, CA

Congrats to Jane Rogers, our new Portland Branch Manager!

Let’s give a big congratulations to Jane Rogers for recently being promoted to Portland Branch Manager! Jane joined the G+B team in January 2014 where she started as an Inside Sales Coordinator and later transitioned into marketing and e-commerce. Jane’s new position allows her to do it ALL from overseeing the Macadam showroom, to managing e-commerce and distributor sales. What Jane is most excited about in her new role, is being able to work with her team as a unit and to make everyone happy and satisfied. When customers are happy, she is happy! She hopes to bring more life into the G+B showroom and allow customers to really envision what fixtures will look like in their stores. With Jane’s enthusiasm and product expertise, we hope to take the customer experience to the next level.



Meet out new Branch Manager, Fred Johnson!

Meet Fred Johnson, our new Branch Manager in the Seattle showroom. Fred’s passion is making a difference in peoples’ lives which he brings to everything from managing employees, to merchandising stores and serving customers.  Fred joins us with over 25 years of experience in the retail and wholesale industries, and his most recent position was managing a gift store at the SeaTac airport. Fred’s first retail job was working at the Space Needle in Seattle. From there, he moved on to Made in Washington where he managed multiple stores including the visual merchandising. Fred also spent seven years in the wholesale industry assisting buyers with selecting products. When Fred is not devoting his energy making a difference in retail, he spends it on the trails hiking and snowshoeing with his husband. Join us in welcoming Fred to G+B.