behind the scenes at a showroom!

building a lululemon showroom

Nicole from the recently opened Harvard Square showroom gives us a sneak peek into how their team took an empty space and turned it into a lively showroom! Above: the team in action.

Prior to us getting our space, they built a wall to make it even smaller than it already was. You can see the metal braces and sheetrock going up below:

the showroom before we worked on it

That left us with 570 square feet to work with, including that low ceiling in the middle of the space.

showroom construction

Challenge: Turn this cold white room into a cozy lululemon showroom.

Cindy came in to help me on Monday, and we shopped like maniacs Monday and Tuesday. The space was left painted white and we recruited a guy from Home Depot to help us paint it ourselves.

painting the showroom

The painting begins! Already things are starting to look better...

We all stayed up past 1am Tuesday night to get everything repainted bright, fun colors.

Harvard Square showroom desk

The creativity did not stop at the walls. Check out Harvard Square's unique desk!

We built our desk out of cinder blocks and wood. Our inspiration? The garden displays at Home Depot. It's so easy, and once you spruce it up with some baskets, flowers, organization, it really looks great.

the pant wall coming together

The team's hard work is starting to pay off. The showroom is looking great!

Wednesday morning, we used another empty retail space in the building to start building our Ikea cubbies and Home Depot plumbing-inspired racks. We started bringing things in after lunch on Wednesday, got all our racks installed into the concrete walls, and things started looking like a real store!

almost ready at the showroom

Hooray! Harvard Square's makeover is complete!

We finished up everything on Friday evening (in time for dinner and some well deserved drinks), and opened on Saturday morning! It was a blast.

yoga at the Harvard Square showroom

A complimentary yoga class at Harvard Square in the new space!

Working in such a small space and in such a small time frame really allowed us to get creative. We obviously took inspiration from the stores (pant cubbies, etc.), but really had to challenge ourselves to keep from using the same old rolling racks all over the place.

Come visit us soon!


For more info on the Harvard Square showroom visit

Want to learn more about showrooms? Read the "meet our lake oswego showroom manager" blog post.

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i love this – showrooms really allow lululemon employees to get a real feel for starting their own business. i’m all about developing as an entrepreneur and have put showroom manager as a 1 year goal! thanks for sharing nicole & good luck!

Comment by Marisa — November 21, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

when is the lululemon kids store opening in victoria

Comment by lori vanger — November 22, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

Ooo I’m inspired to open one now! What fun :)

Lori, ivivva athletica will be opening very soon. You can checkout there page on facebook for updates. The Opening party for Victoria is on December the 11th 5-8pm :)

Can’t wait for it, I’ll be at the one on West 4th.

Comment by Jenna — November 23, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

looks nice. i remember the showroom on boylston street – who built that one?

Comment by lucy clark — November 24, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

Where can I purchase kids lululemon clothing?

Comment by Lisa — November 20, 2010 @ 8:07 am

Hi Lisa,

Our new line for girls on the move in called ivivva! Currently, there are a few permanent and temporary locations across Canada. For more information on the ivivva line, including store locations, check out their website here:

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Comment by GEC Online Community — November 21, 2010 @ 11:52 am

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