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the buzz

APARIUM CASHING IN ON FORMER
DEPARTMENT STORE SITE IN KENTUCKY

Hotel Covington is to create something special that pays homage to the
community," says Aparium Hotel Group chief operating officer Kevin
Robinson. "With the restoration of this property, we are once again shining a
light and sharing the storied history of an incredible building."
Plans for the Covington Hotel have been in the works since 2012. Meantime, Chicago-based Aparium plans to open two other properties this year-
The Foundation Hotel in Detroit and The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis-as
well as The MC Hotel in Montclair, New Jersey in 2017. In addition, the hotelier is converting the historic Pabst and Pendergast buildings in Kansas City,
Missouri, into a boutique hotel. The company currently operates The Iron
Horse Hotel in Milwaukee and The Charmant Hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

RETAIL DESIGN GURU KEPRON
SIGNS ON AT MARRIOTT INTL.
Marriott Intl. reached into the retail design world to hire
David Kepron as its vice president - global design strategies. The hotelier says Kepron will focus on the creation of
compelling customer experiences within its Lifestyle Collection, which includes the Moxy, Autograph Collection and
Renaissance Hotels flags.
Kepron has two decades of retail design expertise,
including stints at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting,
Callison (now CallisonRTKL) and spg. He is a member of
the editorial advisory board of VMSD, a sister publication of
Boutique Design, and is also the author of "Retail (r)Evolution: Why Creating Right-Brain Stores Will Shape the Future
of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World," which is available
through the bookstore of VMSD/BD parent company ST
Media Group (www.stmediabooks.com).
Kepron's background also includes teaching positions at
various schools, including New York's Fashion Institute of
Technology (F.I.T.), and LaSalle International Fashion School
(L.I.F.S.) in Singapore, where he served as director of the
visual merchandising department.
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Number of hoteliers
appearing on Fortune
magazine's 2016 list of
the 100 Best Companies to Work For." Those
companies and their rankings are: Kimpton Hotels
& Restaurants (20); Hyatt
Corp. (47); Hilton Worldwide (56); Four Seasons
Hotels and Resorts (70);
and Marriott Intl. (83).

C O U R T E S Y O F A PA R I U M H O T E L G R O U P ( H O T E L C O V I N G T O N ) ; DA N M E R L O, FA B P H O T O ( K E P R O N )

A one-time department store in Covington, Kentucky, will be reborn this
summer as a boutique hotel. Aparium Hotel Group is collaborating with
owner Guy van Rooyen and Covington-based Hub+Weber Architects PLC
and Plume Interiors + Light to revamp the former Coppin's Department
Store into the Hotel Covington.
The building housing the hotel, which sits in an Ohio River town
directly south of Cincinnati, dates to 1910. It was originally owned by
horse race enthusiast John Roberts Coppin and was once home to
the largest retailer in the region, according to Aparium. Designers are
drawing inspiration from vintage department store blueprints to create
the hotel, with plans to incorporate exposed brick walls, concrete
columns and period-specific materials.
Interiors will feature a palette that echoes the colors of local homes:
aubergine, sage and navy. The hotel will also be adorned with black and
brass finishes and local, handmade artwork throughout. The center of
the property will feature a 1,400-sq.-ft. dining atrium with floor-to-ceiling
windows, evoking the look of a glass box.
The hotel's 114 guest rooms and suites will be designed in five styles/floor
plans. Accommodations will be decked out with vintage, retail-inspired freestanding clothing racks in lieu of enclosed armoires, polished wooden desks
and mini-fridges.
Spanning 4,700 sq. ft., the property's meeting and event space will consist
of a ballroom, a boardroom and a library featuring shelved walls filled with
historic and modern-day items. A 4,000-sq.-ft. restaurant with a 17-seat bar is
also in the plans.
"Just as it was with the creation of our other properties, our goal with


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Boutique Design - April 2016
Contents
From The Editor
In This Issue
The Buzz
Wall Power
Q+A: Steam Punk Dynamo
Hit Refresh
White Paper
Products: Bath + Spa
Products: Textiles
Exit Interview
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Boutique Design - April 2016 - From The Editor
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Boutique Design - April 2016 - In This Issue
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Boutique Design - April 2016 - The Buzz
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