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Education Series – Know Your Glass

Not all glass is created equally. Whether you’re designing a retail store, restaurant, office space, or a home renovation, chances are you’re going to be using glass somewhere. And what type, how it’s produced, and how it’s assembled, can make a big difference in aesthetic, durability, and price. Here, we break down the differences in […]

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The Return to In-Person Events – A Firsthand Account

Gilbert COO Matt Ballen recounts his experience at Gilbert’s first in-person trade show after 15 months. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I flew down to Florida for my first in-person trade show in 15 months, but when I first stepped into the Orange County Convention Center, it felt like home. The familiar smells […]

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Education Series – Know Your Wood Veneer

If you’re planning on using wood veneer in your upcoming project, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the options at your disposal. Outside of wood species, such as oak or walnut, there are a variety of different “cuts” of veneer that produce noticeably different appearances. In this education series post, we break down […]

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Matt Ballen Named as Gilbert’s COO

On March 29th, Gilbert announced that Matt Ballen will be Gilbert’s new Chief Operating Officer. Matt joined Gilbert in 2013 and is the third generation of Gilbert’s ownership; the grandson of Gilbert Ballen and son of Barry Ballen, the company’s founders. For the past 8 years, Matt has served Gilbert in a variety of roles […]

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What to Consider as Trade Shows Return

After a year on hold, trade shows are finally starting to come back as vaccinations increase and cases dwindle. However, the trade shows that exhibitors and attendees return to will most likely look very different than those they left in early 2020. This past year has been a rollercoaster, causing brands to pivot their marketing […]

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The Rise of Exclusivity in Retail

2020 has sparked countless strategic shifts amongst retailers trying to retain and engage customers in new ways, both online and in-person. The private, exclusive shopping experience quickly emerged as an effective retail strategy due to in-store capacity limitations and consumer focus on hygiene and safety. Looking forward to 2021, this trend has proven to be […]

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