Listening clubs, a Native American renaissance, the new Ikea.
–Michigan-based retailer Meijer is scrapping the plus-sized department, folding its plus-sized line into its main floor. Plus-sized sales are up 17% since 2013. Via the Wall Street Journal.
–Japan’s minimalist ramen shop, where diners eat in solo “flavor concentration booths” while meditating, is drawing crowds in Brooklyn. Via Quartz.
–London clubs are hoping to entice young audiophiles to congregate around music through high-fidelity “listening clubs.” Via the New York Times.
–The “Sioux Chef” restaurant, which features Native American flavors, was the most funded restaurant initiative in Kickstarter’s history. Via The Atlantic.
–Ikea’s new ads acknowledge that possessions are taking a backseat to experiences, trading dream homes for for “real people in real living situations that anyone could relate to,” the New York Times writes.
–E-commerce comes to Instagram: Retailers can now “tag” images to give pricing or sizing information about a product, writes Fortune.
–Waypoint, Vice’s new gaming site, kicked off with a live-streaming launch that featured the industry’s first live-streamed ads from burger chain Carl’s Jr. Via Adweek.
–A Swiss design student created a a cosmetics range that evokes traditional Moroccan makeup, updated for the smartphone age. Via Dezeen.
–CNN is doubling down its election night content on Kik, a messaging app popular with teens, “creating a news habit for every generation on every platform.” Via Adage.
–Elon Musk’s self-proclaimed “sweet” solar roof tiles look just like regular tiles, a new alternative to unsightly black solar panels. Via Bloomberg.
–Twitter’s Biz Stone has a vision for a new, human-centric alternative to the traditional search engine. Via Bloomberg.
–New York Magazine looks at the pay-what-you-want policies that occasionally, surprisingly, work.