Johnny Cupcakes
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Johnny Cupcakes

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Entrepreneur Johnny Earle, aka "Johnny Cupcakes," is a bona fide Brand Hysteria Expert. It's seemingly baked into his DNA as a self-starter who's been launching businesses since he was a young kid. Johnny Cupcakes has won over the masses with his fakery for over twenty years without selling any baked goods. Instead, he has created an empire with a heartfelt mission to make people happy by designing limited-edition t-shirts, greeting cards, and apparel.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

When the chance arose to move Johnny Cupcakes’ existing store on Boston's Newbury Street to a new location closer to Mass Ave., Johnny jumped on the opportunity to re-envision his store and further amplify his brand and customer experience. He had a vision and sketch of the store in mind, but with this timely shot at creating a new space, even a “Brand Master” would question just how much more could and should be done when creating the ultimate in-store experience.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

So where does a Brand Hysteria Expert go to be inspired? Having met Johnny a few years ago, he was aware of our Design Collaborative and the experiences we've created. He wanted a trusted partner to match his energy and bring forth ideas that would push creative boundaries. He enlisted our team as a strategic partner in executing his vision for the new store, including collaboration on the design direction for the space.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

It's clear to anyone who meets Johnny or comes across his brand online or through his brick-and-mortar location that he authentically lives by his word and values. His passion for humor, games, playfulness, and inclusivity are deeply embedded in his success story. Rightfully so, working with Johnny went above and beyond providing a service; we were immersed in the world of one of the most imaginatively curious minds. Inspiration was a two-way street for this dream partnership in fully realizing Johnny's vision of transforming the former Newbury Comics space into a revitalized mainstay for his brand that would continue to surprise and delight visitors in true Johnny Cupcakes style.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

Through an oversized, retro-themed oven door, Johnny Cupcakes' immersive store experience transports visitors back in time. The design is reminiscent of a 60s roadside diner with black and white checkered tiles, schoolhouse glass pendants, and vibrant turquoise accents. Refrigerated bakery displays, traditionally used to showcase the daily baked goods selections, are repurposed to highlight Johnny's extensive collection of limited-edition T-shirts and apparel. A custom millwork display designed by our team showcases Johnny's new line of greeting cards and sense of humor, complemented by custom-built televisions above the card display streaming vintage cartoons and movies.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

Repurposing pieces from his previous location, we worked to create a space as fiercely creative as our client, complete with ovens that smoke when packaging up an order, giving off the impression that each purchase is literally "fresh out of the oven."

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography

As Johnny Earle advocates, "Do more of what makes you happy," a sentiment translated into an immersive physical experience by design at the new Johnny Cupcakes retail location. The next time you have an appetite for fakery at its finest in Boston, make sure to stop by 332 Newbury Street and tell Johnny we sent you.

photo_credit Ben Gebo Photography
Ben Gebo Photography
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