A lot audio equipment shops today follow the “messy hipster” style, which is a bad idea. As a professional audio store, you want to make sure that your atmosphere conveys class and technical proficiency. A messy interior conveys that you’re not a professional outfit, and it also distorts any audio demos your customer may wish to try out.
The truly high class and professional audio stores have multiple audio rooms to try out audio equipment, that are sound-proof and extremely well designed to provide the highest quality possible.
An example of an excellent audio store in the Toronto area is Bay Bloor Radio. I’ve purchased a headphone from them before, and was impressed by their large open spaces, and specialized audio rooms. They sell mostly BOSE products, and their store’s aesthetic is line with Bose’s overall brand(which is a bit metallic, clean, and professional)
Obviously, as an independent store you are probably selling multiple brands of audio equipment, with each having their own style and vibe. The vibe of your store should ultimately depend on what you feel complements your offerings best. Some audio stores go with a lot of plywood and make the customer think of a professional audio studio.
A few things to keep in mind-
1) Make sure you hire a professional painter to paint your walls and get them looking great. We personally hired Painters GTA, who are one of the top Mississauga painters and did an excellent job with our store in terms of making sure the walls looked clean and great.
2) Ensure that the store is an excellent place to try out audio equipment. An overly cluttered store will hurt product demos by distorting the sounds you get.
3) Consider investing in special demo rooms. Many stores have specialized demo rooms which are set up for excellent audio per formance.