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Karen Hawkins

I have always been fascinated by designed retail spaces, the storytelling that can be done with unique products and the science behind the shopping experience. As an executive specializing in store design for iconic brands like L.L. Bean and Coldwater Creek, I brought to market flagship stores to pop-ups, and everything in-between. In doing this work, I collaborated with the giants of the multibillion-dollar retail design industry like Big Red Rooster in Columbus and RGLA Solutions in Chicago and intertwined their knowledge with my own start to my next adventure.

Now, at Old Port Specialty Tile Co., I’m surrounded by beautiful product from around the globe, and part of a talented team that is committed to the world of tile. I enjoy helping our clients find their perfect fit for smaller spaces like backsplashes and fireplaces, and supporting our tile experts who work on huge, spectacular projects. My husband and I love this city with all its restaurants, breweries, and shops. We work off the food and drink by staying active golfing, paddling, biking, hiking, and skiing in Maine’s great outdoors. I also curl up with a good book every so often, am addicted to Sudoku and love, love, love spending time with my two grown children.

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