It’s Official! “Marvin Inspiration Center” to Open at 7 Tide in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District

Posted: October 29, 2014

We have exciting news to share! We are very pleased to announce the anticipated opening of the “Marvin Inspiration Center” at 7 Tide Street in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. The opening is the result of a groundbreaking partnership with Clarke Distributing, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen. As a company long known for forging unique trade partnerships, Clarke invited Hastings to become part of the 7 Tide project, slated for opening in early 2016.

“A.W. Hastings has long been known as a company dedicated to creating solutions for the architectural and design community, and the homeowners they serve,” said Hastings Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Keenan Burns. “7 Tide will serve to enhance our commitment to our network of independent retailers by providing opportunities for our mutual customers to experience the Marvin product in new ways. We see our partnership with Clarke on this innovative and technology-driven Boston facility as an important part of our evolution, and one more way we can respond to the needs of our customers.”


L to R: Keenan Burns (COO, A.W. Hastings), Stephen Baker (Architect, Baker Design Group), Sean Clarke (General Manager, Clarke) at the October 28 unveiling event at the ABX show in Boston.

Clarke and Hastings will use the 7 Tide space to educate and inspire architects, designers and homeowners about their wide variety of products and services, and refer customers to their respective dealer networks for the actual product purchase. The building will be completely renovated, with individual Sub-Zero, Wolf and Marvin Showroom spaces. The Marvin Inspiration Center will feature high-touch, interactive opportunities delivered largely through the use of technology and design, creating an experience that is unmatched in the window and door industry today, while providing the educational, lifestyle and visual engagement that homeowners are seeking. Architects and designers will be encouraged to visit the facility with their retailer and their clients, to experience the Marvin product together in an immersive, hospitable environment.

Windows are an integral part of almost every kitchen design project,” said Clarke General Manager Sean Clarke. “When we saw the incredible synergy between our two distribution companies, including the customers we serve and the philosophy that guides us, we knew this would be a win-win for everyone. Through dynamic full-size kitchens and unique room spaces, visitors will see how our products work seamlessly together. And, for Boston architects and designers, this provides an efficient opportunity to make one stop and check two boxes off your list to button up a project.”


7 Tide will be Clarke’s third New England location (its first in Boston) and the 35th Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in the country. Clarke dedicated two years to intensive strategic business planning that guided them to develop an urban location, and another 18 months to finding the right building in Boston.

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We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this exciting new venture as we move closer to opening!