Category Archives: Retail

Why the Ceiling of Retail Spaces Is Important

Designing the ceiling of retail spaces: people will look up, so make sure there is something worth seeing.
When you’re planning the displays and layout of your retail space, it’s easy to neglect the ceiling. But, in a market dominated by online shopping, the experience of a physical shop is crucial. If a visitor is interrupted by noticing a neglected area, that can be enough to transport them out of the purchasing mindset.

Evolution of the Third Place

Photo of a '50s diner. – Third Place Evolution – Board & Vellum
Third Places have evolved over centuries, from the tea houses of the Jin Dynasty, to Central Perk of '90s fame, to our current, caffeinated Wi-Fi hotspots. But it's not caffeinated beverages (or Wi-Fi) that creates a successful space. So, what is it? Explore the common evolutionary thread in this latest installation about Third Places.

Third Places Count

Third Places Count – Coffee Cup Cheers
Maybe you've heard the term "Third Place" lately, but aren't sure what it means? Well, we here at Board & Vellum love us a good Third Place, and our own Charles Fadem is here to walk you through what Third Places are, why they matter, and what it takes to make a good one.

Designing Retail Spaces You Want to Linger In

Designing small-to-medium-size retail projects brings unique and exciting challenges, and great small retail brings so much to the life of a community. So, what does it take to create a space where customers slow their pace and linger? Retail spaces designed for the human scale, that promote curiosity and exploration.

Experiencing Acoustics

Often overlooked, acoustics play an incredible role in your experience of a space, and the memories you’ll have of it. So, let's geek out and discuss what exactly you need to consider when designing for acoustics, how it all works, and why it matters.

Ada’s: A Burst Of Light and a Custom Mobile

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe, a project very near and dear to us at Board and Vellum, will have been open for almost six months at its new location on 15th.  It’s amazing to walk-by everyday (our office is less than a block away) to see how much love Ada’s is getting from people in […]

Ada’s Progress

The pace of progress is really picking up at Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe. Everyone involved in this project is putting their best effort both in quality and time to make this a great building. We can’t stop talking about it around the office. We took some pictures from our recent site meeting that we […]

Looking Good at Ada’s

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe is moving along. It’s always fun to see how fast a project moves once the drywall is up. We are excited about the progress and owe much of the credit to Danielle and David of Ada’s Technical Books and the entire team at Model Remodel to keep everything on track. […]

Windows for Ada’s

The windows on 15th Avenue went into Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe over the past few days and they’re going to surprise some people. While it didn’t add much square footage to the front of the old house we did enclose the front porch. We needed some additional area and windows to highlight merchandise as […]

How to Use Social Media When Designing a House or Retail Space

I was going to start this post with something about how “social media is here to stay” or that it has “changed the way we do business” but, quite frankly, none of you are idiots and you already know that.  As a culture we’ve trended towards being more and more “social” online and that has […]

Top 3 Acoustical Considerations for a Retail or Restaurant Space

Acoustics. Here’s an issue so very dear to my heart (or, to be more accurate, my ears). Poor acoustical planning is something I see more and more of these days and I really can’t stand it. Here’s a little story. Last week we went out to dinner at a relatively new bar / restaurant / […]

Hidden Value of Commercial Square Footage in Leases

Here’s how to make sure you are getting the most value out of your commercial or retail leases. Knowing exactly how much square footage you have and are paying for is the key to maximizing your rent and your overhead costs. Click to read the rest of my thoughts on this.