Interior Design for a Bubble Tea Shop

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

A tea shop with a particular challenge: attract people inside when they can’t see the counter from the street.

The client came to us to design a new bubble tea cafe in an existing storefront in the Pike-Pine corridor on Capitol Hill. Our concept was to draw attention deep into the space, encouraging visitors to enter off the street.

The challenge was to work with (and within) a partial remodel left behind from an earlier tenant improvement: a partial-height wall, and a three-foot drop dividing the back of the space from the front.

To keep construction costs low, we incorporated this existing condition into the design rather than tearing it out. We replaced the partial-height wall with an open railing, and developed an eye-catching point of sale comprised of a walnut, wood slat canopy, with a blue-stained wood accent backdrop to draw visitors into the space.

The goal of the project was to not only create a successful space that sells bubble tea, but also to design a project that builds on the visual style of the neighborhood with a clean and simple material palette melding with the fresh aesthetic of Capitol Hill.

Another (truly eye-catching) point of visual interest in the space is a commissioned installation on the exposed concrete wall in the front seating area by the popular local art collective, Electric Coffin.

This 3D mural came out of the client’s inspiration of streetscapes and urban spaces, connecting the cafe to the neighborhood, and providing visitors with a strong visual graphic to associate with the space.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Orange space man installation on concrete wall. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Orange rocket man installation by Electric Coffin. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – White picture frames installation. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Painted white picture frames. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Orange art installation visible from street. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Wood café tables with banquette seating. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Metal railing with wood cap on stairs. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Stairs down to the POS. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Sitting area above the tea bar prep area below. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Cut plywood sign. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Space man installation in orange. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Wall of empty white picture frames. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Walnut tables with pendants. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Bar seating with wood bar top. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – White pendant lights over café tables.  – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Oasis sign of blue washed plywood. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Stool seating at the lower level. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Wood slat signage and canopy. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Point of sale. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Hanging menus. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Detail of orange installation. – Retail Café Design
Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

Photo by John G Wilbanks.

Client Review
“I am a small cafe owner with a few locations in the Seattle area. I hired Jeff and his team to work on the design of a new location and I couldn't be happier with the working relationship and the results! The team follows through on their commitments, designs around my budget, and their creativity is exactly what my business needed. We’ll be starting another much smaller project together soon and I'm glad to have found such a great team.”
View this review on Houzz.

B&V Project Team
Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHCPrincipal
Ryan AdanalianProject Lead
Jeff SandlerDesign Team
Katie Mallory, Allied ASIDInterior Design

Notes & Credits
Photos by John G Wilbanks Photography.
This project was built by GMD Custom.
Rocketman installation by Electric Coffin.

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