Serving food & drink, selling goods, creating a Third Place…

What do you envision for your retail space?

The retail landscape is changing quickly and the places that best adapt to this shift — no matter what they sell — have the most to gain. Unique and special environments help brands stand out in a crowded marketplace and can become integral to the success of your business.

Our team will work with your company and brand to determine how your space can best strengthen the message and product you sell. When you have a great space that people keep coming back to, that buzz (and those sales) will practically generate themselves.

Retail Space Design Services at Board & Vellum – Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E, Commercial Spaces, Landscape Architecture

What kind of retail spaces do you design?

All of them, but more precisely: the more unique the better! We are adept problem solvers and helping you define an aesthetic and space that strengthens your brand is one of our favorite challenges. We know that your space needs to stand out so it’s not just another face in the crowd. No matter what you sell, we can help you sell it better.

What is a Third Place, and why would I want my retail space to be one?

A Third Place is somewhere you love to spend time that isn’t your house or your workplace. It should be comfortable, beautiful, and inspire a sense of loyalty. We are adept at helping you create a space that galvanizes your customers to come back day after day.

How fast can you get us a permit?

With any retail environment, the key isn’t just to design a beautiful space, it’s to design it on or below budget, and then to actually get it permitted as fast as possible. We are skilled at navigating the complicated permitting agencies and moving your project through jurisdictions as quickly as can be done. Time is indeed money, and we’ve got your back.

Here are some highlights from our retail portfolio.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Interior Design, Retail

Laughing Buddha Tattoo & Body Piercing

Laughing Buddha’s new space has a soothing, spa-like atmosphere, but one that still keeps the “edge” of a tattoo and piercing parlor.

Dynasty Room – Interior Design by Board & Vellum
Interior Design, Retail

Dynasty Room

In the now-shuttered Four Seas restaurant in Seattle’s International District, the old and the new mingle in this experiential reincarnation of the Dynasty Room bar.

The Cottage – Café, Bar, Coffee Shop, Restaurant – Board & Vellum
Interior Design, Retail, Third Places

The Cottage: Coffee, Bistro & Bar

Coffee shop by day, restaurant, bar, and performance venue by night, this flexible space balances the aesthetics of a Parisian bistro and a rustic, country cottage.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Rocket Man installation by Electric Coffin. – Retail Café Design
Interior Design, Retail, Third Places

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill

The challenge of this café design was how to draw visitors into the deep space from the street, especially with the point-of-sale on a lower level.

Ada’s Technical Books & Café – Retail Design – Board & Vellum
Interior Design, Retail, Third Places

Ada’s Technical Books and Café

Ada’s Technical Books and Café is an adaptive reuse project converting a dilapidated single-story Craftsman home on Capitol Hill into a small, mixed-use retail space.

Lowercase Brewing Taproom – Looking down the bar, towards the cushioned
Retail, Third Places

Lowercase Brewing Taproom

The open spaces, tall ceilings, concrete floors, and overhead doors of this old auto repair shop work perfectly when transformed into a tap room for a brewery.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, third places, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

Get in touch.