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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.


Seattle architecture firm Board & Vellum offers services in retail and café design, such as this tea shop.

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.

The point of sale counter at Armistice Coffee and Cocktails, located at the Lucille on Roosevelt.
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TI Build-Out for a Modern Coffee Lounge

Armistice Coffee & Cocktail Bar

In the corner commercial space in the Lucille apartments, this hybrid coffeehouse/bar offers drinks and treats with the vibe of a European café.

Ada’s Technical Books & Café – Retail Design – Board & Vellum
From Abandoned Home to Community Anchor

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.

Dynasty Room – Interior Design by Board & Vellum
Interior Design for a Bar with a Story

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.

Atulea Tea Shop – Board & Vellum – Commercial Interior Design
Tenant Improvement for a Cheese Tea Shop

Atulea Tea Shop

This cheery tea shop on Capitol Hill in Seattle features dramatic wallpaper to catch your eye and draw you in to experience its perky “beach chic” vibe.

Footprint Wine Tap – Wine Bar Capitol Hill – Board & Vellum
TI for a Wine Bar on Capitol Hill

Footprint Wine Tap

This wine bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle advocates for sustainable principles and the design of their new space reflects it with salvaged, reused, and rescued materials large and small.

Oasis Tea Zone Capitol Hill – Rocket Man installation by Electric Coffin. – Retail Café Design
Interior Design for a Bubble Tea Shop

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.

Or, a couple of helpful blog posts.

Selecting a commercial space for your business. – Board & Vellum

How Do You Select the Right Commercial Space for Your Business?

It’s not as simple as “location, location, location” when it comes to ensuring the success of your retail or commercial space. Here are important details you should know before signing a lease.

How long does a commercial project take? – Board & Vellum

How Long Does a Commercial Project Take?

The time to complete a commercial project varies a lot based on the scope and parameters of your project, but here is a basic timeline of the phases from project start to opening your doors.

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.

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