Our retail services.

Restaurants, Bars & Retail Spaces


In our increasingly web-focused world, the experience of a physical retail space is more important than ever. We specialize in creating not only Third Places, but retail spaces that are delighting and stimulating, enticing the visitor to return again and again.

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Our retail portfolio projects.

Landscaped retail streetscape at Club Monaco – Board & Vellum
Landscape Architecture, Retail

Downtown Retail Streetscape for Club Monaco

A lush, planted streetscape sets this urban retail space apart, with mature plants offering height, and climbing vines drawing the eye up the façade.

Lowercase Brewing Taproom – Looking down the bar, towards the cushioned

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.

Main Bar: Hidden Speakeasy – Board & Vellum
Interior Design, Retail

Hidden Speakeasy

Beyond a secret door in a repurposed, old church, a hidden speakeasy with a Prohibition-era vibe acts as the employee lounge of a Seattle-based marketing firm.

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

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

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.

Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology – Board & Vellum

Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology

An interior update for the Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology works with existing ceiling and lighting systems, adding custom retail shelving and accents.

Our retail posts.

Commercial Office, Retail

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

Selecting a commercial space for your business is very important to get right. It’s not as simple as “location, location, location” when it comes to ensuring the success of your retail or commercial space. There are many important details you need to check. Do you know what to look for before you sign a lease?

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Why the Ceiling of Retail Spaces Is Important

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.

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Photo of a '50s diner. – Third Place Evolution – Board & Vellum

Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

Retail, Third Places

Evolution of the Third Place

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.

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Retail, Third Places

Third Places Count

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.

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Interior Design, Retail, Third Places

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.

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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.

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Our retail recognition stories.

Board & Vellum ranked on the Best Residential Architect in Seattle and Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle lists.
Custom Residential, Retail

#1 Best Residential Architect & #5 Best Restaurant Architect in Seattle

Seattle Architects ranks Board &Vellum as #1 on their list of Best Residential Architects, and #5 for Best Restaurant Architects in Seattle.

2014 Green Building Slam
Going Green, News, Retail, Third Places

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Featured at the 2014 Green Building Slam

At the 2014 Green Building Slam, Board & Vellum presented Ada's Technical Books & Café, featured as one of 10 projects honored.

2014 Residential Architect Design Award
News, Retail, Third Places

2014 Residential Architect Design Awards Cite Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada's Technical Books & Café was honored with a citation in the Light/Commercial category of the 2014 Residential Architect Design Awards.

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties: 2014 Green Remodeling Excellence Award
Going Green, Retail, Third Places

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins 2014 REX Award

Board & Vellum's Ada's Technical Books & Café is honored with a Green Remodeling Excellence (REX) award in 2014.

2014 Historic Seattle Preservation Awards
News, Retail, Third Places

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Wins Historic Seattle Preservation Award

Historic Seattle honored Danielle and David Hulton, owners of Ada's Technical Books & Café, and team, with an award for Preserving Neighborhood Character.

Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe Featured in design:retail Magazine
News, Retail, Third Places

Ada’s Technical Books & Café Featured in design:retail Magazine

In a piece on Seattle's lively retail marketplace, design:retail magazine featured Ada's Technical Books & Café, highlighting their small business success.

Our retail team members.

Jeff Pelletier – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC

Principal | Architect

In 2011, Jeff founded Board & Vellum in his attic and has forged ahead with excitement ever since. Architecture aside, he is a huge advocate for traveling, and takes LEGO really seriously.

Charles Fadem – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Charles Fadem

Associate | Interior Design

Charles has a passion for interiors, and especially for creating Third Places. When he leaves for the day, you’ll find him ogling classic cars, working on his Mustang, or writing fiction, probably in a Third Place.

Ryan Adanalian – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Ryan Adanalian


Ryan is B&V’s first employee, and is a champion of the B&V Sustainable Design effort. He is a generalist designer with a passion for the great outdoors and the path less traveled.

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Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

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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