Our retail services.

Restaurants, Bars & Retail Spaces

Retail

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Our retail posts.

Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multi-Family Residential, Retail

Hourly vs. Fixed-Fee Billing: What is the Difference?

How do you decide between hourly vs. fixed-fee billing? People really don’t like to talk about money, but you need to talk about it enough to make the right choice about how you would like your project billed. Here is how these two billing methods work, and why you might prefer one over the other.

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Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Retail

How Long Does a Commercial Project Take?

One of the most frequent questions we get from business owners is, “How long will my project take?” Of course, this varies a lot based on the scope and parameters of your particular project, but here are the basics of the time it takes to move through each of the phases of a commercial project.

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Ask an Architect, Commercial Office, Custom Residential, Landscape Architecture, Multi-Family Residential, Retail

How Long Does It Take to Get a Full Building Permit?

If you need a full building permit for your project (rather than an “over-the-counter” one) you need to include the additional time it takes for permit review in your project schedule. How long does it take to get a full building permit? It varies, but here is what you can expect in Seattle.

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Commercial Office, Retail

Do I Need to Permit My Commercial Space?

"Do I need to permit my commercial space?" If you are in Seattle, most likely, "Yes." The more important question is, "What type of permit do I need?" There are two major types of building permits in Seattle, and which type you need will impact your timeline for opening for business. Here’s how to plan.

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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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Retail

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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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

Associate

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.

Sandy Wolf – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Sandy Wolf, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate | Architect

Sandy has a passion for challenging projects in urban settings, and is the Studio Champion of B&V’s ”Neighborhood Studio.” She wins the award for most unique B&V pet, with a cute hedgehog named Frenchy.

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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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