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Our third places portfolio projects.

The point of sale counter at Armistice Coffee and Cocktails, located at the Lucille on Roosevelt.
New
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.

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.

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.

Laughing Buddha – Tattoo Parlor & Piercing Shop – Retail – Board & Vellum
Tenant Improvement for a Tattoo Parlor

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
Tenant Improvement for a Coffee Shop

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.

Lowercase Brewing Taproom – Looking down the bar, towards the cushioned
Transforming an Auto Shop into a Brew Pub

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.

Our third places posts.

Commercial Office, Retail, Third Places

Creating Intentional Interactions Through Design

When we’re designing spaces like coffee shops, bars, offices, and even yards, it’s key to create a space where people can have casual and occasional interactions. Here’s a little about how we go about designing spaces that promote interaction between strangers.

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Retail, Third Places

Are Loud Restaurants Really Worth It?

There are certainly reasons why some chefs and restaurant owners prefer a loud space. And, some restaurant patrons enjoy it, too, at least for a little while. Here are a few reasons why loud restaurants exist and a few ways we could make them a little quieter, while still keeping a business profitable.

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Interior Design, Retail, Third Places

Ten Design Elements to Consider for Your Third Place

Always dreamed of quitting your 9-5 job and opening your own coffee shop? Or perhaps looking to spruce up your existing quaint café? Look no further! Here are ten key design elements you won't want to forget, taking your Third Place’s design to the next level and encourage your clientele to linger.

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

Designing a Space for Play (Not Just for Kids!)

Recently Verne & Wells, a private gaming club in the Seattle area, hosted a game night at Board & Vellum's Below Grade lounge. Not only did we have a ton of fun, but it was a great reminder about the value of taking time to relax in space designed for play, even play for grown ups.

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Our third places recognition stories.

2014 Green Building Slam

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

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

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

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.

2014 Gold Nugget Winner

Gold Nugget Award for Ada’s Technical Books & Café

Ada's Technical Books & Café takes home a 2014 Gold Nugget Award for Rehab Commercial / Industrial Projects.

Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Cafe Featured in design:retail Magazine

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.

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