bellden cafe construction continued by Claire Grotz

It's happening! Decorative tiles went in at the Bellden Cafe construction site in Bellevue to bring together the bright shop. The cafe is inspired by European design marked by minimalism, simplicity, and functionality. With coastal colors the cafe will be a unique coffee spot and we can't wait for it to be finished! 

Craftworks Coffee Construction by Claire Grotz

We at Atelier Drome have had the pleasure of working with the folks at Craftworks Coffee, who are about to open their first shop in Lower Queen Anne around June 15th. Craftworks Coffee is a specialty coffee bar, focusing on organic, fair trade and single origin coffees from some of the finest micro-roasters in the USA. Construction is nearing completion, and before the final product is unveiled, we want to share the construction process with you.

When we first walked in to the space, we were confronted by a three-foot grade change running the length of the cafe. This was a blessing of sorts, in that it was easy to run water and electricity lines through the low half of the space. To level the space, our fantastic construction team (DMC Tenant Improvement Services) filled it up with refrigerator-sized styrofoam blocks and poured new concrete on top. 

Next, we cut expansion joints in the concrete, and insulated the walls. The wall area with the specialty grey-green insulation protects a wine cooler from temperature fluctuations on the other side of the wall. 

Then we frame the walls with steel and the bar with wood. Then the bar is painted black to prepare for steel cladding with thin reveals, and the walls and ceiling receive drywall and their first coat of paint. We decided to use a 'cloud' over the bar to draw attention to the coffee making process; the cloud also accommodates lighting and sprinklers, and it fulfills a valuable part of the health code, protecting the coffee zone from pipes overhead. Next up: steel, wood, quartz, furniture and a custom mural!

There's plenty to do between now and June 15th, but we are all excited to show off the space, and most importantly, the coffee!

sign of the times by Unknown

Recently, we've been doing some research on coffee shop signage for Caffe Ladro and we came across some really awesome designs we couldn't help but share. Exterior signage not only announces the name of the coffee shop but the initial impression from the sign can also play an important role in shaping the overall experience for the consumer so it is a crucial part of the design process! Effectively designed signage can capture the culture and atmosphere of a coffee shop, attracting customers to the shop. Check out some of the signs we loved.

Too see images like this and everything else that inspires us, check out our Pinterest page, here! Also, congratulations to Caffe Ladro for their grand opening this week!  Make sure to stop by (400 Fairview).

Elm Coffee Roaster by Unknown

Elm Coffee Roasters Opens!

Our latest project to open is Elm Coffee Roasters in Pioneer Square at 240 2nd Ave S.  They will be roasting their own coffee soon, with their in-house roaster, and they are already making excellent coffee in their new space, which openedon Thursday.

Go check them out!