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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I think I need an Architect for Lee Road Redesign

As a few of you know, we are beginning the process of redesigning our Lee Road Cafe. This store is doing great guns business and our awkward configuration just doesn't quite support our new volume of sales. Originally, I was feeling ambitious and was going to do the design in-house, using a CAD program. Steve even went so far as to attempt to enter the dimensions into a CAD program. But then we found out that the drawing is wrong and we need to start over. Coupled with the fact that the program is awkward to use and Tina and I both would have a steep learning curve, I'm thinking we might have to hire an architect. I would rather enlist the assistance of a design professional who patronizes the Phoenix and already understands our quirky nature. So please forward your suggestions! Who is the perfect architect for us?

In the meantime, I'm researching pastry cases. At the very least, we need a new dry pastry case. So far, the favorite is model HUDLR4852 by Structural Concepts.

Wouldn't that be nice?


Blogger Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Sarah,

I'm really going to be looking forward to it.

One suggestion: how about either a wall-length counter on the side wall with stools/chairs or, better yet, how about a wall-length bench with lots and lots of electrical outlets running along the face of the bench?



6:47 PM, January 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Cutting out the freezer for the Ice Cream will help. But that also means that the corner where you display your stuff (that's a technical term) would also have to go. If you cut down your counter area to the cooler for your sodas and things, that also presents a problem for you for display and bagel areas.

Jeff's idea of the wall area with stools was used years ago when Mickey had the place. It didn't really work out too well - thats why it was taken out.

Now that you have my two cents worth, you see why I'm not an interior designer.

John in Erie

12:39 PM, January 10, 2006  
Anonymous Josh Rosen said...

Have you found an architect yet? Maybe talk with Bill Doty at Doty and Miller. I bet he has some clever ideas and can also be a good resource when brainstorming "green" ideas for future plans.


1:47 PM, January 16, 2006  

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