If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That old saying would certainly seem to apply to most business owners who are expanding on a successful brand. But when the owners of Dakota’s Roadhouse looked to open its sixth location in Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University, they felt the brand needed a different look.
Located in a mixed-use development called Stewart Square designed by architect Scott Webb, the restaurant would be part of a mix of retail businesses, student housing, and a hotel.Read More
When Aimee Daniels, owner of the Salvage Room in Oklahoma City, turned her creative eye to the entryway of her retail space, she had two goals — to illuminate the facade and to find a unique light that would beckon customers inside to explore her eclectic collection of hand-picked vintage items, handcrafted pieces, plus new and vintage apparel, dècor, and accessories.
“We were remodeling and had the front of the store painted from a brick red to a dark grey,” Aimee says. “We wanted a light fixture that was both industrial and unique, and could give off a considerable amount of light.”
As the owner of the wildly successful LuLu’s Sunset Grill, Lucy Buffett — an exceptional cook, thoughtful philanthropist, savvy business woman, and Crazy Sista to Jimmy – turned her sights on creating a new establishment that offers a twist on typical Gulf Coast cuisine. The rustic yet refined Lucy B Goode Coastal Café, which overlooks Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores, Alabama, opened last August to rave reviews.Read More
When the city of Portland approved the consumption of beer on brewery premises back in the 1980s, the floodgates, or perhaps the taps, were opened in this Oregon city. Portland currently holds the title for having the most breweries of any city in the world, but there’s a new taproom on the block that may just give die hard beer drinkers a new taste to savor.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cidery & Taproom opened last summer and is everything we’d expect from a Portland business — focused on local products with an eye towards green production processes. The cidery and taproom were created in an old book bindery in Northeast Portland that had been vacant for years.Read More
After 26 years of serving fine Italian food and wine in downtown Eugene, Oregon, the Ambrosia Restaurant was ready for a face lift. Owner Armen Kevrekian put art directors Elissa Kevrekian and Ray Burnham to the task in collaboration with the folks at Factory North, a branding studio in Portland. Their goal — a new and updated look but one that still fit in with their established historic neighborhood.Read More
While barns were once relegated to being nothing more than a home for cattle, horses, and perhaps the chickens, barns of today have become true multipurpose buildings with heated space for storage or even living space for homeowners and guests.
Our friends at DC Building, who specialize in custom barn homes and equestrian facilities, shared some photos recently of a project out in Sherwood, Oregon. This 60′ x 72′ gable-style barn features a 2,000-square-foot workshop, two horse stalls and a 32-foot cattle run.Read More