Practicing What we PreachCreative Food Service
After spending years helping others transform broken buildings into purposeful places, when we outgrew our old offices and needed a bigger space, we knew we needed to take our own advice. We took on our own historic rehabilitation, deploying innovative design strategies engaging retail clients to make a real impact on our community.
17 KW solar Array
First business location
Businesses Women Owned
Businesses Minority Owned
Putting our own philosophies to the test
When we settled on a site in a transitional section of Central Providence, we made it our goal to create a home not only for ourselves, but also for other small, creative businesses that shared our vision. These craftspeople have brought new life - and visitors - to this up-and-coming area. We also sought to further enhance the community by engaging with a variety of arts and community non-profits on multiple beautification projects.
Customizing a space, while celebrating its legacy
When we got our building, it was a domed cylinder merged with an extruded triangle. To transform the space while still honoring it, we began by creating a common site access point. We then designed each of the building’s four distinct spaces as authentic revisions of their former selves. The 18ft-high rotonda became an open design office that retained its grandeur. A former shipping space became an art gallery featuring original flooring, and the lower-level spaces became loft-like artisan kitchens.
A space our company wanted, and the town needed
We undertook this project for reasons that went far beyond our need for more space. Not only were we looking to revitalize a building and community of our own, we also wanted to use this project as a case study for our own mission, showing how design transformation coupled with targeted occupancies can be used for urban social revitalization.