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Alchemy Bottle Shop

A boutique, high-end spirits shop is given a graceful, airy twist on the traditional apothecary motif.

The businessA purveyor of highly curated artisanal spirits to mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts.
The contextA two-story retail space in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Oakland, California.
The objectivesA reinterpretation of a traditional apothecary shop that will draw eyes from the street and help the product stand out.
  • Oakland, California
  • Commercial
  • Retail

OUR SOLUTIONS

While they can be beautiful, traditional apothecary shops are typically dark, cluttered, cave-like environments. We created the exact opposite while staying within the genre.

A light, neutral palette

Crisp white shelving and a light-colored wood floor allow the carefully curated product to be the star.

Antique details harmonize with throwback displays.

“It’s like a spirit museum and the fanciest/hippest liquor store I’ve ever seen…I’ve recommended it to all my friends…”
–Andi H, Yelp Review

The small details

We incorporated subtle, custom elements reflecting the selective store brand and discriminating clientele.

Ornate wood cabinets and chalkboard signs demarcate liquor categories.

Period inspired light fixtures and décor add elegance.

“This is by far one of the trendiest and chicest stores I’ve been to. All white and gorgeous, I want to live here.”
- Tamara S, Yelp Review

Airy and sunlit

We maximized natural light, rebuilding the staircase below the skylight to allow sunlight to filter deep into the retail space.

Large storefront windows are leveraged for light and visibility.

THE RESULT

While the apothecary theme has been adapted before, we subverted the traditional style to create a look that is modern yet traditional, relevant to the business, helps attract customers and lets the product shine.

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