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Retail Design Notes: The Streetscape Coffee Shop Parklet

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The Simple Pleasures parklet in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Planning Department.

Not sure what to do with that awkward public space in front of your shop? Maybe it’s time for a parklet.

The parklet concept is not new. It first took off in Left Coast cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles beginning in 2010, but it seems to have survived a kind of trial period among many other city planners and business owners. The recipe for parklets — which almost always fall on underutilized public space such as extended street sidewalks or parking spaces — typically involves some combination of public and private funding.

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The Trouble Coffee parklet in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Planning Department.

The Trouble Coffee parklet in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Planning Department.

For the municipality, the parklet is primarily an opportunity for private investment in a public space that can help draw people to a retail corridor. For coffee shop owners, the parklet is an opportunity for additional seating and positive relations within the community.

See some lovely examples of succesful, happy coffee-shop-funded parklets at Four Barrel (San Francisco), Mojo Cafe (San Francisco), and Caffe Calabria (San Diego). Brand spanking new parklets include this $17,000, 5-to-7 seater with rain garden outside Olympia Coffee Roasting (Olympia, Wash.), and this big $26,000 beauty outside Simple Pleasures Cafe in San Francisco’s Richmond District.

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Laryn Callaway

We love this article! It’s a great way for coffee businesses to add even more to their community. Take a look at Vernon Avenue Pocket Park (10-14 W. Vernon Avenue, Phoenix 85003)nestled between Shine Coffee’s spaces in midtown Phoenix:

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Shine Coffee owners Laryn & Chris Blok worked with their landlord, the City of Phoenix and Edge Industries landscape designer Kirby Hoyt to develop this park. Funds came through a Kickstarter we did last fall. Our grand opening party was just this past Saturday – we should have invited you, Nick!

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Great idea to increase the business, we still believe that the main reason for visiting a coffee shop is the location, followed very closely by quality of coffee and quality of service. But please don’t underestimate the importance of the quality and excitement of your food offering.

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