Several years ago, we helped a husband and wife team build their vision in the form of a Bruegger’s Bagels store – which they still own and operate today. We were delighted when they approached us to help them with another dream: The Cookie Store.

The space: The Cookie Store started out as a food truck business, which grew to the point where it needed its own brick-and-mortar space. Our clients did quite a bit of the groundwork for this project before they came to us for help – they scouted locations near their home in Watertown, Minnesota, identified an artist to help with the wall graphics, and knew exactly what features they wanted to incorporate into the 700 square feet of space.

The challenges: It’s rare to have so few complications on a project, but this was a relatively simple build-out. The biggest hurdle was finding the right kitchen equipment vendors to supply us with the best equipment to maximize baking production, while still fitting the space and the budget for this project.

Our work: This whirlwind of a build-out moved quickly – construction was underway in February, and the doors to the business opened in April. We worked several fun features into the space, like a mosaic tile wall created by local vendor Mercury Mosaics, a retail space for a smattering of custom products (they do so much more than just bake cookies!), and a special “Instagram spot” with graphics designed by local artist Adam Turman, who was part of the Radisson RED project in Minneapolis.

The results: The Cookie Store is a little oasis in the middle of farm country. Walking into this space makes you feel like you just walked into a chic cookie shop in the middle of Manhattan. Plus, we got some delicious cookies out of the deal! We’re thrilled to have helped this client snack step into their vision.

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