Coffee People

Denver and Portland, OR
Posted March 23, 2000

The company motto at new Coffee People stores is "Good Coffee. No Backtalk." Store design (by Retail Planning Associates, Columbus, Ohio) is just as hassle-free. A showcase for the art of Harry Bertoia, the stores feature his swirling, organic shapes and strong use of geometry and color. The interior is divided into three areas reflecting customer needs and party sizes: "Grab & Go," "Get Comfortable" and "Rendezvous." A bulletin board available for postings from the customers is an additional community-minded touch.

Photography by Christian Deuber, RPA, Columbus, Ohio

Design: Retail Planning Associates, Columbus, Ohio

Suppliers: Special finishes: Pratt & Lambert, Marysville, Calif., and Optic Nerve Corp., Columbus, Ohio. Laminates: Formica Corp., Cincinnati; Pioneer Plastic Corp., Auburn, Maine; WilsonArt, Temple, Texas. Paint: The Sherwin Williams Co., Cleveland. Furniture: Lowenstein, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Cipra and Frank, Berkeley, Calif.; Thonet, Statesville, N.C.; Beverley Furniture Manufacturing Co., Pico Rivera, Calif; Bermis Casual Furniture, Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Fabric: Deepa Textiles Inc., San Francisco.