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Eco-friendly Furniture and Accents for Today’s Commercial Interior Designs

Naturals Ambary Rug by Jaipur for Burke Decor – 50 percent wool, 50 percent hemp In your attempt to remain as environmentally friendly as possible in the process of building your restaurant or store, you may have started with using sustainable materials for your structural work or finishes. Once your space is ready to decorate, you can take your eco-friendly […]

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Eco-friendly Materials for Your Restaurant or Store Interior Design

Photo: Vetrazzo Cobalt Sky recycled glass mix countertop via vetrazzo.com If being environmentally minded is important to you when designing your restaurant, dessert shop or store, you generally have three ways to achieve your goal. You can use sustainable materials and finishes, decorate your interior with eco-friendly furniture and accents, and serve your clientele by using ecologically-friendly tableware […]

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How to Price Contractors, Architects and Designers

When trying to design and open a store or restaurant, the best ideas are worth nothing if they are not implemented right. Similarly, the best implementation may end up in disaster if it drains your financial resources and leaves you in a precarious spot before you even start on your way as a business owner. […]

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How To Make a Store or Restaurant Design Process Flow Smoothly

When working your way through all the stages of opening a store or restaurant, pay close attention to the design stage. The restaurant design process is an involved one that can easily stall or deviate unpredictably if your choice of a design company is not right, if deadlines are not met or if communication is […]

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How Long Does It Take to Design and Get Permits for Your Restaurant or Store?

If you are planning to open a restaurant or store and you wonder what it takes to turn your dream into reality, reality is exactly what you should always keep in mind. Becoming a restaurant owner is an adventure that will test you more than you have ever thought. Negotiate, design, draw plans, get permits […]

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How Much Does a Store or Restaurant Construction Cost?

One of the first questions you’ll want to answer when planning to open a store or a restaurant business is “How much will the construction of my space cost?” The answer depends on your particular space – its current state and where you want to take it from there. However, a rough estimate of your […]

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How to Choose Lighting for Your Commercial Space

Kartell FLY Pendant Light by Ferruccio Laviani

As one of the most important aspects of interior design, good lighting can make the difference between a warm, inviting place and one that misses the spot. When light fixtures are not in the right place, do not agree with the general vibe or are just an afterthought, even a well-designed commercial space can look […]

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Ice Cream Shop Interior Design Recreates the Look of Stalactites

Via Green Pear Diaries Designer: id 12° 77° All photos via Green Pear Diaries There is nothing more fitting for an ice cream shop interior design than to play on the idea of coldness. It is what id 12 ° 77 °, a Lima-based architecture and design firm, did with Madness Creamery, an ice cream […]

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Sunny Ice Cream Store Interior Design by Mindful Design Consulting Is a Striped Beauty

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting Another fun project with lots of opportunities for using vibrant colors and pretty patterns was the Scoops N Smiles ice cream store in Florida. With red, yellow and blue as the brand colors, this ice cream store interior design concept was meant to turn out happy and cheerful. The space was […]

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How to Turn Your Restaurant Wall Decor into a Work of Art

Photo via yatzer.com Too many times restaurants lack personality and spark. Food can be delicious, the service prompt and delightful, yet the interior is generic and uninspiring. Considering how many options you have in turning your restaurant into a unique space, allowing it to fade into the background is a missed opportunity. Visual clues paired […]

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Our New Boba Tea and Frozen Yogurt Store Interior Design Plays with Colors and Shapes

Commercial Interior and Branding Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A new boba tea and frozen yogurt store interior design came to life, courtesy of Mindful Design Consulting, together with the necessary collection of marketing and brand essentials, from the store’s logo to the design of its loyalty cards. Playing with the idea of sweet and fresh […]

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Mixing Old and New in Frozen Yogurt Shop Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting We completed another project in Liberty Station, this time a frozen yogurt shop interior design that we seasoned with a pinch of mid-century nostalgia. The store name, Besties Cool Treats, evokes images of lasting friendships and stories shared across the dessert table. We kept the design of the store in step […]

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Ice Cream Store Design Makes Chemistry Fun

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Nir Portal Architects All images: Shai Ben-Efraim via retaildesignblog.net If you are an ice cream lover with a secret passion for chemistry, the Glidium ice cream store design in Haifa, Israel, may be just the thing for you. Created (with a sense of humor) by Nir Portal Architects, this unique store is a sweet […]

Yogurt Store Interior Design Recreates Mountainous Landscape

Via dexigner.com Designer: Triad China All photos via dexigner.com A unique yogurt store interior design in Mainland China proves that this healthy treat can successfully serve as muse for interior design work. Inspired by the shape of cupped yogurt, the Shanghai-based design company Triad created the branding and interior space for Stone Fresh, an American […]

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How to Attract Customers to Your New Business

Counsin’s Candy Shop design and branding by Mindful Design Consulting When opening a new business, you have to prove not only what you can do, but, most importantly, what you can do better than your competitors. Getting ahead of the competition is a monumental and never-ending task that requires you to employ every available tool. […]

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What Does the Health Department Want to See on Your Plans?

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How does Health Department review a restaurant design?  If you are opening a restaurant, a café, a yogurt or ice-cream shop or any other food-related facility, there are a few things you need to know about Health Department requirements. In order to put your building plans into motion, you need, among other things, the approval […]

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Does My Small Food-related Business Need a Grease Trap?

Above: Beary Bliss frozen yogurt shop design in Big Bear Lake, California, by Mindful Design Consulting Another one of the most common questions we hear from potential clients is: does my small food-related business need a grease trap?  In San Diego, as in many other cities, there are strict regulations regarding how much grease can […]

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How Many Restrooms Does My Business Need?

Photo: Hiroshi Endo via officesnapshots.com How many restrooms does my business need?  It is a question that all business owners have to face when planning the layout of their stores or restaurants. Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as we’d like. In California, the number of required restrooms is dictated by the California Plumbing Code, […]

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What Mindful Design Consulting Can Do for Your Business – And a Word about Our Prices

Coffee Icon interior branding by Mindful Design Consulting

Photo above: Coffee Icon interior branding by Mindful Design Consulting team We are often asked for more details regarding our work and how we can help business owners. Even though our Services page offers you a great summary of what we are all about, here are a few more answers to some of the most […]

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2016 Retail Trends That Will Bring More Business

2016 Retail Trends

Businesses must periodically update themselves to keep up with the market and changes in customers’ expectations.  Today we will share a few new trends that you will see showing up this year in retail and the restaurant industry. There are ideas for every type of business here, from combining different functions into one space, adding […]

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Yogurt Shop Interior Design in San Diego Gets a Country Twist

Shop Interior Design San Diego

Shop Interior Design San Diego by: Mindful Design Consulting Contractor: Stone Co. Another yogurt shop wears our signature, this time in Tierrasanta, San Diego, a community with a definite preference for small eateries with a personal touch. Heavenly is an independently owned frozen yogurt shop that opened in October, 2015, and offers fresh (including vegan) […]

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Before and After Images of 2015 Interior Design and Branding Projects

Before and After Images of 2015 Interior Design and Branding Projects

Another year has ended and by our tradition we are sharing a small selection of exciting projects we had the pleasure to work on in 2015! As you may have noticed Mindful Design Consulting brand also had a complete makeover this year.  We’ve had the same look since 2008 and it became outdated and stagnant […]

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Energy-Efficient Solutions for Restaurants and Businesses – Commercial Interior Design News

Energy Officient Design of Restaurants

Via sustainablefoodservice.com and nolo.comPhotos via sustainablefoodservice.com A brick-and-mortar business generally implies consistent energy expenses. Restaurants are notoriously energy-intensive, topping the chart of the most expensive businesses from an energy consumption standpoint, closely followed by food stores. Finding ways to save on energy bills can result in a sizeable increase in profit margin. A comprehensive energy-saving plan should start with […]

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Eco-Friendly Food Containers are Great for a Restaurant Branding – Commercial Interior Design News

echo-friendly packaging for tacos

Photos via Kavis News, PacknWood Beginning with the summer of 2015, New York restaurant businesses will be banned from using plastic foam food containers, cups and plates. New York is not the first city to adopt such a measure. San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis among others already have such laws in place. More cities are likely […]

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CC Swirls Frozen Yogurt Shop Design in Canada – Commercial Interior Design News

CC Swirls Yogurt Shop Design

CC Swirls is an established frozen yogurt shop brand that currently has 3 locations in Niagara Falls and Stoney Creek, Ontario,  Canada. Mindful Design Consulting has created a modern and cheerful interior to follow the overall brand of the new frozen yogurt company.  We selected bright colors and textured materials to make the store an […]

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Yogurt Sundae Store Interior Design – Commercial Interior Design News

Fresa Yogurt Shop interior design and branding by Mindful Design Consulting

Yogurt Sundae is a self serve yogurt shops brand in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  It has  opened 2 new locations within a short period of time. Yogurt Sundae was create as a family gathering place for fun and events in addition to providing super-healthy eating experience using proprietary nutritional ingredients. Mindful Design Consulting created modern […]

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Commercial Interior Design Trends of 2015 – Commercial Interior Design News

commercial interior design trends 2015

Learn about emerging trends in commercial interior design HERE. To ask us questions about your commercial interior design project or to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting, click HERE. Also, take a look at “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight on how […]

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Happy Holidays From Mindful Design Consulting Team! Before and After Images of 2014 Projects

Before and After Commercial Interior Design

Click HERE to see Before and After Images of 2014 Projects! To ask us questions about your commercial interior design project or to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting, click HERE. Also, take a look at “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight […]

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My Yogurt Opens a Kiosk at the Mission Valley Mall San Diego – Restaurant Design News

Small Yogurt Shop Kiosk Design

My Yogurt store opens their second location as a kiosk at the Mission Valley Mall, San Diego! Designed by Mindful Design Consulting. My Yogurt opened its first location in early 2014 with a simple goal: provide healthy yogurt and other treats in a fun environment. Their first location was a success! Now My Yogurt was […]

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Whimsical Kid Friendly Cafe Design – Commercial Interior Design News

Restaurant Design For Kids

When it comes to the cafe interior design of restaurants, most are not kid friendly. Most family restaurants are jammed full of leather booths, dark interiors, and an overall feel of adult restriction. However, the imaginative and fun designer team at the Nuca Studio have created bright and innovative ways to invite children and adults […]