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North Country General

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Commercial interior fit-up; taproom, wine bar, coffee shop, provisions

North Country General is a quaint, multi-function establishment located in historic Jamaica, Vermont.  The owners were in the process of opening this new business when they approached us, hoping to combine a taproom, wine bar, coffee shop, and retail store into a single space with a cohesive aesthetic.  We helped them create an atmosphere that catered to two vastly different groups of individuals – locals, who would be frequenting the space consistently throughout the year and tourists, who would be arriving intermittently during the ever-changing Vermont seasons.

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North Country General Store custom charred wood bar; Commercial interior design, taproom, restaurant and custom furniture designed and built for North Country General by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Pallet Wood Treatment

The entire front of the bar was built using reclaimed pallet wood, but not the parts typically used in reclaimed furniture design. Instead of using the top deck boards, we refashioned the pieces of wood that are placed between the two decks of the pallet.  This added layers of depth to the front treatment and completely changed the feel of the space.  We used zinc for the bar top and finished it with a patina to add some again and character.

Behind the coffee station (pictured above), we cut the deck boards from the pallets into diamond shapes.  When arranged together to create the wall treatment, the individual pieces took on a 3D effect that draws visual focus.

Standing Bar

We didn’t want to clutter the small space with tables and chairs that would force customers to navigate around one another. Instead, the standing bar facilitates close interaction between patrons who wouldn’t otherwise connect, fostering the sense of community that North Country desired. We fabricated a custom steel base that could be bolted to the floor, or moved for events.  To offset the heavy and industrial feel of the base, we poured a white concrete top that extends almost 12 feet to maximize counter space for people to drink and eat on.

North Country General Store custom standing bar; Commercial interior design, taproom, restaurant and custom furniture designed and built for North Country General by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

We had the pleasure of working with Imhotep on a project to renovate our new business space in Jamaica, VT – a modern general store, eatery, and taproom.  Althought our budget was modest, we had high hopes of achieving an aesthetic that would really help define our business’ identity, while transforming the space.  From our first meeting to the final nail, these guys wasted no time understanding our needs and redefining the space with innovative design ideas.  They are a professional team of talented design experts with a great range of skills.  We appreciated their attention to detail and their follow up on each step of the project.  We also appreciated their willingness to make our budget work.  It is a beautiful space that makes us so proud to open our doors everyday. We hope to work with them again on future projects.

– Alexandra Fraser, Owner, North Country General

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