Construction Has Started

Thank you for the enthusiastic response to the announcement of our bakery and cafe that we have received from so many Islanders and community groups. We were thrilled with the article in the "Mercer Island Reporter" and the blog post on "My Mercer Island." We have been surprised and pleased that so many people asked about buying treats for the holidays before we are even open. (We're sorry that this will have to wait.) And last month, Joel had a great time handing out cookies at the annual Chamber of Commerce Trick-or-Treat event.

Earlier this month, we received our construction permit from the City of Mercer Island and so our contractors, Zac and Jesse of Young and Young, have begun the process building the cafe. They are nearly finished demoing the interior with just a bit of framing to remove.

 The cafe space nearly completely demoed and ready for construction to begin.

The cafe space nearly completely demoed and ready for construction to begin.

In addition to clearing the space, Zac and Jesse have also laid out what will be built by putting tape on the floor to indicate where each wall, fixture, countertop, and piece of equipment will go. It is very exciting to see how everything actually fits in the space rather than having to rely on the blueprints and our imaginations.

 The layout for the front counter. The blue lines are the walls, the green lines are the fixtures (in this case, the display case), and the white lines are the countertops.

The layout for the front counter. The blue lines are the walls, the green lines are the fixtures (in this case, the display case), and the white lines are the countertops.

We've begun to hold weekly meetings with the general contractor and the architects to review progress and solve issues.

 Ian and Dain from Best Practice Architects and Andy conferring over the blueprints.

Ian and Dain from Best Practice Architects and Andy conferring over the blueprints.

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