SONDER Build Out Week 1


Time has come for the SONDER build out–crazy right? I had no idea how we’d even make it to this point, but here we are, and still pressing forward. One day at a time, little by little, big progress is made. We’d love to share some sneak peaks of our first week so you can see SONDER come to be with us, how about it?

Brick Accent Wall

Our design is pretty minimal, but we wanted a brick accent wall from the get-go, and the space was just beggggging for one! It was a perfect fit, but a lot of work for a girl that’s been researching on her computer this past year. Grout and glitter nails are not best friends, but it was all in the name of good coffee, so we got to work. We found some great thin brick, grouted it up, and we’re ready to paint.

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SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Custom White Oak Furniture

We decided we wanted to build our own custom furniture to match our space, and found some great white oak to work with. I didn’t realize Ernest had such a carpenter gene in him until starting this shop, but it’s cool to see how much hands-on work he wants to put in everything. He and our contractor Mike have great ideas for the custom coffee bar and furniture. Can’t wait to see how it comes together.

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SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

We were so excited to have wood highlighted in our shop, even from the initial vision board. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

“Just as each plant, each piece of raw wood is unique and has a story to tell, so do we. And it is the differences, imperfections and rawness of who we are that makes our story something to share. It is the imperfections of the tree; the broken limbs, faults and inconsistencies that result in a beautiful pattern unlike any other.”

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SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Plumbing

Wow, plumbing is intense. And we’re not even plumbing yet– we’ve got to cut concrete first. Did you know there’s dirt underneath the concrete? Of course there is, I just have never thought about that before. It took a while finding a plumber too, and it happened by accident. We were talking to a plumber who gave us a good bid, but then happened to text another plumber thinking it was the same person because they had the same name. Either way, they ended up coming to the space and agreed to do it on a better timeline for us. Funny how things work, and yes this is a lot of work friends.

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SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

 

Electrical

Kevin is a great electrician, he sure knows what he’s doing. Here he is working hard, always prepared, and doing good job. You don’t even realize how much goes into a coffee shop… as you’re drinking your coffee, reading a book, you wouldn’t think about the person that wired electricity to different outlets throughout the room. The behind the scenes work is crazy. And from a business perspective, it’s all these little crazy things that add up.

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SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Well, there’s week one for you. More pictures to come next week. Thanks so much for following along in our coffee shop’s story!

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6 Comments

  1. Julia, I’m so glad that I came across your blog a months ago. Your story is very inspiring to me as like you, I have no cafe experience and my husband doesn’t see how I could possibly do this. I have had this dream for 10 years and now that my kids are a little older, I feel like it’s actually possible. Thanks for sharing your story and progress. I have learned a lot from you and it has given me the confidence I needed to follow through with my dream. Good luck with Sonder, looks beautiful so far, looking forward to your updates!

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    • Julia

      Thanks so much, I’m glad this blog can be helpful for you! Keep me updated with your goal of opening one up as well, it’s not easy so I definitely with you the best, but still is very possible. =]

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  2. It was so awesome to come by and see it in person this week…I just love what you guys are doing and I can’t wait to sit and enjoy a cup of tea while writing in my beautiful journal and dreaming up an amazing line of jewelry…the future is bright my friend!

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    • Julia

      It meant so much that you did! I can’t wait as well, still a lot to do before we get there, but it will feel SO good!

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  3. Always inspiring to see growth!

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