Frankie & Jo’s isn’t your normal ice cream shop. Owners Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson have created something truly inspired with their full-of-flavor, plant-based ice cream. The collaboration between Autumn and Kari was meant to be. Autumn has been a pastry chef and chocolatier for the past 14 years while Kari has been a plant-based chef for the last 7 years. Their goal was to create flavorful, colorful ice cream sourced from animal friendly products, free of any stabilizers. With Frankie & Jo’s product being a hit, they then started searching for a place to open shop in Seattle, WA.
Autumn and Kari found an open storefront in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. They were drawn to the diverse and culturally rich neighborhood, and the neighborhood seemed to be smitten with their ice cream in return. A few months before opening their shop, Autumn and Kari enlisted the help of Seattle-based architectural and interior designer Katie Hackworth of H2 Design + Build to design Frankie & Jo’s. “I quickly got to work interpreting their goal of creating a space that transported their Seattle customer to a sun-filled Palm Springs day,” Katie shares. “As in all of my designs, authenticity and simplicity took the lead as I developed the fresh, clean palette, finishes and patterns you see throughout the space.” And Palm Springs it is — the eclectic mix of prints, color and style creates interest everywhere you look while the minimal design keeps the 775-square-foot shop from feeling overdone. “The three of us wanted to create a space that had a symbiotic relationship to the product, both encompassing purity and simplicity in a new and exciting way.”
The shop was built in the early 1900s as a mechanical plant. It was refurbished in 2015 and Frankie & Jo’s moved in November 2016. Katie spent time figuring out what could be used and repurposed in the original space and what would need to be built out. She was able to suggest cosmetic changes that would be cost- and time-effective such as refinishing the walls. One wall was given a slim brick façade and painted white, one was given horizontal wooden panels from floor to ceiling, some walls kept the existing concrete, and a few were covered in a palm print wallpaper. The process might have been more expensive and time consuming than the three had originally expected, but Autumn, Kari and Katie agree that the end result is well worth it. “On my end, it was a really rewarding experience working alongside Autumn and Kari, two very different women, each knowing what they want and what a business needs in order to succeed,” Katie shares. “And they happen to be humble, genuine, and kind at the same time.” –Lauren
Photographed by Belathée Photography