One thing I miss most about living on the East Coast is seeing brick interiors. If I were opening a place in Oakland, I would follow the brilliant example set by the Flirty Cupcakes shop in Chicago and expose as much brick as possible. Renovated by architect Matt Nardella of Moss Design, this new space has incredible warmth, charm and history. I love the contrast of the clean, smoothly tiled display cases and the rough salvaged pieces. The candy-colored oven door display on the wall is just the icing on this already delectable cupcake (shop). Congrats on the new space, Emily! — Kate
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Time: The design and permitting process took about 2 months. The actual construction took 2.5 months. We had been helping Flirty Cupcakes assess potential locations for 5 months prior to selecting this one.
Cost: Approximately $35,000
Basic Steps: By spending some time researching, we knew the building had some interesting historical features that were covered up by years of previous uninspiring remodels, like the stained glass window and masonry walls. The first order of business, though, was carefully scaling back the extent of interior walls and obstructions to allow for natural light into the formerly dark back seating area.
We tied the history of the building with the nostalgia of historic Chicago bakeries and garage spaces (which relates to Flirty’s food truck side of the business). The client had been collecting some furniture pieces over the years, which we integrated into the architecture of the space. The clean and modern design of the cupcake display (which doubles as the check-out counter) was meant to contrast with the more rugged quality of the exposed masonry and Corten steel elements. We also sourced reclaimed oven doors to create an “oven door mosaic” on the back wall. The lighting is a combination of reclaimed and found industrial fixtures.
Downlights/Directionals: WAC, Tech Lighting
Front area pendants: Schoolhouse Electric
Tin wall covering: Reclaimed
Window trim: Stained oak