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A Vegan Ice Cream Shop Sweetly Styled in Seattle, WA

by Lauren Chorpening

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 with the use of floor plans created by Atelier Drome Architects. 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

 

SHOP SOURCES
Wallpaper: House of Hackney, Palmeral
Cabinet Hardware: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., Greenwood pull
Pendant and sconce lighting: Triple Seven Home
Plant vases and containers: Flowers for the People
Bar stools: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., Utility Stool
Framed Artwork: Jenny Prinn
Canvas Artwork: Unknown
Framed Photos: Autumn Martin

PAINT COLORS
White: Benjamin Moore, Crisp Linen
Bright Orange: Benjamin Moore, Blazing Orange 2011-02
F and J Pink: Benjamin Moore, Coral Spice 2170-40
Light Pink: Benjamin Moore, Queen Anne Pink HC 60

BATHROOM SOURCES
Sink: Rejuvenation, Alape Bucket Sink
Faucet: Kohler, Purist Wall Faucet, brushed brass finish
Mirror: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., Higgins Mirror

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The blush concrete blocks, palm leaf wallpaper and brass mirror give an air of Palm Springs glam in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA.
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Fresh white paint makes the storefront stand out amongst the other brick shops on E. Union St.
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The pass-through over the counter and in the decorative concrete blocks allow the small space to feel open.
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The vegan ice cream is not only flavorful, it comes in bold, beautiful colors that fit the space perfectly.
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The bright orange door is the entrance to the prep kitchen. The color combinations in this space feel new and energizing.
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The most styling happens in these shelves. Autumn and Kari can switch out the decor as they like and it gives people in line something to admire while they wait.
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"Capitol Hill's energy and fan base is incomparable," Katie says. "Simply put, it's love of ice cream!"
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The hand sink and the service counter are neutral to set off the bright colors of Frankie & Jo's packaging.
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"The waffle cone prep area is situated above the colorful cabinets I custom designed for the space. Hardware is by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co," Katie shares.
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The brass mirror serves as the menu, bringing that Palm Springs glamor to Seattle.
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The existing concrete retaining wall was embraced by the team and concrete counters and concrete floors were added to mesh the materials together.
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Frankie & Jo's is styled with vignettes of plants and a few photographs on the walls. The simple decor helps the space really show off the beautiful details all around the shop.
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Bright scoops of ice cream pop off the neutral concrete walls.
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"For the wallcovering, we needed something timeless, bold, clean, and fresh all rolled into one," Katie says. "I knew immediately that House of Hackney's 'Palmeral' was the print for Frankie & Jo's, and by putting some of my selling skills to work, Autumn and Kari were on board not long after."
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"Timelines and budgets always seem to come into play, but overall, we are extremely happy with the result," Katie says.
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"Frankie & Jo's is hoping to incorporate operable windows for the warmer months," Katie says. "No one will be able to escape the amazing scent of Autumn's maple vanilla waffle cones!"
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"Frankie & Jo’s bathroom features a utility sink by Rejuvenation and brushed brass Kohler wall faucet," Katie shares.
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"Autumn and Kari set out to create an ice cream that is infused with pure, intentional and delicious flavor, while remaining free of any stabilizers or animal products," Katie notes.

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