Shop Tour

10 Green Storefronts That Will Stop You In Your Tracks

by Erin Austen Abbott

As a shop owner, I actively seek out storefronts and restaurants when I travel. I love to see what each city or town that I visit has to offer. With each retail location, I’m drawn to the design, the way the shelves are merchandized, the brand itself or all of the above. I often dream about going on different trips just to photograph storefronts. I’ve gone out of my way in New Orleans, Nashville, Vancouver, New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, just to get one image of a building. Even as a child on my first trip to New York City when I was nine, I took pictures of sandwich shops in Mid-town and retail shops in the West Village.

I don’t know what it is about the color green, but I am fully drawn to it over any other color. The logo for my own shop is mint green and I don’t see myself changing it anytime soon. With my love of storefront design and the color green, it only seemed fitting to show you 10 green storefronts that I wish I could visit right now. So while we can’t all travel, I wanted to bring the walking tour to you. Enjoy! —Erin

Image above of Labour and Wait captured by by 70percentpure.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

London’s Labour and Wait is stunning with the rich, emerald green subway tile.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Dukes Coffee Roasters in Melbourne, Australia mixes hunter green with a gold painted window logo for a beautiful pairing. The image was found on Flamingo Moon — they have some of the interior shots as well. Visit here to get a closer view.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Boston real estate agent William Raveis’ mint green office fits so nicely contrasting with the red brick surrounding it.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

New York City’s Soho neighborhood staple, Vesuvio Bakery, was one of the most iconic storefronts in NYC until it closed and reopened as Birdbath Bakery. Fortunately, the current tenants kept the exterior exactly the same.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Nestled into a row of residential homes in San Fransisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood is Hollow, a coffee shop. Cute and quaint, with an inviting green.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Welcome to Berlin’s Voo Store. With a mix of green and white subway tiles, this store would have me going out of my way to visit it.


Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Off the beaten path in a sweet neighborhood sits Le Marche St. George, in Vancouver, B.C. Part mercantile, part cafe, it’s truly a neighborhood meeting place.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Central Hotel & Cafe is perhaps the cutest little place in Copenhagen, Denmark. There are five seats inside and one hotel room. That pop of green upstairs is perfect!

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

Zurich, Switzerland’s AFROD’OR is a sweet little shop specializing in goods made in Africa. Image found here.

Green Storefront Roundup on Design*Sponge

London’s SoHo Lina Stores is the city’s oldest Italian delicatessen. With the bright green tiles and mint and white stripes, I’m smitten with this storefront.

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  • The second floor in number 3 is an amazing stained glass repair shop that has been in the building forever. This Old House did a feature on them.

    Thanks for posting a picture from little old Boston!