A Storefront Renovation We Love: Summers Juice & Coffee

(Source: Angelica Domingo/Lonny)
The vibe is friendly and easy-going at Summers, a new juice and coffee shop in Brooklyn, New York's Williamsburg neighborhood. The same can be said for the store's interior, which was a labor of love for owners Christopher Taha and Alex Kleinberg. The duo enlisted Steffan Elzinga—a contractor friend and owner of WOOD Mgmt.—and set to work gutting and rebuilding a 50-year-old bodega with their own hands. The result? Adorable, as you can see in the image above. Read on for a few of the details behind the process.

(Source: Summers)
According to Taha, converting the old storefront into the new was a challenge, not least because neither Alex nor Christopher had previous experience in construction or major demolition work. "With the 50-year-old bodega came 50 years of paint, plaster, and layer upon layer of various floorings," says Taha. "Nothing was even or level. Walls were crooked, the drywall had holes, and the ceiling was sinking."

But with Elzinga's help, they were happy to uncover a few gems throughout the process: there was exposed brick hidden behind a plaster wall, a large window beneath the drywall, and more space than they had anticipated once all the junk was removed.

(Source: Summers)
Before long, everything began coming together. "I come from a family of interior designers and artists and Alex went to Pratt," says Taha. "Together we have a good eye for aesthetics." His favorite redesign element? The herringbone wood ceiling and matching bar base, made with wooden fence planks sourced from a woman in upstate New York and purchased on Craigslist. I'm obsessed!

(Source: Summers)
"We did everything ourselves, from the concept and layout to pouring the concrete floors and assembling the ceiling," says Taha. "Steffan made our concepts reality and came up with the details that made the space look finished and tight." If you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the redesign for yourself.
(Source: Angelica Domingo/Lonny)
(Source: Angelica Domingo/Lonny)
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