Name: Tamara Brink and Jessica Dolgan / The Humble Pie Store
Location: Baker Neighborhood, Denver, Colorado
Size: 1500 square feet
Years occupied: 8 months
Remember in elementary school, how there were those chicks who were (crazy) good at everything? I mean, they could paint, rock the perfect outfit everyday, nail the crazy math problem on the chalkboard, and even show up the boys in kickball? Well, this is how I envision little Tamara and Jessica as grade schoolers, and now they're the owners of the new, community reviving local pie shop in the Baker district. With the talent of two entrepreneurial powerhouses, these two ladies show us how to design, renovate, style, and revive what was once an old convenience store into a bustling, community gathering hotspot.
Former art teacher/fine art painter Tamara and local psychologist/software company owner Jessica merged their loves for comfort food and baking by launching a mid-life adventure called The Humble Pie Store. The store not only represents a change in their lives, but also a new beginning for the Baker neighborhood. A neglected store front received quite the renovation when these two teamed up, gutting its core, repurposing what they could, and creating a shop that was warm, rustic, and chic. Not wanting to follow predictable precedents, Tamara and Jessica decided to skip over the expected 1950s gingham and checks inspired style and move forward with a design they like to call "urban country," with a European flair. "We wanted it to feel more like a meat and pie shop from the 1700s in London," Jessica says. So just how did these two take what was practically a blank canvas and create a space with such warmth and character? They started by exposing the historical brick hidden behind the main back wall, created a old barn wood accent wall, and filled the space with one of a kind furniture and decor pieces sourced from countless days at local antique stores and salvage yards.
A large scroll of brown butcher paper anchors the storefront's back wall and features the artwork of local illustrator Paul Michel, as well as the sweet and savory specials of the week. If you walk into the Humble Pie Store, you will no doubt have to try one of their incredible pies coupled with some of the best coffee in town. Stay a while and you will probably overhear a local retelling stories of the building's somewhat shady past and how happy they are to have such a wonderful, community-supporting shop in its place. Stay long enough to savor every last spoonful of goodness and you will probably get the urge to go scavenge local estate sales to find some buried treasure for yourself.
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Resources of Note:
- Floors: Minwax 50/50 mix Weathered Grey and Classic Grey
- Dining area: Behr Silky White Grey wall: Behr Trout Grey
- Tables and Bar and wood wall: //elevatedstateofdesign.com/
- Pastry Case Vinyl and Wall menu: Duc Huynh, friend.
- Butcher block paper and roll: Ebay
- Butcher block art: (massive pie slice illustration)- the oh so talented Paul Michel //www.etsy.com/shop/MountainvsPlains
- Chairs and Stools www.overstock.com
- Antique windows on Brown display: //eronjohnsonantiques.com/
- Canning Jars: Ace Hardware
- Dishes (plates, silverware, saucers) Thrifted
- Grey Coffee Mugs: Ikea
- Lighting above pastry case: www.barnyardlighting.com
- Paint: Behr Yellow Lichen and Behr Spicy Mustard
- Mirror: Queen City Salvage
- Vinyl decals on Door: Duc Huynh, friend.
SHOP FURNITURE & DECOR
Thanks, Tamara & Jessica!
(Images: Kathryn Bacalis)
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