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Contemporary Cafe-Barber Shops

This Store by StudioAC Features a Black & White Palette

— November 12, 2018 — Art & Design
Local design firm StudioAC arranges the interior for this cafe-barber shop in Toronto's West End neighborhood. The focus is placed on creating a unified minimalist space that clearly and cleverly separates the dual functionality of the business.

The space carries a sleekly modern, polished industrial aesthetic. The layout of the hybrid store is L-shaped and therefore, StudioAC puts the cafe in the front and the barber service in the back. The interior is made to be affordable and open. The natural light that floods the space during the daytime is meticulously balanced by the black corrugated metal countertop. Although divided, the concrete countertop of this key piece of furniture is what unifies the cafe-barber shop — the countertop extends to the back of the space where it "acts as a ledge for barber stations."

Photo Credits: Andrew Snow
Trend Themes
1. Cafe-barber Shop Hybrid - Opportunity to create more cafe-barber shop hybrids and capitalize on the growing trend of combining complementary services in one space.
2. Minimalist Interior Design - Opportunity for businesses to embrace minimalist design and create a unified, functional space that can accommodate multiple services.
3. Affordable Design - Opportunity to explore more affordable design strategies that don't compromise on style, with a focus on optimizing layout and functionality.
Industry Implications
1. Cafe Industry - Cafes can benefit from incorporating complementary services like barbering, allowing them to capitalize on multiple revenue streams and attract a wider customer base.
2. Barber Shop Industry - Barber shops can benefit from adding complementary services like cafes, which can increase foot traffic and provide additional sources of revenue.
3. Interior Design Industry - Opportunity for interior design firms to specialize in creating functional spaces that combine complementary services, with a focus on slick design and cost-effective solutions.
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