8th & Berry Wine & Spirits came to DCi in early 2021 from a lifelong client and friend of DCi and T.W. Frierson. The 21,375 square foot building was constructed in the 1960’s as an automotive tire shop and housed a number of different businesses before it’s last use as a home furnishings retailer in 2020.
The building sits in a perfect location in the 8th Avenue and Berry Drive area of the Melrose neighborhood, and is surrounded by the Brand Apartments project that is nearing completion.
DCi teamed with a retail consultant and interior design firm to design an 18,375 square foot best-in-class wine and spirits store, complete with a wine tasting/events room, beer tasting bar and specialty cigar retail area with walk in humidor.
Throughout, the industrial character of the building was emphasized and celebrated, and the interior fixtures and finishes carry on the theme with natural wood and mild steel finishes.
On the building exterior, formerly infilled windows were reopened, and three former dock doors were transformed with roll up glass garage doors. The doors connect to a 1,000 square foot covered lounge area inside the footprint of the original building, which will be used as a vestibule between the wine and spirits store and a 2,000 square foot coffee shop. The covered lounge will provide a year-round place to enjoy a cup of coffee, glass of beer or fine cigar.
Project designed by Ben Carraway