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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)

Updated: Mar 1, 2018

CHAIN STORE AGE | April 11, 2017


Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s three-level outpost in historic Georgetown marries a contemporary design with the locale’s storied colonial past.


Designed by Peet’s in collaboration with MBH Architects, Alameda, Calif.,the modern interior reflects the expectations of the trendy, high-end district and utilizes a mix of dark bronze, wood and brick materials. Custom painting by a local artist and a green “living” wall that extends from the mezzanine to the community gathering space on the third level area” reinforces Peet’s as a retail destination.


The age of the building and heavy usage by previous operators meant that the structure and utilities of the building were in deteriorating condition. To accommodate this, MBH replaced large portions of the roof for the building’s infrastructure and conducted extensive restoration of the existing exposed brick finishes at the interior and historic building facade, allowing the storefront to blend with the rest of the neighborhood.


Based in Emeryville, Calif., the 400-store Peet’s is owned by JAB Holdings Co., which recently acquired Panera Bread.


Photos courtesy of Paul Burk


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