Preferring a boutique experience over the traditional liquor store, the Owner for Imbibe wanted to offer an expertly curated selection of wine, spirits, and beer combined with excellent service and a deep knowledge of drink.
The existing building, located in Chattanooga’s southside, offers 8,500 square feet of open space with concrete floors, exposed steel trusses, and an upper clerestory. With a dark gray exterior, the wood at the windows and barn door entry create a warm welcome.
The focus of the design was to highlight the product with an expansive perimeter wall of custom wood shelving nearly 12 feet high, complete with a library ladder for staff access. A tasting bar at the entry serves as a gathering point where patrons can sample various drinks and learn about their origin and composition. Warm wood shelving defines various other areas including a 20-tap growler bar, cold wine room, and checkout area. Beyond the main open area is back of house storage, a conference room, and an upper mezzanine office overlooking the space below.