Its seems important to share how things evolve, this is from the first renderings of the Opuntia space. We want a design thats seamless from the indoor cafe to the outdoor patio so in later plans the front of the building became completely glass.
This is the future showroom of Solanges work, a garden to enjoy seamlessly with the interior.
Dreams of a 25 foot community table with amazing people all enjoying tea was the vision here, most introverts are talking us out of such things! We can do better than this in our narrow space, more thoughts on that soon.. The tea bar is there to stay!
Todd and Jeanna
Andres, Moushee, Solange and Raffi- where is Manouk?
Tom Easterson Bond -Trailhead Architect and his lovely wife Sarah
Shopping for interesting cacti in Tucson
Todd brought us back to the old stomping grounds for inspiration in San Francisco.
San Francisco food inspiration
Todd sampling teas at Samovar in San Fransisco
This is the new greenhouse attached to our house where I can propagate and collect plants for the cafe, Ive named it- my office.
First floor is poured in the cafe and this view will have glass walls shortly.
Opuntia blooming in the greenhouse
Walls being framed out for back storage and bathrooms
Todd and Kim Muller discussing the future kitchen. Kim is friend and has been consulting with us on the Opuntia menu- which will be fabulous!
rethinking terrariums with Patrick and Kayo
Stacey Neff and Patrick Morrissey are both glass artists and have been working with me in my attempt to reinvent glass terrariums. This is Kayo in Patricks studio today cooling off a piece just blown.
Opuntia is working with a friend and artist Cyruss McCray, to create a logo that looks human-handed and not so manufactured. This is one of the preliminary sketches.