Design firm opens in old Sweet Jane space

The paper has come off the windows and husband and wife team Eric Botel-Barnard and Diana Barnard are now working full time in the PARC-owned storefront at 1820 E. Passyunk Ave.

See the teeny, tiny sign?
Their design and video-production firm Pattern + Motion, which we told you about early last month, was previously located on Walnut Street in Center City. The neighborhood residents gave that up, though, in exchange for an easy commute (three whole blocks, now).

We’ve already sat down with the design duo, and later this week, we’ll tell you a little more about them and their plans for their display windows. Sam Sherman at PARC said they were planning to install video screens to enliven the streetscape, but that idea is still evolving.

Meanwhile, it’s been a busy week for the office market around East Passyunk, with the news that a lawyer also pulled up stakes from Center City for an office on the avenue, South Philly’s first coworking space opened and the King of Jeans developer added office space to his plans.

Diversifying the retail mix on the avenue has been one of PARC’s goals, for at least two reasons: Passyunk needs street life during the day, too, and no one wants another South Street of all bars and restaurants. Stay tuned for even more office-related action to come.

What do you think about storefront office space? Yay or nay?

3 thoughts on “Design firm opens in old Sweet Jane space

  • September 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Although additional office space in the area is great, I hope we see very limited additions of it on the first floor.

  • September 25, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Then you might not like what’s to come. We’re trying to track down info on two other storefront office conversions right now.

  • September 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I kinda agree with David G. Quality retail space is in relatively limited supply on the Avenue. I would much rather see a 2nd or 3rd floor conversion into office space along the avenue.

    That being said, this particular instance is rather nice in that they have a pretty nice window display. The addition of lighting and/or video would be fun, also.

    However as a trend, I don’t particularly like the idea of a 9-5 business taking over retail space.

    Now a design studio that also sold interior design related accessories (i.e. candle holders dishes, etc) would do really well. I’m envisioning something like the famed Design Research from Cambridge in the 60s/70s, maybe a bit more afordable.

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