Hi-Lo Liquor

  • Location
    Culver City
  • Type
    Commercial
  • Status
    Completed 2013
  • Site
    Flat 0-5% Slope
  • Size
    1,600 SF
  • Budget
    $250,000

A Neighborhood Upgrade, For The Everyman and the Connoisseur Alike.

Friends of M+ and owners of Pharmacie, Chris and Talmadge came to us for a collaboration. While they are the brains behind the operation, we composed the physical concept for the space; an established convenience market with a broad spectrum of modest as well as high-end liquor. From affordable, quality Kentucky whiskeys to small-batch wines and seasonal cult beers, plus, a revolving selection of uniquely curated, heritage sundries, this was a space that needed defining.

With an entity full of contrasts and contradictions, we employed a European storefront with a slightly more bold and elevated design, and a very paired down, utilitarian interior to iterate HiLo’s literal purpose. Brass gilded sconce and mail slot details add classic layers, while hand-painted signage doles out a helping of earnest humility. Greeted by the tiled-in motto, “drink well,” guests immediately feel the shops pragmatic modernity, and airy, exposed white beams keep the space open and breathing. Ahh.

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