Halloween is almost upon us, and with it the ubiquitous “Trick or Treat!” of younger voices. At once both a request and an implied demand / threat, it’s also a sign of the season and a reminder of the joy of childhood!
Our neighborhood seems to have gotten more and more popular for trick-or-treaters over the years. What was once an hour-long event is now an entire evening.
The parade of celebrants is also much more predictable – although that may just be because I’m paying more attention! The parents with toddlers and pre-school children arrive first at dusk. Then the 5-to-8 year olds, with their parents at the foot of the steps to our front porch. The 9-to-12 year olds are next. Lastly the adolescents arrive, sometimes with gruesome masks and quickly created outfits, sometimes with lifelike masks from a Halloween store. A particular memory is a small group of 13-and-14-year-old girls dressed in patriotic red-white-&-blue in the midst of other groups of zombies.
Lastly, there are the small groups of VERY LARGE high school guys in street clothes (no costumes) with their VERY LARGE bags for candy. When they say “trick-or-treat”, one gets the idea that a few small pieces of extorted candy can keep your home and property safe for the coming year!
Herrington Architects has had many opportunities to work on projects that were a real treat – whether because the building type was new for us, or perhaps simply because the client’s representatives were pleasant, the contractor was responsive, and the entire process was a real joy!
We’ve also had an opportunity to work on a project that was all about “treats”. A few years ago we were approached by a couple who wanted to create a frozen yogurt shop in Birmingham. Their concept also called for upscale desserts and other treats, such as gelato, brownies and cookies, chocolates, and other assorted goodies! The result – YOLO Dessert Bar – presented a wonderful array of desserts in a popular and convenient venue.
Herrington Architects is pleased to have worked with YOLO to make this vision a reality!
Project Profile – YOLO Dessert Bar
Formerly located in Colonial Brookwood Village in Birmingham, Alabama, YOLO (“you only live once”) Dessert Bar benefitted from tandem entrances – toward the street and to the enclosed shopping mall. The 52-seat restaurant highlighted 16 frozen yogurt flavors with both hot and cold toppings. The concept restaurant expanded on the frozen yogurt craze to offer gelato, cakes, cupcakes, candies, and lighter lunch fare. The seating extended to the broad sidewalk in front of YOLO, instantly expanding its appeal to customers.
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