Upon entering the newly remodeled Cutters Point in Gig Harbor, you may feel that you have stepped foot into a cozy sail loft or warehouse from 100 years ago. Beautiful reclaimed wood and rusted tin create an authentic, warm and welcoming place to gather and socialize. And the look and feel of the space directly reflect what Cutters Point aims to do; make a difference in a warm and welcoming way by enriching the lives of those in the community through coffee and relationships. The decision to remodel and rebrand was largely driven by this mission as well as owner Brooke Payne’s commitment to the community and coffee that he serves.
Read below to learn more about this exciting contract and design project!
A Brief History
The flagship location was first purchased by Brooke in 1995 shortly after it was rebuilt due to fire damage. Originally known as the Austin Chase coffee bar, the facility was rebranded as Cutters Point in 2001 and began offering premium, privately labeled, artisan-roasted coffee to the community.
Read more about the history, here.
In 2016, Brooke decided that it was time to revitalize the look and feel of the flagship location by seeking the help of Bargreen Ellingson Designer, Kira Schmeling, and Project Manager, Karl Sawyer. Together, they started with a loose concept which ultimately gave them the flexibility to be as creative as possible as they worked to revitalize the facility.
Owner Brooke Payne (far left) with Project Manager, Karl Sawyer, and Designer, Kira Schmeling in front of the original Cutters Point coffee roaster.
All in the Details
Choosing only natural, local materials like the reclaimed lumber that lines the interior of the space, the coffee shop has a warm and cozy quality to it. Every feature in the interior is new (or newly reclaimed). The rusted tin ceiling was salvaged from a barn in Buckley, while the flooring is all locally sourced from Port Orchard. Large bay windows keep the space bright and well-lit, and the swinging wood doors pull the rustic look together. A conference room space with sliding barn doors and accordion walls that open to the outside in the summer provide versatility and a great event space. Visit on Saturdays for live music!
Glance around the room and you will notice subtle details – an old-fashioned sailboat resting on the fireplace mantle, a reclaimed ladder for sales displays, loft windows above the rafters, and unfinished metal brackets on the wooden beams. Brooke and Kira worked hard to ensure that the interior was as authentic as the Cutters Point mission.
In addition to the front of the house design, product and equipment selection was just as important to the remodel. Karl helped facilitate with this by picking out items that would work best to support the newly expanded menu featuring beer, wine, and small plates.
Cutters Point entry.
Rusted tin from a Buckley barn.
Conference room with sliding barn doors.
Open for Business
During the construction phase, Cutters Point was closed for 6 weeks but remained open on one side – a smart decision that allowed them to make steady progress on the renovations while continuing to bring in revenue. On June 15th, the newly renovated space was opened to the public with an astounding turnout. According to Brooke, sales and business doubled and the response from the community was positive and well-received.
Cutters Point has 14 locations in the Puget Sound – Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Lacey, and beyond, and Brooke plans to continue revitalizing all locations. We can’t wait to see what is in store for the future!
Stop in and say hi to Brooke and the rest of the Cutters Point crew located on 5500 Olympic Drive
Gig Harbor , WA 98335.