Creating A More Inviting Business

No matter what business you are in, there is probably something you could be doing to make it more attractive to customers. Here are a few things to consider for your business.

Improved Lighting

There are so many attractive ways to light up your store front, walkways, or create an interesting light accent for a sign or outdoor features such as a statue or fountain. ALD can help you create the perfect lighting plan for your business. Sure you could put up a few lights yourself but custom lighting will be a more attractive fit for your business and will last longer. ALD only uses the highest quality lighting for lasting results. LED low voltage lighting means you will barely notice anything on your power bill but will have lighting to make your business safer for customers as well.

During the winter months when days are shorter, lighting can make it a lot more pleasant to be at your establishment. More decorative lighting can make your business stand out from the rest. Increasing visibility is proven to maximize sales.

Sculptures And Water Features

Statues and fountains can add a lot to a store front or entryway. ALD can help you find the perfect statue and other décor for your business. You may be surprised just how many options we can offer you. If you have a particular idea, then let us know, and we will get to work finding exactly what you want. If you want something that is entirely custom made then no worries because we have you covered. There are many suppliers that can custom make statuary and other items create a display that no one else has.

Stone Signs

Why have wood, plastic, or metal sign when you can have a custom engraved stone one for your business front? Stone offers permanent signage that stands up to the harshest conditions. If you are looking for something that is different than ask us about stone signs. If you already have your main sign and want to keep it then consider stone welcome signs or messages.

Inspirational quotes are a very popular thing to have engraved on stone signs. If you have a counseling center, for example, an engraved quote could offer those seeking help some reassurance that they have come to the right place.

Edible Landscaping

Landscaping that offers beauty, charm and something delicious to eat, has increased a lot in popularity over the years. At Architectural Landscape Design we have experience creating realistic edible landscapes. You don’t have to have solely edible landscaping but growing some food for your local food bank or homeless shelter can show you care about the environment and those that are less fortunate in the community.

Fruit trees and grape vines that are cold hardy are just a few of the options. Here are a few combined ideas for edible landscapes.

Grape Arbor

Did you know that there are some very high-quality grapes that can be grown in Minnesota? A grape arbor can be a gorgeous entryway or can even be made large enough to have a bench or seating area underneath. If your business has a patio for dining or just relaxing, then a grape arbor will provide shade and comfort during the hotter months of the year. Grape arbors can yield a lot of grapes over the years.

Pagoda style arbors are already popular. Why not grow some beauty on it with a few grape vines?

Cold hardy varieties such as Marquette, Frontenac, America, and others are good choices for maximum growth. Other options are out there. The most important thing is to choose a grape that can handle the low temperatures you have in your area.

Dwarf And Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees

For most landscaping needs, especially those closer to buildings, a smaller fruit tree is going to be the best option. Dwarf fruit trees get to be 8-10 ft in height while semi-dwarf fruit trees are 12-15 ft. Trees provide shade and beauty, and you can landscape further underneath them.

Outdoor Or Indoor Ovens For Restaurants

If you have a catering business or a restaurant then why not consider an outdoor cooking space or patio area. If you choose, you can have the feel of the outdoors with a covering such as an awning. Indoor ovens for cooking pizza look beautiful and can be the centerpiece of a restaurant.

Wood fired cooking is one of the hottest trends in the restaurant industry, so if you are not into it, then you could very well be losing money. ALD can build a custom oven that will stand the test of time. Imagine how much everyone will love the native stones used in your eating establishment?

Patios And Walkways

Having a nice place for people to sit is essential in the restaurant industry. If you want to create a more inviting space to eat during the warmer months, then a patio can be a lovely way to accomplish this. A patio can be made in so many styles that there is sure to be one that suits your building and decorating style.

Flagstone and cobblestone are wonderful to walk on, and they are permanent. This means no more loose gravel or other debris to deal with as you approach your business. Any debris is easily seen and swept away, and you don’t have to worry about tracking small gravel onto your floor.

Making A Plan

Small improvements lead to big ones. All of the ideas discussed here can help, but they don’t have to all be done at once. Prioritizing improvements are important when budgeting for business. Walkways, paths, and signage are likely going to be the priority because of ease of access and recognition. Planning out landscaping around the major pathways is a next logical step. Contact us today to get started improving the look and feel of your storefront.