Project Details



Noteables Liquor Store

Place: Charlottetown, PE
Program: Architecture/Commercial
Year: 2020

Noteables is the Island’s first specialty liquor store, retailing a unique selection of premium local and international products. The store is part of an open plan urban market within a historic building in downtown Charlottetown. Built in 1906 as a railway car fabrication and maintenance shop, the building features high ceilings, exposed steel beams, and large arched windows providing an airy space with generous natural light. The design seeks to blend modern architecture with the character of the original building.

A glazed perimeter wall defines Noteables from the rest of the urban market, providing separation without impeding on the flow of natural light. The store’s interior features a clean and modern interior palette of wood, steel and glass that harmonizes with original elements of the historic building.

The store is divided into two spaces: a retail area with a generous selection of wines and a small curated selection of spirits and beer, and a tasting room which allows for collaborations between the market and Noteables.

The open plan retail area is bright and airy. Wood shelving, slat walls and suspended wood panels above cash registers combine with a moss accent wall to create a natural and inviting aesthetic.

Tall brick archways signify the transition from the open retail area into the more intimate wine room. Wine is displayed around the perimeter of the room on wood shelving with vertical backlit sections to highlight select bottles. Steel hoop lighting is suspended above the custom wood gondola displays giving the sense of a lower ceiling. The main focal point within the room is a temperature controlled wine display showcasing the finest bottles in the store’s inventory.

Adjacent to the wine room and separated by a glazed door is the tasting room. Long tables stretch the width of the room, providing space for guests to sit during wine tastings and events. Opposing walls of glass and brick are connected by wood beams to unify the old and the new while also balancing the acoustics of the high ceilings.

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