The owners wanted to create an authentic tropical feel as well as functional retail space within a tight budget. A desire for a real bamboo ceiling with hand-scraped beams was not in their budget so a specialty painter hand-painted the existing ceiling to mimic the desired look. Bamboo instead was used extensively for accent pieces and finishes to extend the look. The tea display and bar layout were presented to the client on the floor so they could get a better sense of the space and make design changes before construction began. This allowed them to determine whether staff could move efficiently within the space to reach the supplies and appliances they needed easily.