(This is an excerpt from my article “The Room Upstairs,” which was published in ClicktheCity.com last November 8, 2010)
The proliferation of coffee shops in the metro makes it difficult for one to stand out among all the others, especially the cafés with the big, green umbrellas dominating the scene. One has to be really special to be noticeable. Such is the case of The Room Upstairs, which is an all-in-one design-retail-coffee shop—probably the only one in the whole city.
This idea came about with the merging of two passions. The husband and wife team of Ari and Pinky Peralta combined their interests in food, as well as furniture and interior design, respectively. I had a chance of setting foot on the store recently, thanks to the generous lunch invitation from the couple, and the store’s marketing head Karla Licuanan. Even if The Room Upstairs has been around since 2006, it was my first time to check it out and to try their café specialties.
The design space
At first glance, the store’s interior might look intimidating with its fine furniture pieces and home accessories. But as I stepped inside, I noticed that some people were seated at the dining sets that were on display. Apparently, the store uses some of the sets for its café customers and furniture clients. It’s not the typical furniture store where most of the items have a sign that says “For display only”; people can actually touch and feel the display items in The Room Upstairs. I chose a table that was near the café counter and settled there so I can get an almost full view of the space.
While I settled down and waited for my hosts to join me for lunch, I glanced around the room and observed the pieces on display. I saw a couple of elegant chandeliers, classy living room and dining sets, lovely lamps, magnificent mirrors, and other modern-looking décor that would make any home fashionable. I thought that it was a really nice setting for my lunch that day.
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