Store Crashing: Gelati Celesti

We’ve only store crashed a few times (like this cute local kids consignment shop or this office crashing from Charlotte) but when a local ice cream store called Gelati Celesti opened up in our neighborhood, not only was the ice cream pretty darn good, so was the design. In fact, we actually thought a lot of it could translate into someone’s home (so it’s not just a “commercial” look that you can’t implement in your own kitchen). Let’s have a look around on this fine Wednesday afternoon, shall we?

When you walk in the awesome black-framed doors surrounded by black-framed windows and look to the left, there’s a rustic whitewashed plank wall with a prep area full of fun mint-green penny tiles. The hilarious thing is that after chatting up the owner he revealed he had seen our kitchen and that’s how he had chosen the penny tile, although he opted for the fun mint color. It’s such a small world. But we’ll get to showing you more of the awesome penny tiled area in a second. First lets linger on those marble counters. Veiny and delicious, eh?

So if you’re brainstorming kitchen pairings, we think the dark chocolate concrete floors with the light marble counters and the penny tile mixed with those rustic wood plank walls are a pretty smokin’ combo. Especially when paired with a pop of peachy coral (in the sign) and those awesome glass-jug lights above the serving area. Maybe skip any giant freezers full of ice cream in the center of your kitchen though. Wait, but on second thought, I think a giant freezer full of ice cream in the center of a kitchen could be pretty amazing…

Here’s a closer shot at that awesome salmon colored sign (the bottom ten squares are chalkboard paint so they can write in new flavors) and the mint green penny tile. Me-ow, right?

Let’s get closer. Who’s craving a big ol’ cone? Just me?

This is the other side of the room, which is full of industrial metal + wood tables and chairs along with more of those awesome glass-jugs-turned-pendant-lights. And now you can see more of those giant black-trimmed windows that let in lots of light and seem to work really well with the industrial concrete floors. So painting your kitchen window sashes black in a kitchen with white cabs, dark floors, and colorful tile could be awesome. And check out that sign in the back…

I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s a close up of those awesome jar pendants. I totally didn’t stand on a chair to get this picture. Nope, wasn’t me.

Here are a few more seating details for you, just in case the metal + wood + stripe of darker wood bench gives you any ideas – maybe for a breakfast nook or a banquette? I’ve heard that built in benches can save space (you can place a table much closer to a wall than you would if it had pull-out chairs) so maybe it could work for your kitchen?

Of course this trip wasn’t all business. A girl’s gotta eat! For any locals, you HAVE to get “Just Ask” (it’s white chocolate ice cream with peanut butter and Oreos). In other words, IT WILL BLOW YOUR FREAKING MIND.

Sorry for the caps. It’s that good. And Clara’s pretty into their cake batter variety too. So there you have a rare little store crashing installment. Have you been to any stores that have actually inspired you when it comes to things you could do to your own home? It’s amazing how many things might be applicable if you keep an eye out. Oh and the owner asked if we could shout out the designer and construction crew that made his store possible, and you know we love giving props and sharing the local love, so for anyone else looking for help, the designer was Fraser Design Associates and the construction was done by THS Construction.

Psst- Wanna see everything we’ve crashed? Your wish is my command (just click here).


  1. says

    I love this space! Believe it or not but our local Starbucks is actually pretty impressive in the design department. There is a lot of mixed natural wood tones that my husband and I love. On another note, that “just ask” ice cream looks amazing! I actually have some homemade white chocolate custard waiting to be churned, I may just have to add in peanut butter and Oreos now!

  2. Lindsey says

    I’m gathering ideas for my future kitchen overhaul, and I don’t know why the combo of dark floors, white cabinets, black window sashes, and colorful tile never jumped out at me before. It’s so simple! So genius! I guess it just took this post to spell it out for me. :-)

  3. says

    Woo Hoo for the Albuquerque, NM dairy milk bottle!!!! That’s almost home. *yes, when you live in a big empty state you will consider somewhere 200 miles away home because there really isn’t anything in between home and ABQ. I have a small milk bottle collection from local dairies. Wish I had that one! And yes, now I want ice cream. <3 ya!

  4. says

    Awesome store crashing!

    If you are ever in the Pittsburgh area, you need to visit Sarris’s for the chocolate and old fashioned ice cream parlor. It’s amazing! It’s beautiful! Plus they have a chocolate castle at times in the main store (many feet high and wide, behind glass).

    Another place for divine ice cream is Burch Creek Mercantile in Ogden, Utah. The store isn’t as classy and store crashing worth as Sarris, but the ice cream comes from just up the road (Farr West- home to Farr West ice cream).

  5. says

    Oh I’ve given up sugar for Lent (and I’m in Australia) but man am I craving some!! A sugar free chai will have to do.

    I loved you spelling out the obvious – a built in bench seat will mean you need less space on one side of the table. You’ve just sparked a plan… something until now I’d never thought about – genius you are!

  6. says

    I love the “Without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos” poster! Where did they find it? I’ve seen it before and looked online, but couldn’t find that exact print. Love the blog by the way, been am avid and dedicated reader since way back in 2010 :).

    • says

      Hope they drop in with that info! I know they had it made and shipped to them, but I’m not sure if it’s from a place that you and I could shop as well (or if it was designed just for them). They should totally sell prints and shirts of it though – they’d make a killing!


  7. Kendra says

    There’s a Gelati Celesti in southside now?!?! How did I miss this? I grew up on their chocolate peanut butter ice cream from their west end store. Delicious!! The shop looks amazing. I now need to find out the exact location and wait for this stupid snow to melt so I can go get some yumminess (if that’s even a word). I love, love, love the penny tile!

  8. says

    So fun you crashed this place! When we lived in Richmond, we ventured over there with some friends one night and I, like y’all, was totally blown away by the awesome decor! Makes me want some ice cream right now…so so good.

  9. says

    I know you’ve done similar posts to this for tv shows but the show that I’ve been coveting lately for its set design is House of Cards – that Netflix series. They have the best sets. I could live there! I wish I could find more photos of them online.

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