Curb Appeal Updated at Maxie B’s

19 Aug

Business curb appeal should not be ignored. What is in the interior of your business should gently flow to the outdoors. Landscape design is an important factor in creating a positive first impression.

Because Maxie B’s offers wedding cakes and other sweet goodies year round, the curb appeal should also look good year round.

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Curb appeal does not mean solely installing plants. Many other details make up an excellent first impression. Toule was added to the underside of the roof and a rustic trellis on the wall space.


Very earthy elements repeat the elements of the interior space.

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The wall is the perfect spot for something special. A hand-made chicken wire trellis was constructed from cedar and other natural elements.


Because this is a small space, small details were addressed. The centerpiece vase was highlighted by the surrounding sea shells.


The colors used in this design were brown, cream, gold and white, with a touch of rusty red.


A no smoking sign was created with a piece of bark, gold beads, twine, moss and glue.


The sweet potato vine grows quickly, so it covered the chicken wire cone very fast.

Other plant material used were:


A glass wind chime was hung by the door for visitors to enjoy as they are walking through.

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Several small details can make a giant impact. If you have a successful business on the inside, don’t you want to give the same impression on the exterior?

I had fun with this shabby chic and rustic design style.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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One response to “Curb Appeal Updated at Maxie B’s

  1. Roch101

    August 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Great job! I often grab a sandwich from the next door Quizno’s and it was a long time before I realized that Maxie B’s was an eat-in kind of place. For the longest time I thought it was the kind of place where one would go only to order wedding cakes, not to eat a single serving desert. Your addition of outdoor seating goes a long way to rectifying that misperception.

    If you want to pass it along, I have another suggestion for the owners: rework the window display. People driving/walking by are not going to order a cake on impulse, but they might a single serving desert. Promote the beautiful cakes on the web, brochures, though wedding planners and shows. Use the window to draw in those already in proximity. Put a case in the window showing some cookies, tarts, pieces of cakes, etc, and light it well — you know, tempt us!

    It is the nature of the shopping center and Maxie B’s indoor lighting that make it usually hard to see inside — as a result, the place looks sleepy or even closed. A lighted case in the window, maybe even an “Open” sign or “Hot Coffee” sign — something to make the place look a little more alive, would bring more foot traffic.

    That is all. Again, good job in recognizing a problem and helping to rectify it.


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