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8 Tips for Enhancing the Customer Experience in Your Restaurant

For veterans of the restaurant industry, it’s a well-known fact the market is shifting. Sales at chain restaurants are dropping, and customers are looking for something different. Not just a quick bite out, but a genuine, authentic dining ‘experience.’

 

How Can Your Transform Each Transaction into an ‘Experience?’
Like your consumers, you’ll need to shift your focus, thinking beyond the ‘things’ in the transaction (the meat and potatoes) to zoom-in and out on what surrounds those things: The experience. Doing this will help your business stand out to customers and keep them coming back. Zoom-In

  • Think Local
    Consider ways you can infuse the local element into your restaurant atmosphere. Customers prefer to support local businesses, from local restaurants, to locally-sourced food and fare. Noting locally-sourced food and items on a menu or announcement board helps customers connect with the food on their plates, and connect your restaurant with their community. Store local fruits and veggies in plain-sight. Display the works of local artists or pictures featuring regionally-inspired designs. Take advantage of a stellar surrounding landscape with the addition of an outdoor dining space.
  • Be Community-Minded
    Today’s customers are yearning to connect with others and the community. Create a positive persona, supporting or hosting community events during those times when patrons are few. Or add your own events, such as morning yoga or a weekly evening wine and canvas event on your patio or lawn.
  • Get to Know Your Customer
    Envision the type of customer you want to attract and tailor your atmosphere to them. Customers spend their time based on how a place makes them feel.
  • Create a Sense of Belonging
    Customers who feel like they belong will return more often.

 

Zoom-Out

  • Enhance Curb Appeal
    Look at your business from a ‘drive-by’ perspective. At glance, does it look interesting, fun, or engaging, inspiring potential patrons to check it out? The exterior of your business is an advertisement for what’s housed within.
  • Think Outside the Box
    Nothing offers an experience like al fresco dining. The ultimate dining trend, festive outdoor locales stimulate the senses, invigorating patrons, and inspiring food and drink indulgences as a means of escape outside the typical weekly monotony. Creating a winning outdoor dining space  gives customers what they want, a connection with Mother Nature, their community, and their food. When incorporated with an adjustable aluminum pergola, customers can consistently receive unfettered access, yet still maintain the respite of sun and rain shelter at the touch of a button.
  • Create an Ambiance
    Instill your restaurant with a cohesive ambiance with a unified, genuine theme. A ‘canned’ atmosphere will not work for those seeking a unique dining experience. Though things like cozy seating, a fireplace centerpiece, an edible garden, or local art display won’t be applicable in every scenario, your aim should be a space with a unified theme, be it in design, mission statement, or idea. Things that spark conversation, interest or ‘buzz’ are ideal.
  • Don’t Sidestep Comfort for Cost
    Put yourself in your customer’s shoes: How long will you stay, and how often will you revisit, a restaurant with the most wobbly, hard, sticky chairs on the planet? If your sole focus is cost, your ‘experience’ will be sorely lacking. Enhance comfort and ambiance with carefully thought-out additions, such as…

    • Comfortable Furnishings
      Warm, inviting, ergonomic furnishings and tasteful tableware showcase your restaurant’s reputation for quality, adding to the experience, upholding the average check, and keeping customers coming back for more.
    • A Mindful Design
      Minimize bad tables and a ruined experience with a careful look at furnishing function and layout, eliminating seating near doorways, the kitchen, and restrooms. Avoid crowding tables or creating serving and traffic snafus.
    • Comfort Control Additions
      The addition of an adjustable aluminum pergola allows your business to make the most of any weather situation, extending patron space and enhancing the experience with 170-degrees of rotational flexibility to provide shade, leak-free rain protection, or sun access and sky view. Integrated rain or wind sensors allow for easy operation on-demand, reducing staff responsibilities, and preventing customers from scrambling when inclement weather hits. Integrated fans create a space that feels up to 30-degrees cooler in the summer heat, and patio heaters and fireplaces provide warmth and ambiance on those chilly fall days. Integrated motorized screens eliminate pest concerns, helping safeguard highly-coveted outdoor dining experiences.

 

Make the most of all of your available space, indoor and out, creating an amazing dining experience for your clients. Schedule a complimentary design consultation, uncovering winning solutions for your restaurant’s unique brand and space. Contact Denver pergolas today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/8-tips-for-enhancing-the-customer-experience-in-your-restaurant/

 

 

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden Space with a Pergola

Newly created outdoor living space feel like something is missing? An outdoor living space without a pergola is like a living or dining room without a roof: Missing the beauty and function of an integral asset.

 

The Simple Addition of a Pergola has Transformative Potential
How can you make more of your outdoor space with a pergola?

  • Extend Use
    Take advantage of the outdoors in any weather with 170-degrees of adjustable louver flexibility. With the Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, extending outdoor time in the summer hours is a breeze. Dial-in just the right amount of summertime shade or rain protection, or extend the cool weather season with unfettered access to the sun’s warmth. Enjoy a ceiling that doesn’t block the view of the night sky, creating outdoor memories year-round.
  • Enhance Flexibility
    Adapt to weather-changes easily and on-demand with remote control or smart-device driven iLouver operation, or for the ultimate in convenience, optional built-in rain and wind-sensing technology.
  • Boost Comfort
    With the added shade of motorized screens, keeping pests at bay and reducing glare from the sun. Help your family feel up to 30-degrees cooler with the addition of fans to your pergola system, or warm up with integrated patio radiant heating solutions.
  • Integrate Lighting
    Enhancing ambiance and improving function with mood or task lighting integrated into your pergola framework, extending your outdoor living enjoyment well into the evening.
  • Create Visual Interest
    Breaking up a boring outdoor landscape and upping the ante with the addition of a beautiful functional pergola, inspiring and enhancing greenery additions to add ambiance and visual interest.
  • Go Green
    Training vines to grow, or incorporating a living wall onto a nearby fence or wall real estate, keeping temperatures cool while enhancing the ambiance of your outdoor environment.
  • Add Privacy
    With motorized curtains, separating your outdoor space to create a rapid respite from family members or nosy neighbors.
  • Get Cozy
    With inviting, comfortable furnishings ideal for enjoying a book, morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine, keeping items protected from the glare of the sun and icy rain.
  • Add to Your Usable Living Space
    With an attached pergola system, extending the roofline of your home over your outdoor living space to blur the line between the indoors and out, yet retaining all the function and flexibility an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola brings.

 

Outdoor living space less than impressive? We have the cure. Discover more about Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergolas from Denver Pergola Systems today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/10-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-garden-space-with-a-pergola/

 

 

 

6 Ways to Make Use of a Small Space with a Pergola

Pint-Sized Patio? Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space with These Tips:

  • Stay on the Lighter Side of Things
    Light, brightly colored patio color palettes help small outdoor spaces feel airy and bright, and larger than they actually are.
  • Protect Yourself, Yet Maintain an Unobstructed, Airy Feel
    Ensure the reliable rain and sun protection you need, while still maintaining an open, airy feel with the addition of an adjustable aluminum pergola. Open up to expansive views in the beautiful Denver weather with a full 170-degrees of rotation, dialing your way to comfort on-demand via remote control, pre-program settings with our newest, iLouver smartphone app, or integrate wind and rain sensors for the ultimate in weather-responsive convenience.
  • Go BIG or Small
    Though small furniture selections, such as an elegant 2-chair bistro set, can help you retain a feeling of space, another trick to achieving the feel of a larger space is to go large with furnishings. Though this may seem contrary, squeezing the largest outdoor sofa or sectional possible into your tiny terrace can help you effectively make the most of space when paired with inviting accouterments.
  • Opt for Ottomans 
  • Add cushy ottomans, in lieu of more traditional outdoor furnishings, to keep space open and allow for more easily moveable, flexible seating arrangements.

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  • Let it All Hang Out
    Egg-shaped hanging chairs, also available on stands, are a great way to make an attention-getting statement, yet keep patio or porch square footage clear, offering an irresistibly cozy-looking place to curl up with a book.
  • Bring Narrow Concrete Spaces to Life with a Living Wall
    Small, skinny spaces like rooftop terraces and side patios can greatly benefit from the greenery of vines or wall-mounted planters. Placing them atop each other can add a bright, green, earthy feel to even the dullest outdoor space. Pair with a hammock or smaller swinging chair for a dreamy, garden-like destination, or divide into sub-spaces with screens or medium-sized plants to give the feel of a wider, less hallway-like space.

 

Achieve your dream outdoor living design no matter your limitations. Learn how with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/6-ways-to-make-use-of-a-small-space-with-a-pergola/

 

Outdoor Office Space Offers a Wide World of Benefits

Many business owners mistakenly believe improving the landscape of their property only adds aesthetic value. However, the addition of flexible outdoor office, meeting, and dining space offers huge payoffs in both value and utility, far beyond resale and functionality…

 

Outdoor Office Space Offers a Wide World of Benefits that Often Go Overlooked

  • Fresh Air Boosts Productivity
    A beautiful outdoor space improves employee contentment and productivity. Spending as little as 20 minutes outside daily can reduces stress, boosts memory, encouraging social interaction and a ‘team’ mindset.
  • Time Outdoors Supports Health & Well Being
    It will come as no surprise to most office workers, research has shown being stuck indoors for the entirety of the day has negative mental and physical health effects. Indoor air is known to be toxic – up to 10-times more so than the air outdoors. Could a small investment in an outdoor space help mitigate your company’s ever-rising health insurance costs?
  • A Beautiful Outdoor Space Increases Visual Interest and Foot Traffic
    The visual interest and beauty of well-accomplished outdoor spaces attracts the attention of both clientele and potential employees, showcasing your company’s employee-centric culture.

 

Regardless of Your Property Type, There are Many Ways to Add an Outdoor Space
Adding life to once devoid space doesn’t require acres of greenery. Outdoor workspace additions can be added just about anywhere…

  • Rooftop or Balcony
    Office located in an urban setting with limited space? You’re not out of luck! Converting your balcony into an outdoor workspace, or transforming your rooftop to a greenspace are an ideal way to maximize square footage. Bonus: Exterior greenery is known for its heating and cooling advantages.
  • Patio or Deckside
    Patio or deck additions on pre-existing concrete or green space are an easy way to add outdoor office space to commercial real estate, doing double-duty as a place to recharge during a snack or meal.
  • Side Yard
    Properties with side yards may seem strangely situated, but such out-of-the-wayside spaces offer an ideal locale for the creation of a private, distraction-free outdoor office setting.
  • Courtyard
    Large, open courtyards offer prime real estate for encompassing outdoor spaces perfect for hosting meetings, or providing a respite for those tired of toiling hours away in crowded cubicles.

 

More than a Fold Out Table & Chair Set
For employees to gain the full benefits of an outdoor workspace, comfort and function are key. When devising your outdoor office space addition, don’t overlook the importance of…

  • Location
    A gray, drab, concrete outdoor office space won’t offer much solace or inspiration. For a true outdoor oasis you need greenery.
  • Amenities
    In today’s mobile environment, electrical and Wi-Fi access are not a nicety, but a necessity, as is adequate lighting.
  • Ergonomic Furnishings
    Comfortable, ergonomic tables and chairs reduce muscle strain.
  • Shelter
    Rain on a picnic is one thing, rain on expensive office laptops or paper notes another. Keep employees cool, comfortable, and protected with the Arcadia aluminum pergola. Its unique, louvered roof construction offers the unique capacity to provide full access to the sun, or with a quick adjustment, shade and leak-free rain protection. Add wind and rain sensing technology for automatic response, designing your pergola system for seamless integration into any architectural design.
  • Creature Comforts
    Adding fans can help your outdoor office space feel as much as 30-degrees cooler in summer weather, and inexpensive infrared patio heaters offer an efficient means of warmth on chilly days. The addition of motorized screens to your pergola can also reduce eye strain from glare, as well as keep pests at bay.
  • Convenience
    Adding simple items like a wastebasket, coffee maker or mini-fridge can reduce time-wasting trips back into the office.

 

Interested in adding an outdoor office space to your home or commercial property? Check out the convenient ‘how-to’ guide on our blog, or contact Denver Pergolas to schedule a design consultation today.

 

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/outdoor-office-space-offers-a-wide-world-of-benefits/

More Bang for Your Business Buck: Durability of the Aluminum Arcadia Louvered Pergola System

People love pergolas. Beautiful and functional, they flock to their shelter. Despite depending on the protection of pergolas, however, they are loathe to care for them in-return, wishing for structures that require zero-maintenance yet withstand the tests of time. In a perfect world, everything would last forever, with little-to-no maintenance. In the real world, though impossible, you can reduce your need to constantly maintain or frequently replace by mindfully selecting your pergola materials…

What Materials Reduce Pergola Maintenance & Increase Pergola Lifespan?

  • Fully Extruded Aluminum
    Strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds, yet lightweight enough for rooftop and balcony additions, every component of the Arcadia is comprised of high-tensile, fully-extruded aluminum. Unlike roll-form aluminum, wood, and fabric/canvas pergola components, you are saved from cleaning and sealing, as well as weather-wear, warping or cracking, by choosing durable, fully-extruded aluminum construction over other, shorter-lived pergola options.
  • Akzo Nobel Powder Coating
    Industry-leading AkzoNobel powder coatings protects your pergola purchase from sun, rain, salt water, chlorine and air, preventing oxidation and corrosion and virtually eliminating the maintenance needs associated with more traditional shelter structures. Available in an array of custom colors, it is specially formulated to reflect solar radiation, helping keep patrons cool and reducing the ‘heat island effect.’
  • 170-Degree of Pivoting Action
    The motorized louvers of the Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola provide 170—degrees of pivoting flexibility, outshining imitators, whose 100-145-degree range come up short on protection from sun, rain, and wind, putting your furnishings and patrons at-risk, and increasing staff maintenance duties following inclement weather.
  • Built-In Gutters
    The added pivoting flexibility of the Arcadia upholds its superior interlocking louver design, providing unmatched water management via a built-in, leak-free gutter system, delivering unmatched performance in the rain to reduce inclement weather maintenance needs. Just one of the reasons the Arcadia is the system of choice for resorts, restaurants, and country clubs who pride themselves on patient comfort.
  • American-Made CE & UL-Certified Motors
    Operated via remote control or iLouver app-driven technology, the American-made CE and UL-certified motors of the Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola are exceptionally quiet, maintenance-free and built to withstand even the harshest outdoor conditions. Open/close remotely, by pre-set position, time, or on-demand, with optional wind and rain-sensing shelter technology.

Looking for the ultimate return on your pergola purchase? Invest in quality. Schedule your complimentary design consultation with Denver Pergola Systems today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/bang-business-buck-durability-aluminum-arcadia-louvered-pergola-system/

How to Boost Your Business with Spectacular Outdoor Event Space

Nothing can surpass an expertly arranged outdoor event surrounded by the sublime beauty only nature can provide. Sun, shade, or moonlight, outdoor festivities are the ideal way to impress. As an event host, your ability to likewise impress venue clients with stellar facilities can pay huge dividends, reaping the rewards of client referrals. How can you provide an outdoor space that outshines client expectations?

Earn More Business with a Unique Outdoor Space
Invite more business, creating opportunity with an outdoor space designed to host a broad array of private and public functions in the beauty of the outdoors…

  • Think Big
    Create a large meeting space under a canopy of trees in your expansive landscape, providing a fantastic festival or celebration space with plenty of room to sprawl.
  • Exude Mystery
    Tuck a pavilion away in a private, elaborately landscaped green space, offering a ‘secret garden’ in which guests can indulge for a wedding or reception.
  • Take Things Up a Notch
    Adding trendy pavilion space to the rooftop or via balcony, providing the ideal setting for hosting a large scale dinner or non-profit fundraiser.
  • Capitalize on Views
    From dramatic mountain landscapes to relaxing waterside locales, creating an exclusive feel and earning word-of-mouth buzz.
  • Think Outside the Box
    Incorporate high-impact lighting that caters not only to day events, but evening festivities, creating a magically enchanting nighttime environment with a luxury feel.
  • Add Flair
    Such as a the cozy glow of outdoor fireplace or fire pit, a place where guests can enjoy warm conversation and relax with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for a corporate gathering or at the close of a conference.
  • Offer More
    Provide time and money-saving opportunities for guests while increasing your bottom-line, offering services to provide candles, linens, and more.
  • Be Versatile
    Incorporating multiple pavilions to accommodate a variety of uses, depending on the size of your outdoor space, including:

    • Corporate Gatherings
    • Team Building Exercises
    • Conferences
    • Fundraisers
    • Festivals
    • Holiday Celebrations
    • Large scale dinners
    • Musical performances
    • Weddings & Receptions
    • Family Reunions

Circumvent the Usual Outdoor Event Worries
To prevent client headaches (and reputational backlash) in regards to the typical outdoor event weather worries, versatile, reliable shelter is key. Luckily, Arcadia has you covered – or uncovered! Dial-in just the right amount of sun or shade for any weather with the industry-leading, 170-degree rotational flexibility of your custom, adjustable aluminum pergola design. Keep clients protected with optional wind and rain sensing technology, closing louvers on-demand for leak-free rain protection. Provide dramatic full sky views with help of the Arcadia Slide, or boost shade capacity, control pests and add privacy with motorized screens and curtains. With the Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, the customization possibilities are nearly limitless!

Blow-away clients with a winning outdoor event space. Boost your online image with positive reviews, driving a steady stream of new clients to your door. Uncover the possibilities of your outdoor space. Schedule a design consultation with Denver Pergola Systems today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/boost-business-spectacular-outdoor-event-space/

How to Create an Outdoor Office Space

It’s no surprise why home and business offices are undergoing an evolution and migrating to the outdoors. Research shows those who spend time outdoors are far happier, healthier and more productive than those whiling their work hours away indoors in a cramped corner of the house. How can you capitalize on your unused outdoor space, adding a functional, usable outdoor office area that nets amazing results?

Tips for Creating a Scenic, Functional Outdoor Office Space:

  1. Consider Your Ideal Office Location
    If you have an existing deck or patio space, transforming it to an outdoor office is easy. For those working with a blank canvas, even the tightest space can incorporate an outdoor office design, adding a covered patio or deck to existing green space, on the rooftop, balcony, or even within existing pool enclosures. Unused side yard? This setup offers unique opportunities to create a more private, distraction-free space. Have a family? A double-duty space may better serve you, with built-in storage/cabinets for safely storing office essentials when not in-use, keep items safe from kids and pets, and better delineate work/home life.
  2. Don’t Overlook the Importance of Surroundings
    The ideal office location should include a view of trees, plants or other greenery. A drab, concrete wall in a dusty, barren backyard will not make for a satisfying outdoor work experience. In addition to visual aspects, it’s also essential to consider the safety of placing your office space in areas near grass or foliage that will require irrigation. Outdoor work typically involves paper and electronic technology, and these things do not mix well with water.
  3. Create an All-Season Oasis
    Ensure the year-round use of your outdoor office, no matter the weather, with the right shelter solution: One that provides access to beautiful sky views when you want them, and leak-free protection from the elements. With the 170-degree rotational flexibility of the Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, all the comforts of an indoor office space are available with the click of a remote control button. Overworked and overthinking? Add the latest in wind and rain sensing technology for on-demand weather response via pre-programmed iLouver app settings.
  4. Include the Right Bells & Whistles
    Personalize your outdoor office space with amenities that boost comfort and function…

    • Electricity & Lighting
      To power computers and other necessary office electronics, proximity to safe, GFCI protected outdoor electrical outlets is key. Task lighting is also essential.
    • Internet Access
      A simple and inexpensive Wi-Fi signal booster may be all it takes to expand your existing coverage range.
    • Ergonomic Accommodations
      Integrate comfortable, fatigue-reducing furniture and counter space. Chasing down files that blew off a tray table and rubbing your aching back after hours on a cheap plastic lawn chair will work against you. Invest in your health and sanity.
    • Convenience Additions
      Adding a waste basket, coffee maker or mini-fridge can help you avoid making time-wasting trips indoors.
    • Screens
      Motorized screens are an ideal solution for keeping pests at bay, and providing additional shade protection when the angle of the sun creates glare on device screens.
    • Outdoor Curtains
      For those times when you need a little extra quiet and privacy – or you’re just trying escaping the family to work.
    • Comfort Control
      Add fans to feel up to 30 degrees cooler in summer weather under the shade of your pergola. Consider a fireplace, fire pit or infrared patio heater for warmth on wintry days.
    • Safe Storage
      If you’re storing office equipment outdoors, weather and pest-proof storage is a must to protect expensive equipment. This addition can also reduce setup times and boost productivity.

Take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer while still completing your work. Discover new ways to reinvent your home office space with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.

This post was originally published at http://www.denverpergolas.com/create-outdoor-office-space/