HOLSOME teas & herbs is a quiet contemplative store where one can also sit and enjoy Chinese tea or consult with the owner on Homeopathic Chinese herbs and treatments. The project became an “archaeological dig” within an old building on a main street in Princeton. The former occupant covered and recovered existing walls and windows with retail display. The first task was to remove the fixtures and discover the site. A brick shell with its existing wood windows was excavated and celebrated. The active street front portion of the long deep space has display counters and shelving. A sitting area rests between the existing light well and the original windowed brick façade of the treatment rooms. Transitioning deeper into the space, a bamboo porch leads into the rear yoga studios leaving the busy street traffic behind.