College & Career Prep

Carmel Café and DECA Lab

01Project Overview02Image Gallery03Services & Recognition04Related Projects
01 Project Overview
Interior remodeling created a coffee shop space and business lab inside Carmel High School for students to expand the thriving Carmel Café.

Carmel Café started in 2014 when students of Carmel High School’s DECA entrepreneurship program began selling coffee in the back of the club’s spirit shop. In just a few years, the Cafe’s popularity exploded, with revenues reaching $90,000 in 2017. To support the club’s efforts, Fanning Howey worked with DECA students to transform the spirit shop into a state-of-the-art business lab. The newly renovated space supports Carmel Café and provides everything the students need to gain real-world business experience. From budgeting and logistics, to preparing beverages and working the register, students learn the ins and outs of running a business.


College & Career Prep, High Schools


Carmel Clay Schools


Carmel, IN


2,037 Renovated SF


Design a learning environment for students to gain real-world business experience

03 Services & Recognition

Our students have always had fun, but now they also take pride in the business. They even wear their work hats around school.

Richard Reid, DECA Advisor
Carmel High School
Carmel, IN
Services Provided


Interior Design



awards & recognition

Featured Project – Indianapolis Star