We are Shea

A strategic design firm that integrates brand and space to tell a story, and create an experience.


Our Team

Is clever, sharp and creative. The lineup includes architects, interior designers, graphic designers and brand and marketing visionaries who are leaders in business, and experts in partnership.


Our Clients

Can be found in the restaurant/hospitality, retail and corporate industries, and range from some of the biggest national brands, to the local entrepreneurs.

What we do

Our approach to design is always multi-dimensional. Below are some of the highlights of our capabilities:

Interior Design

Full design, from full concept design, space planning and layouts, to selection of materials, furniture and fixtures.


From documentation through management and implementation, carrying registration in over 40 states.

Brand Development

Audits and assessments, brand development, brand re-fresh, concept development and positioning against competition.

Production and Installation

Print production, fabrication, installation and full procurement of signage through furniture.

Graphic Design and Marketing

Naming, logo and identity development, menu design, packaging, marketing collateral.

  • Traveling, learning and absorbing all details inspires creativity.

    David Shea
  • Effective design connects with consumers and creates an impression, from the first contact to the very last.

    Tanya Spaulding, Principal
  • Our design approach involves finding the elements that will create a complete sensory experience.

    Dan Berg, Creative Director
  • We begin by identifying our client’s business goals, then ensure our design will exceed those standards.

    Kim Anderson, Vice President

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Our Work

We believe our work speaks for itself. Here are just a few of our recent favorites.

M.C. Spiedo

M.C. Spiedo

Theatrical, Italian Renaissance-inspired.  Shea worked with returning clients, and James Beard Award-winning chefs, Mark and Clark on their newest Boston restaurant, M.C. Spiedo.  Shea employed full creative services, creating all elements of the brand identity, graphics, menu design and full interior design of the space.


  • : brand refresh + architecture + interior design


The update of an icon.   Murray’s is a icon brand and restaurant, established in 1946. Shea worked with the Murray family to evolve and re-energize the brand and experience. Shea’s reinvention celebrates the restaurant’s legacy and historical significance while introducing new elements to a new generations of guests.

RBC Plaza

  • : marketing + graphic design

Repositioning Gaviidae Common II to RBC Plaza.   RBC Plaza, owned by KBS Realty, with management and leasing by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq is stepping into the spotlight, with some of the most unique, dynamic spaces for lease in both the office tower and the former retail center. Shea is partnering with the team to launch the progressive new design, and a marketing and leasing strategy for the property. The team anticipates completion by the end of 2014.


  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Refined, eclectic, energized – a full reinvention.   Shea transformed the former stark-white restaurant space of the Le Meridien Chambers into a warm, lush and vibrant corner destination in downtown. Marin features a dramatic first floor restaurant, an outdoor patio with a full island bar, and a library-inspired lower level lounge. The Shea-created brand is extended uniquely through all aspects of the guest experience.


  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Men’s grooming meets luxury.   Gent is a concept providing quality, yet reasonably priced men’s salon services. Shea partnered with the ownership to create the name, brand and store design while positioning it for future growth, which already includes two sister stores.

OneTwoThree Sushi

  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Hot, new, fast-casual sushi on the move.
With the first location opening in Minneapolis’ IDS Center, the popularity of OneTwoThree Sushi has skyrocketed. Shea partnered with Sushi Avenue to develop the concept, creating the name, logo, graphic palette and space design that would position the business for national rollout. They are now operating three Minneapolis locations, with more in the pipeline.


Butcher & the Boar

  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Cutting-edge, next generation gastropub, James Beard nominated chef.   Named Best Restaurant of the Year by Star Tribune, Shea designed Butcher & the Boar with warm, rich features and finishes, and showcased a 150-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden and patio.

Lunds Byerly’s

  • : graphic design + architecture + interior design

Making grocery shopping a food theater experience.   Lunds and Byerly’s is the most successful upscale grocery market in the Midwest. Shea has been involved with the Lunds Byerly’s team for several years involving full store interior design and architecture, new concepts for store-within-a-store environments, in-store signage and graphics, and a whole lot more. Recent highlight including the downtown Minneapolis location named as Progressive Grocer’s Best New Construction for 2013.


  • : architecture + interior design

From an automobile service station to a dynamic, active media agency.   Shea worked with Clockwork Active Media Systems to design a new office space that communicates their brand, and provides flexibility for company expansion.

Hot Mama

  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

The rockstar retail entrepreneurs.   Shea created the brand elements and design of the Hot Mama chain and has been on board with the owners from the success of store #1 to store #30 and counting.

International Plaza

  • : graphic design + architecture + interior design

Relevant, modern, and technologically saavy.   Shea partnered with ICM Realty Group and Hines to redesign International Plaza Lobby, amenities and common spaces. Highlighted is the new technology lounge with graphics wall, state of the art fitness center, and dramatic first floor elevator lobby.

Campbell Mithun Tower

  • : graphic design + marketing + interior design

In the heart of the Minneapolis business district.  Shea was hired to reposition the CMT property in order to bring it back to Class A status while maintaining and increasing leasing activity. Shea created an ongoing marketing plan to generate continued attention for the building, and continues to work with the team on overall design and amenity updates.

Lili Salon

  • : architecture + interior design

Modern, clean, eclectic mix of style.   Shea created a salon and spa environment to introduce to the Galleria mall that is sophisticated without being slick. Lili Salon – vintage chandeliers, beaded draperies, glittery gold sheers and mirrored walls – very special, but not exclusive.


  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Designing canine hospitality.   Client John Sturgess, hotel operations and development veteran, came to Shea to help him open his own upscale hotel brand that caters to a very different type of customer: dogs. The new concept, ADOGO, opened in 2011 in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and has plans to expand nationally.

Surdyk’s Flights

  • : concept development + architecture + interior design

Surdyk’s on the go.   Shea worked with Surdyk’s to create a new concept as a destination in airports – Surkyk’s Flights. Shea helped create the brand, design the space and land it on many “best restaurant” lists. The concept has expanded, opening its second location in MSP Terminal 2.

Hotel Hershey: The Circular

  • : brand refresh + interior design

Historic dining at Hotel Hershey.   Shea partnered with this iconic hotel to face the challenge of transforming their restaurant, The Circular, while still maintaining its rich history. The finished highlights? A central circular bar with an interactive pastry kitchen as a social focus, and color palette and décor that awakened the original energy.


  • : graphic design + architecture + interior design

Food, retail, restaurants – the works.   When it comes to Macy’s and Shea, we do it all. The projects include Macy’s Herald Square, Macy’s State Street, Macy’s Taste Bar and Signature Kitchen, food service and store-with-a-store environments, menu design, packaging design and many graphics communications. They keep us busy.


  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Contemporary Japanese dining experience served with personality.   Masu Sushi & Robata, one of the Nation’s top sushi restaurants (Travel + Leisure Magazine), showcases Shea’s ability to develop an entire concept and apply it to the name, logo, graphics, restaurant interior design and architecture, and brand/prototype development for future growth.


1947 building transformed into the face of Shea.   On the corner of Hennepin & 8th, what used to be the old Shinder’s building, is now a completely renovated, contemporary office/restaurant space. Shea used their relocation as a chance to refresh their own brand and reenergize a notable corner of downtown Minneapolis.

Union Rooftop Restaurant

  • : brand development + architecture + interior design

Restaurant innovation at its finest.   Shea worked with Kaskaid Hospitality to design the restaurant that would be a part Shea headquarters’ impression downtown. Shea’s design team created the urban first floor restaurant and rooftop with enormous square footage capped by an all-weather retractable glass rooftop.

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