232 Cakery is a specialist cake shop based in Bethlehem Town Centre and The Crossing in Tauranga. There you will find amazing high-quality cakes and sweet treats complemented by amazing freshly brewed coffee. A small team in their off-site bakery craft their creations with 100% New Zealand butter and fresh cream, with other high-quality ingredients.
232 Cakery is an edible gift shop with both retail and online stores. Their cakes help their customers celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, new babies and other events. Some customers just have a sweet tooth and love to indulge in their beautifully presented cakes and macarons that look and taste delicious.
New store opens in Bethlehem
Following on from the success of their first store at The Crossing, 232 Cakery saw the potential for a second store at Tauranga’s Bethlehem Town Centre, opening in February 2022.
Their first outlet, based at Tauriko in Tauranga, is situated within The Crossing and has enjoyed regular and steady foot traffic in the mall. The new Bethlehem store, located between Countdown and Unichem, needed a new counter to mirror the visual identity of the Tauriko store, and act as the shop window for the Bethlehem store – creating a high-impact visual display to entice customers inside. A counter with a high-end appeal to match the high-quality hand-crafted cakes sold in-store and online for pickup.
Interior fit-out company DMG Construction contracted joiners Henge Stone to manufacture the cabinets, with Ultra Surface Solutions working in conjunction with Henge Stone to manufacture the countertops.
The counter front faces are high-pressure laminate – Laminex Carrara Marble, with Laminex Brushed Brass for the toe spaces. The counter cabinets are tough and durable melamine.
Tavolo premium acrylic solid surface in Frost was used to manufacture the countertops – a fresh, cool white with a tactile surface that looks and feels like the icing on a cake. The counter design steps down to a lower height to accommodate the chillers and cabinets used to display the cakes.
Tavolo acrylic solid surface was a seamless, safe, hygienic choice for the countertops. It provides a one-piece surface, leaving no joins or crevices to catch dust, dirt and crumbs. Mould, mildew and chemical resistant, Tavolo will not discolour or delaminate with regular cleaning.
Tavolo the obvious choice
For manufacturers Ultra Surface Solutions, the countertop which features a step-down, Tavolo was the obvious choice and was quicker and easier to fabricate than engineered stone. Tavolo’s exceptional performance and hard-wearing properties mean the countertop will give many years of service to 232 Cakery.
Tavolo acrylic solid surface, high-pressure laminate and melamine provided a safe, hygienic, durable, finished solution for 232 Cakery.
Together these materials give designers the scope to create retail counters and countertops for retail and food industries that look fantastic and provide safe, hygienic, high-performance surfaces that will withstand high use while meeting strict food hygiene regulations.