68. Counter Top

The humble counter top has evolved so much over the last 10 years in cafes and espresso bars. This seems like something super trivial, but don’t act like you wouldn’t pass sly judgement on a place that had a huge fake-wood counter with only 1/4 of the shelf space filled.

A couple of things we have to consider before we buy any of ugly, overpriced gumtree counters (too harsh?! maybe, but it’s Friday afternoon right now!):

  • Super sleek lines – no more thick panelling, colour trims or textured tops
  • Size guide – we’ll need it to be as small as practical; this way the counter will seem constantly full (which is a very good thing) and it won’t take up precious space
  • Safe to store food in – it’s common to see trendy places use cabinets with no doors or lids, or really thick mesh where little critters can just walk on in – but we want to make sure our food is stored safely always; this doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be refrigerated (until I get my way and we start selling french vanilla slices .. oh my!) but able to keep bugs out is necessary
  • Affordable – because, as you know, we run a tight ship!

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You get the kind of inspo we’re after, right?! Well, Mister Sister in Kotara are total counter inspo (I’m going to try and slide on in and get them in on #thewildbunch ’cause I am seriously crushing on their layout) … they have a custom built counter with a little drawer filled with their beautiful cakes (can you just hear the adoration in my text!?)

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The only downside to all of these options is that to buy a commerical or custom built display case, it would take a serious Gumtree miracle to find anything for less than $200 so to think outside the box (pun kinda intended!) and save a little cash, I’ve been trawling all avenues and found these glorious creations (yet to be approved by Jack, so if you never hear about them again, that’s why!) from IKEA

The vision is to have them laying flat (instead of mounted vertically like they are in the picture) and use them as separated compartments; good for keeping gluten-free products in quarantine (forgive my inappropriate vocab!) or maximising the space on the counter. Best part (aside from the fact that they’re beautiful)… they’re $30 each!
And let’s be honest .. no one is complaining about an excuse to stroll through the aisles of magical IKEA … who’s in?!

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