By Dan Walton
Invermeres Quality Bakery has undergone major changes since the start of 2014.
Previously described as a rustic European bakery, the well-loved establishment now seems like an entirely new business.
Weve eased small orders and presented a modern, clean look, said owner Peter Banga.
The recent renovations were prompted by aging electrical and plumbing systems, but before closing the shop in the middle of January for the necessary upgrades, it was decided that many aspects of the bakery would also be overhauled. Regular clientele can expect a completely differentlayout of the shop and a new interior decor. Even the name has changed, as the business is now known at The Invermere Bakery.
Were open now, but the renovation is still finishing up, said Mr. Banga.
The renovation is the bakerys largest transformation since its opening in 1981. There are still some finishing touches required before the entire project is complete the bakerys iconic pretzel is currently fitted with a reflective construction vest, which will be removed upon full completion.
While the staff, pastries, breakfast and lunch menu havent changed, guests at the bakery will see the edibles in a new light, as new displays and a modern colour scheme have been put into place to better show off their products.
New showcases are in place, and weve painted (the interior) grey shades and black more neutral colours which allow the baked goods to pop out, said
The bakery now offers a self-serve section for lunch and breakfast items. Custom shelving is on the way, which will house the daily baked staples, and pastries are now highlighted behind a contemporary-style glass display.
The improved aesthetics are part of an overall plan to facilitate the flow of customers. By redesigning the shop to better handle busy rushes, the team created an efficient layout that allowed the bakery to increase its seating by nearly double. A two-door entrance has replaced the single.
We were able to reorganize the space a little better and streamline the production space, said Mr. Banga.
While the essential redesign is in place, interior decor is among the finishing touches that remain the bakery will soon cover its walls with savoury pictures of its baked goods.
The Invermere Bakery is thankful to all those who participated in the renovation, and especially for the patience shown by its guests during the four-week closure.