Challenges due to COVID-19 have become rampant and more complicated each day sending numerous businesses into hardships and forcing them into tweaking their business models. The businesses that seem to be thriving are those that are most essential to the community. For Australia, cafés need to remain present for they have been part of its people’s lifestyle.
No matter how big an Aussie’s paycheck can go, their morning routine involves coffee from their local café. They are willing to walk a bit farther and pay a little bit more to have a finely brewed cup of Joe. It’s the culture in itself as it is a conversation starter amongst friends, casual acquaintances, or colleagues.
Socially, it is their way of life. But as changes impact this long-standing custom, here are some tips on how you can keep your café, or any business for that matter, stylish and beautiful during these dark times.
Ensure a uniform aesthetic.
An appealing aesthetic is significantly important for any café, as this is what draws in many customers before you even make them a coffee. Make sure your interior décor is aligned with all aesthetic components of your shop, the flooring tones should match that of the furniture, while even small details such as having brushed brass door handles can make or break the look of your café.
In an era dominated by social distancing and correct hygiene, implementing new technologies to combat the spread of germs is a must. Automatic doors, online payment kiosks, automatic temperature checking, and automatic faucets could be some of the tools you can use to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
While we have already touched on aesthetics, do not underestimate the power of installing a feature piece in your café, such as gold door handles. This can be a subtle yet striking component of your café and let you stand out from the rest. In terms of the floorplan and layout of your café, if you have opportunities to provide more space for better ventilation, it is highly advisable to have it.
Open up the ceiling, pave a portion of the garden outside, or put up ceiling fans instead of standing ones. This way, there’s a constant flow of air within the café, keeping it from being stagnant. Laws, regarding social distancing, may be imposed just anytime. So, it’s better to invest in foldable chairs and tables to keep them out of sight. Say, a law that allows restaurants and cafes to only open up to half of their capacity, at least you’re ready to conform while preserving your cafe’s aesthetics and keeping your customers comfortable as possible.
There’s nothing more sustainable and refreshing than decorating with plants. Plants’ main element is carbon dioxide, with sunlight and water. They need this to live, while we need oxygen ourselves. So, it’s a great exchange, and it’s a natural air purifier. Just place it somewhere it can be exposed to the sun, probably near a window or by the entrance to the café to give it enough sunlight. There’s also the refreshing effect complementing your cafe’s cozy feel which subliminally encourages your customers to stay in because they would feel that they are not missing out by doing so. They have a dose of exposure to nature with your plants so that could only mean one thing. More sales, therefore, more profit.
Despite many unavoidable adjustments, cafés will always remain essential in every Aussie’s life. Aim for a familiar setting but suffice it with ways on how they would feel safe to enjoy their time while being there. Once this set gets done, you can never go wrong.