Caribbean Blinds has just completed one of its sweetest projects to date for Apprentice Winner and Lord Sugar’s 2019 business partner Carina Lepore and her bakery business, Dough Artisan Bakehouse.
Situated on the busy Beckenham High Street, Carina was looking for a stylish, easy to use and waterproof solution to protect against the weather to enable her to open the bakery’s ‘Secret Garden’ to her customers, replacing the piece of tarp that was being used as a temporary cover. The solution needed to be flexible, so as to allow the full benefit of the sun but to be able to fully cover and protect the garden from rain at the push of a button.
After seeing our installations on social media Carina made contact with our team and following her brief we sent her our ideas and got started, subsequently manufacturing and installing one of our state-of-the-art fabric Puerto Rico Pergola awnings to the courtyard complete with lighting and heating. Full sun, partial shade or complete shelter, the Puerto Rico Pergola awning gives you complete flexibility and freedom over your outdoor space. The slimline pergola framework features a sliding fabric roof that can be adjusted to any position via the integrated motor operated by remote control and when fully extended, the integrated guttering built within the leadrail ensures effective water drainage from the fabric into and out of the post uprights. The lighting and heating options guarantee a pleasant atmosphere and essentially provides the comfort of indoors, outdoors.
Carina commented: “When we chose the Beckenham location, we always planned to improve the garden area for outdoor dining and hospitality as we knew it would bring added value to the business. The pandemic restrictions definitely gave me that push I needed to get this done and made me far more focused on finding the perfect, all-year-round outdoor covering.
“When I saw the quality of the Caribbean Blinds products and started to deal with them as a business, I realised that I didn’t need to look any further because they had everything I needed. The team was really professional and could answer all my questions and convinced me that I should go ahead with the installation and the value it would bring to my business. They weren’t wrong!
“The install was really quick and easy, it only took two days from start to finish. The awning design is stylish, modern and so easy to operate. We’re really happy with it and we now have the most amazing space for our customers to enjoy our coffee, cakes and bakes while adhering to the strict social distancing guidelines.”
It has been great to work with Carina and her team, enabling them to keep their outdoor space open all year round. If you would like to find out more about our range of innovative all-weather retractable canopies and the features that will enable your business to maximise the use of its outdoor space, simply complete our quick enquiry form here or contact one of our knowledgeable team on 0344 800 1947.