Valentines Bakehouse recently made a substantial upgrade to their facilities in Rutherglen, adding production capacity and seating capacity to their well-known local site.
"The site was built to be a small bakehouse but not to supply for five stores," says co-owner Harry Perry.
In addition to the shopfront in Rutherglen, the bakehouse supplies their other sites as well with two in Albury and two in Wodonga, along with some private orders too.
Explaining what they've done to the building, Harry says "Most of original structure remains, apart from a little shed out the back we had to get rid of. There was quite a bit of space at the back of the block that was underutilised."
They commissioned Regional Design Service from Corowa to help create a suitable design, and many local trades were employed to take part in the construction.
"What we have now utilises all the space on the block and we have a purpose-built production facility to meet that capacity we needed."
Harry's siblings and co-owners Joe and Matilda Perry were also involved in the process, and "Dad used to be a carpenter before he got into baking many years ago, so he deserves most of the credit for making the construction happen."
Style wise, it resulted in a combination that successfully mixes the old with the new.
The site now retains much of the old charm of having housed many businesses back to the early 1900s, while also offering an appealing experience for visitors who can see right through to the back where production occurs.
The bakehouse specialises in sourdough breads as well as making many pastries, pies and other delightful treats. You can also call in for a delicious breakfast or lunch at any of their locations.
Sourdough is an artisan product that is as traditional as bread can get. It's more digestible than ordinary white bread, making it a healthier product too. And there's no shortage of variations that keen bakers can include in their range to suit all sorts of occasions.
Additionally, the Perry family business also incorporates White Owl Coffee, and so when you visit the Valentines Bakehouse in Rutherglen you can also see where they roast their beans to again supply their other stores as well as number of private orders for other cafes in the region.
"Dad and I went to Columbia several years ago to learn at the source," Harry said.
It was a great excuse for Harry to indulge in his passion for coffee.
Another exciting new thing that is coming soon is they're well underway with getting their liquor licence.
Their parents Ross and Kay Perry run a winery in the region and it's called Olive Hills Estate. "We hope to be able to able to showcase these wines in-store as well."