Dunn & Walton is the latest incarnation of the families involvement in organics since 1989 which started as a market garden in Gwelup growing and selling organic produce from the families farm to the public. As demand grew, the family opened shop in 2001, trading as Absolutely Organic WA Pty Ltd. Not straying far from their roots, the next generation sees the evolution of this family tradition into a contemporary organic store and kitchen, Dunn & Walton, staying true to the core values of local community, sustainability and organic produce.
Selling only certified organic fresh produce, groceries, frozen goods, deli items, household goods, drinks and certified organic vegetarian takeaway food and drinks, the design of the new store satisfies and portrays the core values of the business. Working with the existing colour palette of the base building, externally a new awning has been introduced to the underside of the existing canopy to match the existing adjacent canopies belonging to the other tenancies in the row. A neutral yet contrasting white awning displays the Dunn & Walton name and logo in black. On the side elevation facing the car parking area, a series of timber palettes have been up-cycled to create planters, adding greenery to the facade whilst framing the entry into the store, packed up to follow the natural ground level of this elevation. The Dunn & Walton logo has also been "stamped" on this side elevation near the main street corner to grab the attention of passing traffic along Scarborough Beach Road.
Just inside the shopfront facing the main street, bespoke timber shelving creates a continuous ledge to match the window sill height, allowing planting and merchandise to be displayed to create a striking shopfront display from the outside. Glazing film along the shopfront windows clearly indicates that this is an organic store and kitchen, whilst enabling a clear view into the store and of the industrial material palette of concrete, black metal framing, timber and the blue branding colour of the tenancy.
Upon entering the store, a salvaged timber cart sits front-and-centre displaying seasonal products and specials; flanked on the left by the service counter and on the right by bespoke timber shelving with feature lighting above. The service counter has the flexibility to function over extended hours as a takeaway food, drink and coffee counter, as well as the standard checkout counter during normal trading hours. Black metal shelving hangs above the counter, displaying produce available for sale to be served by staff interspersed with menu blackboards, with the recycled timber counter sitting on top of a white and blue tiled counter front, and three logos stamped on the concrete floor at each of the service points.
In front of the counter a recycling unit allows customers to dispose of their waste and recyclables, whilst also containing boxes for them to re-use to take their shopping home, contained by blue elastic and with a black metal mesh screen extending to the ceiling as further display space.
In the corner, a new fridge and freezer unit is clad and finished to create a large blackboard surface to illustrate the story and history of Dunn & Walton, as well as a custom-designed mural.
A combination of black metal shelving and movable recycled palette trolleys sit in front of the blue back wall with its proliferation of tonal geometry taken from the distorted hexagonal motif of the store; a reference to the honeycomb pattern of beehives.