New signage for a cafe in Warners Bay

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Signage for a cafe in Warners Bay

Cafe shop signage in Warners Bay

The owners of Fox and Willow have a great retail shop selling clothes and accessories on the esplanade at Warner’s Bay. They wanted to bring even more customers to their shop and decided to build an outdoor cafe at the rear of their store. So Shirley’s Canteen a new cafe located in Warner’s Bay was created. Very cleverly they purchased a mobile coffee trailer, outdoor seating and created an area at the rear of their store that customers could enjoy. They engaged our sign writing expertise to create new signage that could be used outdoors to brand the area and make it easily identifiable.

New indoor and outdoor signage for a coffee shop

The signage design brief that we received for this new cafe included;

  • Printing and installation of the decals to the outdoor cafe
  • Printing and installation of the new graphics for the cafe outdoor barriers around the seating area
  • Applying new vinyl to the parking signs to include the new logos
  • Printing and installing new building signage
  • Manufacturing and printing on three new metal faces A-Frame signs

Lots of business owners in Warner’s Bay are always thinking about new ways to grow their business. Typically you will try and sell more products or services from your existing retail business. So if you have a clothing store you want to sell more clothes by introducing new products, having a promotional sale or selling new items to suit seasonal periods. 

In other cases an existing retail business might decide to diversify what they sell, broaden the type of people they attract to their business by offering new products or services. The owners of Fox and Willow could have decided to offer personal styling services, custom size dress fitting or other complimentary services to suit the sale of more clothing.

Although what they decided to do was introduce a new cafe to their location to attract more people to their shop. By creating a new reason for people to visit they can create a new profit / revenue stream but also create an increase in foot traffic visiting their shop. Rather than build an extension to their existing retail shop or take space away from the existing floor plan they decided to get approval to use the space behind their shop to build a new cafe.

If you build any type of retail shop such as a cafe, take away shop, fruit shop etc then one of the biggest priorities has to be branding the space so that it stands out and is clearly visible from the street when people drive by or the footpath if people are walking past. So their brief to us was creating signage designs that could promote both businesses and also create a separate outdoor area that was clearly visible as a stand alone business that people could visit.

To achieve this we suggested updating the existing building signage, installing decals on the outdoor coffee cart van and branding the moveable outdoor pedestrian barriers they were using to mark out the area. This was then complimented with new metal outdoor A-Frame signs that could be placed in different locations as needed to attract passersby.

By getting new signage and installing it in each of these locations they could immediately attract people walking or driving by.

What are the benefits of cafe outdoor signs?

In the competitive world of cafe shops, staying ahead of the curve is essential for success. One often overlooked yet incredibly impactful way to make a lasting impression on customers is through bold new signage that can attract people looking for a coffee or some food. Your cafe’s signage is not just a way finding tool; it’s a powerful marketing tool that can significantly influence customer perception and drive sales if used correctly.

This is why you should get new signage for a cafe;

  • First impressions count: Your cafe signage is often the first point of contact between your business and potential customers. New, well-designed signage can create a positive and lasting first impression, drawing customers into your cafe. Outdated or poorly maintained signs, on the other hand, can give the impression of neglect and lack of care by the business. A customer won’t say anything to you about it, but it forms part of their perception about your cafe or the food it serves.
  • Enhanced brand image: As your business evolves, so should your brand image. New signage provides an opportunity to refresh your brand’s aesthetics, aligning it with your current values and target audience. Consistent branding across all touch points, including signage, reinforces brand recognition and loyalty.
  • Increased visibility: Contemporary cafe signage designs can incorporate elements that make your store stand out. The strategic use of colors, lighting, and fonts can enhance visibility, especially in crowded commercial areas. This increased visibility can attract foot traffic and improve overall awareness of your store, especially for signage that is lit up at night.
  • Promotes sales and offers: New cafe signage allows you to effectively promote ongoing sales, discounts, or special offers. Dynamic displays can capture attention and drive impulse purchases. Digital signage, in particular, enables you to easily update content, keeping customers informed about your latest deals.
  • Reflects innovation: If your old cafe signage looks outdated, it can send the message that your business is behind the times. Investing in new, innovative signage showcases your commitment to staying current and meeting customer expectations.
  • Better navigation: Clear and well-designed cafe signage helps customers navigate your store effortlessly. This leads to a better shopping experience, as customers can quickly find what they’re looking for. In contrast, confusing or unclear signs can frustrate customers and lead to missed opportunities.
  • Improved aesthetics: Old and deteriorating signs can contribute to an overall shabby appearance. On the other hand, new signage contributes to a fresh and attractive ambiance that invites customers to explore and shop longer.
  • Personalised customer experiences: Modern signage technologies, such as interactive displays, can provide customers with personalized recommendations based on their preferences. This creates a unique shopping experience that sets your store apart.
  • Cost-effective marketing: Compared to many other marketing efforts, signage can provide long-lasting returns for a one-time investment. Well-designed and strategically placed signs continue to work for your business, attracting customers day in and day out.

Getting new cafe shop signage isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about strategically leveraging a valuable marketing tool. A fresh and appealing looking cafe can pull more people in compared to one that looks dirty or boring. You want to captivate potential customers, convey your brand’s identity, and ultimately drive sales. Whether through enhanced visibility, better navigation, or improved aesthetics, investing in cafe signage is an investment in the growth and success of your business short and long term.

Cafe shop sign installation in Warner's Bay

Before we could install any of the signage we had to prepare all the surfaces to ensure the new materials would be adhesive and remain in place for a long time. Using surface cleaner to clean the café walls and the barriers we could then apply the new decals with the logo onto the window shades of the outdoor coffee van, then under the main serving counter area as well as the centre of each black café barrier. 

Just these two signage installations created a visual impact and branded the outdoor space for this cafe.

We then installed the new parking signs, delivered the A-Frame signs & updated the building sign. All up it took about 2 1/2 hours to complete the signage installation and the cost of this type of signage for a cafe would typically range from $500 inc gst to $3,000 inc gst depending on the size of the signage, materials used and how many individual installations there are.

Portable pedestrian barriers for a coffee shop
Our outdoor portable pedestrian barriers are the perfect solution for any cafe or coffee shop looking to create a safe and comfortable seating area for their customers outdoors. Made from durable, lightweight materials, this barrier is easy to set up and take down, making it perfect for outdoor eating areas, events and more.

The barrier features a sturdy base that can be weighted down or bolted into the floor to provide added stability, helping to prevent accidents and maintain a safe environment for your customers.

With a sleek and modern design, the barrier will seamlessly blend in with any decor, while also serving as a stylish statement piece for your outdoor seating area if it is branded with your logo.

So whether you're looking to create a temporary seating area or simply want to add an extra layer of protection to your cafe, our outdoor portable pedestrian barrier can be a perfect solution.
Wayfinding parking signs for a coffee shop or cafe
Our wayfinding parking signs for cafes are the perfect way to guide your customers to safe and convenient parking spots. Made of durable materials, these signs are weather-resistant and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

Designed with bold, easy-to-read text and graphics, the signs are highly visible and provide clear directions for parking. Whether your cafe is located in a busy downtown area or a suburban neighbourhood, these parking signs will help attract more customers by making it easier for them to find parking nearby.

With a variety of sizes and colours available, our parking signs can be customised to meet your specific needs or local council requirements.
Two way metal A-Frame signs for a cafe or coffee shop
Our portable metal two way A frame signs are the perfect addition to your café's footpath setup. Made with durable metal, our signs are built to withstand any outdoor weather conditions. The A frame design allows for double-sided viewing, making it easy for passersby to view your daily specials or menus.

With its foldable design and lightweight build, these portable signs are easy to store and transport. Simply collapse and take it with you wherever you go or just put them away each night.

With a sleek design and choice of colour finishes, our metal two way A frame signs are sure to complement any café's aesthetic. Whether you're a small café looking for an effective way to show your daily specials, or a larger establishment looking for a portable outdoor advertising solution, our metal two way A frame signs are the perfect choice.
Outdoor signage for a coffee shop or food truck
Our printed decals are the perfect way to bring your cafe's unique charm outdoors. Made from high-quality, durable vinyl, these decals are weather-resistant and can withstand even the toughest elements.

The vibrant colours and intricate details will catch the eye of anyone passing by, making your cafe a must-visit destination. Our decals are easy to apply and can be placed on any smooth surface, from windows to walls or we can install them for you.

They provide an affordable way to customise the exterior of your cafe, helping to establish your brand and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you want to announce a new menu item or simply attract more foot traffic, our printed decals are the perfect solution. Bring your cafe to life with our custom decals.

Sign writers for cafe and coffee shops in Warners Bay

The focus for this cafe was to get the existing area branded with new signage so that it had a strong visual presence from the street. Although like most cafes you can also use other types of signage to promote your brand. More prominent removable signage could be placed on the site, vehicles can have signage applied to them or even the windows, see some of the ideas;

  • Coffee shop vehicle logos & graphics; if the staff at Shirley’s Canteen decided to do catering or even drive the coffee trailer to a local event then the vehicle that tows it could have vehicle signage so that it is all branded & creates awareness as they drive around. The vehicle might be a car, ute, van or truck – each of these types of vehicles can have signage applied to the doors, bonnet, boot or even the windows.
  • Coffee shop outdoor banner flags; depending on the local council requirements and the size of the banner flag they may be able to place these on the corner of the street or outside their shop to attract attention. The movement of the banner flag with the breeze can catch someone’s eye and it is something different for people to notice and look at as they walk by.
  • Coffee shop window signage: the front of their retail store was facing the other side of the block, so one of the windows could have signage applied to it that promoted the cafe at the rear. This could maximise the opportunity to attract people from the front or the rear of the store.
  • Cafe or coffee shop building signage: Depending on the lease conditions a cafe or coffee shop might be able to install signage on the building they are trading from. We can install signs to a wall, awning, fascia or ceiling for any type of building so you can use the space to promote your brand.
  • Wayfinding signs for a cafe or coffee shop: The most basic signage that a cafe or coffee shop can use apart from menu boards is to have wayfinding signs that are put on the doors to show the opening times, directional signs for the location of the toilet or even the designated parking spaces for that location.

What types of cafe shop signage do we get asked for?

Cafe shop signage can be strategically placed in various locations to effectively promote a store and attract customers. Here are some common locations and types of building signage used for retail shops that we get asked to design, print and install;

  • Printed Menus: The number one thing any cafe gets designed and printed are menus. We can help you design a menu that is single or multi page which is then printed on a variety of materials including plain paper if your menu changes often or more durable options that are laminated.

  • Facade Signage: This is the primary signage located on the exterior facade of a cafe. It includes the store’s name, logo, and sometimes tagline. Facade signage is highly visible and plays a crucial role in brand recognition and attracting foot traffic.
  • Window Graphics: Window displays are an excellent opportunity to showcase products, promotions, and the store’s identity. Vinyl graphics, decals, and window posters can be used to communicate special offers or new menu items or directions within the cafe.
  • Awnings and Canopies: Awnings not only provide shade but also offer space for additional signage. They can display the store’s name, logo, and sometimes a brief description of the products or services offered.
  • Footpath Signs: Also known as A-frame signs, these are placed on the sidewalk outside the store to capture the attention of passing pedestrians. They can showcase daily specials, new arrivals, or simply direct customers to the store entrance.
  • Roof Signage: If the retail shop is located in a multistory building, roof signage can be visible from a distance, helping customers locate the store easily.
  • Fascia Signage: This type of signage is mounted directly to the front of the building, usually just above the entrance. It provides essential information such as the store’s name, opening hours, and contact details.
  • Pylon Signs: Commonly used in shopping centers or areas with multiple stores, pylon signs are tall, freestanding structures that display the names and logos of several businesses. They are visible from a distance and help customers locate the retail shop.
  • Wall Murals: A creative and attention-grabbing option, wall murals can transform the exterior walls of a store into a visually appealing display that communicates the brand’s identity and message.
  • Banners and Flags: Hanging banners or flags can be placed on the building’s exterior to highlight special events, grand openings, or limited-time promotions.
  • Directional Signs: These signs guide customers to the store’s entrance or parking area. They are particularly useful in large shopping complexes or malls.
  • Entrance Decals: Placing decals on the entrance doors can create an inviting atmosphere and communicate important information, such as opening hours.

Choosing the right combination of signage types and locations depends on factors such as the cafe’s branding, location, target audience, available space that can be used and of course the budget available. An effective signage strategy considers both visibility and aesthetics to create a compelling and impactful storefront presence in any suburb.

What factors does a signwriter consider when creating cafe shop signage?

Designing effective cafe shop signage requires careful consideration of several factors to ensure that the signage not only captures attention but also effectively communicates the brand message and drives customer engagement for that shop. Here are the most important factors to consider when designing retail shop signage:

  • Branding consistency: Your signage should be an extension of your brand identity. Ensure that the colors, fonts, and overall design align with your brand’s existing visual elements. Consistency builds brand recognition and helps customers connect the signage to your business.
  • Clarity and simplicity: Keep the messaging simple and concise. Your signage should convey its message quickly and clearly, especially for those passing by. Avoid clutter and excessive information that can confuse or overwhelm viewers.
  • Readability: Choose fonts that are easily readable from a distance. Consider factors like font size, style, and color contrast to ensure that the text can be easily understood even from afar.
  • Visibility and contrast: High contrast between text and background enhances readability. Opt for colors that stand out against the surroundings. Consider the lighting conditions throughout the day; your signage should remain visible even in different lighting situations.
  • Message focus: Determine the primary message you want to convey through the signage. Whether it’s announcing a sale, showcasing a product, or highlighting your brand, make sure the message is clear and central.
  • Location consideration: Design your signage with its intended location in mind. The size, layout, and orientation should fit seamlessly within the space and maximise visibility.
  • Call to action: If applicable, include a compelling call to action (CTA). Whether it’s “Visit us today,” “Shop now,” or “Learn more,” a clear CTA prompts customers to take action.
  • Visual hierarchy: Arrange elements in a way that guides the viewer’s eye from the most important information to supporting details. Prioritize information based on its relevance and impact.
  • Material selection: Choose durable and weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements, especially if the signage will be placed outdoors. The material should also align with your brand’s aesthetic.
  • Incorporate brand imagery: Including high-quality images or graphics related to your products, services, or brand can help create a more engaging and memorable experience.
  • Negative space: Don’t overcrowd the signage with elements. Negative space (empty areas) can help improve visual clarity and make the design more aesthetically pleasing. A lot of people feel like they need to fit every possible bit of information they can think of into their signage, what this often does it make it hard to ready, visually very busy & it ends up being confusing to the point people won’t even read it.
  • Adaptability: Consider how the signage design can be adapted for different sizes and formats, such as window displays, banners, or digital screens.
  • Regulations and guidelines: Check if there are any local regulations or guidelines that dictate the size, placement, or content of signage. Complying with these rules is essential to avoid any legal issues.
  • Timelessness: Aim for a design that won’t quickly become outdated. Trends change, so a timeless design will have a longer shelf life and won’t require frequent updates.

By carefully addressing these factors, you can create cafe shop signage that effectively captures attention, communicates your message, and contributes to a positive customer experience.

We hope you enjoyed our behind the scenes look at how another business has approached their new signage project. At Screen Signs, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and are always happy to come up with some mock up ideas to get things started.

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Kylie Wells
Kylie Wells

Kylie is the Director of Screen Signs and is passionate about helping local businesses promote themselves with signage for their building, retail shop, vehicles or other locations. Kylie and her husband run Screen Signs, a local business serving the Cardiff area and surrounding region in the Newcastle Hunter area.

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