A Bunbury couple with a passion for hospitality going back 40 years are set to open an interactive kitchenware and cookware store at Eaton Fair.
Tony and Trina Allocca, who also own the Coffee Club in Bunbury, have always loved the interactive nature of Matchbox stores – so much so that they are set to open a brand new Matchbox at Eaton Fair.
Matchbox is a supplier of kitchenware, homeware, and giftware, with quality brands like Scanpan, Avanti, Jamie Oliver, and Maxwell Williams.
Mr Allocca is a chef by trade and has worked in hotels and hospitality for 40 years. As such he has a keen interest in the evolving nature of kitchenware.
“I like the fact that you get assistance in these stores,” he said.
“I’ve always been interested in the new products that come out, the technology that changes, the different styles that have evolved over the years.
“You can learn about the different cultures and their effects on food, styles of presentation and that sort of thing. I just love wandering through it, looking at all the stuff and trying it out.”
Eaton Fair’s Matchbox will have a demonstration kitchen in store.
“There’ll be interactive activities within the store, advice, people that will show you how to use the different products,” Mr Allocca said.
“We aim to offer advice and assistance, and educate people on how to use the pans for optimum cooking style. We’ll find out what they want to use it for, where they want to use it and how, and try to give the right direction on how to go about it.”
The store is expected to open on Monday, December 11.