Washington Shop

Following Government Advice

Our Washington Shop is closed from Thursday 5th November for four weeks. This notice supersedes all shop opening times posted on this website.

We have introduced the government guideline measures to protect our customers and staff.
While these are not the most ideal of situations for any shop, we hope that with your patience and understanding it will enable us to keep everyone safe and still provide the welcome environment you are used to.

If you don’t feel comfortable shopping in store we are happy for you to contact us and make arrangements for home delivery or collection from the car park during operating hours.

Some of the measures & changes we are taking to try and keep everyone safe whilst maintaining the best service possible:
  • Face coverings are compulsory unless you have a valid exemption.
  • A maximum of 8 customers will be allowed in the shop at once. We are asking customers to shop alone where possible and no children unless contained in a buggy or under strict supervision.
  • Please follow all social distancing guides and signage in-store.
  • If possible please make your purchases using a contactless card payment.
  • Please use hand sanitisers provided.
  • Please keep product handling to a minimum unless you intend to purchase.
  • Shop toilet will be closed to customer use.
The following services are suspended until further notice:
  • Tin Hire
  • Stand Hire
  • Photocake Edible Images
  • Bespoke Cake Toppers

We are design-a-cake, a specialist sugarcraft retailer based in Washington, Tyne & Wear, established in 1997. We sell high quality tools, moulds, veiners, cutters and consumables, as well as a variety of general craft materials related to sugarcraft. We take great pride in the depth of our product range, however, where we believe we truly excel is in the technical expertise we offer. Don't know your sugar paste from your flower paste? Never really known how best to achieve a tiered masterpiece? All you have to do is ask! Our experts will be only too happy to point you in the right direction with friendly, practical advice & guidance.

Visit Us

Our shop, located on Crowther Industrial Estate in Washington, boasts a vast area of consumables and equipment to suit almost every need and with many parking spaces right outside the shop there's no need to worry about carrying your bulkier purchases too far.

We are just a short drive from the A1 between Newcastle and Durham, with easy access from Sunderland via the A1231. We are located alongside to Dainty Supplies, the North's largest haberdashers and only a few hundred metres from Tonia Ann Bridal Wear.

  • Opening Times

    Our Washington Shop is open seven days a week.
    We will be initially reducing our opening hours to:

    • Monday - Saturday
      9:30am - 4:30pm
    • Sunday
      10:30am – 3:30pm
    • All Public Bank Holidays
      10am – 4pm

    These hours will remain in place until we review them on Monday 29th June.

We carry a wide range of store exclusive products that are not available online.
Please also note that not all of our website products are available in-store.
Website stock levels indicate the amount available to buy online only.
Feel free to get in touch with our sales team for any queries regarding product availability.

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