The Goldsteins Legend
A long time ago in old Germany, our grandfather, Julius Goldstein studied as an apprentice Konditor (pastry chef). A Konditorei is the German word for a pâtisserie and confectionery shop, like a little café - in Germany and Austria it is popular to go to a Konditorei to have a cake (think cream cakes, apple strudel and petit fours) and some coffee or hot chocolate mid-afternoon.
Julius lived with a master Konditor and was so dedicated to his trade that legend has it that he would sleep on barrels of dough and when the dough had risen enough it would tip him off the barrel and he would start preparing the dough for the hours of baking ahead.
Our grandparents Julius and Paula arrived in Australia in 1939 and after settling in Brisbane they opened their first Konditorei ‘Busy Bee’ on Roma Street, directly opposite where the train station currently stands. Their European style of baking was an immediate success - apart from perhaps the cheese cakes that customers initially returned complaining they were sour - yes our grandparents introduced cheese cake to the folks of Brisbane!.
The people of Brisbane didn't take long to embrace the new flavours on offer and following the success of the Brisbane bakery Julius and Paula looked toward the coast when considering opening a new store. There was always connection with the Gold Coast with regular customers travelling up to visit the Busy Bee and the Goldstein family. Now with the addition of three sons the Goldsteins spent many family holidays on the coast.
By the 1950’s the Gold Coast was booming and the family set up shop in Surfers Paradise. Goldsteins Bakery was on everyone’s lips, the bread, the cakes, the pies, and so the legend grew bigger.
We love that to this day there are still people who recall their 1960’s holiday to Surfers Paradise who were amazed at the little bakery just across from the beach. The Goldsteins brand is recognised Australia wide and we are proud to be a part of a community that sees our loyal customers return time and again – locals and holiday makers alike.
Our products have evolved and we still work by the same principles, providing great tasting food with the finest and freshest ingredients produced using time honoured methods of cooking and baking. We are now recognised as one of the best Pie makers in the country, with numerous awards to validate the claim and plenty of support from our devoted fans.
As the Gold Coast grew, so did Goldsteins. Frank Goldstein has been instrumental in the growth of the business from its first store to now operating 18 wholly owned company stores. With sons Joshua and Martin, now the third generation of the Goldsteins, the family plans on expanding their business as a franchise model.
With a fantastic range of products and nearly 70 years of successful baking and business operations, the brand has been perfected and it is now time to ‘Share the Love’.