Last week, I received an invitation to attend the first annual holiday pop-up shop organised by Creative Life – a collaboration of talented people promoting their own businesses. It was held in a beautiful home on the magnificent Val de Vie Polo Estate in the Cape Winelands.
Creative Life is the brainchild of three friends (Marcelle, Salome and Illie) with a love and passion for good food and wine, all things creative and lazy social gatherings. In between their full time jobs, they have managed to pull off something quite remarkable, hosting events that give creative people like themselves the opportunity to showcase their work and/ products. What I loved about the whole experience was the variety of brands and businesses on display- it wasn’t just another market. Everyone was so passionate about their products and it created a vibrant atmosphere.
Salome Knijenburg from Salomeinteriors had a magnificent display of her latest decor must-have’s that had me drooling and hauling out my wallet very quickly. Salome offers a full decor service – no job is too big or small. Salome assisted me with the decor of our new home last year and I can vouch for her efficiency, her incredible eye for detail and how she uses existing pieces of furniture and gives them a new lease on life. She is brilliant when it comes to conceptualising plans and layouts, and has assisted many new home owners finalising their house plans and choosing finishes, She firmly believes that its not the size of your space that matters, it’s what you need and do with the space that is most important. Contact Salome on her website or via Facebook.
Billy Phillips Blinds and Flooring is a family run business, based in Wellington, who offer quality blinds, flooring and decor at competitive prices. Established in 1979, they are true experts in their field, and their personal service and dependability has gained them an excellent reputation that sets them apart from their competitors. Their showroom also stocks an absolutely gorgeous range of woven towels, rugs and throws as well as other decor objects that you will find hard to resist. Visit Billy Phillips at 63 Burg Street, Wellington or contact them via Facebook or their website.
Marcelle van Niekerk is a very talented graphic designer with a love for fashion, jewellery and good wine. Her specialities are logo branding, business card designs, and social media hosting, which includes designing adverts and keeping your Facebook page active and relevant. Business owners know how time consuming it is to update social media pages regularly, and this is Marcelle steps in and simplifies your life by managing this entire aspect of your business. Marcelle designed the Creative Life Logo and all the invitations for their events. Contact her via her Facebook page.
Cretienne Couture from Stellenbosch has certainly made a name for herself. She has two stores in the town that stock her designs under the Cretienne label, as well as many high-end labels such as Errol Arendz, Anna Scott, Pringle, Polo and Frank Lyman. Her own label is focussed on lifestyle clothing, and she also has a beautiful 100% linen range. I was intrigued by the jewellery collection under the name NV Collective, which are all once off designs by 5 very talented SA jewellery designers. The collection includes The Walter Battiss Jewellery Collection by Nanette Veldsman. If you’re looking for something unique, different and colourful, then look no further. Contact Cretienne via Facebook.
Anchen Crossland is a lady that can transform you from drab to glam with a few strokes of her brush(es)! She is a professional make-up and hair stylist based in Tableview. From her studio she also does lash extensions and permanent make-up. Anchen works closely with professional photographers and does hair and make-up for weddings and functions. Contact Anchen on 071 681 7224.
Van Eck Family and Friends Wines are making a name for themselves. Based in Worcester, these passionate wine makers have recently won silver, gold and double gold for some of their wines at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards, and when you hear that it’s actually a medical doctor at the helm of all of this, you really sit up and take notice. Their philosophy is ‘wine made in the vineyard’. Every bottle is an ambassador of the terroir that the various grape varietals come from. Their grapes are sourced from only the best vineyards and all their wines have a beautiful story and philosophy. Contact Van Eck Wines via Facebook.
Antelo hand-crafted leather handbags, luggage and wallets are designed in Stellenbosch and inspired by the beauty of nature that has been combined with the love of vintage. What I love about their bags is that they all have timeless designs and are crafted from the finest leather. When you buy a bag from Antelo you can rest assured that it will be a piece that you will take with you through life. Contact Carin Nelson on Facebook or their website.
Phelia Loubser from Delectable Cuisine is a very talented pastry chef who has turned her passion into a business. She creates the most beautiful cakes, cupcakes, sweet temptations and also does catering for large functions. Her work is truly exceptional – have a look at her Facebook page. I know where I’ll be ordering my next birthday cake from! She is based in Durbanville but takes orders from all over the Cape Town area.
It’s cherry time in the Cape, and if you love cherries as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to know that du Toit Cherry Time, delivers farm-fresh cartons of cherries to the following pick up points: Ceres (The Pink Lady Coffee Shop), Riebeek Kasteel (Swartdam Farm), Paarl (Offices of the Fruit Route), Stellenbosch (Cretienne Couture Boutique), Somerset West (Link Offices), Cape Town (Offices of the Fruit Cube) and Franschhoek (Dutch East Restaurant). Orders must be place by 12.00 on a Tuesday for delivery on a Thursday. The cost is R150 per 2kg carton. Stock is limited so get those orders in early. Email your orders to email@example.com or follow them on Facebook.
If you love red wine, then Osbloed Wines is for you. Bertus van Niekerk made his dream a reality when he created exceptional and unique red wines at an affordable price. Many of his wines have featured in John Platters wine guide and received 4 star ratings. The striking labels are unique and definitely a talking point at any dinner party. Contact Bertus via Facebook.
Fleet Coffee Company is a mobile coffee business that sells high quality, barista styled coffee. I love the story behind Fleet, which gets its name from their Lieutenant Commander Barista, Cheslin Grobbler, who learned the barista trade whilst in the navy many years ago. At the time he was still in high school and very rebellious in nature. The navy seemed to be a good platform to address this rebelliousness, and so started the journey of Fleet Coffee Company. Years later, after completing his diploma in Theology and also playing rugby semi-professionally for Boland, Cheslin started to work as a barista in a coffee shop in Wellington. It was here that he was introduced to Labit – a consultancy that helps disadvantaged communities build sustainable businesses. Established in January 2015, Fleet Coffee Company seeks to give similar opportunities to the youth and show them alternatives to crime related activities in our communities. Contact Cheslin via Facebook or email fleet firstname.lastname@example.org for any functions that require a mobile coffee station.
Lord’s Wines lies 500m above sea-level in the mountains surrounding Robertson in the fertile McGregor valley, amidst fynbos and proteas. The higher, cooler altitude makes it suitable for producing Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Started by Jacie Oosthuizen in 2003, and named after Lord’s Cricket Ground in London (Jacie is a huge fan of the game and the grounds), his wines have gone on to win numerous awards. Follow the road to nowhere from the village of McGregor and attend a tasting on the farm. You can also order their wines via their website, or follow them on Facebook.
Anneke Clothing in Paarl specialises in custom made clothes for the Voluptuous Woman. Anneke pays special attention to the design and fabric used, and her clothes are soft, flowing and flattering. She makes outfits for special occasions and every day wear. Contact Anneke for an appointment on 082 695 4849 or follow her on Facebook.
If there is one thing you need to buy this summer, its a PoolPillow™ – the most fun, durable floating pillow for the pool, loungers for your garden or any outside area. Strong and durable, pool pillows are designed to rule the pool! Floating on water, putting up with rigorous play without deflating, it’s pretty puncture proof and unlikely to take off in the wind. Pool Pillows are a great gift, a fun addition to your home and a luxurious extra to any hotel, lodge or spa. All fabrics used are made specifically for Poolpillow.co.za and come in a comprehensive range of colours to choose from, Contact a consultant in your area and follow them on Facebook.
Pam Golding Properties are selling up a storm in the Winelands. If you’re interested in estate living in the Drakenstein Valley look no further than Val de Vie, Pearl Valley and Boschenmeer Estates. Contact the highly efficient team in the Paarl office for more information.
Nathan Botes from ClickerED Photography is new to the Creative Life Team, and specialises in both photography and graphic design. Nathan’s work is fresh and inspiring and he certainly has a great future ahead of him as a creative photographer and designer. Click on Nathan’s Facebook page to view images of the Creative Life Market and contact him via his page.
Gail Roux : Salome Interiors, Billy Phillips, Cherry Time, Delectable Cuisine
Creative Life : Nathan Botes,
Val de Vie Estate – Pam Golding
Lords Wines – Lords Wines
Fleet Coffee – Fleet Coffee
Trevor Adeline – Delectable Cuisine