It’a a party at Woodstock Exchange

Those who’ve been keeping an eye on the transformation of three old industrial buildings into the Woodstock Exchange almost certainly share our excitement.

If you haven’t yet and need a reason to go check it out, keep next Thursday, November 1 free, when a number of creatives are celebrating their official launch with a party. In the spirit of celebration, many of the other outlets will be open too.

What can you expect? Good food, cash bar and live music – along with awesome products, inspiring creatives and fab treats. The evening kicks off at 6:30pm.

Gorgeous products. We love the Martini bags, leather duffel and wrap chairs. Check out all their products on Facebook or their website.

Owners Neal and Vanessa and their team offer a variety of yoga and meditation, along with a creative project space. AIR has some great opening offers available during October, so you have a week left to take advantage. Find out more on Facebook and at their website

Owned by Amanda Williamson (Sam & Seb) and Sylvia Benoist (Petit pois), Frekkle is a unique kids’ lifestyle and clothing brand. They also have a kid’s hair salon planned in the coming months. Frekkle’s launch starts a little earlier, specially for little ones. Facebook | Website

What can we say? Divine pies, pastries, sandwiches and Deluxe coffee. This is their second outlet; they also has a shop in Barrack Street. Lots of specials including Commuter Friday. Well worth following on Facebook to keep you updated and your mouth watering. Find them here and online here

In December 2010 the charming Jess and her 1975 Jurgens Caravan that was transformed into a ‘bohemian-chic’ mobile tearoom, revolutionised tea drinking in Cape Town.

Her equally charming tea parlour at Woodstock Exchange is the realisation of her vision for a permanent space to share her love for tea with imported and locally sourced fair-trade, ethically produced and organic loose-leaf tea and teatime treats. Facebook | Website

Not their official launch, but they’ll be open. Stunning handcrafted furniture, lighting, accessories, textiles, clothing, jewellery and more. The Beam Me Up, Scotty lamp is a B-guided favourite. See more of their ranges on Facebook.


Soon to be opening a new outlet at Woodstock Exchange, Honest Chocolate will be open on the night with chocolate, ice cream and more chocolate. And perhaps even a few other surprises. Indescribably delicious chocolate that’s actually good for you. You know you want some. Facebook | Website

We also recommend:

  • Starling & Hero Bicycle Café, which we wrote about here, but you can find them on Facebook here or on their website, here, where you can also buy your bike accessories online.
  • Urban Africa – Vincent Urbain’s range of leather goods; understated, stylish, timeless footwear, handbags, messenger bags, laptop sleeves, wallets, belts, cardholders, key rings and more. Urban Africa also offers custom made pieces if you’re looking for something truly unique. Facebook
  • Rosetta Roastery – not a retail space, but you can make an appointment see where they roast single-origin and estate coffees and present them in super stylish packaging. Rosetta offers free bi-weekly deliveries in the Cape Town area. Facebook

There’s plenty more to see, so be there.

For more info and to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Exchange, like them on Facebook, here

win unlimited yoga for one month at air yoga meditation atelier

Vanessa was a Mysore-practising, freelance graphic designer in the UK when she traveled to Mysore in India and, within three weeks of arriving, met her husband, Neal. After traveling and teaching yoga around Asia, including running a yoga school in Bali, they decided it was time to return to Europe. The return journey included a stop in Cape Town to visit Vanessa’s mother and it was in Cape Town that Vanessa’s and Neal’s lives took a surprising turn.

Vanessa and Neal had wanted to create an accessible space, free from dogma, where students could feel comfortable regardless of whether they’d been practising yoga for years or complete beginners whose knowledge extended little further than being able to spell “yoga”, but had no immediate plans to do so. That changed when they spotted the perfect space at the Woodstock Exchange, and the life they envisioned back in the UK was replaced with a move to Cape Town.

AIR Yoga Meditation Atelier offers a range of yoga styles, including but not limited to:

Mysore style is traditional Ashtanga yoga, as taught in Mysore India by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. It is a unique class where you will practice a set sequence of postures at your own pace while a teacher gives you individual guidance and adjustments. As you progress through the series you will receive new postures. Suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced.

Jivamukti means “liberation while living.” This style of yoga emerged in 1984 from one of New York City’s best-known yoga studios. It is a study of how Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga incorporates into spiritual teachings and philosophies, placing special emphasis on how these apply to daily life. Classes can give you a good workout in a supportive and uplifting environment.

This class draws on knowledge from Indian Hatha asanas, Chinese medicine and Buddhist practices to work on balancing the mind and body. Holding shapes for long periods of time that stress the connective tissues and redirect energy to vital organs. Encouraging surrender, softening and release. Yin yoga complements a fast and energetic Ashtanga yoga or other Yang styles of practice.

Mysore Ashtanga is relatively unknown in Cape Town and while it does require some commitment – three times a week for the first month is suggested – it is a wonderful way to learn a meditative personal yoga practice.

To give you an idea of why Mysore is so highly rated and seen by many as the best way to learn Ashtanga, pop over to Lilablog to read Frances Prema Harjeet’s beautifully-worded and easy to understand thoughts on this style.

Two aspects Frances mentions resonate strongly with me and I believe goes a long way towards helping newcomers to yoga feel a lot less intimidated:

Poses are taught in a way that is right for that specific body, with its own limitations and strengths. It’s a very individualized process, yet firmly rooted in a tradition and a community.

I like that I can stop and ask for help, without it feeling like I’m disrupting the whole class. I like the personalization of the practice; I love that I feel like I am alone, doing my own thing, while simultaneously feeling supported by the group dynamic.

AIR Yoga Meditation Atelier is giving three B-guided readers the chance to win one month’s unlimited yoga. This is the perfect opportunity for those who have considered joining a studio or for more experienced students looking for something a little different.

As a bonus, if the winners opt for Mysore in their free month, they will get a 20% discount on the second month’s fees.

To enter, email your contact details to by 30 August using AIRyoga in the subject line, leave a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet @bguidedSA using #AIRYoga.

In the meantime, pop over to the AIR website to learn more about the various styles, teachers and classes, check them out on Facebook or Twitter or call the studio on 073 584 2978.

join the rhino force

333 Rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2010. Nearly 300 have been slaughtered so far this year. If, as this report at Afrika Expeditionary Force states, 93,4% of Africa’s rhinos are found in South Africa, we have an enormous responsibility to ensure that these magnificent creatures are not hunted to near-extinction.

One of the easiest ways to show support – by raising awareness and contributing financially – is to ‘join’ the Rhino Force. Pop into your local Exclusive Books store and buy a Rhino Force Supporter’s Band for just R30. Black and red beads represent the black and white rhinos; red beads their plight.

For more information on the plight of rhinos, as well as other ways to help, visit:
WWF South Africa
Afrika Expeditionary Force
Endangered Wildlife Trust

Raise awareness. Show support.

Image: Rhino – Nick Farnhill on Flickr
Image: Rhino Force Supporter’s Band – Afrika Expeditionary Force

word of mouth: coffee and books

If you’ve been to the Woodstock Foundry recently, you may have noticed a little more activity than usual. That’s because Tribe Coffee Roastery and Café is hard at work getting ready for the official launch on Thursday, 18 April.

Expect to find a café, hidden terrace, beanery, coffee training and, of course professionally roasted coffees that are local and ethical. Affordable luxury is what it is.

In the meantime. feel free to pop in and try one their awesome coffees. You can find more information at their website

Launching on the same day is Benedikt – named after renowned publisher Benedikt Taschen – which will be stocking a selection of the very best Taschen titles. The website and online store will go live soon, but anyone familiar with Taschen books know that they are so beautiful one wants the tactile experience available on in a physical store.

Just a few of the diverse titles you will find, are:

We’ll have more details on both Tribe and Benedikt – and the official launch party – in next week’s newsletter.

cut, colour and treatment special at the lobby hair shop in may

The Lobby Hair Shop is a unisex hair salon, specializing in men’s and women’s hair, that offers a unique service in cutting, colouring styling and extensions. This distinct space offers more than just a hair cut with old fashioned barber chairs, ice cold beers, and top notch coffee.

Their new stylist, Lara, is running a starting promotion for the month of May: R600 for a colour, cut and treatment package, which included a root/medium tint or half head of highlights either of which includes a nourishing protein and moisture treatment and a cut and blowdry to finish!

160 Albert Road, Woodstock Foundry, Woodstock
021 447 9090

rosetta roastery’s new roastery & café space opens

We share Cindy Taylor’s – who admits that she “nagged” the team constantly – excitement about the new roastery/café just opened at the Woodstock Exchange. So, what’s it all about?

Rosetta’s slowly but surely approach has resulted in a roastery/café space at the Woodstock Exchange that not only oozes with style but also caters to the coffee enthusiast looking for a little more than just a quick flat white – by all means you can nip in for a quickie if that’s your thing but you’d be missing out on the real deal. Features like the built-in slow brew (pour over) bar, the slow-drip Kyoto and the Mirage Bastone, one of the sexiest machines you’ll see around, show the thought that has gone into creating this coffee haven. And to top it off they’ve brought in Ma Mere Maison’s dangerously delicious macaroons.

For more great images check out Cindy’s blog at I Love Coffee

021 447 4099
Unit AG02, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road

Images: Cindy Taylor

vintage bike sale at the woodstock exchange on 23 august

On Friday 23rd of August the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN) is throwing a party and having a unique Vintage Bicycle Auction. Fourteen fabulous bikes, which have been fixed up and customized in cooperation with Woodstock Cycleworks and Ubuntu Bikes, are up for sale. Plus, there will be there will be live music, beers, braai and bikes from 4pm, with the auction starting at 5 pm.

BEN, the Bicycle Empowerment Network, has been supplying affordable bikes to impoverished communities for the past 12 years. They import used bicycles from overseas and distribute them to low income areas, train recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establish Bicycle Empowerment Centres (BECs) and encourage cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. BEN also assists the planning of events to help promote the use of the bicycle as a form of mobility.

The auction is part of a project to improve the financial sustainability of BEN and aims to do so by selling vintage bicycles to bike shops in Cape Town and to walk-in customers. This will contribute to cover operational costs, subsidizing bicycles to low-income areas and expanding their activities in general.

Check out their website to see the amazing work they do, and head over to the Vintage Bike Sale Facebook event page for details of the sale.

ashtanga lab: working from the ground up with nadia van der schyf

Are you new to Ashtanga? Are you finding the Practice so physically daunting that you’re fixated on either the ‘doing’ or just plain soldiering through it all to get the practice done? Are you old to Ashtanga? Or rather is Ashtanga feeling ‘old’ to you? Is it becoming just another thing to tick off your list at the end of your day or week?

In this workshop you will explore being conscious and responsible on and off the mat. Work with focused intention from the ground up. Using Breath, Dristhti/focus, Bandas/energy awareness. Briefly explore the elements of the yamas & niyamas, all eight of which are what the Physical practice of Ashtanga yoga is based on. Without knowledge, awareness and a constant commitment to the understanding of these you might as well being doing Aerobics. Practice every time you get onto the mat, by bringing awareness of your body in space and inspire you to claim that space, with as much of an open heart as possible.

Nadia van der Schyf first walked into an Ashtanga class in Johannesburg in early 2004. Initially, she was of the opinion that yoga was for bendy wierdos and ashram junkies, having come from a personal trainer and Martial Arts background. But that first class was so damn challenging she knew she had met her match as far as a physical practice was concerned. Luckily for her it turned out to be so much more than that and Nadia has had a regular Ashtanga yoga practice since 2005.

Mostly a self-practitioner, she has been to Mysore twice in 2005-2006 and in 2008 to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and Sharath Jois Rangaswamy at The Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Often referred to as ‘The Ashtanga Yoga Police’ Nadia is dedicated to the traditional practice and teachings of the practice as is still taught at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute today. Although a traditionalist at heart Nadia’s teaching style is often humorous, playful and kind. Nadia continued a modified practice during both her pregnancies, and is most passionate about developing a sustained practice geared toward longevity and service to a higher consciousness.

The workshop takes place from 11am to 1pm on SATURDAY, 28 September. The cost is R200, or R150 for AIR members.

For more info visit their Facebook page or call 073 584 2978.

the lock stock christmas night market

If you’ve been to The Lock Stock market at the Woodstock Exchange on a Saturday, you already know that it’s the place to find homeware, collectibles, fashion, jewellery, gifts and goodies galore. The Christmas Night Market, on from 5pm to 10pm, is no exception. Have a peek below at a few of our favourite goodies, then head to their Facebook page to see even more.

saucisse boutique deli

Amanda Lewis left the Northern Hemisphere with big plans to open her own place filled to the brim with all the exotic delicacies she had come across while working as a private chef in Europe. That was until she returned home to find Cape Town’s thriving market culture ripe with small-scale producers and top-notch quality products. Why go to all the trouble of importing the products when they’re right here, on your back door? And so, Saucisse Boutique Deli was born.

Saucisse doesn’t have a set menu. In fact, it doesn’t have a menu at all – all the ingredients are there, it’s just up to you to put them together. If you feel like something simple – a sourdough sarmie with cheese and tomato, perhaps – then that’s what you’ll get. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting then add in some Serrano-style ham, Emmental and rocket. You could also order a meat & cheese platter, which includes a selection of four meats, four cheeses, breads, dips and rocket for a steal at 80 bucks. Add in R15 to the meat & cheese platter and allow your taste buds to decide on what they like by tasting the selection of meats available.

In keeping with European style, coffee can be ordered next door at Espresso Lab and if it’s wine you’re after, you need only amble across the courtyard…

One of the most pleasant and delicious ways to enjoy a leisurely lunch, before stocking up on some deli delights – both imported and sourced from small, local producers – to take home.

Unit A 112, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

021 447 7177
Unit A112, The Old Biscuit Mill