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

vamp furniture, woodstock

set of 3 vintage stack stools, re-upholstered in multi-coloured fabrics

2-tone Yellowwood & Imbuia mid-century 2-tier coffee table

mid-century Sapele & Mahogany wood sideboard with black and cream accents

Twiggy Bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Paula van Niekerk and her partner Michael Dodds often discussed opening a furniture and homeware store, but it wasn’t until a weekend away to the West Coast in 2009 that the conversations turned into a reality. They stumbled across, Paula says, “a jaw dropping selection of mid-century furniture for sale.”

A few months after shipping their find to Cape Town, Vamp opened its doors in Woodstock; a logical choice, as Michael’s wood workshop had been based there for 20 years. They split the space into adjoining store and workshop, but when the building was sold, moved into the perfect spot opposite the Old Biscuit Mill.

Paula says of Woodstock: “We are inspired by the infectious energy, sense of community and the diverse creative talents Woodstock continues to attract.”

This inspiration and creative energy is something Paula and Michael themselves have in abundance, and are perfectly reflected in their gorgeous up-cycled retro furniture, original Mid-20th Century classics, quirky vintage kitchenalia and collectables, a select range of homeware by local design talents, as well as their own range of mid century inspired furniture, which they design and manufacture.

Every week I receive what Vamp calls their “Fabulous Friday Furniture updates” – sign up here – and every week the list of beautiful pieces I want – no, need – to own grows longer. A visit to Vamp is an absolute must, but be warned, you won’t come away empty handed; not that you will want to , of course!

The Pacman Shelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

nest of three E Gomme G Plan tables in two tone teak

wall unit, made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Vamp bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Retro nest of three tables in green, grey and cream

Metal light pendants re-sprayed in bright yellow

021 448 2755
368 Albert Road, Woodstock

tedxcapetown2013 viewing party at fast & remarkable

Tickets for this year’s event have sold out, but luckily there’s something called a TEDxCapeTown Viewing Party. Fast & Remarkable are hosting one such party at their shop in Salt Circle Arcade in Woodstock. There will be the webcast of the year, of course, along with a discussion on F & R’s food and sustainability theme for World Design Capital 2014. Also, Origin coffee and craft beer tasting with Beeguevara. The Salt Circle Food Truck will be offering a special on their fresh juice and wraps.

The details:
TEDxCapeTown 2013 Viewing Party
Fast & Remarkable
021 835 4199
Unit 6, Salt Circle Arcade, 374 Albert Road, Woodstock
Saturday, 20th July 2013

See invite here or visit the & R Facebook page

If the great coffee, craft beer tasting and fresh and delicious wraps are not reason enough, here are another 20, from the TEDxCapeTown website why you don’t want to miss TEDxCapeTown 2013. Speakers include:

Leonie Joubert
Leonie writes passionately about urban food insecurity, why it is an invisible problem and ideas on how to tackle it.

Johnny Anderton
Johnny works to develop and disseminate simple, cost-effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements.

John McInroy
John follows his dreams and brings an infectious energy packaged in a single word… ShoOops! Where ever you go, go with your heart.

Jasper Horrell
Jasper focuses on the science and engineering of the SKA telescope and has a vision for Africa as a leader in knowledge-based activity.

Shabashni Moodley
Shabashni wants to mobilise schools and community colleges through group dialogue, peer teaching and democratic learning.

Nic Haralambous
Nic believes in embracing incompetence and how it allows for situations of learning and discovery, and often the emergence of the greatest innovation and success.

Shannon Hope
Shannon shares her beliefs in having the courage to start over again as she did in following her dream to become a full-time musician at the age of 29.

Riaan Conradie
Riaan offers some of the practical changes needed to facilitate real and tangible advances in the digital health arena.

Davey du Plessis
Davey uses adventure as a source of experience to understand the nature of humanity and the unlimited potential of the human spirit.

Tony Elvin
As a ‘social enterprise’ practitioner and evangelist, Tony draws inspiration from his diverse background to address the many challenges faced by post apartheid South Africa.

Jillian Reilly
Jillian addresses the fundamental problem with international aid and how to work within this broken system for social change.

Gavin Bonner
Gavin spouts spontaneous poetry and shares improv storytelling in rhyme and flow inspired by themes and objects in everyday life.

Angela Horn
Angela expands on the upsides of downsizing and how living with less can positively affect your life.

Whispers of Wisdom
Whispers of Wisdom consist of three guys and two girls who combine poetry, song and spoken word to talk about things that matter.

Ivo Vegter
Ivo talks about how environmental exaggeration harms emerging economies. Using amusing examples, he explains why excessive risk avoidance is as dangerous as risk itself.

Craig Hinds
Craig crafts some of the most beautiful acoustic songs to come out of South Africa, songs that seep into your soul, get under your skin and stay with you.

Karen Dudley
Karen uses food and sharing thereof as a metaphor for embracing our diversity and creating spaces for people to find comfort and nourishment.

Adrian Saville
Adrian demonstrates how mobility on all levels can create win-win outcomes that produce economic inclusion and social upliftment.

Angel Campey
Angel feels at home on stage with her discuss-it-for-what-it-is comedy approach and shares fresh perspectives on topics we should be talking about.

Rapelang Rabana
Rapelang believes in using mobile technology to re-imagine learning by creating interactive, personalized and adaptive learning platforms that produce data and transparently show levels of knowledge retention.

Shop at The Gear change

We love shopping online; it is quick, easy and convenient at The Gear change

Buying second hand goods online is another story, though. Stories of people being ripped off or scammed out of money and goods abound. Not all scams are easy to spot, because, sadly, not all scammers are stupid.

Shop at The Gear changeThe Gear Change in Woodstock offers an extremely safe and secure platform for cyclists looking to buy and sell cycling equipment, from bikes and frames to parts and clothing.

They also offer professional advice and exceptional service to ensure risk-free transactions from the time you start browsing all the way through to delivery.

As a bonus, if you have had any equipment stolen, let them know and they will keep an eye out.

Shop online at their website – where you will also find out all the info you need, including details about how and why you can shop with absolute confidence – or pop in to their store in Grey Street, Woodstock where you can have your bike serviced as well.

You’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Gear Change
2 Grey Street
Cape Town
021 448 8905

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