Two years ago this June, Thessa Bos and Chantal Louw, with a handful of pop-up shops to their name, opened the doors of their first permanent store in trendy Kloof Street. It was a dream come true and, as they say, without serendipitous moments and meetings, would not have been realised. This June, they will take a moment to thank the people who made a lasting contribution to their company and their lives, often without even realising their impact.
Inspired by Drew Dudley, who spoke at TEDx about how he connected two strangers with a lollipop and, without knowing, changed their lives forever, Chantal and Thessa are “setting out with you to thank the people who, through small moments on their parts, helped us make a huge difference in our lives.”
“It is people such as Andrea Papan, who introduced my business partner and I, and Jodi Meiring, who tipped us about the shop on Kloof Street before it even came onto the market, without whom The Fringe Arts would not be what it is today,” say Chantal.
In June, The Fringe on Kloof’s windows will be dedicated to allowing everyone who has a lollipop moment of their own to say thank you to the person or people behind it. “We will provide all the goodies, from thank you cards to stamps – we will even walk to the post office. All you have to do is come by, take a seat, write a note and hand us the address and closed envelope. Help us pay our lollipop moment forward.”
In Drew’s words, “We’ve made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There are only six billion understandings of it and if you change one person’s understanding of it, one person’s understanding of what they’re capable of, one person’s understanding of how much people care about them, one person’s understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world, you change the whole thing”
If you can’t watch Drew’s full TED Talk, take two minutes to watch the compilation below:
THE FRINGE ON KLOOF
99B Kloof street, Gardens
THE FRINGE AT V&A
Shop 11B Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront