How does one summarise Cape Town’s newest trendy hotspot that is a 32 bedroom Hotel, a rooftop bar with a resident mixologist, and a restaurant with Chef Guy Bennett at the helm, located in an area in which such an offering is not expected, that is simply gorgeous? The Gorgeous George Hotel, and with it the GiGi Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, will bring the Cape Town city centre alive again, an area that has not seen any innovation in quite a while. Continue reading →
Last week a host of media representatives was invited to attend a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Carrol Boyes company, an event at which founder, designer, and doyen Carrol Boyes shared with us the history of her evolvement as an artist, into building a functional art design company, creating a new homeward and lifestyle design every week. Continue reading →
While I have shopped at IKEA in Southampton with my son now living in the UK, I have not been near an IKEA anything in Cape Town. This changed last week, during Design Indaba 2019, when IKEA had a prominent IKEA Överallt ( meaning everywhere in Swedish) outdoor stand at the foot of the Artscape Theatre building. It reflected the best creativity in design in Africa, a social responsibility project of the global Swedish home interior design company. But there is little chance of the company opening any stores in our country within the next five years, it was confirmed. Continue reading →
It is almost impossible to summarize the goosebump specialness of being in the company of two creative geniuses on Saturday afternoon, at Salon58 No 11, with the theme of ‘Trace’ – style and fashion icon Jackie Burger and Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen. Continue reading →
Yesterday I attended the launch of a water saving awareness campaign initiated in the heart of Cape Town by Urban Lime, on Church Square. Mayor Patricia de Lille announced that the City of Cape Town’s recent forecast of an extension of the water supply ‘Day Zero’ by two months, to 13 May, has been amended to 3 May 2018, given an increase in water consumption during the recent rain. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Tanur Jewellery in the V&A Waterfront, where I not only found a tanzanite eternity ring, after a long struggle to find the perfect match with my other tanzanite rings, but also enjoyed excellent Service, in having the ring enlarged. The ring was finished before the promised time, and I was called, to invite me to collect it. It was accompanied with a certificate, unlike my poor experience at Kamaldien Jewelers, also in the Waterfront. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Café Roux on Shortmarket Street, and its Manager Lauren Parks, for finding a seat for me in the sold out performance by Acoustic Element, as I had not booked. Lauren always makes a plan. The latest Café Roux evening was made even more special in that local artist Jimmy Nevis sat next to me at the same table!
The Sour Service Award goes to Olga Jewelry Design Studio in the V&A Waterfront, and its sales person Sandra Weichbold, who was rude when I wanted to proceed with my order to have a tanzanite and diamond eternity ring manufactured. Sandra did not bother to come to the counter when I arrived, and then struggled to find the quotation that Debby had sent me. I had to provide the details to her. She told me that I was rude, when I asked what was taking her so long to find the quote, and that is when I left the shop and cancelled the ring manufacture! What a blessing it was, finding the perfect ring at Tanur jewelers, also in the Waterfront.
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The Sweet Service Award goes to Kirsten Goss jewelers in the Silo District in the Waterfront, and its staff member Karen Schwarz. Karen arrived back in the store, after I had spent a few minutes there, my first visit there. She said ‘Dotti’ to me, and I first thought that I had misheard her, it being the name of one of my sisters. I must have looked at her in disbelief, and then she added our surname. I was finished, not thinking that I look similar to my sister. My sister has shopped there before, and Karen said that our faces look similar, and hence she could identify me as a ‘von Ulmenstein’. It is the Continue reading →
Yesterday I attended a Garden Party to celebrate today’s Garden Day, an annual celebration of the enjoyment of our gardens. The Avant-Garde-n celebration was held in the Boutique and Gallery of designer Kat van Duinen and artist Kelly Gough at the Old Biscuit Mill. Continue reading →
Yesterday Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 86th Birthday. To commemorate this special day for one of Cape Town’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, affectionately known as The Arch, the City of Cape Town and Design Indaba created Arch for Arch at the entrance to The Company’s Garden, next to St Georges Cathedral, at the corner of Wale and Adderley Streets.
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