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The Woodstock Exchange
20 Apr 2014
 
     

The Woodstock Exchange

‘The Exchange in Woodstock, otherwise known as The Woodstock Exchange, is about the giving and receiving of energy and ideas from like-minded creatives and businesses. It’s really a place to work, play, interact, exhibit, flourish and be yourself. It’s an incubator for young fledgling businesses as well as a home to international market makers. The common thread is creativity.’

This perfectly sums up what the Woodstock Exchange is all about, a place I finally went to visit over the weekend. What a cool place! Brimming with creativity, it offers space to a wide variety of individuals from photographers, jewellers, crafters, furniture designers, fashion designers, traders and so much more. It is definitely the place to go if you want to buy something creative yet unique, if you want to collaborate with someone, or if you just want to sit and enjoy local and organic food with an amazing cup of coffee. It’s all about the vibe, and even though we just walked around, poked our noses into all the shops and then sat down to enjoy some coffee, we still walked away bursting with our own ideas.  66 – 68 Albert Road, Woodstock, www.woodstockexchange.co.za

- Christine Bernard

The Creamery
13 Apr 2014
 
     

The Creamery

I’m not sure if it is a blessing or a curse that The Creamery opened up so close to my house. So close that I can walk there without breaking a sweat. I can’t even stuff my face and burn off the calories walking home. In this case, though, I actually don’t care. The waffles are THAT good. I’d happily eat two and then go home for a nap. Then I’d wake up and go for another one. My husband and I went to visit their new branch which opened up in Newlands and treated ourselves to a Sunday lunch of waffles. We opted for the coffee ice cream and the peanut butter ice cream and then shared it so that we could enjoy the best of both worlds. It was hard to say which one was better, the silky smooth coffee or the sweet rich peanut butter. Having both together was the perfect combination. With big hungry eyes the people around me weren’t talking so much as making random sounds of ‘hmmm’ and ‘ahhh’. www.thecreamery.co.za

- Christine Bernard

Keep Calm and Do Yoga
6 Apr 2014
 
     

Keep Calm and Do Yoga

I did the Two Oceans for the first time this year, and I’m not sure if it was the hills, or the fact that I hadn’t trained enough but afterwards I suffered from pains in my knee. So much so that I couldn’t run for a few months. I tried everything from resting to icing but nothing seemed to help. I was tired of doing nothing so when I found out that there was a yoga class nearby I immediately decided to give them a go. The place was Yo Yoga. That was over four months ago and I’m hooked. Not only do I now have a very strong love for yoga but my knee is completely healed and I am running again. Yo Yoga offers only hot yoga, where the room is heated. It’s quite overwhelming at first, and it takes getting used to but the feeling at the end of the class, when your body starts to cool down, is close to godly. Visit www.yoyoga.co.za to find out more.

- Christine Bernard

O’ways Teacafé
30 Mar 2014
 
     

O’ways Teacafé

What I love most about O'ways is that it’s hidden away. I love places like this because it’s up to me to explore and discover them. I was walking to Cavendish one day and decided to take a different route, all of a sudden I walk past O'ways. Little did I realise it was right under my nose all this time. It has a very quirky yet homely feel to it.

“O’ways Teacafé is an integration of the finest elements of nature and life, fused together into a complete whole. The potent natural energy of the earth and its plant gifts combine to produce delicious specialty teas, bold coffee blends and a wide range of exquisite food entrées. These elements combine with the human element of connection to create an atmosphere that is a unique emergence of the best of a teahouse, a coffeshop and a restaurant into a new blend: Teacafé. The O represents the circular energy of the universe and the aim is to, along with offering quality products, send positive energy beyond the walls of the Teacafé and into the world for positive change.” 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, www.oways.co.za

- Christine Bernard

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