by Sybrandus Adema & Stefan Blank
There is no slowing Woodstock down. This year has already seen much happening in Roodebloem Road, more tenants moving into the Salt River Arcade and the Woodstock Foundry opening its doors. The Deckle Edge has also moved to its new premises in Sir Lowry Rd. and the Woodstock area has been earmarked for a major upgrade as one of the city’s improvement districts.
Frangipani & Jamaica me Crazy
Roodebloem Road is in the midst of a blooming revival. Frangipani had a huge facelift last year, Jamaica me Crazy made its balcony Southeaster-proof and a few business properties welcomed building teams that restored them to their former beauty, but with modern twists. Number 81 went as far as lowering the boundary wall, so that the beautiful facade can be appreciated once more.
Next to it, on the corner with Salisbury Street, Prinz Productions is renovating Number 79, which will also include a new wrap-around balcony. Their offices will be upstairs, but downstairs the new owners, attracted by the eclectic mix of people living and working in the area, are looking for a tenant “that will run a deli/café where locals will come for coffee, a quick bite to eat, or simply a take away”.
Yoga & new art gallery?
Across the road, the building that’s seen Hoodwinx as it’s most recent entertainment incarnation, is up for sale. According to the agents, the interested parties thus far are considering it for an art gallery, restaurant or office space. Whatever the case, visitors can always take a breather by going next door to the Yokai studio for yoga and massage, which opened its doors last year in another gorgeous Victorian house.
New Woodstock Lounge
Further up the road, Woodstock Lounge is being revamped by the new, local owner – and will be serving lunch and dinner. Opened up to let in more light, repainted and refurbished, the plan is to cater for “the new influx of young professionals”. Pastas, pizzas and tapas, as well as pregos, salads and other offerings are on the cards. The name remains, and it will still be the place for televised sporting events.
Madame Zingara & Simply Asia & Namaste Chandani
Just below Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the three corners of Palmerston and Roodebloem will soon cater for even more culinary needs. Madame Zingara has taken over Don Pedros, now to be called “Don Pedros and his wives”. The place has been gutted to make way for a “fabulous, more feminine and unforgettable interior”.
Across the road, the “other” Mr Parker is closing down, as Simply Asia, the people that “combine fresh and nutritious food in a sleek yet simple setting”, are moving in. The “authentic Thai, made simple” will have its work cut out, because the eyesore on the third corner is hopefully giving birth to Namaste Chandani before winter. This sister restaurant to Chandani, further down Roodebloem, will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer a wide variety of different Indian cuisines.
The Woodstock Foundry
Located at the turnoff to the N1 (next to the Total garage), the Woodstock Foundry houses several venues. The brainchild of Alan West, who also runs the West Street Café, he plans to hold music events on Saturdays and other selected evenings. Already present are Olive which specialises in decor, Dear Rae, run by jeweller Karin Matthee who sells jewellery out of her studio, and a real honest to goodness foundry is in the works too.
Salt River Arcade
Following on from our previous article, we’re now entering the next phase with more stores opening in the ‘arcade’. The coffee shop run by Farhat Dolly and ably assisted by Julie is now open. They are still looking for a name and “Like My Father” or “Coffee at Salt Circle” are both in contention but she is still uncertain and some friendly suggestions or feedback are she assures us welcome.
Also in the space is oh-lief, which makes and stocks its own natural baby and body products, run by Christine Buchanan and Louiza Rademan. Everything s homemade and totally organic.
Then we have a new kid’s lifestyle shop called Frekkle, run by Amanda Williamson & Sylvia Benoist which has everything from haircuts to boutique items under the new Frekkle brand.You may know them from their children’s clothing stalls at the Neighbourhood’s market.
Lexi Bechet has opened a confectionary which she describes as an old school sweat shop that uses only natural ingredients. A very difficult shop to leave. The courtyard will also become a market (soon apparently) which should extend some of the success of the Biscuit Mill further outwards.
It’s an exciting time to be in Woodstock right now.
Photos by Ruan Benade, Thomas Mihal & Stefan Blank
And on another note, ILW wishes frequent collaborator Sybrandus Adema a well- earned one year sabbatical in India; though he promises to return to Woodstock next year. Let’s see how much Woodstock has changed by then.