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Resort Lifestyle & Malibu Interior Design

Strolling around the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre, you are greeted by an alluring and vibrant coloured store like no other. With stylish merchandise flowing into the shopping centre itself you can’t but help to walk through their doors as the bright prints and graphics draw you in like a moth to light.

Resort Lifestyle, is a glimpse of the spectacular work, that their interior decorators and designers can do for you. With their ‘showroom’ resembling a tropical holiday home, you can already imagine what your home would look like with their pieces.

Having first opened their doors in 2004, their brand has grown into a mecca of all the essential items you need to complete your home. Their fabulous and rather grand store is perfectly arranged in a way that helps you understand the necessity for each décor item.

20141113_160945A friendly shop assistant greets you at the door, and will take you on a journey through the entire layout of the shop. Browsing through their items you will stumble across just about everything you need to transform your house into a warm, friendly and holiday inspired home.  To your left you’ll find a large collection of summer wardrobe items, from brightly coloured kaftans to classic dinner date dresses.  Wandering a bit further into the store you will find bold photo frames, luxury candle holders and detailed napkins. These smaller décor items will serve as the ideal Christmas gift or housewarming present. After wanting to load just about everything into my arms, I finally reached the furniture pieces and larger décor items. Luckily they are too heavy to carry for most, so it could not be an impulsive purchase. These pieces are styled in a manner that requires you to purchase the entire package – sleek side lamp, a grand couch and scatter cushions. They are all a must-have to complete the look.

Danela Conti Bryant, the mastermind behind this creative brand, draws inspiration from her mother and co-owner, Leigh Samson. Their joint vision is to create a brand that emits a glamorous holiday lifestyle paired with a South African flare.  Danela aims to design ‘easy living luxurious’ homes for all of her customers, while at the same time keeping to their unique design dreams.

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Monday – Sunday 09h00 – 18h00

 

City’s ‘eyes in the sky’ primed for busy festive season

City of Cape Town Metro Police officers arrested 65 suspects during weekend operations – half a dozen of whom were caught after being spotted from the CCTV control room.

CCTV operators spotted a number of suspicious incidents that resulted in the arrest of four suspects for drug possession in Sea Point and the city centre. One of them, arrested at the bus terminus, was later found to have seven other outstanding warrants for his arrest, including for rape and assault. The CCTV operators also led responding officers to a 32-year-old pickpocket who was found in possession of the victim’s iPhone and cash. Another man who was with the suspect was arrested on immigration-related charges.

‘I hope this serves as a warning to criminals that we have eyes on them, even when they think that there is no one around to witness their nefarious activities. Between July and September, our CCTV Unit detected nearly 1 000 incidents, with 121 arrests. Their role will become even more crucial as we head into the silly season and have more and more people descending on the party scene in the central city,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Metro Police made numerous other arrests during weekend operations, including 14 suspects arrested for drug possession during an operation in Manenberg on Friday, 21 November 2014. The officers confiscated various quantities of illegal narcotics and confiscated five illegal firearms and ammunition.

‘Another week, another batch of illegal weapons confiscated. I am horrified at the proliferation of guns on our streets. While I commend our officers for these ongoing confiscations, ultimately our efforts are in vain until we can find out how these guns are getting onto the streets so that the supply lines can be cut off. I would therefore appeal to the South African Police Service (SAPS) to make this a central part of their investigations into organised crime and gangsterism,’ says Alderman Smith.

On the roads, Metro Police teamed up with the SAPS, resulting in the arrests of 44 motorists for drunk driving at various roadblocks across the metropole. Cape Town Traffic Services arrested a further 43 motorists – 24 of them at a roadblock in Mitchells Plain on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Of those arrested, four drivers were more than four times over the legal limit.

‘It is clear to me that our continued messages to the public to behave responsibly are getting us nowhere fast, so the only alternative is to intensify our efforts and make drunk drivers experience first-hand the results of their selfish actions. Our staff will take a particularly hard line against drunk driving over the festive season, so motorists: you have been warned,’ says Alderman Smith.

Seven motorists ended up behind bars for reckless and negligent driving and another for furnishing false information. Meanwhile, officers impounded 31 taxis (21 sedan taxis), a limousine, and a party bus and issued nearly 2 500 fines for a range of offences.

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Bacini’s

Hidden away, right at the top of Kloof Street lies a slice of Italian heaven. The aroma of mozzarella lathered wood-fired pizza’s flows into the streets, with locals gathering from all corners of Cape Town.

Authenticity is an understatement at this eatery, with the colour scheme, atmosphere and team of staff making you feel like you have escaped to the Italian country side. Bacini’s directly translated from Italian means ‘baby kisses’ and when chatting with the manager you soon realise the passion and love for food this family-run business has. Owner Raimondo and his wife have grown the business into what it is today, a renowned establishment, with a loyal customer base who have been joining them for dinner for nearly 20 years.

First opening their doors on Kloof Street in 1995, it is quite an unusual feature on the ever changing road. With large families, hipsters, tourists and pensioners alike, they definitely do not have a specific target, anyone is welcomed with a warm embrace. At Bacini’s you can choose from a variety of Italian meals and to keep with their authentic experience, just about everything is homemade from their pastas to pizzas. They are not shy on portion sizes, which are perfect for a couples to share on a romantic date.

20141120_160035For starters, we suggest a Carlita salad – with the ingredients being top secret, the menu promises to incorporate a little bit of everything in this delicious dish. You cannot go wrong with any one of their pizza options, with the bacon, feta and avo option being their most popular pizza. For something more adventurous, try their Bacini’s special which has mushrooms, ham, pineapple, green peppers, asparagus, olives, onion and salami – it’s definitely not for the faint hearted. Their wine list is just as impressive, with many affordable wines all perfectly paired with their pizzas.

On a Sunday night, the place is packed with people enjoying their meals on the fairy lit balcony on a hot summer night. If you would like to catch a game of soccer or rugby, they also have a festive bar area with inexpensive drinks on offer and a great atmosphere.

Once you are finished, and are happily satisfied with your meal, you are likely to be sent off with a hand shake and firendly good bye from one of the managers or owner, all of whom thrive off of seeing happy customers exiting their doors.

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Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 22h30

GP/OKCID Annual General Meeting

Every year our GP/OKCID chairman, staff and delegates gather for an informative and engaging Annual General Meeting.

The meeting is open to the general public and we look forward to seeing you at the event. We encourage business owners and residents in their respective areas to attend the various AGMs.

More information:

Oranje Kloof City Improvement District AGM

Venue: Protea Hotel, Fire & Ice

Date & Time: 3 December 2014, 15h00.

Green Point City Improvement District AGM

Venue: Victoria Junction, Somerset Road.

Date & Time: 4 December 2014, 15h00.

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Best gourmet ice cream or milkshakes in Green Point

Top places to grab a gourmet ice cream or milkshake in Green Point

Ladies wearing floral dresses and men striding around in board shorts is a sure sign summer is finally here! It also means locals and tourists alike will be flocking to the closest ice cream parlour or milkshake bar to cool down after a long day on the beach or gallivanting around town. Green Point has some of the top spots in Cape Town to grab a delicious gelato or gourmet milkshake:

Gelato Mania

20141106_162322Visit any review site or Cape Town blog, and you’ll quickly realise that Gelato Mania is one of the best places to grab an ice cream in Cape Town. Luckily for us it’s right on our door step. While driving on Main Road on a sweltering hot day you are guaranteed to be drawn in by this parlour, with its massive ice cream signboard that’s an attraction in itself. Stepping through the icy cool doors, customers become mesmerized by the interesting and delicious flavours on offer. For the chocolate lovers, there are flavours ranging from Bar-one and Choc Mint to Nutella; and for the fruit lovers there is lemon sorbet and mango. The house favourite for both children and adults is Nutella.

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Monday – Friday: Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 18h00; Weekends: 08h00 – 14h00

Address: 65 Main Road, Green Point

 

Hudson’s Burger Joint

hudsonsBesides having some of the best burgers in Green Point, Hudson’s boast the largest, insanely delicious and most old school looking milkshakes in town. Upon entering the Hudson’s on Somerset Road, you can immediately tell that the laid back atmosphere is perfect for a gathering with a group of friends, with youngsters streaming in through their doors.  Once you have spent the entire day on the beach or at the V&A shopping, driving to Hudson’s to grab one of their inexpensive enormous milkshakes is a must. I suggest that you order a small meal to accompany their rather filling milkshakes. House favourites are Oreo Shake and Choc Mint.

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Monday – Sunday: 12h00 – 23h00

Address: Corner of Portswood Road and Somerset Road, Green Point

Limnos Bakers

20141106_165151Claiming their spot in shopping malls and Cape Town suburbs is a bakery that has become a household name amongst lovers of all things sweet. Glancing into their fridge display you can’t help but at least try one of their sweet treats on offer. Their air-conditioned, open space bakery inside Sovereign Quay on Somerset Road is an establishment that attracts those wanting to escape from the heat. Making a decision as to what to have is a difficult one, but not when it comes to their homemade milkshakes. From mango to choc mint, all of their milkshakes are perfectly paired with one of their interesting flavoured macaroons. A house favourite is the Strawberry milkshake, but make sure to come in at lunchtime, as they tend to run out of fresh strawberries later in the day.

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Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h30; Weekends: 08h00 – 14h00

Address: 34 Somerset Road, Sovereign Quay, Green Point

Security Update October 2014

During October 2014, our GP/OKCID team continued with regular operations and made 13 good arrests, with the assistance of SAPS.

There was an increase in the number of noise complaints in both areas. The majority of the reported incidences were outside restaurants and bars in the Green Point area – which often happens at the start of summer. If you are out wining and dining in the area please keep noise levels to a minimum when you’re outside.

There were four incidences of cell phone theft in October  – in most cases while people were walking on the streets with their valuables in plain site. Please avoid this at all costs.

There were also three car crashes reported this month, either due to reckless driving or drunk driving. Help us curb these numbers by wearing a seatbelt at all times, be mindful of other reckless drivers and take a taxi if you’ve been drinking.

Similarly to last month, residents are still parking their cars in badly lit areas with their valuables on display. These cars are an easy target for criminals. We keep a watchful eye on these vehicles, but can’t be everywhere at once, so please take valuables with you when you leave your car, or lock them in your boot.

Here is a summary of some of the incidences that occurred in Green Point and Oranje-Kloof in October:

In Green Point on 23 October, our GPCID officers apprehended suspects that had opened the boot of a vehicle. They caught three of the four suspects. Constable Sionso and Sizaul arrested the suspects and took them down to SAPS Sea Point.

On 24 October, our GPCID mobile 8 officers apprehended a suspect on the corner of Main and York Roads after he had robbed someone of their cell phone. The cell phone was recovered and the suspect was taken down to SAPS Sea Point and profiled by Constable Jordan.

On 19 October GPCID officer Dikwabe apprehended a suspect that had stolen a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses from a table at Manhattan. SAPS Constable van Reinsburg arrested the suspect.

In Oranje Kloof on 18 October, our OKCID officers received a phone call from 7-Eleven reporting that two cell phones had been stolen. The suspect was found by the OKCID team and handed over to Constable Madotyeni to be arrested.

On 10 October a Joint Crime Free Operation was conducted between the cut off bridge and the quarry. The operations was held in partnership with SAPS and the CCID. The area was cleared out, several arrests were made and officers patrolled the area looking for any other suspicious activity.

Summer is finally here. For residents of Cape Town, summer usually involves plenty of outdoor living and walking on the streets when the nights are warm. We ask that you remain alert and aware of your surroundings – walk in numbers and in well-lit areas.

Molten Toffee

With glass windows and an inviting ambience, customers stream through the doors of this new juice bar and coffee shop on the ever evolving Kloof Street.

20141103_155629They opened with a coffee brewing and juice making bang, with a launch party on 20 October 2014, that had crowds flooding into the streets with wine glasses in hand. Having built a network for themselves while managing Yours Truly, owners Cian van der Vyver and Robbi Gordick became fast friends. During their time managing a coffee shop together, the duo came to realise that they shared a common passion for bringing people together, listening to good music and sharing all of this over a cup of good coffee.

As I stepped through the doors of this cafe, it reminded me of a quirky jewellery box, with artwork from local designers hanging on the wall, gold lamps hanging over head and seating that looked like something from Alice in Wonderland. When I asked the owners who had designed their store, they informed me that most of the products were from Church Original Products. After browsing the chalk board for today’s specials, I couldn’t make up my mind as to what I should choose, a fresh carrot juice or a coffee. The safe choice of course was a cappuccino, and obviously one of the selling points of the shop. It was one of the best coffees I have had on Kloof Street. After having the first sip I immediately asked where they got their beans from, and obviously it was from Deluxe coffee down the road. To satisfy my sweet tooth, I opted for something to go and got a piece of bar-one fudge (at R6 I would definitely be coming back for more).

While waiting for my cappuccino I glanced around the hipster joint, while designers and other freelancers worked on their MacBooks, munching on croissants and sipping on lattes. Chatting to a friend in the shop, I heard that Saturdays are a must for breakfast, with a delicious bacon and egg roll being served up.

Make a morning mission out of it, with your iPhone and MacBook in toe, to browse the Internet using their free Wi-Fi and enjoy a good cup of coffee or freshly squeezed juice.

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Monday – Friday : 08h00 – 17h00

Saturdays – Sundays: 08h00 – 14h00

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Origin

Hidden in the heart of De Waterkant lies one of Cape Town’s best Coffee Roasting Houses.  Origin leads the way for coffee excellence in Africa; it is not only a trendy café which roasts their own beans, but also a professional barista school.  Here, you are welcomed and encouraged to learn about the intricacies and mysteries of coffee.  Over the past five years the school has trained over 600 baristas.

IMG_0927As you step through the door into the original building you are immediately taken back to a retro, pre-industrial era where there is no mess and no fuss. The café’s concrete floors and high ceilings dotted with hanging lights make you feel like you stepped into New York City, but at the same time makes you feel strangely at home.  You can smell the coffee roasting and see the love that goes into each cup as well as the sharing of wisdom that takes place behind the counter – a reminder of a time when artisans took extreme pride in their vocations. With Jack Johnson playing softly in the background it is a great way to ease into your day.

The restaurant has been there for eight years and is known for its great coffee as well as delicious breakfasts and lunches. Artisan food is on offer with breakfasts ranging from lovely baked goods to muesli, eggs benedict and omelettes. The lunch menu offers burgers, sandwiches and salads, depending on how hungry you are.  We often pop through to Origin for either a pre-work strategy meeting or simply just a catch up. I highly recommend the salmon bagel (R45), omelette (R60) and my all-time favourite indulgence – the pain au chocolat (R18).  Accompany this with a steaming hot cup of in-house, roasted coffee and you won’t go wrong. All ingredients are sourced from local artisans and ethical farmers and so all patrons are ensured peace of mind when eating at Origins.

The coffee is sourced from all over the world and it is up to you to choose your origin, blend and method.  Although the menu may seem quite overwhelming at first and you may not know what to choose, the staff will take you through the options and advise on how best you can enjoy them. For those non coffee drinkers, don’t fear, Origin also stocks over 30 of Nigiro’s fine tea blends so there is plenty for you to choose from too.

The staff are friendly and the service is good, in a chilled out, laid-back Cape Town way.  You are there to sit back, enjoy and unwind while the world goes on outside and that is what you can’t help but do!

28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant
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Cape Ballet Centre

It’s (almost) every little girl’s dream to be a ballerina. Most little girls begin ballet lessons when they are young and either love it, continuing to dance well into high school, or give up early and find a new dream.

Ballet is an art that requires many skills: patience, tenacity, strength, balance, musicality and self-discipline, to name a few. Bringing all of these together, a dancer needs to come to class with a clear head and ready to learn, as ballet requires full concentration. A well-rounded dancer has excellent core strength for pointe work and complicated routines, and an ear for music. Perfecting these skills takes years of hard work.

At the Cape Ballet Centre (CBC), on the corner of Hof and Orange Streets, dancers of all ages, sizes and walks of life come together to learn these skills and have fun while doing it. It’s a wonderful Centre to have in our OKCID area – so here’s a bit more information about it:

CapeBalletCentre_AdvancedClassesFounder, Evelyne Aregger, was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she discovered her love of ballet. Later in life she moved to Cologne, Germany, to complete her Teaching Diploma (TD RAD) and teach ballet. An accomplished dancer but needing new challenges, she moved to Cape Town in 2005 to teach ballet to underprivileged children in the townships. In 2007, she started the CBC teaching both Royal Academy of Dance and Russian Vaganova methods, and has made a name for herself on the Cape Town ballet scene.

Classes are offered to everyone from pre-school children to adults, and very beginner to advanced dancers. The classes are technically challenging at all levels, led by talented instructors enabling all dancers to learn and develop at their own pace in a positive and inspiring environment.

The adult classes are particularly interesting as here you will find men and women who have never danced before taking on the challenge. There is a wonderful sense of camaraderie and dancers are encouraged to succeed and move up the levels. The CBC offers training for RAD ballet exams too, so children and adults alike can prove themselves amongst their ballet peers, if they so wish. However, in general the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable, with a focus on fun and self-improvement.

The CBC will be performing “Cirque du Ballet” at Mountain Road Primary School on 5 and 6 December 2014, bringing over 120 dancers together for a weekend of entertainment and beauty!

Find out more about the show on their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/CapeBalletCentre, or visit their website for information about children and adult classes: www.capeballetcentre.co.za.

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