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Local business feature: Suzie’s School of Gymnastics

Suzie’s School of Gymnastics is Green Point’s newest sporty addition. This exciting new venture was born when former competitive gymnast, and gymnastics coach of four years, Susan Abraham, was unfortunately retrenched due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy. Nevertheless, Susan took her situation in her stride and decided to begin her own gymnastics school journey.

Gymnastics is an all-encompassing exercise program that incorporates strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance. The sport requires perseverance in order to develop the necessary skills to excel at the sport and it is advisable that children start practising early; however, it’s not uncommon for children to start in their teens.

To offer young gymnasts the best possible training regime, Suzie’s School of Gymnastics’ classes take place at the Green Point Cricket Club every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 15:00-15:55 and 16:00-16:55 time slots which runs according to public school terms. Susan teaches children aged 6-10 years old in classes of up to 12 learners.

Gymnastics offers an array of benefits for children. The sport builds discipline children are required to practise movements every week or every day to achieve their goals, learning the importance of focus, dedication, and hard work in the process. Then, the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastering different skills goes a long way in building confidence in children, as they advance and learn to tackle more significant challenges.

Most importantly, regular participation in gymnastics is good for children’s health. Gymnastics helps to develop excellent physical coordination and fitness which, in the long term, prevents heart disease and even age-related issues, such as decreased bone density. Lastly, gymnastics is a lot of fun! If you’ve watched any form of gymnastics before, you’ll recall all the swinging, tumbling, jumps and flips. Imagine all that exhilaration and all those endorphins!

This month, we got to know a little bit more about Susan and Suzie’s School of Gymnastics, and what they offer the Green Point area:

Can you give us a bit of a background on your business? When was your business established? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

I have just been retrenched as an Administrator for a Jewish Youth Organisation, so I decided to start my own Gymnastics Club.

What do you enjoy about running a business in Green Point?

I am just beginning.

Do you feel that the Green Point area is safer and cleaner, thanks to the GPCID?

Yes.

Why do you do what you do?

It is in my bones.

Where do you hope to see your business in the next 5 years?

All kids in the area blossoming in confidence, coordination, and courage.

If gymnastics is something that you think your child would enjoy, be sure to contact Susan at susanabraham013@gmail.com to book your spot. Suzie’s School of Gymnastics offers 10 classes per school term for a total of R1,200. Early registration and payment are crucial to securing a spot on the gymnastics carpet.

 

Local business feature: Deepest Darkest Gallery

Nestled between Table Mountain, the Cape Town CBD and the Atlantic Seaboard, De Waterkant is home to a number of cafes, retail stores and a wide range of accommodation options, ranging to suit every taste and budget, making it one of the trendiest areas in Cape Town.

This month, we spoke to Deon, owner of Deepest Darkest Art Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery that has shared a curated collection of local and international art with De Waterkant locals since 2019. Here’s what Deon shares about the world of local art and navigating the pandemic in a location-based business.

  1. When was the business established?

February 2019

  1. Can you give us a bit of a background on Deepest Darkest? What do you do? What makes the business unique?

Deepest Darkest is a boutique contemporary fine art gallery curating work by a range of emerging and mid-level artists from South Africa and abroad. Our focus is on a range of disciplines with quality work that innovates a point of view while remaining accessible to a wide range of art collectors.

  1. What do you enjoy about running a business in De Waterkant?

The unique nature of the De Waterkant Village makes it a great setting. The Village is noted for its preserved historical architecture, narrow tree-lined streets and sidewalk cafes, lending itself to visitors exploring the various lifestyle offerings. We are also lucky to have some great guest-houses in the area, so, generally, we are fortunate to attract a wide range of visitors from around the world.

  1. Do you feel that the area is safe and clean, thanks to the GPCID?

The GPCID are crucial to the safety and upkeep of the village. The area’s 24-hour patrols are certainly a welcome relief and daily cleaning means that our streets are always clean. Ongoing GPCID involvement and support on community projects, like the recent upgrade of the De Smit Park, are also greatly appreciated.

  1. How was Deepest Darkest affected by the pandemic?

Like many across the world, the pandemic had a devastating effect on business. As a gallery, direct and personal engagement with the artwork is a crucial interaction. While we did of course explore digital avenues, and continue to do so, these prove to be limited; lacking a real sense of presence. Additionally, with the travel restrictions, a key portion of our target market is unable to visit. So, like everyone, we certainly hope that all will steadily return to open travel eventually. In the interim, we limit our exhibition openings and also offer private viewings where you can book a slot and have the gallery open exclusively while you view the exhibition in private.

  1. To what do you attribute your success? (Either over the years or in overcoming the pandemic).

We have tried to position the gallery as an open and inclusive space. Because the space is fairly intimate, it allows a more personal experience, as opposed to a cold incubator-like space. Similarly, the range of artists we show is diverse and interesting. We’re constantly looking into new ways to not only engage with our key audience but also to attract the next generation of art collectors and appreciators. I’d like to encourage anyone living in De Waterkant to start collecting original art and to support local artists who have struggled significantly through the pandemic. Buy something you identify with, love, and can see yourself living with.

  1. Where do you hope to see Deepest Darkest in the next 5 years?

We’re hoping to expand both our programme and our offering. Certainly, increasing access to great contemporary art from not just South African, but from the rest of the continent and across the diaspora. The pandemic has halted certain plans for art fairs, both locally and internationally, but this too is something we are hoping to pick up in the foreseeable future.

In a home, empty-looking rooms with bare walls can make for a depressing living environment and art pieces can act as a powerful decorating tool. Artwork is great for adding an extra dimension to any room and is a sign of a well finished, personalised interior. So, pay Deepest Darkest a visit and see if any pieces tug at your heartstrings – you’ll be surprised how beautiful artwork can make all the difference to your home.

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