Die HandelsMark opened it’s doors in Patensie this morning for the first time (to the public). Last night, was the official opening with friends and family of those responsible for this great venture of the women from the Gamtoos Valley.
I realized last night, that all the women involved here, were part of my women’s month project in August. It just shows you what can be done, when people come together and embrace each others’ art and skill. I am proud to live in a valley with so many strong, dynamic, talented women.
This new shop, in essence, is an arts and crafts market with products that is 90% made locally by our local residence. And with local, I mean boerevroue, iemand se vrou, iemand se ma, die dominee se dogter, die boer se skoondogter, Milly & Finn se mamma… My people, my friends. It is AMAZING to see everyone’s abilities displayed on shelves and I can see no reason why this shop will not be a great success!
I think a lot of people from our area just about died with anticipation to see what was busy happening behind closed doors, will it be JUST yet another farm shop? Will it be JUST another coffee shop or restaurant? The answer here is a resounding NO. It is so different to what is already available and for that reason it is going to have such a great place in the valley. It is filled with LOCAL goods that you won’t find in any other shop in the area, and for that reason it is a unique stop and great addition to the shopping experience that Patensie already offers.
From fresh produce, fruits and vegetables from local farmers, banting supplies, handmade crafts and toys, clothing, decent coffee and a bar, frozen meals, leather shoes, a rather large big screen TV and a kiddie-safe entrance….. the list goes on.
The meals are healthy “by the grace of nature” and publicly advertised as “NOT-a-garage-pie”. With Boere-Tacos for our farmers (whole wheat vetkoeke) and a beer at die Lekker Kwagga to InFood Cappuccinos or just a glass of wine, die Handelsmark will cater for everyone. Even for the little ones with it’s sliding gate entrance that will make it impossible for little feet to leave the shop once inside.
Girls, I am so proud to be associated with you all, wishing you many blessings for your shop. May it see many happy customers!