Last week a post on a local WhatsApp group lit up when notice of an application for a liquor License appeared on the group. As was to be expected those without knowledge of what the facts are immediately condemned it. It would not have been surprising if those against it were not already hard at work making up placards objecting so they could organise a march on on Councillor Ben Rheeder’s office to show their opposition and let their objections be known.
The applicant wisely called on the same media group to allay the fears of the village by laying out exactly why the license was being applied for and what their exciting new concept is all about. No doubt there will still be some who will object for in every village, town, city you will always get those who resist change thinking only of themselves.
The owner outlines his business concept to be known as “The Coastal Collective” better than SFT could possibly relate it so read what entrepreneur Ari Kraak and his fiance Faye Zoetmulder have to say (slightly edited) of this truly exciting venture that is sure to add to the quality of life in Cape St Francis.
“Faye and I both grew up in the Eastern Cape and have been part of this community for some time with Faye’s family having owned a house in Seals for 10 years and my family having owned a house in Seals for the past 25 years. We met eight years ago in Seals and have shared the dream of one day owning a sustainable organic -Cafe / boutique in this amazing town. Well we are about to make our dream a reality and would love you to be a part of our dream.
There are three shops situated behind liquid lines on 2 Suffolk Lane, our MO is to support local, buy organic and recycle as much as we can. We aim to uplift the town, increase value and offer products and food that are of the highest standard.
Without revealing too much the shops will offer the following,
Café – Health juices/ smoothies/ wraps/ saarmies/ Buddha bowls and excellent coffee ( Livingston is a 10year senior barista thats joining us)
Boutique – Clothing, plants, carpets, umbrellas, baby clothes/items, garden items, gifts etc etc etc
Fisheries / Deli – fresh fish (locally sourced) LOCAL CALAMARI only :) Muscles, prawns, crayfish…anything from the sea… As well as fish and chips, calamari and chips and rotisserie chicken and chips all freshly made on site..
Our trading hours vary between shops
Cafe – 7am-3pm (Season 7am-6pm)
Boutique 9am-4pm (Season 9am- 7pm)
Fisheries/deli – 10am – 6pm (season 10am-8pm)
We have been super busy trying to get ready and open before season, the day is fast approaching. We hope to be open next week and thought it was about time to start sharing some info.
We will have more info on our soft opening in the week, but we would really appreciate if you would spread the word, stop by and have a look or just a chat. We would love your feedback…
There is still a lot to do to make it perfect but next week hopefully its a go..
We thought it would be amazing to have a beer with your fish and chips, or even a glass of champagne with your fresh oysters and have therefor applied for an ON CONSUMPTION liquor license… part of the application is to hold a meeting with the community to hear their thoughts and answer any questions.
This meeting will take place this Friday the 16th of October at ” the coastal collective” 3pm, i invite you to all join. Please note there are strict COVID 19 protocols in place as there has been a recent spike in the 6312 district.. Wear your masks.
We will be answering questions with Mr Ben Reider the town councillor, We would love all feedback, positive or negative .
Here are a few pics, like mentioned we not finished yet…
Thanks for your time, we hope to get your support, uplift seals and enjoy this beautiful piece of coast.”
We, as we are sure most of the community, wish you well in this exciting venture.