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Cafe 1145 relaunch

Earlier this week I headed over to one of the cosiest spots on Jozi, Café 1145 for their relaunch. If you missed my previous review of  Café 1145 check it out here. I keep going back for their sweetcorn fritters which are just out of this world, especially if you wash them down with a cup of Bean There coffee.


I arrived to some drumming by Prince Shapiro & his band. The place had been completely transformed almost beyond recognition. On the back wall, you’ll also see the face of Café 1145, Dionne Song, a performing artist. I was so struck by her unusual look and that hair I had to chat to her during the course of the evening.


It was a given that the food would be plentiful & good..


I loved the way the walls were all used to tell a story on the night. In this case it was about what this space had been used for before Café 1145 came along…


How cute are these hanging tea pots from a 2nd Life? I want… Even the ceiling was printed. Amazing attention to detail…

What was really interesting about all the work & resources that has gone into the store’s new look is that it was all done on the bartering system which I hadn’t heard about before. Basically what this means is that companies & individuals trade  their products or skills with each other instead of cash.  I read up a bit afterwards & this is more formally known a CES  – community exchange system & is actually quite powerful. Everything in sight had been acquired that way from the paintings/artwork on display to the to the staff uniforms. There’s a long list of who’d jumped on board this project & from everyone I chatted to on the evening, it seemed to be working brilliantly.


Something I learned from these ladies is that when someone asks you how you are instead of whatever you usually mumble, try “I am blessed & highly favoured”. LOVE that!


On the hunt for business cards myself, I couldn’t help but love these. So different!


Co owner, Lynne with the face of Café 1145, Dionne Song.


We were in for such a treat when we had a performance from Cameron Bruce.

My gosh this guy can sing! He has a beautiful, sultry sound & I got l’m so glad I got a copy his CD in my press kit (thank you!). He mentioned that he’s actually part of a band & he’s off to perform in Vegas later this month – I’m so rooting for him!


Dessert came courtesy of Dipped & Dusted – I went back for seconds…


How’s this for a different spin on a press kit?

Café 1145 is open 7 days a week (almost unheard of in Jozi) & will be hosting  poetry & acoustic sessions amongst others regularly.

Thanks for Lynne & Richard for having me & I can’t wait to pop in again soon!


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