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Author: Matt Wilson

TATTOO BUSINESS SHOWS SOME SKIN

TATTOO BUSINESS SHOWS SOME SKIN Tattoos aren’t taboo in Durban anymore. In fact, skin art is flourishing in eThekwini with hundreds of people being inked in the city every day. Of course, in South Africa, it’s almost impossible to put a number to exactly what the tattoo industry is worth or how much people spend on skin art – BUT, although South Africa is definitely not in the same category as the States, it’s useful to get some idea of just how massive the industry there is. Inc. magazine recently claimed that there were over 15 000 tattoo parlours bringing...

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GREEN CAMP GALLERY PROJECT

An abandoned house in Umbilo has withstood what seems like decades of neglect, generating ghost tales and raising the ire of neighbours who were vexed about its derelict state in the process. But, it is the scene of a curious story and an unlikely transformation.  It looks like any other forsaken house; the walls are caving in and trees hang over the derelict structure. Factories and businesses occupy surrounding buildings during the day and a small kiosk operates in front where a vendor sells fruit, snacks and cigarettes to commuters and residents.  But when night falls, a different world...

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THAT SUCCESS STORY BEHIND S43 AND THAT BREWING COMPANY

One of Durban’s most unlikely craft beer success stories is ‘That Brewing Company’ which now boasts a new brewery with an on-site bar and restaurant, aptly titled S43, situated in the Station Drive precinct off Umgeni Road. Rubbing shoulders with some of Durban’s most exciting emerging design businesses and photographic studios, the adjacent Open Plan Design Studio and Savior Brands and Coffee Shop just next door, the building in which this new craft beer initiative is situated has now been named The Foundry. Although the name talks to the melting and honing of metals, the actual bringing together of...

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A BUSINESS WITH TASTE

Sarnia Road is definitely a Durban road with many faces. Half industrial and half residential, it’s close to Hillary and Seaview – areas that have really shaped the town and, in many ways, given Durban its character. This also happens to be the road where Café India is located. I hadn’t heard of this curry spot before tracking down the companies that have made the grade for the Bunny Chow Barometer. The business – which is run by Devan Moodley – has been operating for over a decade. When Moodley’s father passed away recently, 21-year-old Kirschen Moodley joined him...

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HOLLYWOOD BETS ON THE BUNNY CHOW BAROMETER

“I don’t usually eat meat,  but I sneak off to come have a mutton bunny at this location often and it’s definitely in the top of my list,” says satisfied customer, 56-year old Saqren Reddy. I am at last year’s winner of the Bunny Chow Barometer, Hollywood Bets. This is not my usual haunt but certainly worth a try during the run up to the Bunny chow barometer. Generally, I prefer eating at establishments which put food first – maybe it’s the hordes of desperate gamblers that have detoured Hollywood from becoming my local curry spot? This time round,...

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