These local businesses will keep you looking fresh, fit and fabulous this summer.   Pause Pilates & Wellness  Pause Pilates & Wellness is located in Meander Square, opposite Gowrie Village in Nottingham Road, offering a BASI (Body Arts and Science Institute) style of Pilates. Owned by Lou Sevel, visitors can enjoy both Pilates equipment and mat classes – private as well as duos or groups. Lou relocated from the busy Joburg in January 2020 and...

The Midlands is not just farmers’ markets, local shops and meandering – it’s also filled to the brim with exciting, adrenaline-inducing activities that are fun for both adults and kids! Make the holidays one to remember with some of these local activities.   Karkloof Canopy Tour  Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Karkloof Canopy Tour has been built in a spectacular valley of the mist belt Podocarpus Karkloof Forest Reserve. The tours first started in...

The Midlands is filled with wonderful businesses, and a lot of them are run by families working together to produce or offer something wonderful. We meet some of these families and learn more about them and what lead them to start their business.   Purple Mookiting  Purple Mookiting is a mum and daughter marketing duo that has been operating in the KZN Midlands for 25 years. Karren has been in marketing for 40 years, 15...

Getting to know your fantastic local accommodation perfect for a getaway!   Glengarry Holiday Farm Distilled over 40 years and three generations, Glengarry Holiday Farm is a nature lover’s paradise and a sports enthusiast’s playground. Whether you are looking for an action-packed holiday of outdoor activity or simply to relax in rustic tranquillity, Glengarry offers a spectacular Berg experience for friends and family. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains and overlooking the...

Meet some of our locals responsible for helping couples create the wedding of their dreams.   studio Petals  This floral design studio and curated shop is located in Nottingham Road and owned by Annie Hedley. “Flowers have been an intrinsic part of my life for as long as I can remember, even as a Fine Art graduate my paintings were botanically focused,” Annie explains. Having completed two floral design courses specialising in weddings and events...

We meet the chefs and kitchen staff of some of our favourite local restaurants.   La Lampara   La Lampara Italian restaurant is situated in Balgowan on Farm Boschfontein, one of the original settler farms in the region. A mere 120 minutes’ drive from Durban and you are transported to Italy! It was the beautiful Tuscan feel that made Pino and Caroline Canderle fall in love with the property in 1996. The farm was bought with...

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Looking and feeling wonderful this spring is easy with the help of these health and beauty experts!   Renée’s Health Shop The Health Nut was established in 2006 by Renée Mitchell when she relocated to Howick. What began as a tiny health store with a small range of whole foods, herbal teas and some tinctures, gradually evolved into a fully-fledged health shop over a period of 12 years. “When the St John’s Lifestyle Centre was...

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These local businesses and talented people make some truly beautiful products right here in the Midlands.   The Green Needle Where does The Green Needle and I intersect? The answer to the obvious question has determined the journey I find myself ‘meandering’ along. The Green Needle provides a range of beautiful, handmade, zero-waste products, forming part of the global zero-waste movement as they serve to replace modern-day disposable products.   It was while sitting around...

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In the beautiful Karkloof Valley, the sun rises through the frosty mist to bathe the morning in golden light. To the backdrop of the magnificent Loskop Mountain, a feed mill starts up for the day with a bustle of activity… glorious green lucerne waits to be offloaded, a hum of machinery comes from the mill and above it all, the delicious scent of freshly milled horse feed hangs in the air.   This is the...

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Looking to update your home or office space? These experts are here to help!   Taryn Flanagan Interiors Taryn Flanagan Interiors started in 2012 from a love of ever-changing spaces, fabrics, textures and design inspiration. Their passion is creating grand and timeless interiors that seamlessly merge with the architecture and landscape. The mixture of old and new, combined with beautiful textures and organic feels, makes the spaces they create unique, personal and original. Offering a...