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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...

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Nova Beauty Studio is located in the heart of Hilton and is very accessible to the N3 and the Midlands Meander. It’s in a quiet area where the sound of birds chirping echoes in the background. Nova is a one-stop shop that offers every treatment from hairdressing to lash services, self-tanning, massages, facials, nails and a whole lot of TLC. The team prides itself on offering the best service to their clients and tailor-making every...

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Looking for the perfect spot for a weekend away in the countryside? Try one of these amazing locations in our beautiful Midlands!   The Old Hotel The Old Hotel was once the trading post between Durban and Joburg, and in many of the old photographs you can see donkey carts and horse carts outside of the main area. When the current owners stumbled upon this gem in 2012, it had not been lived in for...

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We’re catching up with some of our local, family-run businesses in the Midlands.   Indigo Fields Indigo Fields started out with owners Paul and his wife Jennifer and their dream of owning a farm in the Midlands. It has become so much more than that – a place which has nurtured and grown all of its people into a dedicated and passionate team, who all strive to give the best Indigo Fields experience possible, and...

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If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Hartford House Hotel and Summerhill Equestrian, you will understand what a spectacular place it is. Recently, the farm was bought by renowned farmer and horseman Henning Pretorius. Those in the equestrian world might know Henning as the owner of Capital Stud, who produces some of the best warmblood horses in Africa. His purchasing of Hartford and the stud is something incredibly exciting and, as Mick Goss...

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Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, corporate event or anything in between, these local catering companies are ready to provide delicious food and great service!    Capitol Caterers Founded in July 1992 by Giles King, Capitol Caterers has grown from a startup of four contracts in the Eastern Cape to one of the leading contract catering service providers to the education, health care, retirement and commercial sectors, servicing over 100 contracts and employing in...

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In times like these, we really learn what it means to be a community! In this edition, we’re showing our local businesses some love and support.   St John’s D.S.G St John’s D.S.G. is aptly described by its pupils as a “small school with a big heart”. It is a medium-sized, independent girls’ school situated in Pietermaritzburg. From Grade RR to Grade 12, the school offers a liberal education on the foundation of a strong...