The Sheds @1Fox

What happens when two people who love Joburg find a block of empty warehouses in Joburg? The Sheds @1Fox thats what. 1 Fox is the lovechild of Gerald Garner (my hero) and Jan Roode and will develop into a hub of restaurants, shops, offices and venues over the next few years.

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For some time now I’ve been walking past The Sheds and watching them develop from a set of derelict empty warehouses to what I believe is fast become Joburg’s favourite market…and it’s only been open for a week.

So what makes The Sheds different from any other typical Joburg market? Well for one you could fit Arts on Main and Neighbourgoods into a corner of The Sheds, it’s huge, which means no shoving and no getting someones hair in your hollandaise sauce as you try to squeeze past in search of a table. Oh yes, that’s another thing there are so many tables to pick from you will never be left holding your newly made waffle awkwardly as you try to eat it standing up.

The market will also eventually be open everyday of the week, delicious shopping and food everyday of the week, yum! Although there is a lovely bar section to the market the overall vibe seems more family orientated and a little more relaxed than some of it’s counterparts.

For now you can visit The Sheds@1Fox every Thursday to Sunday, trading from 10:00 – 18:00.

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I love how the original look and feel of the original warehouse has been kept.

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If you haven’t already read this book by Gerald Garner you really should…right this instant!

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The beautiful Angie came to explore the suburb with me, she really is the best!

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See I told you it was huge.

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A liquor license was granted for the Ferreira’s Bar on this site in 1893 and for the Good Luck Bar in 1895. One can only speculate that Charles Glass himself peddled his original Castle Larger here.

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I sipped on an iced chocolate drink from happy.me, please try it it’s so delicious I just wish they stocked soy milk!

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We got a sneak peak of the undeveloped side of The Sheds, I can’t wait to see what it looks like in a few years time.

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Things to do this weekend – FNB Joburg Art Fair 2014

Last night I once again dragged the ever patient Craig with me to this years FNB Art Fair, which once again did not disappoint. I was actually incredibly surprised to see just how many people were there at the fair this year. So head out this weekend to the SCC and be prepared for delicious food and jaw dropping art. Get your ticket and more details here.

The only disappointing thing about the fair was me forgetting to change my camera lens…welcome to my zoomed in view of the fair:

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#SeeYourCity : Gautrain Park Station & Gandhi Square

Hi there!

For those of you that don’t know me I’m Anna-Belle, this is my blog and this is #SeeYourCity which starts its 2014 season today!

If you would like to learn a little more about the process and the team that put #SeeYourCity together please click here!

So let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start…the first stop on the City Sightseeing Johannesburg tour – Gautrain Park Station

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2010 saw the launch of the Gautrain, Johannesburg’s first subway type rapid transit train, linking OR Thambo, Sandton, Rosebank and Park Station. Along with the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bridge it was one of the first steps to merging the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ Joburg, it’s fitting then that the tour begins here.

The Citysightseeing bus departs from just outside the Gautrain Park Station, making it easy for those taking the tour to not only park their cars safely but also take the stress out of travelling by catching the train from their closest station. For those choosing to take the Gautrain the Citysightseeing Red Bus can be found to the right of the stations exit.

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Gandhi Square.

Gandhi Square is the quintessential melting pot of food, history and people. The square is the second stop on the tour, which makes it the perfect location to grab an early morning coffee or snack from one of the many cafes and restaurants that decorate the boarders of the square and watch the sun rise between the buildings.

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Tip: One of the oldest cafes to have graced Gandhi Square is Jozi Square. Run by the friendliest family, Jozi Square is open early and closes late, offering great coffee, delicious and cheap South African food and better yet service with a smile.

Jozi Square is also located directly across from the iconic statue of Gandhi. As a young man Gandhi spent time working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. The statue that now watches over the square shows a young Gandhi in his lawyers’ garb, an image that is not often seen by the world.

Gandhi Square becomes a magical place in the morning, as the sun starts to peek between the buildings and the pigeons begin to graze on crumbs lost between the cracks of the recently laid bricks and the busses begin to roll in bringing the most interesting range of people from all corners of the city, country and world.

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When in the square you might notice a large imposing billboard of a very serious looking man looking down disapprovingly, this is Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa’s great short story writers. The building on which the billboard is located is now home to the most beautiful collection of eclectic beauticians and hairdressers but was once home to Bosman, who ‘as legend has it’ would sit watching people from the balcony (which still stands today) and was one his greatest source of inspiration for his stories.

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So you’ve seen the square, but you want more?

A short (and worthwhile) walk from the square brings you to Ernest Oppenheimer Park, which is one of the greatest tributes to Johannesburg, honouring the city and it’s history…and future through art. The park is both a heritage space and a place of deep meaning for many Joburg residents and is now a meeting space for traders, people taking their lunch breaks and teenagers playing basketball.

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Adjacent to the Park is one of Johannesburg’s most beautiful buildings: The old Johannesburg Post Office. Although currently undergoing refurbishments the building is a testament to great architecture and history within the city. During the week the water feature in front of the building is turned on and the South African flags raised creating a great photo opportunity for those wishing to capture the old and new that the city has to offer.

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Do you have any tips on what to see and where to go in Gandhi Square, or do you have any awesome #SeeYourCity experiences, share them with us!

#seeyourcity – Get to know the team

I’ve always loved Joburg.

I can’t remember when exactly I started loving Joburg but I guess that’s kind of like trying to figure out the exact date I started loving my parents or figured out when I couldn’t dance.

It’s just always just been there, it’s completely a part of who I am…I’ve even got the tattoo to prove it.

A few months ago I started a journey with a lovely lady named Carmen Lerm to help bring Joburg to you and the world via the Hop on-Hop off Citysightseeing bus.

Over the next few months through a series of beautiful videos and written posts myself and Citysightseeing will be inviting you to #seeyourcity .

Before the #seeyourcity campaign begins I thought it would be awesome to introduce the team that have spent hours on the streets of Joburg and even longer on the Red Bus with the wind in our hair.

Firstly there’s Jess, who is pretty much the most beautiful human being I’ve ever met and whats more she’s super nice. Jess was in charge of taking all the beautiful videos you will see in the next few months.

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Then there’s Abby, who kept all of us going through her crazy impersonations helped Jess, and myself keep track of all the shots whilst lugging around all the camera equipment.

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Juan,  assisted Jess with shooting the videos kept us distracted with his perfect biceps and his love for climbing and acrobatics.

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Dan the man, helped out with taking stills and cheering up with his dance moves.

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The nicest thing about Joburg is…Joana Lima

 

 

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The nicest thing about Joburg is…

The people. Joburg has the friendliest people.

1. Who are you and where did you grow up?

I’m still trying to figure that out.

I grew up on the outskirts of the East under the careful watch of a strict Portuguese father and a pedantic Afrikaans mother.

 2. What do you do?

I’m about to leave the lovely Joburg people and start an adventure in Kuwait.

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 3. You change your hair a crapload, who would you say is the best hairdresser in JHB?

My hair is mostly changed without my consensus, but it always looks good, so that’s a win-win. And I have Pasquale Hairstylists in Kempton Park or DNA in Bedford Centre to thank for that.

4. If Joburg had a hair colour what would it be?

After Thursdays sunset, I would have to say that Joburg is not restricted to one colour, but it would be mainly red, for passion, obviously.

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5. Do you have a favourite restaurant in the city? What’s your best dish?

I’m so lame when it comes to food, restaurants and my memory. So even if it was a good restaurant, I most probably wouldn’t remember it’s name. I do love Pata Pata in Maboneng Precinct though, but that’s obviously because of its delicious soups and African decor (and, by decor, I mean the actual African tin tea pots and mugs).

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Photo credit: Qz Zhang-Cowie

The nicest thing about Joburg is …Jean-Michel Wickli

Jean Michel aka DJ Half n Half  is pretty much ruler of the Joburg City DJ scene and is one of my favourite DJs. I met Jean-Michel some time ago, I cant really remember how we became friends but we just did so here he is and as a bonus here is one of his awesome mixtapes for you to listen to while reading!

The nicest thing about Joburg is…

The friendly people and the grit and determination we have as a city to succeed.
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1. Who are you and where did you grow up?

My name is Jean-Michel Wickli. I was born to Swiss and South African parents. Born in Switzerland but raised in the amazing city called Jozi. Growing up here I learned to experience the diaspora of Johannesburg and learn to love the northern suburbs just as much as the city.

2. What do you do?

I currently work as an independent booking agent and manager for a host of South African bands including Shortstraw, Goodnight Wembley, Beatenberg, Al Bairre, Anchors Up, Julian Redpath and myself as a DJ. I also do some freelance design and am working with some friends to get a new project underway towards the end of the year/beginning of next. My goal is to hustle as much as Shane and Angie do. (local heroes)
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3. If you could pick one DJing moment to relive every night what would it be?

Definitely opening for The Kooks under the M1 highway in downtown CBD. Playing to 5000 people is something I’ll never forget.

4. Spending a lot of time in clubs what would you say the best and worst things are about Joburgs night life?

Best

Seeing people enjoy themselves and dance like nobodies watching. (sometimes that can get a bit out of hand though. Once saw a guy grind up on girl and it wasn’t pretty)
Being able to go out and have fun with friends in an amazing city is always a plus.

Worst

One of the problems I have seen (and I am being super critical here) is that people attend shows and go out, because it’s cool to be seen at events. People should really want to support local bands and DJs. Going out should be a pleasurable experience, that supports the local entertainment industry.
Also smoking inside is a downer for me as a non smoker. I don’t mind smoking, but generally don’t enjoy coming home and smelling like an ashtray.
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5. Do you have a favourite restaurant/bar in the city?

My girlfriends dad makes a mean pepper steak, but in terms of establishments I really like Narina Trogon, Wolves, Good Luck Club. Spur is also a favorite simply because it reminds me of my childhood.
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6. What’s your favourite local/undiscovered spot in Jozi?

Again I can’t give you one definitive spot. I love the observation deck at the top of the Carlton Centre. The view is amazing.
I also hanging out at Emmarentia with my friends on Sunday, playing football and throwing a frisbee around.

Frames of the world

A couple of weeks ago I did a shoot with Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist. The series. Frames of the World  was for Sunglasses Hut and involved photographers from Joburg, New York, London and Sydney.

I’m pretty awkward generally but Mr Bila worked his magic and they came out pretty cool! Here are a few of the pics he took (all pics are his)

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