The Tourism Coach is moving home to Port Elizabeth.

The Tourism Coach is moving home to Port Elizabeth.

Tourism guru, Shaun Van Eck is heading home to Port Elizabeth. He is driven by a quest to bring a revolutionary focus to the local level of tourism. Last night we attended the launch of his book “The Tourism Coach” held at the GFI Art Gallery (previously Ron Belling Gallery) Covering marketing, service excellence and self-leadership, this is the first business book in South Africa written specifically for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, from guesthouse owners and tour operators to food truck operators and rickshaw drivers. “The Tourism Coach” is a practical guide to making money from tourism.

Shaun says:
“I want to serve and inspire local tourism entrepreneurs and their teams, as well as the local tourism offices that serve them. My book is a passionate effort to communicate practical step-by-step actions that are easy to do and deliver results. Next, I would like to deliver inspiring and results-orientated talks in over fifty towns and cities and be part of creating a more engaged, connected and aligned local tourism level that works as a team to deliver authentic and engaging tourism experiences to the world. I love giving people hope and bringing the best out in them! Let’s work together and create a positive and irresistible local tourism revolution.”

“The Tourism Coach” is available at Fogarty’s Book Shop

Shop 20, Walmer Park Shopping Centre.

Tel: 041 368 1425

 

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It’s about service, service, service.

It’s about service, service, service.

We recently escorted guests of ours, an elderly couple, to the “TelePerformance UK Visa Application Centre” at Greenacres, Port Elizabeth. We were expecting ‘red tape’ and a lengthy wait, we were so wrong. We weren’t even at the threshold of the office when a staff member from within the office came to greet us outside the office, Angelo introduced himself in a confident and professional manner, he immediately put our guests at ease and showed them where to go and what to do inside the office. Our guests were anxious and nervous about having all the correct papers and Angelo assured them that all would be sorted out, all they needed to do was to relax and wait a little while. Angelo was just doing his job but to us he was going the extra mile with his customer service. He was professional, friendly and helpful, displaying a nurturing manner towards the elderly people. All staff were pleasant and helpful at Teleperformance but Angelo stood out. Angelo we commend you for your top service and superb attitude towards your clients.

excellent customer service from angelo

Excellent customer service from Angelo

angelo was all of these

Angelo was all of these

Nelson Mandela Bay Soccer Stadium. Pristine.

Nelson Mandela Bay Soccer Stadium. Pristine.

Wonderful to be part of the tour of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium yesterday with PEMBBA members. We never tire of the beautiful structure and setting. Thank you to Access Management team and PEMBBA Port Elizabeth Metro Bed and Breakfast Association for organizing the tour for us.

The Pitch: The playing surface is made of natural grass that was grown off site, in the St Albans area. The areas surrounding the pitch are made of artificial turf.The field that was originally laid was a mixture of kikuyu grass and rye grass. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup though, the field was be made up completely of rye grass. The field was designed to be able to accommodate both football and rugby. The pitch is maintained by a group of 5 people who work day and night to ensure the quality of the playing surface.  A ‘pitch grow’ lighting system is used to ensure that all grass on the pitch grows properly. A unit with 61 000 watt bulbs is used to help certain parts of the pitch covered by shadow due to the stadium roof.

Information drawn from Wikipedia.
Tonight at 7pm:  EP Kings vrs Sharks XV.

Go EP Kings go!

home of ep kings

Home of EP Kings

ready for atmosphere

Ready for atmosphere.

five years on and condition of the stadium remains pristine.

Five years on and condition of the stadium remains pristine.

dedicated team works around the clock to maintain perfect pitch.

Dedicated team works around the clock to maintain perfect pitch.

dazzling structure

Dazzling structure

nelson mandela bay stadium keeps watch over north end lake.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium keeps watch over North End Lake.

 

 

 

The Cupboard has moved.

The Cupboard has moved.

“Cupboard Love” has moved again. A trendy gift, decor and clothing boutique, supporting local art and innovative designers, now trading from:-

21 Bain Street

Port Elizabeth

South Africa

Contact Carryn:                           E-mail:  cscupboardlove@gmail.com                            Cell: 076 626 5815    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/cupboardlovePE

Cupboard Love Night Shopping          30th April at 16:00

New ceramics from: Token Ceramics

See Dempsey’s old blog post on Cupboard Love: http://dempseys.co.za/cupboard-love-supporting-local-art-and-innovative-designers/   Old blog post yet same cheerful service and interesting wares to be found at Cupboard Love.

 

cupboard love 15 raleigh street

Cupboard Love, 15 Raleigh Street

cleverly displayed rings on book pages

Cleverly displayed rings on book pages

new look new space in cupboard love

New look, new space in Cupboard Love

 

Accommodation available for IronMan Triathlon, Port Elizabeth.

Accommodation available for IronMan Triathlon, Port Elizabeth.

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We still have 2 self cater, en suite rooms available for the Standard Bank IronMan African Championship South Africa, to be held in Port Elizabeth on 29th March 2015.

Mention the date and time of this tweet on your e-mail to us : info@dempseys.co.za and we will give you a 10% discount when you book for three nights: 25th – 29th March 2015. (fully booked 30th March)

Minimum 3 night stay required. We are located in the suburb of Walmer, approximately 9kms from the start/finish line of IronMan which is in the suburb or Summerstrand.

Posted on 12th March 2015 at 19h00

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IronMan logo

shark rock pier in the distance, starting point of ironman 2014

Shark Rock Pier in the distance, starting point of IronMan 2015

ironman 2015: 42.2km run

IronMan 2015: 42.2km run

ironman 2015: 180.2km bike

IronMan 2015: 180.2km bike

ironman 2015: 3.8km swim

IronMan 2015: 3.8km swim

ironman 2015 nelson mandela bay

IronMan 2015 Nelson Mandela Bay

Their top service took my breath away!

Their top service took my breath away!

Their top service took my breath away yesterday. Thank you to “Computer Bits and Pieces!”
New in our neighbourhood, not even 1km from us at Dempsey’s Guest House, on 6th Avenue, right next to Tempo Musik.

http://dempseys.co.za/walmer-gains-tempo-musik-musicians-at-your-service/

Computer Bits and Pieces

Contact Details
Telephone No :  086 107 7785
Fax No :  086 618 1583
Email :  info@computerbitsandpieces.co.za
http://www.computerbitsandpieces.co.za/Home.html

Address:
Cnr 6th Avenue and Villiers Road
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
6000

Open:- Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

“We are the one-stop source for all your computer needs based on friendly and honest service. “

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Pop in to Hullabaloo in Walmer for quality decor and furniture.

Pop in to Hullabaloo in Walmer for quality decor and furniture.

“Hullabaloo” has moved to:-

Walmer Park Shopping Centre. Tel: 041 374 1055

 

Hullabaloo is situated plum in the middle of the ‘buzz’ on 6th Avenue Walmer, very close to us at Dempsey’s Guest House; adding top quality and service to an already interesting and busy section of Walmer. Hullabaloo, retailer of furniture and interior decor, also produces custom made sofas and curtains; they tackle interior design projects from start to finish with top quality and service.  Their success has been in the development of locally manufactured products; they take time and great effort in sourcing the finest decor and accessories while making sure they keep abreast of the latest trends.

In their own words:
“At Hullabaloo we love what we do – decor, furniture, people and good living. We are a hardworking, enthusiastic team with a passion for people, decor and home interiors. We love meeting with new customers and our regular customers who are looking for that perfect piece of furniture or decor for their homes. We assist our customers to make their homes personal, special and beautiful.”

Their vision:-
“To be the primary furniture and decor destination for customers who want products and service that is better than ‘just good’.”
Their mission:-
“We will always source the most beautiful, best quality, bespoke furniture and curtains for the homes, lodges or hotels of our discerning customers that their budgets permit.”

Pop in and browse, there is always a lot on offer:-bedsteads and headboards, chairs, chandeliers, coffee tables, dine chairs, dine tables, pedestals, plasma units, recliners, servers, sofas, choice of gifts large and small,  friendly staff,  a welcoming ambience…they’ve got it, the works!

55 Prospect Road (Cnr Prospect and 6th Ave)
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape

Contact:      Anthea Wilmot
Tel:              041 374 1055
Email:         anthea@hullabaloointeriors.co.za
Website:      http://www.hullabaloointeriors.co.za
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo is situated next to Cobblestone Bakery with Tinseltown and Simply Bags right behind them. Shambala Wellness Spas too is very close by. See our previous postings on these Walmer businesses:-

http://dempseys.co.za/come-to-cobblestone-for-comfort-food-2/

http://dempseys.co.za/this-way-to-tinseltown/

http://dempseys.co.za/shambala-where-peace-perfect-peace-prevails/

 

entrance to hullabaloo, 6th avenue, walmer

Entrance to Hullabaloo, 6th Ave, Walmer

fresh look, clean lines, fabrics and ideas at hullabaloo

Fresh look, clean lines, fabrics and ideas at Hullabaloo

tasteful

Tasteful

hullabaloo's night time look

Hullabaloo’s night time look

award-winning hullabaloo

Award-winning Hullabaloo

cheerful bunnies for sale

Cheerful bunnies for sale

elegance

Elegance

great space, great light at hullabaloo

Great space, great light at Hullabaloo

lighting to inspire

Lighting to inspire

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Shambala where peace-perfect-peace prevails.

Shambala where peace-perfect-peace prevails.

Shambala where peace-perfect-peace prevails. Shambala Wellness Spas: day spa, health spa, beauty salon. Premier Spas for ‘him and her’. Top professional service in a tranquil haven.

In their own words: “Shambala means a place of peace, tranquillity and happiness. Here at Shambala, we strive to create a piece of paradise on earth for your upliftment and enjoyment. Shambala Wellness Spas is all about health and wellness. We use various body care techniques and products to soften, soothe and invigorate your body, mind and soul.”

Offering:-
Packages: for individuals, couples, super Mamas and wonderful women, pamper parties, corporate monthly specials
Gift vouchers
Treatments:
body, spa massages, hand and foot care, Apollo anti-ageing and cellulite reduction
laser hair removal VPL
skin rejuvenation and other treatments VPL
Beauty:
waxing, sugaring, tinting
Facials:
Vitaderm, Dermalogica, RegimA, SIX sensational skincare, Thalgo eye treatment, Botox and fillers, Environ needling
For your nails:
gel by OPI, acrylic by OPI, hand and foot care
For males:
hands and feet treatments
packages
waxing
laser hair removal VPL
skin rejuvenation and other treatments VPL

Corporate Packages too:-
These are tailored according to your budget and customised according to your personal needs. Groups of 10 and over receive a 10% discount as well as complimentary snacks and refreshments. A full breakfast or lunch can also be supplied at a special rate.
Relax further in the jacuzzi, rock swimming pool and relaxation area.
A conference facility area is also available.

Where is Shambala? Hardly 500 metres from Dempsey’s Guest House in Walmer. Find Shambala Wellness Spas at:-

36 6th Avenue
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape

Tel:            041 581 3663
Email:       info@shambala.co.za
Website:   http://www.shambala.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShambalaWellnessSpas

Their hours of business:

Winter: Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm        Summer: 8am – 7pm

Saturdays and public holidays: 8am – 4pm

As I entered the dramatic corridor of this haven for my back massage, I couldn’t get the song “Shambala” out of my head!

“Shambala” is a song written by Daniel Moore and made famous by two almost simultaneous releases in 1973, the better-known but slightly later Three Dog Night version, which reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and a lesser-known version by B.W. Stevenson. The song is about the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, said to be hidden somewhere within or beyond the peaks of the Himalayas and mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalachakra Tantra and ancient texts of Tibetan Buddhism. The phrases “in the halls of Shambala” and “on the road to Shambala” tie for number of occurrences in the lyrics. The latter phrase perhaps alludes to the idea of Shambala not as a physical place but as a metaphor for the spiritual path one might follow. The lyrics refer to a situation where kindness and cooperation are universal, joy and good fortune abound, and psychological burdens are lifted.

SHAMBALA

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?
I can tell my sister by the flowers in her eyes
On the road to Shambala
I can tell my brother by the flowers in his eyes
On the road to Shambala

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala?

SHAMBALA SONG INFORMATION DRAWN FROM WIKIPEDIA

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This way to Tinseltown.

This way to Tinseltown.

now “Tinseltown Trends” – they have moved to 82 Main Road, Walmer. Tel contact: 076 766 8482

Tinseltown Crafty Gifts and Décor combined with “Simply Bags” is a hop, skip and a jump up the road from us at Dempsey’s Guest House in Walmer; another good reason for staying with us.

Follow the bright and cheerful signage down the driveway next to Cobblestone Bakery and step into another world of Tinseltown for old wood crafty gifts and decor. The fun, the different, the creative is complimented by a colourful array of funky styled handbags from Simply Bags. It’s an enchanting visit. The twists and turns are a delight as are the ever cheerful and friendly smiles from Karen and Dorette.
The photos below depict what’s on offer at Tinseltown and Simply Bags.

Tinseltown and Simply Bags Fashion Show:- 1st October 2014 at Cobblestone Bakery…SOLD OUT!

Tinseltown has select items on sale at The Tinker Bean. Here’s the link to our recent post on them:

http://dempseys.co.za/the-tinker-bean-in-walmer-for-your-next-coffee-fix/

Our posting on Cobblestone Bakery: http://dempseys.co.za/come-to-cobblestone-for-comfort-food-2/

Hullabaloo for quality decor and furniture is very close by: http://dempseys.co.za/pop-in-to-hullabaloo-in-walmer-for-quality-decor-and-furniture/

And Shambala Wellness Spas too:  http://dempseys.co.za/shambala-where-peace-perfect-peace-prevails/

 

 

Where to find Tinseltown and Simply Bags?
Look out for the bright pink signage,they are down the driveway and behind Cobblestone Bakery
at:-

40 6th Avenue
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape

Contact:

Karen Killian at Tinseltown
Cell:           076 766 8482
E-mail:      karenkillian@vodamail.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

Contact:

Dorette Bezuidenhout at Simply Bags
Cell:           072 694 9758
E-mail:     dorettev@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

tinseltown crafty gifts and décor and simply bags

Tinseltown Crafty Gifts and Décor and Simply bags

love their humour at tinseltown!

Love their humour at Tinseltown!

veldt bags at simply bags

Veldt bags at Simply Bags

array of unique goodies

Array of unique goodies

cheerful art

Cheerful art

funky beaded sheep

Funky beaded sheep

variety of bags at simply bags

Variety of bags at Simply Bags

wallets, travel bags and backpacks too at simply bags

Wallets, travel bags and backpacks too at Simply Bags

creative displays at tinseltown

Creative displays at Tinseltown

tinseltown goodies

Tinseltown goodies

funky, cheerful, fun entrance to tinseltown and simply bags:)

Funky, cheerful, fun entrance to Tinseltown and Simply Bags:)

hearty welcome awaits you

Hearty welcome awaits you

 

 

 

The Tinker Bean in Walmer for your next coffee fix.

The Tinker Bean in Walmer for your next coffee fix.

Visit The Tinker Bean, not far from us in Walmer, for quality coffee and scrumptious eats in a relaxed, child-friendly atmosphere.
Arjenique realised her dream and opened The Tinker Bean in March 2014, adding to a string of interesting businesses along Main Road, Walmer, Port Elizabeth.  The Tinker Bean offers a lovely spread of light meals, decent sized portions at decent prices with their Dutch chicken croquettes, homemade burger patties and Dutch apple pie fast becoming favourites. Arjenique tinkers in the kitchen and makes delicious Dutch butter cookies as well as her range of basil dressings and chocolate covered coffee beans. When we popped in she’d just finished making some fudge …mmm…On the subject of coffee, good strong Ciro coffee is their choice at The Tinker Bean; they tinker with the coffee bean to produce the finest.

With a farmstyle feel to this spacious old Walmer home, Arjenique has created a child-friendly environment offering an indoor playroom and a garden of toys and activites for the little people. For the bigger people, the indoor fireplace is welcome warmth on the chilly winter days.

Starting in September, kiddies’ arts and crafts are on offer with Nici at R40 per child per session. (Contact Nici on: o72 364 8954, see photo advert below) They hope to soon introduce cooking classes for children. In a room down the passage a great selection of new and second hand baby accessories are for sale.

Also available are select items from “Tinseltown Crafty Gifts and Decor”. Tinseltown is down the driveway and behind  Cobblestone Bakery on 6th Avenue, Walmer.

Our postings on Cobblestone Bakery: http://dempseys.co.za/mmmmmm-magic-bar-for-the-sweeeet-tooth/

http://dempseys.co.za/come-to-cobblestone-for-comfort-food-2/

 

The Tinker Bean:

Contact: Arjenique
Cell:        071 623 6990
Email:    thetinkerbean@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thetinkerbean

250 Main Road
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape

Hours of business:
Tuesday to Saturday: 8am to 4pm
Sunday: 8am to 1pm

the tinker bean coffee shop

The Tinker Bean Coffee Shop

dutch specialities on offer at The tinker bean

Dutch specialities on offer at The Tinker Bean

good strong ciro coffee

Good strong Ciro coffee

winter warmth

Winter warmth

dutch apple pie

Dutch Apple Pie

the deck at the tinker bean

The deck at The Tinker Bean

cheerful playground

Cheerful playground

New and nearly new baby clothes and accessories

New and nearly new baby clothes and accessories

super selection of baby accessories

Super selection of baby accessories

the farmstall touch at the tinker bean

The farmstall touch at The Tinker Bean

baby shop at the tinker bean

Baby Shop at The Tinker Bean

 

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tinker kids arts and crafts

Tinker Kids Arts and Crafts

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