You name it, they stock it at Crafty Arts on 6th Avenue, Walmer.

You name it, they stock it at Crafty Arts on 6th Avenue, Walmer.

We are pleased that Crafty Arts has moved into our neighbourhood, creating yet another fine reason for booking with us at Dempsey’s Guest House when next you’re in town. We popped in to look at how they’ve settled into their new spot and we were not disappointed. As always we were greeted with friendly service and a willingness to assist. The new shop is beautifully laid out with shiny wooden floors and great light complementing the overall feel. For drawing, painting, puzzling, model building, mosaicing, scrapbooking and many more, Crafty Arts stocks your requirement. New in their range of top products is the “Giotto” range. The special glitter inks of the Turbo Glitter Pen, in 8 different colours, are dedicated to creative talents who want to give their artwork a lasting sparkle. Giotto Turbo Glitter Pen has a special choke-proof cap and non-retractable tip.

From their website, in their own words:

“Crafty Arts began in March 1996 in a tiny shop in Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth. Over the years, Crafty Arts has moved from shop to shop within the centre, taking every opportunity to expand and thereby increase our range. Today Crafty Arts is the largest Fine Arts, Craft, Stationery and Hobby Shop in the Eastern Cape. The stock we carry is designed for the widest customer base with all the major Fine Art brands being represented. We supply materials for all your arts and craft needs, from Decoupage to Mosaicing to Painting. The hugely popular pastime of scrapbooking is also well represented. This hobby changes rapidly and we have new products arriving in store constantly. For the hobby enthusiast we have a substantial variety of plastic models, a range of wooden boats, train sets and accessories and also the scenic materials to complete them. The growth in product range and depth has always been customer motivated; if enough people ask for a product, then we will stock it!”
Where to find Crafty Arts:-
(they’re a short walk from us at Dempsey’s)
41 Sixth Ave
Port Elizabeth

Tel:            041 581 1577


Hours of business:-
Mon to Fri: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Sundays and public holidays: 9am to 2pm

As an added service for their customers in the outlying areas of PE, JBay, Despatch & Uitenhage as well as to PE customers, Crafty Arts is now using Fastway Couriers to deliver your fine arts, craft, stationery & hobby materials to your front door NEXT DAY. For just R30 for an A4 size satchel, you can phone or e-mail through your order, receive an invoice, make an EFT payment and your goods will be delivered to your door the very next day.
Tel: 041 581 1577

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Dempsey’s is proud to be associated with Greencycle.

Dempsey’s is proud to be associated with Greencycle.

We are proud to be associated with Greencycle Recycling and Collection Services and recently received a pleasant surprise from them, a certificate thanking us for our contribution to making Port Elizabeth a more environmentally friendly city. Thank YOU Greencycle, you have managed to maintain your outstanding service over the years, you’re a force to be reckoned with and we will continue to support your recycling work.

Contact:   Laura or Louise

Mobile:     072 237 5895

Phone:       041 581 2174



For information on Greencycle, what they do and why, please view:


Awhile back we posted that we’ve been ‘going green’ for a few years already, here’s the reminder:-


We like this Google review.

We like this Google review.

Thank you to Helen Barber-James for this great Google review that we were unaware of. We noticed it by chance yesterday.

“Dempsey’s Guest House provided us with a home from home. Accommodating three generations of our family (Gran, Mom and two teenage girls) for five days, we were warmly welcomed, comfortable and well cared for. The room was perfectly set up for elderly people, with flat walking surfaces, and handholds in the bathroom. We were able to cook meals for ourselves in the compact, well equipped kitchenette. Safe off-street parking in this quiet area added peace of mind, and we enjoyed the space of the large garden. There are ample shops in the neighbourhood, so no shortage of supermarkets to buy supplies. We are happy to recommend Dempsey’s Guest House, and will stay there again if we need to stay overnight in Port Elizabeth.”




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




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:                            Cell: 076 626 5815    Facebook:

Cupboard Love Night Shopping          30th April at 16:00

New ceramics from: Token Ceramics

See Dempsey’s old blog post on Cupboard Love:   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 : 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

ironman logo

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.

Computer Bits and Pieces

Contact Details
Telephone No :  086 107 7785
Fax No :  086 618 1583
Email :

Cnr 6th Avenue and Villiers Road
Port Elizabeth

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. “


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)
Port Elizabeth
Eastern Cape

Contact:      Anthea Wilmot
Tel:              041 374 1055

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:-


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



hullabaloo's night time look

Hullabaloo’s night time look

award-winning hullabaloo

Award-winning Hullabaloo

cheerful bunnies for sale

Cheerful bunnies for sale



great space, great light at hullabaloo

Great space, great light at Hullabaloo

lighting to inspire

Lighting to inspire