Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Superb coffees out and about in Walmer.

Dempsey’s Guest House is surrounded by delicious coffee pit stops, we are spoilt for coffee choice in Walmer.

Urban Espress owner, Donovan McLagan, National Cup Taster Champion has won the national title for fourth time in seven years. Dozens of people from regions across the country participated in the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa Barista Championships, held in Cape Town earlier this year. McLagan will be heading to Dubai in September to battle it out against the best coffee specialists from 42 different countries. McLagan, a former engineer, gave up his job more than 10 years ago to start up his growing passion. “On a trip to New Zealand in 2004, I realised how big the coffee culture is over there and decided to make my own coffee, grinding my own beans, and it kind of just spiralled into a business from there,” he said.

25 6th Avenue , Walmer   http://www.urbanespress.co.za 

Article from The Herald: Athena O’Reilly

the herald, article athena O'reilly, photograph werner hills

The Herald, article Athena O’Reilly, photograph Werner Hills

Then on Main Road Walmer, Mike Chizeya of Micoffee fame has just been awarded “Coffee Personality of the Year” hosted by Coffee Magazine at uShaka Marine World Aquarium. Passionate about his coffee, staff and business, Mike is deserving of this fabulous award, delivering impeccable service along with friendliness at all times.       152 Main Road, Walmer. http://www.micoffee.co.za/

the herald, article naziziphiwo buso, photograph fredlin adriaan

The Herald, article Naziziphiwo Buso, photograph Fredlin Adriaan

Right behind Micoffee is Banneton Bakery, Café and Bistro, another great stop-off for a richly decadent coffee.       154 Main Road, Walmer    https://bannetonbakery.co.za/

Further on up and over Main Road is the home of Brioche Food and Coffee…indulgement starts at 7am!   181 Main Road, Walmer    https://www.facebook.com/Brioche-Food-and-Coffee-553255924708025/

A bit closer to home on Heugh Road, is Como Caffé, an Italian restaurant, coffee shop and deli.  Como Caffé brings New York City’s “Little Italy” to Port Elizabeth.     86 Heugh Road, Walmer   https://comocaffe.business.site/

come caffe, photograph k.rath, dempsey's guest house

Come Caffe, photograph K.Rath, Dempsey’s Guest House

A few more firm favourites for ‘coffees of note’ in Walmer, are:

Cobblestone Bistro and Bakery   40 6th Avenue, Walmer    https://www.cobblestonebakery.co.za/

Bocadillos on First: 22 1st Avenue, Walmer and Bocadillos on Sixth: 42 6th Avenue, Walmer    http://www.bocadillos.co.za/

 

The bocadillo or bocata, in Spain, is a sandwich made with Spanish bread, usually a baguette or similar type of bread, cut lengthwise.

When next you beetle off to Bokkadillllowzs… remember this: How to pronounce “Bocadillo” in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daYX1yWeeKs

 

 

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

“Computer Bits and Pieces” in Walmer maintaining good service.

Conveniently located 1km from us at Dempsey’s, Computer Bits and Pieces is quietly maintaining their good levels of service. Thank you especially to Dave for your patience with us, you have been  instrumental in effecting the ‘changes 2018’ in our home and business.

Contact Details
Telephone No :  086 107 7785
Fax No :  086 618 1583
Email :  info@computerbap@mweb.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. “

 

Here’s our previous praise:-

Their top service took my breath away!

 

Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

Firefly the Travel Guy featured in Getaway magazine.

It was great to see that our local tourism guru, Jonker Fourie, features as a contributor in the March issue of Getaway Magazine.

The article is : ” 3 SA train trips you’ll love”. The first and second train trips are written by Teagan Cunniffe and Caroline Webb respectively. Jonker’s contribution is on the third train trip: The Apple Express, Port Elizabeth – a beloved old train back on its tracks after gathering dust since 2010. For now the Apple takes us on a very short journey, longer journeys are being planned, we all look forward to it.

Jonker is passionate about and fully ‘plugged into’ all things tourism, local and national; he is often called “Firefly the Travel Guy” after his blog with the same name. The Firefly Photo Files have become his photographic guide to the beautiful country in which we live. He manages to publish a daily photograph from his Port Elizabeth Daily Photo Blog   

First train trip:      The Inchanga Choo-Choo, Durban by Teagan Cunniffe

Second train trip: The Forgotten Route: Cape Town to Matjiesfontein by Caroline Webb

Third train trip:    The Apple Express by Jonker Fourie

https://fireflyafrica.blogspot.co.za/

https://portelizabethdailyphoto.blogspot.co.za/

https://appleexpresstrain.co.za

http://www.getaway.co.za/

 

jonker fourie

Jonker Fourie

 

jonker's apple express article page 89

Jonker’s Apple Express article Page 89

 

apple express, port elizabeth

Apple Express, Port Elizabeth

 

3 sa train trips you'll love, getaway magazine march 2018

3 SA train trips you’ll love, Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

getaway magazine march 2018

Getaway Magazine March 2018

 

reader's letter in the country life magazine

Reader’s letter in the Country Life Magazine

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

Welcome colour added to Walmer Boulevard.

A dreary old municipal building on Walmer Boulevard was recently given new life. A fresh coat of paint and some creative input draws attention to a somewhat interestingly-shaped building…penguin included! It’s a pity we can’t provide a ‘before’ photograph which would demonstrate the transformation.

(Search on Google maps for a ‘before’ photo:  Shell-Traingle Service Station, 177 Walmer Blvd, South End. Building is just to the right of service station )

We love colour!

 

 

bright and cheerful

Bright and cheerful

an old electrical power station on walmer boulevard.

An old electrical power station on Walmer Boulevard.

funky bus stop in the former south end

Funky bus stop in the former South End

penguin guarding the colours

Penguin guarding the colours

bus stop with a porthole

Bus stop with a porthole

Another Google guest review, this time from: Khumo Motsumi.

Thank you Khumo, great to know!

Google Review:-

“This place is awesome. Good for couples, friends, outings and family. They have a variety of accommodations. The hosts (Jack and Kathy) are on point, very kind, welcoming and will make your visit first class.” Khumo Motsumi

 

A look inside Mohair SA HQ on 6th Ave.

A look inside Mohair SA HQ on 6th Ave.

Make time to visit the Mohair SA Headquarters on 6th Avenue, just up the road from us in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, you will not be disappointed. Shortly after Mohair SA moved into their newly constructed building last year, we shared photos and some information of the exterior and promised to return with a report on what’s inside at Mohair SA.

Last year’s link: http://dempseys.co.za/mohair-headquarters-now-in-our-neighbourhood/

Below are photos of the interior at Mohair SA. We were welcomed by friendly staff who took pride in educating us about their fine mohair products. Visitors to Mohair SA with a Nelson Mandela Bay pass, receive a free mohair gift, an Angora goat.

The unique qualities of mohair are described in their own words, taken from their website www.mohair.co.za

UNIQUE QUALITIES:-
•Lustre: the fibre’s natural lustre gives garments a silky sheen. It’s the ideal garment to wear day or night.
•Lightweight: the fabric is luxuriously lightweight and renowned for its versatility: cool in summer and warm in winter.
•Dye-responsive: mohair responds magnificently to dyes, retaining even the most brilliant colours over time.
•Climate control: mohair breathes, absorbing and realizing atmospheric moisture and controlling its own “climate” to ensure optimal comfort.
•Durability: because of its pliability, mohair is rated as one of the world’s most durable fibres.
•Crease resistant: products made from mohair have an innate elasticity, which ensures they hold their space.
•Non-flammable: mohair is virtually non-flammable, keeping you safe and chic all year round.

Where to find Mohair SA?

127 Fordyce Road,
Walmer
Port Elizabeth
South Africa

E-mail:info@mohair.co.za    or      marketing@mohair.co.za
Tel: +27 41 487 1386

the mohair story

The Mohair Story

spoiled for choice at mohair sa

Spoiled for choice at Mohair SA

quality mohair products

Quality mohair products

weaving loom at mohair sa hq

Weaving loom at Mohair SA HQ

mohair: the noble, natural, eco-friendly fibre

Mohair: the noble, natural, eco-friendly fibre

stairwell at mohair sa hq

Stairwell at Mohair SA HQ

well stocked research library

Well stocked research library

beautiful displays throughout at mohair sa

Beautiful displays throughout at Mohair SA

more of the research library at mohair sa

More of the Research library at Mohair SA

nmb pass holders receive a free mohair gift, an angora goat

NMB pass holders receive a free mohair gift, an Angora goat

 

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal rests her weary feet at Dempsey’s Guest House.

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal rests her weary feet at Dempsey’s Guest House.

This brave warrior woman, adventurer Zakie Odendaal, arrived on our driveway recently to put her feet up at Dempsey’s Guest House and to recharge her battery for the next leg of her solo walk along the SA Coastline. YES, she is walking the entire South African coastline on her own, along the beaches and as close to the coastline as possible. She started her journey at Alexander Bay in September 2016 and her goal is to reach Kosi Bay, northern most part of KwaZulu-Natal, by June 2017. She is already ahead of schedule! Travelling with a tent, some good walking sticks and a few supplies, her backpack is lead-like. She trudges 7kms per hour, averaging 50kms per day.

Zakie is a freelance photographer who has had this dream for many years to walk the SA coastline, a tough personal challenge, unaided and without sponsorships. Along this walk she has given deep thought to future walks and adventures, she is considering future sponsorships so that she can raise funds to assist projects to empower and improve the lives of poverty-stricken children.

We asked her what the highlights have been along this walk so far. “The kindness of people” she replied with a beaming smile “along with magnificent nature surrounding me at every step and turn.”

And your lowlights Zakie? Without hesitation she answered: “That would definitely be negative people!”

We wished her well and dropped her off at Bluewater Bay Beach. She was quick to start walking and we watched as she powered on into the pumping east wind. Within minutes she was a mere dot on the horizon, heading for Sunday’s River and later the dunefields of Alexandria, the largest dunefields in the southern hemisphere. Our wish for you Zakie as you close in on your challenge is firm sand for solid footing, mild beautiful weather and the continued kindness of people.

Follow Zakie and her adventures on Facebook and Twitter:-

Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/Zakie-Odendaal-Adventurer-1650708985257756/

Twitter handle:- @OdendaalZakie

We have a dream…to be passengers in a helicopter flying over the SA Coastline. A couple of months would do it. Just saying, in case a mad helicopter pilot and a crazy photographer with generous sponsors… are listening:)

zakie ready for east coast trek

Zakie ready for east coast trek

 

quick comfort check and she's off

Quick comfort check and she’s off

 

bluewater bay start

Bluewater Bay start

 

typical dramatic landscape of sa coastline

Typical dramatic landscape of SA coastline

 

adventurer zakie odendaal solo walk sa coastline

Adventurer Zakie Odendaal, solo walk SA Coastline

 

ready, set, go

Ready, set, go

 

zakie soaking in the beauty of the sa coastline

Zakie soaking in the beauty of the SA coastline

 

zakie's night space-tight

Zakie’s night space-tight

A big thank you to our Booking.com guests.

A big thank you to our Booking.com guests.

Thank you to all of our guests who took the time to give us top scores for their stay at Dempsey’s Guest House. We aim to maintain our standards.

 

The Hussar Grill has moved into our neighbourhood.

The Hussar Grill has moved into our neighbourhood.

In their own words:- “Where every meal is a master class”
And from their website:- “The Hussar Grill is proud to be celebrating 50 years of award-winning excellence and we are ready for another exciting milestone. The Hussar Grill welcomes you into the world of one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms – perfectly aged succulent steaks, delectable house specialities and an amazing award-winning wine selection… or you can bring your own favourite wine, at no charge!”
Cheers and good business to you, the new restaurant family, taking over from where Joel left off. May the passion for food, the love of people and the caring of the gracious old property continue.

Address: 50 6th Avenue, Walmer, Port Elizabeth ( that’s only 500m from us at Dempsey’s)

Tel:-041 581 1734

Trading Hours:-

Monday – Friday  12:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 22:00

Booking Policy:-

Monday – Friday 12:00-22:00
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 22:00

Web: www.hussargrill.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hussar-Grill-Walmer-Port-Elizabeth/

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