Feature: Kalk Bay Co-Op

A Love Supreme has been selling our products at Kalk Bay Co-Op since they started. It has been a true honour to associate ourselves with such an incredible shop and wonderful team. They are like family. If you have not popped into their gorgeous shop – take a trip to Kalk Bay and see everything they have on offer. We recently asked the owners Deona and Morne a couple of questions about Kalk-Bay Co-Op and how it started. Have a look below…

 

TELL US HOW THE SHOP STARTED:

In 2011 Deona had Cape to Cairo in Kalk bay but wanted to do something new with the space.  She sat down on a Saturday afternoon with myself and my sister Kim Speer and we came up with a new concept.  Kalk bay had been so good to our family we felt it was time to give others the opportunity to do business there as well.

We wanted to do something no one else had done before. Get designers to set up spaces and create their own identity but at the same time cooperate to create an overall feel of  being separate but together.
So we spent some time working out how a co operative platform should work to create a mutually beneficial platform for both designers and ourselves.
We realized a central pay point was the answer to prevent huge staff costs and errors. So we started  contacting many designers we had met through the years and some trading at the Bluebird garage market owned by Kim and Dylan.
It was a long process. We phoned so many designers. Some were very open to the idea but many were not. But those that did come on board were so enthusiastic and we drew up all the paperwork and went to see them.

 

Many also came to see the space and we worked out where everyone could go.

 

A week before we opened all the designers came I and set up their spaces.  All stock went into a central system and we opened on 1 October 2011. Due to the success of the first Co-op, we subsequently opened the 2nd one in Dec of the same year.

 

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU? Main road, Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Co Op

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE A LOVE SUPREME PRODUCT AND WHY?

Difficult to answer  – but witty quotes are brilliant and always make you laugh even if you read one everyday there is one that you can relate to

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DESCRIBE YOUR SHOP IN 3 WORDS:  beautiful, unique and interesting

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