Supporting local businesses couldn’t be more important in an uncertain time like this. What’s better than to dedicate a few pages to giving some love to businesses that make our community so special? Umhlanga is home to incredible businesses that provide quality services and products that we all know and love! We look at exactly what they offer and the amazing people behind the brands.
Born and raised in Durban, Struan Campbell operates a stockbroking and financial advisory business within the framework of the PSG Konsult group, an independent financial services company offering a unique, value-orientated approach to clients’ financial requirements. “We place a strong emphasis on personal service and building lifelong relationships with our clients. Our focus is local and offshore investing, particularly share portfolios, but we are also able to assist with a broad range of financial planning needs,” says Struan. For Struan and PSG Wealth, living and working in Umhlanga is a dream scenario: a combination of a fully functional, high-end financial services district and a relaxed holiday village atmosphere. With an office based in Granada Square, the short commutes, surfing before the work day and having a top-quality meal at an excellent restaurant are all highlights. Please pop in their office to meet their wonderful team!
NOTE: PSG Wealth is completely open for business at their office and online.
Unit 111, Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks
086 044 4731
Saint Lori is a clothing and accessory boutique that was founded 10 years ago, and has been enjoyed by a loyal following since its inception. Sam took over ownership in December 2018 and has breathed new life into an already fabulous boutique! “I have spent 20 years growing in retail, marketing and the fashion industry, and plan to create a unique shopping experience for my clientele,” says Sam. Saint Lori loves being part of the Umhlanga community and its mix of eccentric and interesting people. “The area is made up of fabulous locals, from the young and trendy crew to the uber cool young moms and the glamorous grannies. There are also diverse travellers that frequent their holiday homes from Johannesburg and Cape Town, and many international travellers that come to get away from the big cities abroad. Each week brings new friendships and old faithfuls!”
NOTE: Saint Lori is selling all clothing online and in store on Level 3.
Shop No. 7A, Chartwell Centre, 15 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban, 4320
Smith & Partners
Shannon started Smith & Partners to provide the usual accounting and advisory services with some unusual value-add. “We don’t want to simply perpetuate the status quo, we want to really engage with our clients, to spend time with them and understand their businesses and visions, and to provide their own information to them in a way that’s meaningful, insightful and that facilitates strategic decision-making,” adds Shannon. This advisory business offers great value to business owners in their own unique way! Shannon feels Umhlanga is very exciting at the moment as its development is awe-inspiring! What started out as a small, beach-side town has become one of the most vibrant, diverse and commercially-ambitious areas in KZN. “I am proud to be a part of this progress and to offer a service that might facilitate this progression, even if by way of our clients doing extraordinary things. We look forward to the next few years and what is to come!”
NOTE: Smith & Partners’s office is fully open on Level 3.
Unit 408 Medstone Medical Centre, 19 The High Street, Umhlanga Ridge
031 819 5850
Handles R Us
Handles R Us is a boutique ironmongery merchant in Umhlanga. We specialise in the specification and supply of all the fittings to make the doors in your home or office look beautiful. Let us handle it! We have recently diversified our range to include quality bathroom accessories, cleaning tools and products. Visit our website to view our amazing range. Alternatively, clients can email their plans to Handles R Us and we will compile a specification with images and prices for your review. This can then be tailored to suit your budget.
NOTE: Handles R Us is open and ready to rumble for online and store sales.
Unit 23, Outlet Park, 59 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge
BERNINA Durban North was opened in Broadway, Durban North on 1 July 1984. During those first few years we stocked just three models of sewing machines. BERNINA is the premium Swiss sewing machine. The factory has continued to create high quality machines to surpass expectations. We are proud to be the ‘National Dealer of the Year’ for 2019/20 financial year. Our business is based on a passion to serve our community with enthusiastic service, an excellent product range, sound technical knowledge and a love for our customers. We endeavour to deliver the sewing community products they will be delighted with. The business has an online presence in the form of Facebook and Instagram. Debbie and Edward have been involved with the business since its doors opened. Their youngest son, Sean, joined the business in 2017 and has been trained as a dealer manager, with a thorough knowledge of all products in the ranges.
NOTE: Bernina is open as per normal.
Shop 5, Swapo Road, Durban North
031 564 9112 / 076 310 4441
ACDC Express has recently opened its doors in Umhlanga, offering customers in retail, commercial and industrial industries over 85 000 electrical solutions. ACDC Express Umhlanga aims to provide contractors, DIY customers, consultants, property developers and manufacturers with a full turn-key solution for all electrical needs. Visit their unique concept store for a convenient and versatile shopping experience in what will feel like an electrical ‘supermarket’. “We offer expert advice, tips and after-sale service from our highly qualified and friendly staff that is there to assist you every step of the way. Browse our extensive product catalogue, with automation products, power supplies and solar solutions, motor control, circuit breakers, lighting, fans, an impressive selection of security options and everything in-between, whereby anything that is not already in-store can be ordered. Be sure to email us or pop in store to see what’s on offer!”
NOTE: ACDC Express is open as per normal during the lockdown.
10 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga Ridge
031 020 0403
African Roots Coffee
“Being part of the unique Umhlanga lifestyle is borne out by local patronage. Many locals are spotted some distance away from us and have their daily order waiting for them when they sit down at African Roots. A firm favourite for quiet personal and business meetings is our more secluded mezzanine level,” say owners Mark and Christine. African Roots offers full breakfasts, light lunches and a range of cakes made daily in their kitchen. African Roots has been the speciality coffee shop of choice for many local, up-country and overseas customers. In 2018 and 2019, African Roots was awarded an International Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor in acknowledgement of their single-origin East African highlands sourced beans, along with their quality range of locally sourced foods and beverages. They are conveniently located outside The Pearls of Umhlanga, making it perfect for a meeting or a spot to work.
NOTE: African Roots will be open and ready to serve on Level 1!
Shop No. A25, The Pearls Mall
087 941 4591
Kids Emporium Gateway Umhlanga is a baby retail store that offers a huge variety of unique and innovative products to help make the parenting journey a truly joyful and memorable one. They stock all that parents could want or need, from a baby’s first rattle to prams, car seats, baby furniture, toys and clothing. “Our product selection and service excellence is motivated by our core philosophy: an unwavering passion to be the best and most valued choice for parents, babies and toddlers with regards to quality, price and service,” says Preshina, who owns the store with her daughter, Thea. Kids Emporium loves being part of the Umhlanga lifestyle, because of its relaxed community and young, vibrant vibe. They also know that being a first-time parent is often overwhelming, and so they provide information to help you make the best decisions for your kids!
NOTE: Kids Emporium is open, but you can also message them via Instagram, Facebook or WhatsApp if you have any questions.
Shop F307, Gateway Theatre Of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga
060 769 9670
The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium
The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium has been serving Umhlanga for several years now and growing from strength to strength, offering a wide range of dental services. Originally started by Dr Thinus van Niekerk in 2012, the practices in Ballito and Umhlanga now have a loyal following that includes moms and dads, toddlers and grandparents, some of SA’s revered artists, actors and architects, musicians, athletes and politicians. As the business has been growing, so has their team, and they have recently welcomed a few more members. This includes two fabulous oral hygienists as well as an amazing dentist with a special interest in orthodontics. The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium experience is modern and sleek, offering you the latest technology and innovations from the world of dentistry. The team focuses on orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, and the practice is well-established as a leader in dental implant treatments. Whether you need a cleaning or a checkup, braces or an implant, The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium looks forward to welcoming you. #loveyoursmile
5 Park Lane, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga
031 566 5121
Lula Clothing Boutique
This fabulous clothing boutique started eight years ago and has a store in Glenashley and has launched their online shop just before the lockdown started. They offer shoppers truly authentic and designer pieces from dresses, tops and shorts to jumpsuits and the ever-popular kaftans. You are even able to have a full closet of Lula Clothing as they also sell leather bags, leather shoes and accessories. All of their products are made locally, in a factory made up of six employees. “We pride ourselves in making everything locally. We do all of our clothing ourselves and I make all of the patterns for our items,” says owner Lisa. Lisa and her Lula Clothing team also make custom-made Matric dance or Grade 11 dance dresses and will soon be starting a hiring system where you can let out your dresses for a night. Pop into Lula Clothing Boutique for unique and beautiful pieces!
NOTE: Lula Clothing Boutique is fully open from Level 3 of the lockdown.
Shop 6B, Glenore Centre, Aubrey Drive, Glenashley
083 448 5297
Hi Cake Lovers! To every single one of you for being so patient and supportive over the last couple of months. WE APPRECIATE YOU! As we move into Level 3 here in South Africa, we’re letting you know that all 15 of our stores are now open for the sale of our frozen Large and Medium cakes, as well as our 6-pack range. But that is not all! We know how much you love a Chateau Gateaux Coffee, so we’re bringing it back along with selected beverages, pastries, slices, Individuals and hot puddings. Our offering will be limited and may differ from store to store but we know that a little sweet something goes a long way…
We can assure you, in the best interests of both our customers and staff, good hygiene practices, social distancing, wearing of masks and the managing of numbers in store are being adhered to. We look forward to seeing more of you in our stores for those magical cakeaway moments!
The Chateau Gateaux Team
031 569 6964
Lauren Ginn Accessories
If you’re looking for your next piece of bling for a birthday gift at an affordable price, we invite you to experience Lauren Ginn Accessories. Established in 2014, they have an online store with courier deliver across South Africa, supply independent boutiques in KwaZulu-Natal and also have their own store in the heart of Durban North. Their range is diverse, offering unique and gorgeous pieces for every skin tone, style and shape. Recently added to the range are essential COVID-19 accessories which include a fabulous and fun mask range, buffs and hygiene gadgets. Shop online and enjoy free delivery when you spend over R350, or pop into their stocked store with friendly staff. Their stunning pieces are waiting for you to enjoy!
NOTE: Lauren Ginn Accessories is fully open online and in store.
9 Ennisdale Drive, Durban North
072 583 2602
With its roots firmly set in passion and its flavours unapologetically Afro Porto, the Mozambik restaurant group is one of South Africa’s leading dining brands; a multi-sensory experience designed around our customers, with each restaurant idiosyncratic and unique to its community while unquestionably a Mozambik. Dining delivers high quality, delicious cuisine, an exceptional atmosphere and high service levels complete an unforgettable 360 experience. From its launch as a single store in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal circa 15 years ago, Mozambik welcomes its 18th restaurant in The Pearls Mall, Umhlanga this month.
NOTE: Mozambik Pearls Mall will be open from 19 June for takeaway and delivery via Mr Delivery, Uber, in house calls or via their website.
Shop 9A, The Pearls Mall, Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga
082 528 5122 / 063 713 2525
Hey Gorgeous is a skincare brand that focuses on attaining healthy skin naturally. Their motto: “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” Hey Gorgeous offers natural, organic and vegan products for your skin, body and baths to enjoy. “We are a company that doesn’t cost the earth. We pride ourselves in being not only Proudly South African, but also Beauty Without Cruelty accredited,” says Noeline Rajbally, the Franchise Owner of the beautiful Hey Gorgeous shop at La Lucia Mall. Noeline and Hey Gorgeous love the spirit of Ubuntu that has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are a community that stands together during adversity”, says Noeline. It’s lovely to see a business in Umhlanga that cares so much for the community and provides products that are safe and natural!
NOTE: The Hey Gorgeous store is open and also offers the option for customers to place an order and pay via EFT, drive to the closest parking exit and they will deliver to your car.
Shop 124A, La Lucia Mall, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia
064 870 7030
Opus Design Studio
Opus Design Studio was founded by Cindy Shaw and is run by her and her business partner, Henry Nel. The Opus team is committed to style, creativity and uncompromised service, offering professional and premium design solutions. They provide comprehensive interior design and decorating services for residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. “Our company is passionate about interior design and creating spaces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing,” says Cindy. It is a company that always pushes its boundaries to exceed expectations, resulting in collaborative, responsive and successful design solutions for their clients. Opus Design Studio loves being part of the Umhlanga area as it is one of the fastest growing hubs in South Africa and its commercial sector is booming! “Small trades have their own identity and a local character vibe. This gives us a sense of belonging and community, and we are proud to be part of it!”
NOTE: Opus Design Studio is supplying essential service related products in Level 3, and services for residential and commercial sectors are currently done online or remotely until allowed.
Suite 10, Building 6, Canegate Road, Holwood Park, Umhlanga Ridge