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Full-time hustle. Side-hustle. Do-it-in-your-spare-time hustle! To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’re highlighting tremendously business-savvy women who’ve mastered the art of the hustle.

Niche hand block printed women’s clothing

In her youth, Tess Britz’s dream of marrying her knight in shining armour, living in a house with flowers on the windowsill and cows in the meadow failed to materialise. She realised she had to find new ways to support herself and her children. She was a single mother working in financial services and needed creative ways to survive. In 2000, she journeyed to India where she fell in love with the sounds, sights and colours. She made a wish upon The Wish-Fulfilling Tree for a perfect life partner – which materialised. She says, ‘I returned home with a suitcase of gorgeous hand block printed women’s cotton clothing which soon sold out.’ To date, she has journeyed to India 40 times to design and manufacture her clothing range, Gypsey Rose Cotton Clothes and Travels. She also facilitates and hosts small group journeys for women to India, sharing her vast experience and knowledge of the country. ‘What better way to use my creative gifts,’ says Tess. ‘And so, I learned to hustle.’ You’ll find the studio at 106 Beyers Naudé Drive, Roosevelt Park.
Details: [email protected]; gypseyrose.co.za, Instagram: @gypseyrosecottonclothesandtravels or 083-325-0441.

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Fabulous floral fragrances and more

Ever smelt a beautiful scent and thought, what’s that fragrance? When Cath Thompson and Jenny Arthur got together to start a perfume and home fragrance business, it’s the phrase that stuck as the perfect name. What’s That Fragrance – or WTF – has a range of perfumes for him and her at prices that make it affordable for all to enjoy. There are scented candles and diffusers with the names, Woody, Spicy, Fresh and Floral. A second range of room mists, candles and diffusers called Dream Tree has also gained popularity, and you can layer your home with any of the four bespoke scents. They all make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day or even for yourself! You’ll even find some scented hand sanitisers which are, of course, in big demand. Fragrances from R180, diffusers from R300 and the Dream Tree range from R145.
Details: whatsthatfragrance.co.za or follow @whatsthatfragrance on Instagram. DISCOUNT OFFER: Enter the code GETIT at checkout and receive 15 per cent off your online purchase.
Valid until 31 May 2021.

Unique, innovative and the most droolworthy cakes

Introducing Batter Me Up Bakery, founded by Jess Lobley last year. Jess is a self-taught baker who turned her passion for baking and innovation into a secondary career. Managing a full-time day job, family and baking business, Jess represents all women who hustle day in, day out. ‘My dream is to be able to create a space where customers know that they will always be able to find unique and innovative concepts at Batter Me Up,’ says Jess. ‘Besides ensuring that all our treats are mouth-watering, we aim to go beyond that and provide unique offerings and always cater to special occasions throughout the year.’ Looking for something unique and delicious? Get in touch with Batter Me Up Bakery.
Details: Follow @batter_me_up_cakes on Insta, call Jess on 064-508-7183 or send her an email, [email protected]

Indulge in handcrafted Scented bath and shower collections

Kate Sunley is a creator and curator of all things beautiful and nourishing. Handcrafted in limited quantities, you’ll find scented bath and shower as well as lifestyle artisanal collections designed to imbue your life with tranquillity and joy. The Bath + Shower Bar offers a luxuriously immersive bath and shower experience that gently exfoliates, nourishes and repairs your skin. The beautiful result is soft skin, a radiant glow and a lingering scent that lives on long after your bath or shower. Kate Sunley believes in taking time out from the cacophony of the everyday – to indulge and restore. These brief respites that you gift yourself and others are an invaluable act of self-care and self-preservation. The ethos of this business is underpinned by the genuine joy the team derives from crafting and gifting items of beauty. In sharing these products, they aim to fill your world with their joyful and calming properties. There is something for everyone. Details: Take a look online, katesunley.com

Classic and stylish women’s fashion

Alexandra Classics is a small range of women’s clothing designed and produced in Joburg. When she started the brand, founder and designer Sandra Sin was working for other people and looking for timeless pieces. Finding there was nothing in the market for the discerning woman looking for well-made pieces, she decided to start her own company. ‘I guess after working for people I wanted to start my own brand, creating things that I love,’ she says. That was over 20 years ago, and while things have changed, one thing has remained the same … her commitment to quality and style. ‘We strive to use easy, comfortable and natural fabrics where possible. Quality and efficiency are of utmost importance to me.’ Sandra’s vision allows her to take classical pieces and make them modern. Her tailoring is immaculate, and the fabrics are made to last which is in line with her classic and stylish signature. Like most entrepreneurs living through the global pandemic, Sandra has had to deal with the changing retail space. Determined to succeed, she decided to pivot her business towards a stronger online presence. She produces two ranges a year which are available at pop-up shops and online. Details: alexandraclassics.com,
@Alexandraclassics on Insta, Alexandra Classics on Facebook and email
[email protected]

Love Local? This e-commerce biz promotes SA products

LuluLocal was inspired by a meeting of minds during a lockdown Delta Park walk. Parktown North mums, Vanessa Ridgway and Angela Boulle, with their love of local and looking for a business idea, saw the need for an e-commerce platform to collectively promote the products of South African artisans and small businesses. Their range focuses on distinctive luxe, pantry and related goods as well as bespoke gift boxes for all occasions. With products from close to 100 suppliers already available in their store, their dream is to continue expanding this beautiful one-stop shop for all things local and lekker. Based in Jozi, LuluLocal provides a quick turnaround for northern suburbs’ deliveries while also shipping nationwide. Follow LuluLocal on social media for new product updates and local inspiration. Details: lululocal.co.za, follow @lululocalsa on Facebook and Insta or email [email protected]

Allow Nature to take care … naturally!

Is skin sensitivity driving you crazy? Are allergies getting you down? According to Jean Franklin, business owner of plant-based products Herb Afrique, skin sensitivities are on the increase due to artificial fragrances, parabens (preservatives), toxic chemicals and sunscreen factors that are too high. Jean says the human body is more tolerant of plant extracts than synthetically produced chemicals. She says plants contain minerals, vitamins and trace elements that are easily absorbed by the skin. Herbs have a balancing (homeostasis) effect, which eventually normalise and improve the functioning of the skin … this is where her business comes in. Herb Afrique has a whole host of 100 per cent natural creams which contain none of these harmful ingredients. The feather-light moisturising and nourishing creams are made from olive oil and beeswax … they’re preserved and stabilised with Vitamin E, citrus extract and rosemary oil. The products contain strong antioxidants, which make them perfect for the most sensitive and hypo-allergenic of skins. So go on, let nature take care of you naturally, with Herb Afrique.

Details: herbafrique.com, [email protected], 083-380-3925 and on Facebook:  @herbafriqueproducts

An easy solution to permanent hair removal

Meet Chane Todd … a devoted wife and mother of two beautiful boys, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Dandelion Distribution. This business manufactures and distributes a proudly South African and revolutionary product called NoGrow. It’s a permanent hair removal treatment which mimics the same cell that causes pattern baldness – it’s topically non-invasive rather than internal. Chane has grown her brand to seven international countries – and counting. She also believes in growing through adversity.  ‘I have recently been afforded the immense privilege and honour of being chosen as one of the Mrs South Africa semi-finalists. Many people may question my reason for entering in such a catastrophic time globally, but that was one of my many motivations. Mrs South Africa has broken the stigma of being “just a beauty pageant”. Rather, it’s a platform to stand together and extend a helping hand,’ says Chane. ‘We may not have the control over Covid-19, but each of us has the opportunity to show compassion.’ Chane is the daughter of the late Wayne Westner. ‘He was an avid golfer who, in 1996, won the World Cup alongside Ernie Els. It was such a monumental moment, not only for our family, but our nation. He will remain my biggest inspiration.’  Details: nogrow.co.za, follow @nogrowonline on Instagram and Facebook.


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