New Hillcrest craft, food, activities market to open

2016-11-01 06:00
Natalie Lange and Kim excited about the new market in Botha’s Hill.PHOTO: suppied

Natalie Lange and Kim excited about the new market in Botha’s Hill.PHOTO: suppied

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MANY women, when they retire from a full-time job, think only of rest and relaxation, but for 60-year-old retired attorney Natalie Lange it was the beginning of a new career.

Lange who is also an advocate said that people need to recharge their batteries and take time out to engage with people and the planet. “After retirement I looked around my home town – Botha’s Hill to see what I could do and realised that it is a town in transition.
“It was at risk of losing its easy going, somewhat down- at-heel country feel, to new plastic and concrete, and intervention was needed.

“So I took photos of the main road, and its buildings, researched who owned what, and resolved to create a massive weekly craft, food, and activities market.”

With determination Lange took to the streets of Hillcrest to find the ideal spot for her dream to materialise.

After a few dead ends, she found a site on the corner of Old Main Road, and Rob Roy Crescent, with terraces and two entrances, leafy and green.
“This was the ideal spot for Botha’s Hillcrest Craft, Food and Activities Market,” she said.

“And I decided to launch on Sunday 13 November, which will give me ample time to find stall holders.”

Lange will not be charging stall fees for various good cause organisations, such as impecunious crafters from the Valley, Hospice, and Animal rescue.

Her market will be wonderful as the skills set of market operators is appropriate.
“We have an accountant with a magnificent market site, and a lawyer who has been selling vintage sarees at local and international markets, as a hobby, for over 10 years.

“The customer ‘catchment area’ is large and affluent, and everyone is searching for Sunday entertainment, and summer holidays are near.”

In addition many stallholders already have established and loyal customer bases.

There will be something for everyone as the market has three distinct market zones, a KIDZ Zone with funfair-type equipment and activities, a food and beverage zone and a clothing, vintage and décor zone.

She urged the community to support the market and all the local stall has to offer.

The Botha’s Hillcrest Craft, Food and Activities Market will be held every Sunday starting from 13 November to 25 December from 10am to 3pm.

For more information, visit www.bothashillmarket.co.za or call 083 564 3335.

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