Woodstock’s darling, 145 Sir Lowry Road, the Palms, has recently been acquired by HCI Properties and the Berman Bros. Group. Originally the site of one of Cape Town’s first bakeries, the premises have an intriguing history.
The building itself dates back to the first quarter of the last century when baker William Baumann built a factory to house two of his projects, Baumann’s Biscuits and Duens Bread. Over the past 20 years the building has operated as a décor and lifestyle centre and with the recent influx into the Woodstock surrounds, this acquisition is perfectly poised to add to the changing face of the area.
The vision of the new owners is to retain the old-world charm of the historical building, with a small upgrade to revitalize the current industrial finishes. This will include a rejuvenated tenant mix, such as Seattle Coffee Company coffee shop lease, which was recently concluded by Janet Lightbody at IKON property group. This store is to occupy a street facing location on Sir Lowry road, with access to outside eating area in the shared courtyard.
Perfectly in keeping with the return of the Artisan heritage of the building, all Seattle coffee is Direct Trade, which means the families who grow, pick and sort the beans are paid directly at least 25% above Fair Trade. Coupled with magical views of the mountain and the tranquil sounds of trickling fountains, this is to be a place of relaxation and serenity from the bustle of the busy streets of the CBD, Salt River and Woodstock.