GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - Work has resumed on an exciting new construction project in the George CBD where the Strauss Family Group is re-developing the old building on the corner of York and Victoria streets.
Construction has been delayed by the extended lockdown, but is in full swing again.
The building, located on the erf of the former historic Harvil Lodge, is being expanded and modernised to offer a coffee shop/restaurant, medical aesthetics services, a beautician, hairdresser, doctor/dentist and physiotherapist, as well as Airbnb self-catering accommodation.
The old name synonymous with the property will live on through the name, Harvil House, as the re-developed building will be called.
According to Morné Strauss, trustee of the Strauss Family Group, they are incorporating the convenient and very popular MyKantoor concept on the first floor. This allows small businesses to rent office space, ranging in size from 8m² to 130m², fully furnished and with minimum 40 meg / uncapped.
"You can simply move in with your laptop. It is not open-plan, so tenants will have their own private office. Conventional office space will also be available on the first floor," says Strauss.
The building will have a total floor area of 1 800m². On the ground floor, the layout is centred around a coffee shop surrounded by beauty studios, hair salon and medical practices. Two rental spaces are still available - 80m² and 100m² respectively - for doctors, dentists or a physiotherapist.
69 Victoria Street, the adjacent building where Dirk Kotzé Optometrists is located, is also being incorporated into the development.
Overnight accommodation will be available, managed as Airbnb units.
"We are really excited about contributing to the revival of the CBD and to be part of the surrounding business community," says Strauss. "We would also like to thank SDK Architects and Meyerkon Building Contractors for their input and contribution."
The opening day of Harvil House has been postponed from November this year to February 2021 as a result of the lockdown; however, the five Airbnb units will be ready for occupation by December.
For rental information on Harvil House, please contact Daniel van Schalkwyk of Van Rensburgs Auctions and Properties on 083 255 4245 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Morné Strauss on 082 821 2070, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Tenants in Harvil House
A locally established restaurateur, Stefan Jamneck, will be the restaurant operator. He is the former chef and owner of Transkaroo Restaurant and current owner of Ground Control Espresso Bar and Lovemedo Espresso Bar. He also owns and is the roast master of Sugarbird Coffee Co, and owner of a number of related espresso bars in the group.
Dr Nicola du Toit and registered nurse Christine Keller of Skinstitute are passionate about women's health and aesthetics. "Our dream of moving to a brand-new practice started last year with Morné Strauss and after six years in Arbour Road, we look forward to a hip and modern practice that suits our taste and passion," says Keller.
They love working with women of all ages to guide them on their skincare journey. They also offer regular screening for breast and cervical cancer, and assist in other health concerns.
Beula Beauty House
Michelle Theron started Beula Beauty House in George seven years ago. It has since grown to a five-woman team with therapists who boast an average of 12 years' beauty experience, including at renowned spas in the Garden Route. Treatments include microblading, waxing, massages, nail treatments, eyelash extensions, facials, hand and foot treatments, and more.
Beula also offers fully accredited training in microblading and eyelash extensions. They are on Instagram and Facebook.
Wizards Hair & Beauty Studio
The multiple award-winning Wizards Hair & Beauty Studio has been a household name in the Southern Cape since its establishment in 2004 in Meade Street, George. The salon secured premises in the Garden Route Mall when it opened in 2005. It has grown from humble beginnings when it was only the owner, Fatima Martins, and two staff members.
Today it offers services and retail at four different premises in the mall and employs 30 people.
"We are excited to open another branch in the CBD, very close to where we originally started out 16 years ago," says Martins.
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