Tolbos - time flies

How time flies……

By Carin Scheepers:

Well, I must say that this concept of time ‘flying’ is becoming all the more real to me these days. I would hate to admit that it may be an ‘age’ thing and am therefore sticking to the reasoning that it is definitely because we are so hectically busy.

From renovating the farm offices and drilling for water, to all the going-on’s at, it sometimes feels like we are a bunch of guppies gasping for air in a shallow puddle!

But hey, I’ll tell you this much… The little bit of water we are swimming in, is a vibrant, sparkling pool of life filled with so much good stuff.

And so I have managed to keep paddling with the Tolbos team for one whole year already. It has been such a great learning curve. Everyday has brought new challenges and developments and I have had the pleasure of getting re-aquainted with the good people of the Gamtoos. Of course, the stunning setting has made intergration into the community all the more easier.

Tolbos has grown to be a timeless institution in the #Kouga community and, looking back, we cannot believe that it all started in 1988…. before ‘padstals’ were cool! Over the years, Tolbos has kept evolving to meet the locals’ needs and welcome #tourists with generous information and tasty refeshments.

Here’s hoping that during my time with the Tolbos team, we can continue to spread our wings and grow. I am just too afraid to blink – I don’t want to miss a thing!

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Then we changed gears at #Tolbos

By – Carin Scheepers

My move back to the #Gamtoos Valley from #Stellenbosch where I had been studying, working, cheffing, appreciating fine #wines – and living a pretty exciting, metropolitan life – served as the catalyst for the positive forward-thinking decisions and change that would bring #Tolbos storming at top gear into 2017.

The past year has flown by in a few blinks and since May 2016, our little #Tolbos ‘padstal’ evolved from a traditional, #South African country shop into a sleek, contemporary Bistro, Deli and Info stop en-route to the world-famous #Baviaanskloof.

There was revving of engines, breakdowns, gnashing of teeth, tears and torrential outbursts – but we are now firmly on the right path.

When Toska Joubert, former co-owner of the shop accepted my offer of a buy-out which would make me a partner with my mom, Hetsie Scheepers, the grafting started in earnest. Because #Tolbos had been established in 1988 as the first farm stall in the #Patensie area, we were fortunate to have a good, solid foundation to build on.

We introduced new logo’s to go along with our new image; refurbished much of the interior; added luxuries to improve the comfort of our customers; developed the #kiddies’ play area; introduced new stock items; extended our selection of fine #wines … and our #trading hours. The updated #menu includes the popular to-share snack platters as well as good old favourites – after all, we aim to please!

Everything became ‘official’ with the launch party held in August 2016. Every month brings new challenges and exciting developments but there’s always time for sun downer and a bit of local chit-chat around our cosy fire..


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