Spring changes in Plett
Spring has arrived but not without a stern reminder that Winter is still lurking. The first of September brought a serious cut-off low which dropped some very welcome rain (approximately 100mm) and brought some spectacular visitors to the big puddles all over town. The black and white ibises have arrived, as well as Egyptian geese and the stately egrets and we know that our Summer is just around the corner.
Main Street is looking good – the flower boxes are abundant and colourful and as it is the season of renewal, there is a lot of refurbishing and sprucing up in town. Two garages are undergoing major renovations - the B.I. Total garage on the Robberg will have a new forecourt, whilst the Caltex site In Main Street in town (one of the oldest fuel suppliers in Plett) will also boast a new forecourt . The Wimpy franchise at the Engen garage (N2 turn-off) is also undergoing a complete facelift and this will excite the Wimpy fans. Shell Ultra City will be getting a new look shop and a Vida E coffee franchise before December.
Work has been ongoing for some time on the old Cornuti’s building (Benvenuti’s) and no doubt there will be a new and exciting venue for you to enjoy at this site with one of the best views in town. Workmen are also busy at the Mellville Centre giving it a new coat of paint. In addition there is much plastering and repaving in anticipation of some new and exciting tenants. The anchor tenants Spar are extending their premises, adding a new Tops liquor outlet and increasing the size of the shop . A welcome improvement for the season.
The Beacon Island Kwikspar has been totally revamped and modernised, to the point where you won't recognise it from the previous format. Thier fresh food offer looks great and we believe the sushi is worth trying. The barista coffee is going to be popular for morning coffee and croissants.
Some new shops and “eateries” for you to make a note of:
Arterior at Village Square has moved to bigger premises in the industrial area off the N2, opposite Shell Ultra City.
In its place at Village Square a new interior design shop – The Private House Company.
Sao Goncalos at Old Nick’s has opened a branch in Longships with the same tried and tested and always enjoyed breakfast and lunch menu. They will be found at Lion Roars House, midway along Longships ( the old Scotty’s). No doubt this will prove to be very convenient for visitors staying on the Robberg side of town.
Lederles are in the centre of town next to the Caltex site in Main Street. They have delicious breads and home bakes but bear in mind that they are usually not open on Saturdays.
The ever popular tea and cakes venue Clare’s has now added a buffet lunch served in the deli section and you pay per weight, but be warned arrive early as seating is limited.
The Lookout is busy with a complete remake of the deck area to capitalise on the most stunning setting in Plett and just down the road is Lemon Grass (on the Lookout Beach) which has also extended their deck area – there must be few restaurants with a view to equal these two venues.
Finally to pay for all your shopping and eating out, you would surely need a bank, so bear in mind that The Standard Bank and Nedbank will be moving from the Mellville Centre in town to Market Square. Currently the separate building on the left as you enter Market Square is being renovated to house the two banks. The doors will open on 1st of November 2015.
So you can gather that a lot is happening in Plett, the locals are busy and we will be ready to welcome you at the end of the year for your well deserved break.
See you in December!
The Accommodation Bureau Team