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Discover Jozi's new funky fair

By Mashoto Lekgau | Jul 11, 2015 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The first time I checked out the new market and entertainment place, The Sheds, earlier this year, I almost bit my fingers when I was eating their delicious ribs from the Ribs, Wings and Things stall.

I have had to go back again for the vibrant experience of shopping for unique goods and discovering interesting food that only the stall owners at The Sheds have managed to achieve.

The Sheds, which opened last October in Fox Street, in Johannesburg, has become an attraction for shoppers and food lovers.

It is a three-day market, every weekend, set up in an old workshop that years ago was used to store explosives.

Inside the structure are more than 20 stalls with various entrepreneurs selling different types of products.

The open plan set-up is ideal for families because of the number of options of the food available.

When I was there recently I saw happy customers indulging in the pleasant ambience of the place with their families.

Chef and model Sibusiso Msongelwa, 26, quit his job as a restaurant manager in the city to open a dim sum (Japanese cuisine) business.

His goal, he said, was to focus more on his modelling career by working in the food industry on weekends.

This way he could try to successfully juggle both.

His stall, Dim Sum First, offers healthy Japanese food with a local twist.

His dumplings are stuffed with various fillings such as meat and vegetables.

"It's Japanese food, but the meat and spices I use are what people use locally. It's super healthy, and the ingredients are rich and quite filling. This idea of me making dumplings was inspired by my brother, who trained me."

For customers with a sweet tooth, Lwando Mdutyana of A Thyme to Dine specialises in all things chocolate - from drinks to brownies to gift sets.

The gift packs include spreads and chocolate powder spice that one can cook with.

Mdutyana said they currently import 70% of their chocolate from Singapore in its raw powder form.

"We saw a niche in the market. This offers a perfect alternative. We have a factory in Kempton Park. Apart from that, we do everything here. We are also available online."

Some of the entrepreneurs said their busiest days were Saturdays and Sundays.

Tour guide Lunga Zondi, 23, of Joburg Places, does walking tours for tourists around Johannesburg. He said his routes included focus on the less touristy establishments and less-known sections of town.

The entrepreneur from Mofolo South in Soweto has partnered with Gerald Garner. Their stall offers different types of city memorabilia, from T-shirts to pickled jars and skyline paintings.

"In the beginning we only (sold) books, but now we are embracing the whole Joburg theme. We have a lot of tourists coming in and we try to give them something to take home along with their memories."

Their themed moneybox is the cheapest product at the stall, at a price of R15, and the most expensive item is a Joburg skyline painting at R3000.

Sanele Mlipha, 21, of Colour Me Healthy, offers customers a healthy lifestyle alternative with fresh juice made from vegetables, roots and fruits.

One of his products, Colour Me Orange, is made from oranges, celery, ginger and apples.

He said the tangy drink costs R35 and is also good for flu because of the ginger and orange.

"My 25-year-old boss and buddy has a passion for fruit and she came up with the idea for this business. All these recipes are (developed) by her."

The juice bar offers five juices and freshly-made smoothies with no sugar added.

The Sheds operates every weekend until 10pm on Fridays, 6pm on Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays.


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