Live Local, Shop Local

Bagdad Market, held monthly every 2nd Saturday, is a great showcase of locally grown and produced products. You are sure to find a gift, flowers, superb deli items and more while you browse. Organisers Sue and Rowena are very conscious about supporting local entrepreneurs of all ages, and support a local charity each month as well. Can you think of a more worthwhile place to spend your moola?

Plantsman

Chalkboard signs simply mention berries, flowers and veggies and the gates are wide open but, being polite Saffers, few venture through the portal. Oh, how you should. The understated entrance belies the enchanting ‘honesty’ fresh produce shop within.

Simply Slowveld

Partner and Designer Sue San Giorgio has filled the space with elegant tableware and a beautiful array of ladies linen clothing. The popular ranges of men’s and ladies tee-shirts have been supplemented by the arrival of the Jack, Sophie and Winston collection, depicting the casual, outdoor and fun Slowveld lifestyle. Bags, notebooks and mugs make wonderful and useful gifts to take home and if you live locally and absolutely can’t decide which gem to choose, Simply Slowveld have gift vouchers too.

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Africa Joy

Unique, handmade pieces that irresistibly find their way into your bag, the broad range of products on display cover something for the home, body, accessories, toys, men, women and children. Locals pop in for small gifts and cards, tourists pick up a special something that reminds them of White River and their Lowveld travels. And that friendly, go all out for the customer approach of Dudu’s that sold Africa Joy to Marlize in the first place remains.

Bedmat

Today, Daleen and her mother Mats are hands-on and Bedmat has adapted to changing times. Daleen has embarked upon an ambitious expansion plan, opening a branch in Nelspruit as well as in White River town and begun an online service. “It’s personal for us,” Daleen says, “we’re not working for anybody else.” Their traditional business is strongly repeat based, often the third generation of Eddie’s original customers are still shopping at Bedmat.