The guys behind Vovo Telo, a coffee shop chain springing up all over SA, seem to have a knack for sniffing out the “it” spots and setting up shop. One of their newest is in the recently established outdoor shopping space in Norwood
that’s single-handedly gentrifying the area. The Factory on Grant is the work of property developer Craig McLeary, a professed mall-hater, who’s turned an average building with shops below and flats above into an inviting oasis.
There are spectacular views across Joburg from the upstairs, open-air bar. The idea behind the centre is for creatives to inhabit spaces from which they both produce and sell their (mostly) handmade work, so shoppers can watch the process of making the things they buy. The space has a strong community feel about it – the tenants in the shops know each other and the atmosphere is really friendly. There’ll also be night markets in the centre soon.