Coco Safar, previously located in Cavendish Square, has relocated to allow more space for the plethora of ideas Liebenberg has in store. Coffee beans will now be roasted on site in a state-of-the-art Loring Smart Roaster, the first on the African continent. For an added artisanal touch, not only are all the handmade bonbons and pastries made on the premises, but the botanical microbrewery also brews and bottles craft teas (rooibos too) on site. Add the bespoke merchandise and biodegradable capsules, and you’ve got yourself a premium emporium of Paris’ Fauchon Boutique proportions.
As well Coco Safar, Artem will house a Sorbet/Sorbet Man spa, and a still-to-be-announced pet store from Belgium, to name a few tenants.
The attention to detail carries throughout the centre, including the car park. Artem Gallery’s curator, Eugenia Chapman Campbell, spotted the work of artists’ collective Visualiz Khorr on social media, and approached them about using the walls of the Artem parking garage to showcase their artistry. The members of the collective are Lethlogonolo Mathabe, Sam Shaba, Tebogo Qhingana, and Patrick Rulore, who all work under the leadership of founder Khutjo Tsebe, and Visualiz Khorr is set to transform the Artem garage into an expressive city landscape that is likely to be a crowd puller in its own right.
The beautiful centre is open and operational, but more awaits, with a few finishing touches still to be added. “A combination of soft awnings and black metal awnings running along the entire Artem Street front will transform the strip into Rodeo Drive meets the Champs Elysées, in the heart of Cape Town,” Darvesh says.