LAST WORD ON STYLE
This café, coffee bar and retail store owner shares some of his favourite things
Jon-Paul Bolus shares some of his favourite things
As a child I used to rescue wounded birds in our garden and take them to our local vet in birdhouses that I made from wood,” recalls entrepreneur Jon-Paul Bolus. This abiding love of nature and respect for the environment lies at the heart of his most ambitious endeavour, Sans (the French word for without), an ethical grocer and lifestyle store that he and his wife, Nicol, opened in Sea Point, Cape Town.
In 2007, he established the popular Loading Bay in De Waterkant, his first eatery-cum-retail concept store, which champions fresh local produce and is the exclusive stockist of luxury plantbased skincare range, Aēsop.
“We intentionally foster relationships with suppliers who produce with integrity,” he explains. “Gradually
over the years, we felt the need to create a space where the customer’s experience would be enhanced through a connection with the source.”
As with Jon-Paul and Nicol’s speciality stand-up coffee bar, Pauline’s, a few shopfronts along, Sans presents a pareddown interior free of frills and fuss. All the products, from the fresh and dry foods to the homeware and apparel, have been carefully selected from suppliers committed to sustainable and holistic practices. “By consuming consciously and considerately, people are protecting the Earth as well as their health.”
Jon-Paul embraces every opportunity to swim in the ocean and explore the country, especially the Lowveld, an area he loves. “Our next undertaking will involve destination experiences that immerse people in nature.”
SOURCES Leica en.leica-camera.com Loading Bay loadingbay.co.za Pauline’s paulinescoffee.com Roberts Birds robertsbirds.co.za Sans sanscommunity.com Toyota toyota.co.za Yoshida and Company porter-yoshida.com