This café, cof­fee bar and re­tail store owner shares some of his favourite things

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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-cam­ Load­ing Bay load­ing­ Pauline’s pauli­ Roberts Birds roberts­ Sans sanscom­mu­ Toy­ota toy­ Yoshida and Com­pany

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