TREA­SURE TROVE

The Storer harks back to a time of slow liv­ing and com­mu­ni­ties that care

Sunday Times - - Inside Out - Roberta Thatcher

At 44 Stan­ley’s new shop, The Storer, you feel trans­ported to an­other era. The walls are filled with hand­made, ar­ti­sanal items from around the world, pieces brim­ming with his­tory and tra­di­tion, and whose sto­ries are just wait­ing to be shared. And that is ex­actly what owner Lisa Storer was try­ing to achieve. Af­ter many years in mer­chan­dis­ing and re­tail, she felt dis­heart­ened by the in­dus­try. “I no­ticed re­tail stores felt dead in­side, they smell of plas­tic, there’s no­body to help you and I thought that there had to be more to the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Af­ter see­ing small bou­tiques in other coun­tries, Lisa re­alised there was op­por­tu­nity for a more per­sonal way of shop­ping.

She de­cided she wanted to work with ar­ti­sans and com­mu­nity projects around the world.

Lisa now trav­els and meets crafts­peo­ple from around the world. The store is filled with wares from coun­tries such as Morocco, Cam­bo­dia, In­dia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru, Gu­atemala and of course South Africa. The com­mon ground is that the pieces all hark back to a time when peo­ple re­ally cared in a com­mu­nity.

the­storer.co, 44 Stan­ley Av­enue, Jo­han­nes­burg

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