The Story coffee shop in Tarkastad is like a tale full of happy surprises.
Here you will find unique gifts, most of them local and handmade, excellent coffee and great meals. There is a basic menu but every day of the week this enterprise is hosted by a different farmer’s wife who brings her own flair to her chosen meal of the day.
The Story is a charming and welcoming place with an open garden at the back where children can play and where fresh vegetables are grown on site.
But the warm-hearted secret to The Story is that it is a non-profit organisation. Every month, the profits are dedicated to a deserving local cause. One month it might be for the Tarkastad old age home, or the orphanage, or for a town clean-up. The next month it might be for a bursary for a child, or sporting equipment for a poor but promising athlete. The cause of the month is placed up on a blackboard.
Why is it called The Story? Founders Kitty Phillips and Angela Price say “The name is to prompt you to let us tell you our story of the shop being the face of what Ithemba Trust, does. Our vision is to bring Hope to our community and its people.”
The feel-good element of The Story is almost as good as the flavours. The farmer’s wives (including Kitty, Liesa King, Sharon Lucas, Vanessa Phillips, Angela Price and Heidi Ferrar) are excellent bakers and cooks. Apart from the regular meals of quiche, burgers, salads and toasted sandwiches, the meal of the day may be a fillet with creamy sauce or chicken curry or bobotie.
There are always excellent cakes to accompany the freshly roasted coffee.
Gifts and decor items include cushions, knitted goods, local jams, mats, candles, rusks and honey.
- The Story is open from Tuesdays to Fridays between 9am and 4pm, and every first and last Saturday between 9am and 12.30pm.