A few newcomers to The Courtyard off Harbour Road have ensured that this vibrant little hub behind The Wine Glass remains a sought-after destination for browsers and shoppers in Hermanus Old Town. 

Former farmers from the Sandveld, Joan and Jan Visser offer true country hospitality and select artisan products from around the country at their new shop, The Handmill in The Courtyard off Harbour Road. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

While the Art@Africa Hermanus Gallery and Jewellery Art by Simon are launching this week (in the premises previously occupied by Kunskantoor and Intethe), the quirky little Handmill shop in the opposite corner of The Courtyard has been open for a few weeks already.

Owned by Jan and Joan Visser, who recently traded farming in the Sandveld for coastal living in Hermanus, the shop is filled with artisan delights ranging from handmade chocolates, cookies, rusks, nut brittles and nougat to hand-painted and embroidered tea towels, place mats, napkins, wine carriers and wicker baskets. There is also a selection of homemade jams, herbal teas, coffee, olives, olive oils, pestos, chutneys… all carefully sourced from artisan producers across South Africa.

“Many of the products we stock are among our own favourites,” says Joan. With their four children all grown up now, she and Jan decided to sell their potato farm on the West Coast and start a new chapter in Hermanus. “It’s wonderful to be living in a town where we’ve spent memorable holidays,” she says. “We enjoy the beautiful environment, the climate, the atmosphere,” adds Jan.

Foodies will have a great time in this friendly little shop, whether you are shopping for yourself or looking for that special gift, and you’ll be sorely tempted to grab a cup of heavenly coffee and a freshly baked sweet treat while you’re there. The Handmill is open on Mondays from 13:00 – 17:00 and from Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 – 17:00 (closed on Sundays). For enquiries, call 083 302 5364.

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