Finally! I’m writing the Unicorn Cafe’s first blog I think the best way to start, is by introducing ourselves. We are a company that values ethics over profits and, as far as possible, endeavours to stock the goods you’re looking for. Alternatively, we’ll strive to fulfil your special requests for those rare items that you can’t find on the shelves of other businesses.
In terms of business size and our future plans, we’re still a seedling. We have an online store where we sell things like smoked v-salmon pieces, vital wheat gluten flour, liquid smoke, portobello mushroom biltong, and T-Shirts promoting environmental well-being.
We have just unpacked olive, coconut, walnut and canola oil. Our biodegradable hard soap has finished curing and is ready for sale.
We’re also very pleased to announce that we’ve discovered a chocolate supplier who deals directly with cocoa farms and produces chocolate here in Cape Town.
We’ll keep you up to speed as our stock list grows!
We take our packaging pretty seriously. Whenever possible, we buy in bulk and custom-package our goods according to weight in eco-friendly, compostable packaging. We think the plastic lying around the planet and in the seas is gross, and we really don’t want to be a part of that.
We also don’t want to be associated with companies where ethics are compromised. For instance, we want nothing to do with businesses where children are forced by companies or their own families to carry bags of cocoa beans and work long, strenuous hours. We also won’t supply products associated with virgin deforestation and the loss of habitat for forest animals. We ask ourselves if a product is harmful to the earth or whether any species will suffer as a result of its manufacture, production or distribution. We believe companies that effectively promote the destruction of the environment through their product sales shouldn’t be allowed to avail those items to consumers.
We feel that one of the best ways we can contribute to the earth’s well-being, is to make the right speciality products available at one location, and save you the trouble (and fuel!) that goes with travelling from shop to shop searching for scarce items.
Our plan is to grow so that we can plant ourselves, so to speak, in a nice big space and give you a proper Unicorn Cafe experience. This means you will be able to visit and shop in a creative cafe and enjoy an intellectual and educational environment that supports building knowledge, community and culture.
Unicorn Cafe is starting to hold spaces in temporary spots to host special activities. We have set a date for our first morning meditation on the 8th of May. You can check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/unicorncafe42/ for more upcoming events and specials.
We don’t want to blindly follow normal business practices; we are innovative and believe in empowering communities and making cultural animation fun and accessible. In short: we have some tricks up our sleeves for when we open up shop, so watch this space!