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The office yoga revelation

I sometimes feel like the internet is one big tangle of shiny links that catch your eye, pulling you through door after door as you click, click, click, scroll, scroll, scroll. I try to limit this online rabbit-hole-ing to specific times of the day, otherwise I’d never get any work done. Because before you know it, you’ve delved into the depths of a stranger’s engagement shoot (when you know that you think the whole idea of an engagement shoot is a bit much), but there you go, devouring online content as you devour your lunch, forgetting that there is a real world, complete with real live people, on the other side of your earphones.

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Step inside our office: A little photo tour

It hasn’t been that long since we moved offices, but we’re so at home here in this light, sunny, friendly space that it feels like much longer.

Liz wrote a bit about the philosophy behind this great coworking space in Cape Town, so I thought I’d give you a little visual window into the space where we spend our days at 75 Harrington Street.

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The side of the building that can be seen from the parking lot. There is SO much awesome street art in this area.

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Looking up…

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We’re on the third floor – along with these other awesome businesses. It’s the most inspiring thing, being surrounded by young entrepreneurs who are just making things happen. You can feel it in the energy of the building as you walk in.

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There’s always an interesting event happening at 75. Always.

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Our little corner

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More of the amazing street art. And the mountain. Always the mountain.

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Then there’s this guy. Just because. (And Pomegranite in the background)

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Our sunshiney kitchen

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Light, bright space and awesome people

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Our “opposite” neighbour was actually one of our first clients, White Rabbit Days. We find ourselves wandering into this treasure trove of beautiful jewellery more often than we probably should.

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This fist-pumping cat was a gift on our first birthday. It was supposed to bring us good luck and ALL the money. Looking at the way we’ve grown in the last little while, I’d say it can stay.

 

Five random things heard in the Pomegranite office

When you spend a significant amount of time in the same place with the same people, ridiculous things are bound to tumble out of someone’s mouth at some point. What makes this even more interesting, is that the Pomegranite office is not just home to us pomegranites (Liz and Sarah), but also to the staff of Agriptrotein, an innovative, award-winning start-up that develops protein sources for the agricultural sector and who happen to do it with maggots.

There are several lines that divide the office: tea drinkers | coffee drinkers, maggot wranglers | online presence magicians, men | women, those who think it’s hilarious that people think I’m the Agriprotein secretary because I’m the first desk you see when you walk in | me.

Here are five quotes from life in our office:

1. Sarah, busy building a website:

What do you call this thing that your tabs are in on the internet?

2. Source remains anonymous for obvious reasons:

Yes, they have a bootleg. Don’t tell my wife, all my jeans are dirty and she hates it when I borrow hers.

3. One of our excited clients:

OK great, where do we start with the website, fonts?

4. In a client workshop:

So it’s going to be maggot biltong, essentially.

5. Liz getting teased for her occasional make-up use:

Going on a date or seeing a client?

 

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Life on Long Street

When I worked from home, there was a school next door, and the sounds that would drift in through my window were excited shrieks and yells of break-time games and netball matches. (Side note: teachers should get paid ALL the money.)

Now, in our new offices, it’s the sounds of life on Long Street that filter in through the window – traffic, conversations of pedestrians (both foreigners and locals), sometimes singing, laughter, taxis calling out their destinations, people getting on with things. It’s not that hard to choose which I prefer.

Stepping out onto the pavement, there is so much to see and explore on this vibey street. Each day I notice something different that I haven’t seen before, even though it’s been there all along.

Here is a little taste of life on this famous street.

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It's called Long Street for a reason. The right footwear is crucial for exploring.

It’s called Long Street for a reason. The right footwear is crucial for exploring.

Step inside our offices: A photo tour

On 6 January, Pomegranite moved into our new office space on Long Street. 127 Long Street to be exact. It’s been the best decision we’ve made – after starting Pomegranite. Obviously.

While working from home had its perks (like a fridge occasionally full of food and a dressing gown), being in an office space with other humans just makes us feel… a bit more real.

If you’re in the area, pop in and say hi. In the meantime, here’s a little photo tour.

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Yes. That is a phone on the wall. Also, a cow being friendly.

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Just because this phone is pretty awesome…

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The meeting/workshop area, plus a bit of our desks. And what is a desk without Ouma Rusks? Nothing. That’s what.

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Old school chairs

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Looking towards the entrance – and our desks in the background

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Looking out on Long Street

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And one last time – this guy. Just because.

BIG NEWS: The Long and the short of it

You guys – we’ve been sitting on some big news for a while now, waiting ‘til things were signed and sealed before we told you. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Liz was rearing to go – and I was putting the breaks on until things were, you know, o-fficial. That’s generally how our work relationship goes.

But, yesterday was the big day. Contracts have been signed and sealed and – DRUM ROLL…. Pomegranite will have office space in January! Not just any old office space, mind. Office space in Long Street! I know! Could it get more exciting? No, it could not.

We can’t wait to be a part of the bustling life on this iconic street in the Mother City – or just around the corner from our friends at Chandler House.

It doesn’t even feel real yet, for me. But don’t pinch me. I bruise like a freaking peach.

So, in the new year, come and say hi at 110 Long Street. If you time it right, you could pitch up in time for drinks on our balcony, while eyeing the beautiful Mungo and Jemima dresses across the street (I know, right? Meant. To. Be.).

Yip. 2014 is looking pretty damn exciting for Pomegranite. Thanks for all the encouragement and for coming along for the ride by following our blog.

Onwards and upwards!