Hi from one Bay Tree addict to another!
My name is Ingrid Olmesdahl, and I am the proud new owner of Bay Tree South Coast. I grew up in KZN, and my last job before retiring back here again was as Group Health Services Manager at Chevrah Kadisha Johannesburg, a Jewish organisation caring for the elderly, the intellectually and physically challenged, people with psychiatric conditions and children placed in care. I was also President of the SA Gerontological Association before retiring. This new post-retirement venture gives me an opportunity to continue my love of interacting with people, and contributing to their quality of life.
When, during one of my luxurious “spoil myself” visits to Bay Tree! Yvonne mentioned that she was planning to franchise the Bay Tree concept, and move to PMB, I jumped at the opportunity of becoming the first franchisee. I so admire Yvonne’s taste, expertise and hard work in bringing unique furniture, classy home decor, the cutest baby toys and lovely “smellies” to the South Coast Mall, not to mention the lovely cappuccino and freshly made cakes and lunches! I look forward to working closely with her to continue to offer the same quality and class.
My creative children – Jonty is a men’s fashion designer and his wife Lee, is head girls’ designer for Naartjie; Nick has a business in London which refurbishes homes, and designs and makes shop window sets such as those in Ralph Lauren stores, and his wife Unita is in the jewellery business; Phil is an award winning architect in Cape Town, and his wife Maxine is an interior designer – will also be an inspiration in growing Bay Tree.
My much loved grandchildren, Ray, Phoenix, Scarlett and Renzo, have already squealed with delight with the Le Van toys I have bought from Bay Tree so guess what they are getting more of for Christmas!”
I am very fortunate, too, that my nephew Maarten, has agreed to come down from Johannesburg to manage the shop. His 15 years as co-owner of Cafe Rossini in Randburg, followed by 10 years in retail, will assist me greatly in continuing to offer quality service and products. We have a shared philosophy: ” A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are”.
We look forward to meeting you all and sharing the spoils of Bay Tree.