{portraits} De Companje, Fritz and Chanelle’s business, is a bakery, a restaurant, a coffee roastery, a produce store, a wine shop and an ice cream parlor in one – and that’s just the beginning. Fritz and Chanelle are young entrepreneurs who have made their dream a reality, building a little indoor market in the Western Cape that helps keep their Dutch heritage alive.


It’s a family business in the truest sense, a collaboration between siblings and parents, husbands and wives. Everyone has something to offer: Fritz bakes; Chanelle runs the ice cream shop; Fritz’s sister is the butcher. What ties it all together? A commitment to artisan craftsmanship, outside-the-box thinking and the best ingredients South Africa has to offer. We spent a morning with the these two inspiring people – have a look at the workspace portrait and images on Freunde von Freunden.

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