Where There’s Something for Everyone

Sugar Village is a testament to the power of transformation and the ability to turn a gritty industrial hub into a thriving community that is full of life, culture and fun. Today, this vibrant village boasts a wide variety of shops and restaurants, along with exciting events and activities that are perfect for the whole family. You can see the same potential that the developers saw in this commercial space and the work that went into breathing new life into its former mini-factories. The result is a stunning blend of history and modern elegance that reflects the best of Umhlali’s past and present. We took a visit to Sugar Village to learn more about the lucky businesses that call it home or are yet to move in.

For those looking to try something new and achieve their fitness goals, PowerUp Fitness has you covered with a bungee fitness and i-Motion EMS Studio! This is something new for the fitness industry and is the very first Bungee Super Fly in SA. With the i-Motion EMS Bio-Suit, you have a completely free range of movement which makes outdoor training a great option! The Bungee Super Fly classes offer a high-intensity, low-impact, super fun exercise session. It’s a gravity-defying, full-body workout!

At James & Co Real Estate, they deliver the best sales and long-term rental experience for gated estates, the general residential market, and commercial properties from Durban to the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Their vision is to be the residential property sales company of choice amongst clients, developers, families and investors. They combine the business’s strengths and experience of key shareholders with the experience and success of a young, dynamic and energetic sales teams to sell developments and residential properties with white-glove service and integrity, and in record-breaking time.

If you’re looking for a beauty salon specialising in skincare treatments, including facials, chemical peels, and microneedling, Revive by Adele is where you need to be! Their experienced aestheticians use Lamelle products to ensure the best possible results. They also offer waxing, manicures, pedicures, massages, botox and homeopathic consultations. Their goal is to provide result-driven treatments that are relaxing and rejuvenating.

Padel is a sport that combines action with fun and social interaction. At Station Padel, you can play to your heart’s content. It’s a great sport for players of all ages and skills, as it is both quick and easy to pick up. The game is a mix of tennis and squash – usually played in doubles – within an enclosed court surrounded by walls of glass and steel mesh. The court is roughly one-third of the size of a tennis court and measures 10 metres wide by 20 metres long.

Wallock has it’s own little hub in its store, with different sections and services. There is Wallock, which is an open-space, modular storage solution, and Pear Shaped, which offers kids’ food, lunch box fillers and baby food – all homegrown and made by moms! They are also home to a second-hand baby clothes business called Ditto Kids which they are launching soon.

As a well-established kitchen manufacturing company, Kingston Kitchens specialises in custom cabinetry such as kitchens, built-in cupboards, vanities and bars. Their attention to detail, good workmanship and great service are among their many strengths. They offer a custom design process where they work hand in hand with the customers from start to finish to establish their dream kitchen and cabinetry.

Distributing herbicides, pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers, Terrasurvery South Africa also offers agronomic services to farmers. They are setting benchmarks in the domain of export, import and marketing of herbicides and pesticides whether formulated or technical. Together with other agronomic products, Terrasurvery has a strong network, a commitment to quality, and a mission to make its products and services available.

Smash It is the third smash room to open in SA and the first UV paint room! They are all about giving clients the best experience. It’s not just about getting rid of anger or frustration – it’s super fun too! After moving to Sugar Village, they now have two smash and UV paint rooms. To smash, you wear PPE and literally destory objects to your heart’s delight! The UV paint room is not just for the artsy. Other than painting a pretty canvas, you can attack each other with paint! For safety reasons, only two people can use the smash room at a time. The UV paint room, accommodating up to eight people, is fun, attacking each other with paint, they love hearing the screams and giggles!

The heart of Big Tree Africa and Ukubala Coffee Shop is that every bean, person and cup of coffee counts. They want to create a space where creativity can thrive and to encourage the local community with a platform for people to sell their products. Also, by roasting and selling their own coffee beans, they are establishing a brand of coffee with a purpose. Proceeds go to missions in Africa, uplifting communities and generating profits for everyone involved with the shop. They aim to have something for everyone to feel welcome.

Back The Badge is the Umhlali Preparatory School’s Uniform Shop. They are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Thursday to accommodate any uniform needs. On Fridays, they close from 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. to deliver to the school.

Tip Top Bakery specialises in a wonderful array of freshly baked delicacies, croissants, bread, rolls, pastries, cakes and confections. The owners, monsieur Erik Sterk and madame Milly-Gianna, only use stone-ground flour sourced from farmers who commit to biological farming by feeding the soil through crop rotation and minimal use of harmful chemicals. They also have frozen gourmet food, ready to be popped in the oven, and cater for executive functions with pastries and confections.

At The Robert Group, they’re a wealth management firm that helps you plan for your financial future. They focus on managing risk, planning for retirement, creating an estate plan, and managing your wealth via their award-winning investment range. Even when the market gets volatile, they will help you understand the investment journey and manage your expectations, so you can stay on track. Values of integrity, innovation, and serving the community guide everything they do.

Lindie Binneman from Bar and Restaurants Coastals has been serving North Coast establishments and residents for over five years. In 2022, she partnered with Taybron Trading Hillcrest, which has 30 years of experience in the industry. They cater to all hospitality and household needs. Pop into their kitchen shop with some of the best leading brands in the market like Continental, Anvil, etc. Big or small, they do it all with a smile.

Sugar Village has come a long way to the amazing spot it is now, and we cannot wait to see how much it grows and changes in the years to come.