South African Juice Bar Supports Local Brands and Artisans with Eco Friendly Drive

Road tripping South Africa’s famous Garden Route should be on your bucket list!  Along the scenic Garden Route, nestled between George and Plettenberg Bay, you will find the charming town of Knysna. The area’s natural beauty of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes, exotic lagoon, and golden beaches is breathtaking. 


One of the local businesses, The Node, was recently featured supporting local efforts to “Spring clean greater Knsyna” and Waste Nothing Clean Up on 21 September 21, which is International Coastal CleanUp Day.  Read further here.


The Node Knysna is located in a little oasis in the town, called Oaks on Main, where you can find many more artisans busy doing their thing. From woodwork, leather work, music lessons and even a little store where they make their own clothing as well as the best coffee in town from Snobs Coffee Shop! 


Local resident, Mary-Jane Paulsen, opened The Node on the 21st of December 2018 with the ethos of wanting to support local South African brands and artisans. 




I’ve done a lot of searching and scouting for artisan goods and I must say it is not always easy to find but it’s been wonderful how many of the local artisans find me and come and show their hand crafted work… I always say that I love to see what people are making and hearing their stories behind what they do is so incredible. So if there are any artisans out there who are making awesome things…come and pop in and say hi! I would love to see what you are making.

My shop has a very unique style – I like to keep it earthy and green with a touch of Boho.”



BUT… The Node is not just a little artisan shop! 


They also offer cold pressed fruit and veggie juices, Nice creams and some light meals on The Node’s ‘much menu’ for those that come in hungry, as well as specializing in some guilt-free, “good for you” treats. The protein balls are a huge hit with the customers as they are sugar and gluten-free and the date and tahini fudge is also a must try when visiting! 


Eco Friendly!


The Node is striving to be environmentally friendly by minimizing the use of plastic in their store, and supporting the fight against Plastic Pollution. These are some of the initiatives in place…

  • Only glass bottles used for take away juices including a return policy
  • Customers are encouraged to bring their own bottles when purchasing juice
  • No more plastic straws! Juices served with stainless steel straws that will be used over and over again for many years to come
  • Eco Friendly straws available in store to purchase –  stainless steel, bamboo and silicone straws for the customers their favourite





We also try and encourage our customers to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle by offering products such as the straws but also beeswax food wraps, produce bags and soon we will also be selling “The Node” reusable shopping bags!

I also have a plan to create an Eco-friendly starter kit for our customers to purchase just to help them with the first few steps of making a change in their lifestyle. So keep your eye out for that!” Mary-Jane ends


Market days


You can also find The Node at the Farm market on every first Sunday of the month as well as at the Village Market, on every last Sunday of the month in Knysna selling their cold Pressed Juices, Straws and some selected artisan goods. 



The Node has also collaborated with ‘Sunset Sessions Co’ … Save these dates!



21st September 2019


The first music event will be on the 21st September where the rugby will be projected on a big screen and the band ‘aeorplane’ will be playing live music afterwards. There will be boerie-stand as well as a bar – a good time guaranteed! Springbok Fans, there is R100k up for grabs – CLICK HERE for info on how to enter – Go Bokke!


21st December 2019


The second event will be held on the 21st December where Sean Koch will be performing live : tickets for this event are already available online – BOOK HERE. Limited tickets are available so make sure to get your hands on an Early-bird ticket 🙂 All events will be held at Oaks on Main.



Support local business and artisans and when in Knysna, make sure you head on down to The Node!


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