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The Rock-itt : July 2012
People and Places in Our Community This Month; M anly’s Market Lane F We have Dan who owns the ‘Art and Framing’ shop at 3 Market Lane. Dan came over from the United States and tried a few different types of ventures before finally deciding to go into the Art and Framing business. I’ve had framing done by Dan and found he was the best that I’d encountered anywhere on the peninsula and his work is also very reasonably priced. Mark is an artist/ musician, originally from Zimbabwe, he’s been living on the Northern Beaches for almost 20 years and is quite a chap. He is amazing with the paint brush and easel and also the guitar, and collaborates with partner, Kathryn, penning compositions. Mark has actually painted murals which can be seen on building walls around the lane way. He can even paint a mural for you. Mark and Kathryn have formed a music duo which you will see in our next Rock-itt so look out for them. A business situated at 5B Market Lane is a German owned Coffee shop called ‘Das Kaffee Haus’. Chris and wife Catherine are the proprietors and came from Germany to settle here setting up their coffee shop to the delight of their many patrons who say it’s the best coffee anywhere. They not only serve great coffee but a wonderful variety of cuisines as well, which include some great German dishes. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10pm, music is played by talented local musicians, which include Blues, jazz and acoustic R&B. Das KaffeeHaus is open Wednesday to Sunday from midday till late and adds a wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere to Market Lane. Hum Cafe There is something unique about a laneway. Unlike roads and streets, it’s usually narrow and not very long and the people who reside in laneways seem to be a lot closer knit than people who live in more spacious surrounds. That’s why I thought we’d have a look this month in our new feature at our very own ‘Market Lane’, which is snuggled out of the way yet right in the heart of Manly. In Market Lane we have a potpourri of local businesses run by some colourful personalities who just like the fact that they are away from the hustle and bustle of the Corso, yet are close enough to enjoy mixing with the throngs of tourists and local shoppers who venture into Market Lane to buy, dine or just sit and chat over a long white or a special coffee latte. I made a trip there to take a few snaps and chat with the shopkeepers who plie their wares and thought it a good idea to introduce some of them to you, just in case you are in the area and would like to have a look or shop at this unique, delightful part of Manly. By the way, Manly Library is smack dab right in the middle of Market Lane and there is a lovely tree with spreading branches close by with a table and bench below where the whole family can prop for a while. You can duck in, get yourself something to read, sit under the tree, read a few lines and watch the passing parade of people who come from all parts of the world. Week-end markets are also close at hand and glorious Manly Beach is just around the corner. Sam and Sylvia are originally from Hong Kong and own the ‘Hum Cafe’ in Market Lane where they serve breakfast and lunch daily. They have a nice breakfast menu for you and lunch is a great combination of sandwiches, wraps, and the ‘Humburger’ which is one of their specialties. Coffee, Tea, smoothies and shakes are a great way to wash it down. The place is usually full, a good sign that the tucker is good. With Pete Johnson