About our Journey
Where It All Began
It was 1989 and I was about to turn 30, my husband Neil, myself and our three children had arrived in Plett a year previously to live on our family farm. My inspiration was “Millys” in Mpumalanga – could we replicate something similar in Plett? We approached our neighbour, whose farm had direct access to the N2, he helped us build a very small wood and tin building (the exact dimensions of what is now The Langalapu Shop) and The Heath Store was born.
The name is appropriate as in the early 1900’s the site was home to the local General Dealer and post office, called The Heath Store. This was to become the start of my very colorful journey and amazingly cars turned off and the shoppers shopped.
The stage was set for a tourist destination where children ran free, Moms and even Dads shopped and anyone who had anything to sell now had an outlet. The focus was artisanal and local and there seemed to be a need for this, so much so that the shop grew, doubled, then trebled in size to accommodate our next project- Ilovani! This was now 1996.
Neil had started buying local indigenous wood and creating a fusion of wood and metal furniture, soon the Heath building was too small again, so a stand-alone Restaurant building, as well as a showroom for Ilovani was added to the complex in 1999.
In 2008, Eagle Encounters approached me, looking for a venue in the Garden Route for their Raptor Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre. I suggested they join us at The Heath, they joined as Radical Raptors who have since relocated to Gouritzmond and Raptor Rescue Plett now continues in their place.
Paul Page approached me in 2012 about moving his Cheeseman shack to the Heath, we welcomed Paul and his followers. The Heath excluding ilovani, was sold by myself to Keith and Rhys Miller in 2013. Claire O’Grady, my partner in ilovani and myself bought the complex back in 2019, we plan to woo back all the wonderful patrons that helped the Heath become a go-to destination in the past.
Owners & Designers
Ilovani was started by Neil and Lisa Murray back in 1996. To start with ilovani was not much more than a ‘hobby’ business employing one person and showcasing in The Heath Store.The product was well received however and commanded its own showroom and factory three years later. Lisa took up the challenge of running the wood processing factory and showroom outlet with the help of various managers. Claire & Lisa met in 2010 in Johannesburg, and Claire mentioned she wanted to move to Plett. When Claire arrived in the Garden Route and decided she wanted to relocate her shop Amoeba, Lisa suggested she join her at The Heath.The Ilovani showroom became amoeba @ ilovani. Claire took over the management of the showroom. It was about a year later that Claire took over the running of the Ilovani factory. Claire’s many strengths – logic, organization, clear vision and immense style, has turned out to be the best decision Ilovani has ever made! Claire is the most phenomenal asset any business could wish for. As a team we all work so well now.
What we offer
Indulge, Be Inspired & Enjoy
We are Open
THE HEN HOUSE
MONDAY – SUNDAY
8:30am – 5:00pm
SHOPPING AT THE HEATH
MONDAY – SUNDAY
8:30am – 5:00pm
RAPTOR RESCUE PLETT
TUESDAY – SUNDAY 9:00am – 4:30pm
Closed Mondays (Except Public & School Holidays)
Guided Tours & Flying Demonstration
10am / 12pm / 2pm
CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY
Drop Us a Line
Please feel free to get in touch should you have any queries regarding the Heath Complex