Mark & Melissa van Hoogstraten opened their first Melissa's store in August 1996 in Kloof Street, Cape Town.
The opening of their first store happened very much at the beginning of their life together and the business mirrors their lifestyle, values and appreciation for the classic and quality things in life.
It was these values that inspired them to create the Melissa’s stores & branded products. Melissa and Mark are totally committed to creating products and experiences for people who, like them, appreciate and value quality as well as honest, original, time-honoured production principles.
It’s this value system that has always driven their company strategy. Melissa’s is therefore unique in that it is really selling a personal mantra rather than a brand. This is reflected in their stores & products which embody these values.
The couple’s love for good old-fashioned things in life inspired them to create places where people love to be and where they could sell their unique product range. By taking up the principles of real value and integrity so often forgotten in our world of mass production, Melissa’s represents an attempt to bring back the real and forgotten things in life, and has become a brand for people who are serious about quality.
Our philosophy is reflected in the classic simplicity and everyday usability of our restaurants; food and homeware products and is available at our seven stores in the Western Cape, as well as retail stockists throughout the country.
Apart from our store and restaurant facilities, we offer the following additional services to our customers:
From birthdays to anniversaries, kitchen teas to baby showers or simply just to say Thank You, Melissa’s hampers are the perfect gift to give.
We have carefully selected combinations of our favourite products to create a range of Melissa’s gift hampers to suit any occasion, for every person and al budgets.
Our hamper selections are wrapped in Melissa’s classic gift paper and packed into our beautifully embossed gift boxes to ensure your gift delights form start to finish.
If you would like to offer the recipient the delight of choosing their own gift from our wide selection of offerings, we have Melissa’s Gift Vouchers available in denominations of R50 and R100.
Weekends arrive before you know and are gone even sooner. Take the time to think ahead and order Friday’s dinner on Wednesday afternoon from you nearest Melissa’s store. Our Catering List offers a fabulous variety of hot meals, curries, stews, cupcakes, cakes and tarts, all of which will remind you of meal made at home.
*these dishes are available on a rotational menu per single serving in our stores daily