Pics: Puma Social Club Launch
On Friday, 12th was not a good day, it felt though it were Friday the 13th hehe.
My day started off badly as I was mad at my helper for omitting to inform me about ruining something that meant so much to me. I tried not to let that get to me because I had the Puma Social Club Event to look forward to. I left the office early so that I can pick up my friend and arrive there on time, then the rain started you know when it rains traffic gets severely affected. Johannesburg CBD was on a standstill (literally). Anyways I managed to get to Braamfontein on time, I went straight to the Club which is a street away from the Puma store.
The event started and there were no formal speeches but a mere “welcome to another edition of Puma Social Club” *ugogo lundim ebelinde i-speech, 1st time tendencies*.
The place was dead and empty you could hear a cockroach from next door marching and I had to have me a double of something to convince myself that it was full but before I could finish my glass, crowds started to pull in, I suppose people were stuck in that horrible Jozi traffic.
The Club is very different from your normal clubs, wooden floor(s), a stage, dining or seating area, a bar area, game(s) area, a dance floor, a photo booth area all in one floor with ample space to move around and the food with smoking area located at the back of the club.
The food is served on the classy Chinese take-out boxes which looked fancy. Like Brown Shuga said at the opening of the Puma Store, Jozi’s usual faces were not there. None the less the Club got filled up as time went and I must say it’s a fun place to be at, they cater for all music genres and races, I felt like Cape Town and Johannesburg meeting, if you catch my drift.
The club has clean fresh smelling toilets, a call a cab phone by the exit for over indulgers and chalk boards around the wall to write what-ever you feel.
I had a chance to speak with the man responsible for Bringing Puma Social Club to South Africa, Brett Bellinger, Marketing Director for Puma South Africa. He says the Puma Social Clubs aim is to bring people together every Friday after work to distress by getting acquainted to new people and having fun while playing games and getting intoxicated.
According to Brett, they wanted to make an outdoor club like they did in Russia but due to South African weather they could not. The Club is on trial bases its going to be operational for 6 months, then close down to (re)open if successful as per Brett.
FotoBooth, you can take pictures of any angle and mail to yourself or download them from www.pumasocialjozi.com
Performances by Vampire 9000, Tidal Waves, Desmond and the Tutus Sassquatch. Mr Akin Omotoso with Tumi were there looking like they were talking serious bizniz and Tamara Dey also came to support the Club, very pleasant lady. Also spotted Sanni Papi with Whosane from New York doing Puma business in South Africa, he said.
Boys being Boys!
The event was great but I had to go sleep. It was just too nice, Thank you BS and Puma!
So Every Friday after work in Braamies (Braamfontein) from 7 pm until 2 a.m, 81 De Korte Street is where it happens.
Article by © Zeeba
Pictures by Paul Ward