'Brownies and Downies' couple reunited, ready to expand their vision

Wendy Vermeulen is delighted to be back in South Africa and reunited with her husband and co-founder of Brownies and Downies Coffee Shop, an inspiring store that employs those with Downs Syndrome.

It was crazy, crying, and some of Wade's family was also there, so that was great.

Wendy Vermeulen, Founder - Brownies and Downies

In May CapeTalk's Breakfast Show interviewed her partner Wade and helped raise awareness of how the shop faced closure because Wendy had been banned from entering the country for five years by the Department of Home Affairs.

RELATED: Brownies and Downies coffee shop faces chop after owner banned from SA

Then just a few days later the joyous news that Wendy's ban had been lifted.

RELATED: Emotional Brownies and Downies founder joyous, hears her ban lifted live on air

The couple popped into the CapeTalk studios to thank Kieno Kammies and the Breakfast Show team for all their help.

Wendy says the home affairs issues are not yet completely resolved.

They let me into the country but that does not mean that you have a visa straight away.

Wendy Vermeulen, Founder - Brownies and Downies

She says the new law passed in the Constitutional Court two weeks ago, that when you are married to a South African, you do not have to go back to your original country in order to reapply for a visa.

RELATED: Constitutional Court gives state two years to amend foreign spousal visa laws

She is pleased she no longer has to return to the Netherlands but does need to reapply for her visa and this is in process.

She will eventually apply for permanent residency, she explains.

their dream is to take the concept nationwide.

But as yet, the shop is not entirely self-sustaining at present so they are trying to sell the brownies more broadly.

We want to use all the donations we do get in to open another shop.

Wendy Vermeulen, Founder - Brownies and Downies

The couple brought their delicious brownies for Kieno and the team!

Take a listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Brownies and Downies' couple reunited, ready to expand their vision


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Emotional Brownies and Downies founder joyous, hears her ban lifted live on air

Emotional Brownies and Downies founder joyous, hears her ban lifted live on air

The coffee shop employing people living with Down Syndrome was on the verge of closing down but Home Affairs came to the rescue.

Brownies and Downies coffee shop faces chop after owner banned from SA

Brownies and Downies coffee shop faces chop after owner banned from SA

The Cape Town establishment is both a commercial venture and a training centre for people living with Down Syndrome.

Children with Down Syndrome: How parents can find support

Children with Down Syndrome: How parents can find support

With Down syndrome, the extra chromosome causes delays in the way a child develops, mentally and physically.

'Dream big for your child' - advice on how to care for kids with Down Syndrome

'Dream big for your child' - advice on how to care for kids with Down Syndrome

The parents of children with Down Syndrome cannot do it alone. Experts discuss the importance of support in providing proper care.

 Down Syndrome ambassador and her mom inspiring others with their story

Down Syndrome ambassador and her mom inspiring others with their story

A book titled “Sheri: Just the way I am” shares the story of Sheri Brynard's extraordinary life and her mom's unwavering support.

Random Act of Kindness goes to a home for children with medical conditions

Random Act of Kindness goes to a home for children with medical conditions

The Dischem Foundation has donated R10 000 a month of Dis-chem products for a year to Tshwane Haven.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

[WATCH] Viral schoolkid who cried at Bok tour attends awards with the Kolisis

He was caught on camera earlier this month, bawling his eyes out when he saw the Bok squad at the start of their victory tour.

Demolition of Bank of Lisbon building in Jhb CBD to take place on Sunday

Demolition of Bank of Lisbon building in Jhb CBD to take place on Sunday

EWN reporter Mia Lindeque gives an update on the demolition plans, which include viewing of the implosion.

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

[VIDEO] Family take dead family member to Old Mutual after no funeral pay-out

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

'Pravin Gordhan is part of SAA mess, he is not a saint'

Wits School of Economics and Business Science senior lecture Lumkile Mondi says the South African Airways crisis is self-created.

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

3 best JSE shares to buy, right now (by The Robert Group)

Devin Shutte (Head of Investments at The Robert Group) shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

[WATCH] SABC reporter heading for danger during looting goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

Got R50? No? Got R5? Personal finance expert Warren Ingram on how to buy shares with tiny amounts of money.

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

13 tips for saving hundreds (nay, thousands!) of rands each month

The economy is toast. Personal finance expert Warren Ingram shares 13 highly effective tips for making ends meet.