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Directly translated as Uncle Samie’s shop, Oom Samie se Winkel is on every tour itinerary to the Stellenbosch winelands and rightly so, the shop is filled to the rafters with odd and intriguing treasures. Oom Samie se Winkel is located on Stellenbosch’s historic Dorp Street and has been operating as a general dealer uninterrupted since Victorian times.
In 1904, a farmer Samuel Volsteedt purchased the store for his son Samie. Samie was to go on and provide patrons for the next 40 years with his freshly baked breads and farm produce, tobacco rolls, clothing, boiled sweets, snuff, leather whips and other necessities. Samie introduced the first home delivery service to Stellenbosch residents on a three-wheeler bicycle and would often overlook debts owed by struggling families. The store name changed several times but the locals knew it only as Oom Samie se Winkel, such was the magnetism of the man. The old brands (some young enough to still appear nostalgic to many) and countless other products are available on the shelves and entering the shop is like stepping back in time, the musty smells and creaking floorboards hinting at a bygone era.
There is a cosy restaurant located in the back garden for light meals, along with a Victorian wine shop selling the region’s excellent wines. On occasion, a local musical duo sits on the front veranda entertaining patrons with old tunes of yesteryear played on their vintage banjos.
Oom Samie is a working museum, now run by a local family with a long history in the area. They purchased the store in 1981 and revived the trading store of old, and it’s unlikely that after visiting you will leave empty handed.