The first Melissa’s store was opened by Mark and Melissa van Hoogstraten in 1996 in Kloof Street in Cape Town. It was soon followed by other foodshops in the surrounding suburbs. The owners 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. This is clearly reflected in the way they run their business, and in the products they sell, which are of the highest quality and do not contain stabilisers, preservatives or colourants. Melissa’s hand-made products are available at supermarkets and delicatessens throughout South Africa. Mark & Melissa van Hoogstraten’s love for the good old-fashioned things in life inspired them to create places where people love to be, and where they could also sell their unique product range.