Marea Lewis is the mind behind Toasted, a space that is more than just sarmies on demand. It’s also a workstation and hangout for entrepreneurs, cloud-based start-ups, or the average young professional trying to work in the gig economy without the luxury of office space.
Lewis signed the lease of her business’s site in Rosebank three days before South Africa went into lockdown. Undeterred, she used the time spent in mandatory isolation strengthening her value proposition and making sure her revenue streams would be plentiful and profitable.
Now, Lewis heads a business that provides safe and inclusive spaces that serve youth, women and small businesses — all while providing delicious food at affordable prices.
Lewis values community above all else. She lifts others up and, in turn, brings opportunity and growth to South Africa.
“If your ‘10 years from now’ starts today, how you treat opportunities as well as people from this moment on will truly be what determines where you are in relation to your goals.”