A Scratch Patch involves spending time and money looking for pretty rocks, and as improbable as this sounds, they popular among parents and children everywhere.
For many years, Simons Town Scratch Patch in the Western Cape held the monopoly in the country.
Towards the end of January, however, East London business Silver Keeper launched the first indoor Scratch Patch in the Eastern Cape.
Scratch Patches combine open space to play and explore while searching for stones.
Scratch Patches are also a great way for hobbyists interested in hand-made jewellery and décor to source colourful gem stones and crystals.
Visitors to Scratch Patches are given a bag to collect their stones.
The Silver Keeper Scratch Patch fee per weight starts at R30.
The stones are imported and tumbled in huge machines to create a smooth finish.
A Silver Keeper staff member, said: “We have been in Berea for seven years, and this year decided to open a dedicated crystal Scratch Patch in our new shop as we believe in uplifting the city with new business ideas.
“We are not aware of any other Scratch Patch in the Eastern Cape as big as this one.
“There are 90 different crystals available, in different sizes.
“We only opened our new and bigger Silver Keeper store two weeks ago and have steadily seen people of all ages enjoying the Scratch Patch and new store.
“This is an indoor scratch Patch, unlike the Western Cape one which may be weather dependent.
“We are encouraging all to come browse, relax and scoop.
“Find your special crystal and enjoy the other crystals and items in the store.”