Walking into Cape Town’s Petticoat Parlour is like stepping straight into the best features of the 1950s. Situated in bustling Green Point, this time warp is an unexpected and a welcome break from the modernity of the 21st century. And this is what Wendy Chait, owner of the retro-inspired spa, envisioned when fi rst opening the business fi ve years ago. Having always been fascinated by the period – from its pin-up girls to the American diners and the vintage cars – Chait set about recreating it in her spa. As you walk in, you are transported to a time where women wore full skirts, spent the evenings dancing at diners and ate popcorn out of white-and-red paper bags. ‘With Petticoat Parlour it was important for me to bring those elements into this day and age, because the era was full of fun – and most people love it.’ Visit Petticoatparlour.co.za to see just what she means.