For a long time, James’ room was empty. Aside from some boxes and Georgie’s old little bed. It remained locked until recently when we moved him in and I found myself a new room makeover project. So far I’ve moved his bed 379 times, changed his curtains twice and fallen off the ladder once. And I am absolutely loving it! It’s also given me the opportunity to discover and shop from small local businesses that specialise in the kind of original and unique kiddie stuff you only see online. To Sinnefaki opened its doors just in time!
To Sinnefaki is set in the center of Larnaca. Seriously, I get lost anywhere apart from Nicosia so when I say its easy to find, it really is! Outside, the shop is painted in a gorgeous eye-catching light blue and complete with canopy tents and little wall stencils. You can’t miss it. And if you know your way around cool and hip and independently-made baby and kid products then you can’t miss them in the shop window. Among many, mostly Scandinavian brands, I was very impressed to see Gray Label. They make the world’s most practical and super soft clothes for all little ones and I don’t think they’re available anywhere else on the island. Honestly, this one is worth checking out.
There’s a beautiful range of clothes, books, toys and home decor items scattered throughout the little shop. And even a proper play corner with more than just a few colouring books and pencils.
I fell in love with the swing in the window, which has a shockingly low price tag. Ready for it? 30 euros! And it’s gorgeously made, from wood, in Lithuania and can take up to 20 kilos! I would gladly hang it in my living room.
The selection of moccassins is impressive too. I remember thinking I wanted a pair for James’ christening but left it too late to order online. Had I only known that I could’ve grabbed a pair of any colour right here in Cyprus…
While I was having a chat with Andria, the owner and mum of one, who is absolutely lovely by the way, I began to feel excited that finally, there is the kind of shop that stocks the kind of stuff that you really want to buy. Most importantly, its the kind of stuff that you won’t feel bad about buying. The kids’ market is a multi-billion euro one. That’s because we buy alot of stuff for our kids. Some we need, others we have no use for and many times its stuff that is rendered useless after a short time. At The Sinnefaki you will find high-quality, top of the line, hand-made with a small-business origin eco-friendly kind of products.
The selection of games for all ages is practically perfect. There are great choices for little boys like Georgie who like building stuff or putting pieces together. Speaking of building stuff, there’s a range of castles and little houses that kids can build…with cement and bricks! Genius! I felt spoilt for choice when I first visited and picked something up for G’s birthday. The range of products is insanely good. After seeing Georgie actually playing with the one I got, I regretted not grabbing more of the Djeco puzzles Andria had on display. Actually I regret not buying a lot more than just that. Already making a list of what I want for the boys and making my way to The Sinnefaki again very soon. See you there?
To Sinnefaki is located at 78, Stadiou Street in Larnaca / tel: 24- 040496