Hi again! As promised yesterday, here is the second shop I would like to share a little tour of. This shop is special to me because it belongs to one of my dear friends in Berlin. It's a very cute children's shop in the Kreuzberg district - and I'm not just saying that because my friend owns it ;).
It's called Malinka and specializes mainly in children's clothing, but there are some toys and furniture too. The special thing about Malinka is that you can buy new, used and handmade articles all in one place. The handmade items are often times made by the owner herself, sometimes even her mom or other people in the neighbourhood. There's a real community feel about that, don't you think? So let's begin the tour, shall we?
I find this shop so sweet. You really get the feeling that the owner puts a lot of care and thought into what she chooses to sell. Actually, I can say I know this to be certain! I think that's why the interior of this shop feels so comfortable and welcoming ... because it's honest and my friend takes pride in what she makes and sells. You can feel that when you are there. It's not just a random, thoughtless collection of stuff - there's feeling and intention. The last picture shows her desk and sewing machine, where she makes things (or rather sews things) for her shop, right in the shop. My favourite things she makes are those red felt mittens and the sweet little pouches right beside them in the second to last picture. The pouches are filled with dried, but very fragrant, lavender bulbs. Apparently, the scent of lavender is known to induce calmness, which I believe may be quite desirable for parents with babies and young children.
Visit the Malinka webpage for contact info and location. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed this little shop tour.
tschüßi from Berlin,
ps. We are finally driving back home tomorrow, P and Jack and I. So next time I see you here, I will be writing from Frankfurt