Before I landed in Dulwich I started Punk Me Up Buttercup over in Greenwich popping up with workshops and parties all over the borough, a regular spot at the Market with Greenwich Mums being one of them and writing this now I’ve just remembered the giant cow, paint bombs and water pistol painting, I wonder if Greenwich Dad still has that white shirt with fluoro splats on it?
It wasn’t long before Julia the chiefess of playfulness and creativity and I bumped into each other, some 6 years ago. It’s clear that we share something which lies at the heart of both our businesses, an ability to connect with the little people inside us.
Julia more experienced than I at running her own establishment, witnessed my journey unfold while we both beavered away in our own boroughs and consoled over the odd coffee when times were tough.
Ottie and the Bea has always been my go to place for a little treat or a special book for my boys, conveniently it’s a little detour on my way to work but the honest truth is that sometimes I just need an excuse to visit and this is why…
The very minute I step through the door of Ottie and the Bea something magical happens to me, I am overcome by a sense of wanting to sit cross legged on the floor and take in everything around me, probably with my eyes and mouth open wide.
Every little corner contains something that calls me… I want to touch, fiddle, play, try on, read, ask questions and ultimately cannot leave with empty hands. And following my last pit stop, we have lots of new carefully chosen toys and books in our cafe, thank you Julia for sponsoring our book basket and new toys.
Purveyors of playfulness and creativity, hell yes!
Times on the high street are tough. Organisations like Just a card are doing their bit to encourage shoppers to support artists, makers and small independent shops but how do us little guns compete with the big potatoes?
We make every visit an experience, we run events, we collaborate and we go on-line just like Julia has. Did you know there’s an Ottie and the Bea website so that you can shop in the middle of the night or from whatever coffee shop tickles your fancy. You won’t get the same ‘sit on the floor experience’ but her website is just as tempting…
We’ll be popping up next Tuesday 16th July making baby imprints (really it’s just an excuse to visit) and we’d love to see you there with your little Punk. If you’d like to book your slot then head over to the events section on the website to pay your deposit and reserve your slot. We’ll be in this little corner trying not to sit on the floor and play…