This past weekend, I was hurrying up Union Street in Dundee on my way into town when I caught a glimpse of snow flakes and glitter in a shop window. Hang on, I thought, I didn’t know there was a shop there. I nipped across the road to take a closer look and discovered the Quirky Coo.
Inside the shop, which I realised used to be a golf shop, I was warmly greeted by the owners David and Viv. Their adventure into the retail trade began about a month ago, after many years of working together in the public sector. The Perth-based friends see great potential in Dundee, and the location of the shop is well placed for visitors to the soon-to-be-built V&A and the Malmaison (which opens next week).
The shop is bright and airy, and filled with wonderful gifts for young and old. I liked that the shop was not too packed with products, so that one doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Do pop in and have a nosy, and tell them that I sent you.
Here are some of my favourite products –
These jars are filled with very cute PJs for little ones – perfect for the Xmas Eve Hamper tradition that is always so popular on Mumsnet. If you haven’t heard of this, it is a lovely tradition.
On Xmas Eve, a box/hamper appears with a few small presents. New PJs, a mug for hot chocolate with marshmallows, a Xmas book … Have a read of the thread for more ideas. It is a good way of spreading the fun out over an extra day, and after the excitement of a couple of little presents, the kids settle down with hot chocolate and a story, then go to bed with little fuss.
The Quirky Coo has a great selection of children’s books, from the Scottish version of Gruffalo’s Child, to the Santa is Coming to Dundee picture book, and many more.
On my way back home, I passed the almost finished Malmaison Dundee. Isn’t it looking AMAZING?