The other day, I was meeting a friend for coffee who recently had a baby. I got so excited about what it will be and look like that I almost forgot to buy a gift. But of course, it’s not something that happens every day, so I wanted to bring something special. Although it was my very first time that I would have to enter a children’s store, I immediately knew where I wanted to go. Having already seen the beautiful photos on instagram, there was no question: Tiny was the place – and I couldn’t have chosen better.
In the quiet area just around the corner from Nordbahnhof, the place is in good company with Parkhaus and Alpenstück. And since it was a sunny day, the door was already wide open and sunbeams flooded the shop.
Journalist-turned-shop owner Anne greeted me with a smile and when I told her what I was looking for, she couldn’t stop talking and showing me around. She used to write a lot about things for kids, so one year ago it was time for her to finally open her own shop. Thanks to her impeccable taste for Scandinavian design and an eye for all things pretty, the store’s a beauty, and thankfully not resorting to the usual pink/blue color scheme. You can see her handwriting everywhere in the shop – instead of displaying piles of toys or heaps of clothing, the wide open space is lined with pine shelves and boxes, displaying a sleek selection of baby to toddler products by international brands like Anatology or Macarons.
From tiny socks to cute children’s books, I got excited about all these little things and almost couldn’t decide what to go for. But thanks to Anne, I got a beautifully wrapped gift to bring. And just before I left, she said: “From now on, it will never stop.” And she’s right, there’s already another friend who’s pregnant and I’m happy to come back!