Uli (for Ulrike) Zawar is the owner of “Sonntagskind“, a shop that can’t make up its mind* whether it’s an espresso bar or a kiddy clothes shop.
(*It doesn’t need to – it’s as cool as.)
The story goes like this:
Uli’s Gran was a seamstress and taught her how to sew.
Uli liked drawing.
She had no idea at the time that she’d end up as a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
And a seamstress.
Which is what happened.
Fast forward to 2005.
She’s expecting her first child and starts designing and sewing outfits in eager anticipation.
Friends like them, friends of friends like them and she starts making and selling to order.
Fast forward to 2009.
Second kiddy’s there, she’s still making and selling to order and someone suggests that she exhibits at a small Christmas market in Gonsenheim.
And at an Easter market in 2010.
Demand goes crazy and she and her husband Bernd (the guy who’s Mainz’s Cycle Czar with the unenviable job of keeping us cyclists happy in Mainz by providing us with kilometers of pristine cycle tracks. With no budget.) think: “There might be a small business in there somewhere.”
Bernd’s parents used to have a small clothing business (started by his Gran, Katharina Roth) in the Kirchstrasse in Gonsenheim. He grew up over the shop.
He and Uli started collecting “stuff” at flea markets and once they’d got enough to outfit a shop, they took over the lease.
Bernd said “How about buying a decent espresso machine?” and “Sonntagskind” was born.
That would be Uli.
Born on a Sunday.
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go.
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath Day,
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
But apart from Wednesday, she seems to be a fairly good fit for any day of the week.