Our Neighbours - Lik + Neon!
Posted on June 26 2013
From Facebook and Instagram to Tumblr and Pintrest, it seems everyone has gone cat mad of late with the world wanting to share pictures of their feline friends. But cats are not only presented to us on our news feeds, owners of shops and pubs are proud to parade their kitty's to all that pass through the door, and Beyond Retro is no exception. If you've been to our lovely store off Brick Lane you may have had the pleasure of meeting our resident cat,Tiny. Most commonly found napping in the trunk of scarves or greeting customers at the till, Tiny has become somewhat of a household name. We're not the only store in the area to boast an in-store pet. Our neighbours Lik + Neon are the proud owners of Maquita and Bobby. The mother of our very own Tiny, Maquita is a petite and femimine feline, unlike Tiny's brother Bobby, the boystrous fellow who bounds around the store. Traits that are no doubt inherited from his tom cat father who was somewhat of a local street cat. It seems even female cats can't resist a bad boy... Local creative and store owner Janice arrived on Sclater Street in early 2000, around the same time our Cheshire Street store took shape. Lik & Neon specialise in teaming up with independent graphic designers and artists to offer a unique range of products including printed canvas bags, zines and kitsch jewellery. Their most recent range of 'Tiny People' earrings designed by Rosie Brewer have flown out of the store at a mere £10. The upcoming months will see the cats themselves being muse to a collaborated collection by Garudio Studiage and Lik & Neon, due to debut in September. It seems East London is becoming the hub of crazy cat ladies and gents, with Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium due to open in the Shoreditch area. The Cat Cafe concept is already a huge hit in Tokyo with hundreds flocking to share a cup of tea with a friend and adopt a pet...for the afternoon at least. With residents in Tokyo often being unable to have pets within their confined homes, Cat Cafe's serve as quaint alternative to get that caffeine and cat fix all in one. This will be the UK's first Cat Cafe after owner Lauren Pears raised £108,000 for the project through the crowd-funding website Inidegogo. Those in support of the idea were happy to donate their hard earned cash in order for the project to take shape. The power of cat lovers never ceases to amaze! Tiny our cat! Maquita from Lik + Neon Bobby from Lik + Neon Some cute little people earrings from Lik + Neon (£10) A cat cafe in Tokyo