Cindy’s Simple Life

One of the charming aspects of downtown Lawrence is the variety of shops we have sprinkled from 6th Street to 12th Street, between Vermont and New Hampshire. Vintage, cooking, candles, shoes, KU apparel, I could go on, but the truth is we have no shortage of specialty boutiques! Though I have to admit, I have a distinct appreciation for the shops that offer something a little different and unexpected. Walking into a store full of quirky items that I didn’t know I needed always strikes my fancy. Considering this, it’s no wonder found myself enchanted while roaming around Cindy’s Simple Life recently.

Located a few steps off Mass Street on 8th.

This place definitely has the cozy general store feel.

I had an inkling that this visit might provide a rich opportunity to pick up a few birthday gifts for friends. The truth is, I don’t think I could have chosen a better shop for this very purpose! With unique greeting cards, journals, toys (for adult kids, and little kids), home goods, bath/body products, collectibles, and even dog accessories and treats, this place has truly fantastic items. During my visit, Tom Luxem – part owner of Cindy’s Simple Life – said that some of the more popular items have been the greeting cards, beautiful (frame-worthy!) wrapping paper, and S’well bottles (good for cold water, or hot coffee).

Pretty rad wall of cards, right?

S'well bottles are chic and shiny. #winning

Cindy’s Simple Life is a self-proclaimed “Urban General Store,” and it’s obvious from the minute you walk into the shop. The store has an open floor plan, and the skylight brings additional warmth to the already cozy environment. The inventory is neatly organized on adjustable wire shelves throughout the space that make browsing easy. Now consider all of this with the colorful flowers and peace signs decorating the walls, and it completes that welcoming feeling – and simplicity – of small town living.

The Front Porch Culture products were my fave!

Success! Lots of goodies to send to friends.

Cindy’s Simple Life is a happy little shop, and I enjoyed every minute that I spent there (if you must know, I got carried away, and 45 minutes later…). More importantly, I was able to successfully score some funky/thoughtful/useful gifts (isn’t it great when things actually can live up to your expectations?) for a couple of my friends who have birthdays on the horizon. If you’re in the market for some gift items, or just want to have fun browsing, you ought to stop by the store. While it’s efficient to shop specific stores for specific items, it can be incredibly relieving to get lost in the unexpected, too.

Find Cindy’s Simple Life at: 16 E. 8th Street, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.312.1121]

You can also find me in the Lawrence Journal World’s CheckOut publication which prints weekly on Thursdays.

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