If you're a follower of us via social media, signed to our mailing list or a customer instore or online, you'll have heard about our free Valentine prize draw that's running at the moment...
Firstly, thankyou to the hundreds of you that have entered so far - with it being so easy to join in and with such an array of amazing prizes, it's no surprise. If you haven't entered yet, there's still time to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prizes and all you have to do is enter your email address here
Beautiful contemporary jewellery from Aurum Jewellers
Feel good pampering treatments from B... Hair & Beauty
A £50 voucher from the Maddermarket Kitchen Brasserie to spend on a delicious meal for two
One dozen romantic red roses from Pick-A-Lily Florists
Two top notch haircuts from The Egg Salons
Exquisite hand made chocolates from Dolce Momento
A bouquet of finely crafted cupcakes from Beautiful Bakes Catering
A £50 voucher to spend with our fine selves either instore or online
Secondly, we need to reiterate our thanks to the above business for donating prizes. Excuse our emotion, but it means a lot to be supported by our fellow independent businesses and we are truly grateful. With the ever changing face of our high streets and a decreasing amount in consumer pockets, retail can be tough. Collaboration is one action that will help businesses through...
Okay spiel over.. local indies thankyou. Readers, please show your support - Enter our comp, check out these businesses. Please share this!
Happy Valentines from Team Sinsins x
For most of us, January is a time of feeling guilty and bloated after all the indulgence of the December party season. That and looking for a quick fix as opposed to self deprivation and hours in the gym!
Dare I say we have suggestion? Book yourself in with the team at Perfect Pamper and let them kick start your regime with a spot of pampering guaranteed to make you feel a goddess!
Their reportage doesn't stop at treatments for one, they cater all year round - Whether you're having a get together with friends or fancy a little relaxation and me time, Perfect Pamper is a door-to-door service offering a selection of beauty and holistic treatments for you to enjoy with friends. They have no limit to the size of group booking they can cater for, so as far as they're are concerned, the more the merrier!
Book them for BIRTHDAYS, HEN PARTIES, BABY SHOWERS, or for any reason you want for that fabulous pampering experience to share together. They have put together various packages suitable for girls of all ages, in fact they like to encourage a few boys to enjoy a little pampering too!
There is much more that we could add but better still, pop across to their website for more info or to book yourselves in... Go forth and spoil yourselves. Happy January :)
LONG LIVE LOVE
A Perfect Day of Romance Prize Draw
With the Christmas decorations packed away in the loft and the empty bottles taken for recycling, it's time to look forward here at Sinsins HQ. For us, this can only mean one thing... VALENTINES DAY!
To celebrate this year, we've come up with a fabulous offer in collaboration with seven other local Norwich businesses - offering prizes to cover every angle of a perfect day of romance...
Feel good pampering, beautiful jewellery, delicious fine dining, quaffable wine, exquisite chocolates, new hair, a dozen red roses and of course, gifts from us too!
We're looking forward to giving you more details about this amazing offer so stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks. Opens Monday 20th January, 2014
Introducing Jack Valentine
It's the stuff of folklore here in beautiful Norfolk, a tradition spanning centuries, with a resurgence right now...
Whether you’re declaring your undying love for your long-term partner, or trying to catch the affection of someone new, you can rest assured that Norfolk is the place to do it. This area has always been home to many romantics
From the Victorian tradition of swapping gifts on Valentine’s Eve to the mysterious Jack Valentine, we certainly love romance! Read on to find out how Valentines Day has been celebrated in Norwich and the surrounding area over the years
During the Victorian era, lovers in the Norwich area and Norfolk often spent more money on their Valentines gifts than on Christmas presents, which they swapped anonymously on February 13th. Valentine’s Eve was as eagerly anticipated as Christmas Eve and it was always good fun
Bags were filled with love tokens by people to give away. As soon as it was dark, they would knock on their lover’s door and run away before being spotted. The bag would be left on the doorstep to be found. Of course, this led to a lot of hoaxes and pranks being pulled – who wouldn’t relish the idea of knocking on someone’s door and then running away!
In other parts of the country during the same period a solitary love letter or card had to suffice
Of course, there is one tradition that seems to be unique to the area. Jack Valentine, often known as Father Valentine or Mother Valentine, would disappear into thin air after knocking at the door and leaving gifts for the occupants
No-one knows when this mysterious figure first appeared, but he is as likely to visit children as adults. During the early 20th century, youngsters would probably be given a little treat from the village shop, while lovers would be more generous. Today it is children who are most likely to be visited, with gifts left at the front or back door, or even a parcel that would magically disappear when the door was opened and the child wasn’t quick enough to catch it!
Jack Valentine is still as popular today in the area as he ever was and we're celebrating it this year in association with Norwich Lanes with our pinnacle late night shopping event on Valentines Eve - Thursday 13th February, 2014. Again, watch this space for further information as we have it
Public Declarations of Love!
You've seen them in the free ads, now you can use our shopfront window. That's right, throughout February we'll be inviting you guys to declare your love via a message board for all to see. So if you want your loved one to be certain of your feelings, or even make a marriage proposal, simply tell us in the shop or email email@example.com (all sensible messages most welcome!)
That's all for now folks, but as you can see, there's a lot to get excited about and share
With love and best wishes
Team Sinsins x
LONG LIVE LOVE
Info re Jack Valentine courtesy of www.visitnorwich.co.uk