Of glossy magazines and Persian cats

19 Dec

Who would think of the two together – glossy magazines and Persian cats? I never did, till I heard about this little store called Magazines on Church Street. A colleague told me about the place a couple of years ago and, intrigued, I visited it immediately. Since, the store was totally forgotten, till the OH and I decided to rediscover it one boring weekend. I’m so glad we did!

For those who are not aware, Magazines is tucked away in the basement of the Prestige RR Building on Church Street, quite easy to miss if you aren’t specifically looking for it. In spite of its location, the shop is far from dreary and dull – it is brightly lit, with rows and rows of glossies neatly arranged. Most international magazines are available here, fresh as well as backdated copies, at extremely reasonable prices. The main attraction of the shop, apart from the magazines, are the number of Persian cats that reside there. We spotted three on the day we visited.

These are not your stick-thin, dirty cats that roam the streets, but well-fed and well-maintained balls of fluff. They are quite at home among the magazines, and seem quite accustomed to people coochie-cooing over them. They barely gave passing customers a look, but were ready to be patted and stroked by friendly hands. No wonder that most visitors have their favourite cats here, children especially, and drop by occasionally to say hello to them. :)

Magazines is owned by Yahya Sait, whose passion for glossies came from the small stall on the pavement that his father owned years ago. He calls the cats his ‘brand ambassadors’ and states that they came to the store quite by chance. Apparently, a few years ago, Yahya responded to an advertisement regarding the sale of two Persian cats. He bought them, and fell in love with them. He began bringing more and more of them into the store, and it worked as a great marketing concept, too.

Yahya’s friend, Amjad Ahmed, mans the store often, whom we had the pleasure of meeting on our visit. Quite a friendly and warm person himself, he was more than happy to help us make friends with the cats and encourage me to click some pictures of the cuties. The helpers in the store too were well-informed and helpful, we found.

So, the next time you are in the area, don’t miss visiting these beauties!

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18 Responses to “Of glossy magazines and Persian cats”

  1. kismitoffeebar December 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Sounds like a very cool place though am not a fan of cats even if they are Persian :P
    Magazines from all over the world – very interesting! :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 20, 2013 at 4:15 am #

      @Kismitoffeebar

      Honestly, I am not a big fan of cats, either, Persian or otherwise. However, these cats are so cute and fluffy and warm that I can’t not want to cuddle and stroke them. :)

      It is definitely a lovely place to look around and shop in.

  2. vishalbheeroo December 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    woohoo! That’s quite a post and unique concept that melt the heart. Another reason to read till you drop this X-mas:)

  3. Suko December 20, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    I’m a huge fan of Persian cats. We have a Persian ginger cat who is cute and charming. Magazines sounds like my kind of shop.

  4. R's Mom December 20, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Okay, so I am super scared of cats..but awesome combination of magazines and cats no?

    • The Girl Next Door December 20, 2013 at 4:17 am #

      @R’s Mom

      I used to be scared of cats, too. Always thought they would scratch me. Till I met some very gentle and very friendly cats. :)

  5. Ramya December 20, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    I remember not entering this store with one look of this black furry cat years ago (: I’m too scared of cats and that particular day, I pondered for a long time if I could ask the person manning the stoe to restrain them..But, that request didnt sound justified to me , so left the place..May be some day ,will get to visit the place :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 20, 2013 at 7:02 am #

      @Ramya

      But they are so cute! :(

      Hope you fall in love with them one day, too!

  6. cupitonians December 20, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    LOVE the magazine store. I have photos with the kitties from over the years! They’re adorable and the store’s great too!

    • The Girl Next Door December 20, 2013 at 7:03 am #

      @Cupitonains

      Ah, finally! Someone who loves the kitties as much as I do! :)

  7. dreamzandclouds December 20, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    This one seems to be one good store…. and I hate cats :P

    • The Girl Next Door December 20, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      @Dreamzandclouds

      I am not a fan of cats, too, but these fluff balls are truly worth loving. :)

  8. Arch December 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    How lovely!

  9. Amit December 27, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Now that is so unique!

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