After a successful pop-up café at Carousel last year, Sunshine & Smiles have launched a slightly more permanent establishment, called Café 21 Co. in Headingley, offering work experience and training opportunities for young adults in Leeds who have Down Syndrome.
The café is set out with the Gallery and shop predominantly at the front, selling an array of products such as greetings cards, ceramics, artworks, jewellery, soaps, and the latest Sunshine & Smiles Calendar. The seating is in the centre, providing bistro tables as well as some comfy seating and the counter is to the rear.
Adjacent to the seating area is another area specifically designed for young children, filled with books, toys, cushions and a chalkboard; which proved extremely popular with my mini Mumbler. This designated area is a fantastic concept allowing young families to visit the café without too much upset to other patrons.
The Cafe is open: Thursday 8.30am-3pm; Friday 8.30am-5pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm.