Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Coffee cultured lifestyle and the brand wars of Cyprus

This drug can turn a profit in a recession, chill the otherwise stressed island people and it's responsible for many hours of idle talk. Yes COFFEE is the drug that I am speaking of!

During the boom years of Cyprus all the major brand names and/or franchises such as Costa Coffee (UK), Starbucks (US), Flo Cafe (Greece), Gloria Jeans (Australia), Coffee Beanery (US), Segafredo (Italy), Illy (Italy), Caffe Nero (UK) and their many copies, actually convinced the population at large in Cyprus that a simple Coffee (however dressed) could or should cost as much as 5 euro. What's more astonishing, is that they got away with it for such a long time and Cypriots/Expats alike were literally  hooked on a Coffee Budget of up to 10 euro per day!

They applied every trick in the book by confusing us with sizes, when small became > large, medium became > extra large (the unusual norm) and large turned into a well, soup bowl! Intense marketing, comfy sofas, wooden decking on the balcony, fancy umbrellas and fake claims of sustainability, all duped us into buying more Coffee than we really needed.

Then came the recession, which started to hit the peoples pocket in 2012 and then it exploded in 2013. Suddenly, even that overly sugary Frappuccino or luxury Frape was at risk of being cut from the dwindling expenses of the average Cypriot household.

The major franchises stuck with their unsustainable prices for as long as they could, to squeeze tevery last drop of money. Occasional special offers and discounts appeared on the market and the people kept drink Coffee to moan about the financial crisis.

Then enter the new wave of Coffee Houses, that understand all the people really wanted was a combination of a decent place to sit outside (perhaps to combine with smoking), quality coffee and a reasonable price, which is easy enough to deliver, as the mark ups are so huge!

All of a sudden here in Larnaca we saw even more trendy Cafe bars opening everywhere, from Ermou Square to Makarios Avenue and of course Finikoudes. Coffee Island (Greece) has already relatively recently opened 7 outlets in Larnaca alone (same as Limassol). In Nocosia they operate 15 outlets and it's easier to partner with them. 

Coffee Island and to a lesser extent Lavazza have understood the pulse of the people by meeting the above mentioned criteria for a decent Coffee in a recession. Many other small individual Coffee businesses have also opened too and the market is going crazy at present (all be at lower prices) even in a recession, such is the love of the Coffee culture among all Cypriots. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Leisure & Lifestyle supports the Shield of Aiantas

The "Shield of Aiantas", is a Non Profit Organization that has created by volunteers in cooperation with the Municipality of Larnaca, as an extension of the Social Grocery Municipality that would contain anything other than food, such as appliances, furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, books, and more. 
It has been created in memory of Aianta Loizou, who, at the age 5 1/2 died because he was bitten by a dog breed "Akita" while he was with his family in friendly house in Skarinou. Elina Motitou, the mother of Aiantas is responsible of " The Shield of Aiantas".

While being interviewed she mentioned that  the beneficiaries as well as the non beneficiaries of Social Grocery who are in need of help can go. She also mentioned that the response of the world was big enough after we have received too many things that turn us must give the recipients."
When she was asked how they are distributed to beneficiaries all the goods, she explained that: "virtually every family or individual should be entitled a number of points each month which you can redeem. eg trousers can be 10 points, a pair of shoes 20 points etc ", adding that each family or each person can be redeemed, depending on the needs of the grades will correspond. They have created a software which are included all the products they have and where each purchase is deducted from the family or the individual scores."
The place was essentially a warehouse located opposite the Social Grocery and was rented with the help of the Larnaca Municipality and the Archdiocese of Cyprus. "
"The Shield of Aiantas," is open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, but anyone can go from 9 am to 1 am to donate

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sawa, Syrian Restaurant - Special Offer

Membership Benefits
10% Only for lunch - Everyday.

Sawa is the best oriental food in town, offering you the very best of Syrian Cuisine! Is located in the centre of town, in a beautiful and traditional mansion with a cosy garden

In the gardens of SAWA you can enjoy freshly made syrian bread, Syrian dips such as 'hommus' and 'moutabbal', 'fattoush' salad, hot and cold dishes, grill and homemade syrian ice-cream.

Every Friday Now they cater for parties up to 300 persons for weddings, birthdays and christenings!!
Contact Details
Address: Kimonos 21, Larnaca CY
For information and reservations call: 24400420 and 99648270

The Green Shop Larnaca 5% Discount


5% Discount upon presentation of the Leisure & Lifestyle Membership Card

We created a space for us, for you, for the most valuable good; our HEALTH!

Having the wisdom of nature as our ally, we now turn to a more natural way of living. From now on we follow the paths of nature with their various scents and authentic flavours.
We only nature's apothecary which has pure materials and unalloyed recipes.

The wisdom of nature can be a way of living in our space, where with respect we offer you certified organic products:
  • Fresh fruit & amp; vegetables.
  • Herbs & essential oils.
  • Dietary beverages & milk substitutes.
  • Natural food supplements & vitamins.
  • Natural cosmetics.
  • Baby food & baby clothes/toys.
  • Dairy products.

Organizing informative meetings.
Ideas for gifts.

Address: Thoukididou 6, Larnaca
Tel: 24653912
Fax: 24653912
e-mail: greenshop@gmail.com
or visit the website 

20% Discount for Virtual Office Cyprus Package

Leisure & Lifestyle members are eligible for a 10% discount on the Virtual Office Cyprus Package which costs only €60.00 + V.A.T. per year!

This solution is ideal for residents and people with a second home in Cyprus....
  • To control correspondence and ensure important mail is received via a reliable service 
  • To maintain privacy with regards to confidential correspondence 
  • To receive courier packages
  • To receive Amazon / EBay and other types of gift parcels
The Package Includes:
  • Collection and signing for mail and parcels 
  • Forwarding of mail and packages, local rates apply (Deposit of €20.00 required)
  • Mail can be scanned and forwarded by Email through Supporting Services
Special Offer: Collect your Mail and service is Free! 

For More Information:
Contact the Leisure & Lifestyle office on 70000667 or Email: elena.kalli@progresshq.com