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ta manitika
"TA MANIATIKA" shop near Ag Nikolaos: Hand made pasta from milk and fresh eggs,  pure Maniatic products without preservatives - Maniatiko Lalaggi,  Homemade Jam, Olive Oil,  Pure Honey, Thick Salt,  Traditional Soap with Olive Oil,  Mountain Tea, Fresh Oregano. Available in local supermarkets, and TA MANIATIKA stores (see website)  tamaniatika gr  - in newly built premises on the main road between Stoupa and Ag Nikolaos  Tel: 27210 78106   Email:   (July 2017)
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forman & fieldGourmet meals delivered to your door (UK): A great alternative to eating out, recommended by one of our readers who used FORMAN & FIELD to provide Xmas lunch while visiting the UK. They are a family business that also does hampers, and single items such as smoked salmon. They offer gift vouchers (£10 - £50) and have a London riverside restaurant. UK Tel: 0203 601 5464 . (January 2016)

Wool/yarn shops in Kalamata : Janet Robinson () has info about 3 shops that sell yarn/wool
1. SKia Andr, is just off the bottom end of Aristomenous : if you are standing at the traffic lights on Aristomenous, imagine you would turn left to go to the train station. Turn around, so that your back is to the lights, take the next right, then left, the shop is about 2 doors up the street on the right hand side.
2. Anagnostara, at the top of Aristomenous, near the old town, in front of you is the roundabout, approach the roundabout with, March 23rd on your left hand side, the street is the next right, before the roundabout, the shop is on the left hand side, it also has haberdashery items in the window.THEOCHARIDOU KYRIAKI 59 Anagnostara Street, 241 00 Kalamata Messinia
3. Anaploti, If you come out of shop no. 2, turn left & walk down that street until you get to Anaploti, there is a haberdashery shop on the corner, next door is a wool shop. At the end of that street you are back on Aristomenous, the Alpha bank should then be in front of you. (September 2015)

Thrift shop :Unique,second hand-Xρ.κουμαντου 8 καλαματα - A good second-hand clothing shop has opened in Kalamata. Quality brands at very low prices. Address Xr. Koumantou 8, Tel: 698043 7422 ( Elias speaks good English) Opening hours: Mon,Wed, Sat 9:00-14:30 - Tue,Thu, Fri 9:00-14:30 and 17:00-21:00 Map - UNIQUE,second hand
Recommended by Ann Richardson (September 2015)

bread and more available at local bazaars or to order. If you would like to be kept up to date about products and availability, contact Anne Sauer email: Text: 6974 822 842 see current HOMEMADE BREAD (May 2015)

Gary's 'Taste of home' Gary can supply a wide range of food from sausages to pate, burghers to ham joints. Deliveries to Stoupa/Kardamyli every 2 weeks on a Friday. For a full list of products, or to order, email or tel. 27210 58557, Mobile 6934337768. (March 2015)

Cheese factory/shop, Kambos (ΤΥΡΟΚΟΜΕΙΟ) : You can buy a range of cheeses direct from the factory on the main road just north of Kambos, by the PV farm. Some available in 1kg sealed packs which will keep. H MANH Kambos, POTIS KARAVITIS and sons Ltd Cheese from pasteurized goat's milk 27210 71574 69590 75605 69758 59812 (January 2015)

' In Vitro Veritas' - Stained glass workshop : Sally-Anne Rich and Giannis Vereses have just opened a workshop in Kalamata, making stained glass/tiffany/vitro 69879 81174 . INVITROVERITAS (July 2014).

Replica Mani Towers - Paulos Loukas has recently started making beautiful replica Mani towers as ornamental garden lights. If you would like to know more, you can contact Sue Lilley at , or see examples of his work at his home in Vassilika village ( above Pantazi beach ). His mobile is +30 69473 28124 . MANI TOWERS (July2014)

Eco-friendly cleaning : The Austrian company ENJO's ' ingenious, environmentally friendly products, facilitate life, promote health and well-being and save time and money' . These products are not available in shops, but Olga Alepodakis ( FOX products ) now has a franchise and is offering ENJO's products in W Mani. If you are interested to know more, contact Olga to arrange for a demonstration in your own home . 27210 77091 (January 2014) ENJOHellas

How to choose olive oil : The labelling of olive oil can be very confusing . For instance what does 'refined' olive oil mean? Is 'Light' olive oil better than 'virgin' ? To help you understand the meaning of the various labels, an infogram has been produced, and Bläuel have added some additional explanatory notes. Bläuel notes (Note: you may need to download this PDF to get a good view) (August 2013)

IRIDA - Handmade glass & Art shop : Giorgos and Anna are making beautiful things out of glass, much of it recycled, suitable for gifts or your home. Their shop is in Kardamili. 27210 73759 or 6948 512368.6977 629006   IRIDA GLASS(20-9-14) 

Forever Living Aloe Vera Beauty & Health Range Take a look at the products on offer, including make up. Gift Boxes, wrapping paper & gift tags available with any purchase. The Health Supplements are natural & I haven't as yet had anyone tell me that they don't work, from Cardio support to diabetes to allergies. If you wish to contact me either email or telephone 27210 79099, you are also welcome to visit me at the Bazaar's. Janet Robinson (10-12-12)

EM products available in Kalamata Naturam is the official representative of the original EM-Products of the Austrian company Multikraft . "With we have opened a portal where anyone can buy EM-Products online and find lots of information on how to use them." Company is based in Kalamata, located on Byron Street and Zip Code 24100 Socrates 27. The contact numbers are 27210 86029 27210 86140 fax You can also contact us via e-mail to the email address

Tim's guide to IKEA : Tim Millea has just successfully bought a new kitchen at IKEA(Athens). In case you are thinking of making a major purchase from IKEA, that cannot be carried by one person in one go, as he did, he thought his experiences might be of interest. This will be especially useful for people who do not have their own transport. He explains how to make the most of the bus services and do the round trip in a day, although he arranged a night in Athens. TIM'S GUIDE TO IKEA His guide includes some useful links about hotels and transport. If you find his guide useful, he would very much like to hear from you ( January 2012 )

WATCH REPAIR : ΧΡΥΣΟΡΑΜΑ-Α.ΚΙΚΙΤΖΗΕ( ΕΙΡΑΣ 21-ΚΑΛΑΜΑΤΑ) Tel 27210-87672. On the road up to the bus station on the left near Eurobank, and turning to March 23rd street, this little shop offers expert repairs for most brands of watch at very reasonable prices. They speak very good English

JAR KEY This useful gadget is ingenious and very effective for opening jars without damaging the lids. For anyone who has ever had trouble opening a jar, this would be very useful. The simplest design is Scandinavian and available on line. JAR KEY

HABERDASHERY 7 Kolokotroni, Kalamata Tel 27210 95685 All kinds of useful bits and pieces including ribbon, tape, loose buttons and sewing thread (Gutermann)

Renewable energy source available locally : There is a company in Kalamata which produces briquettes from olive kernels that can be used instead of wood either in a stove or in an open fireplace. The emission of carbon dioxyde is 30% less than from wood. They cost 110 € per 1000 kg. They also supply briquettes for barbeques If you want to know more about it, see the web page KLIMISCOAL.Telephone 27210-69454. Email:




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