In the shop, located at Spuiboulevard 99, the range of gadgets and delicacies is very diverse. A prominent role is reserved for the legend of the Sheepheads.VVV Dordrecht not only provides information, but is also a place where a wide range of products can be purchased.
The story of the Middle Ages is familiar to many Dordrecht citizens: as a prominent trading city, the staple law ensured that all goods going in and out of the city were subject to tax, including meat and livestock. Two inhabitants of Dordrecht who bought a sheep in the Alblasserwaard tried to avoid this tax by dressing the animal in scarecrow clothing. The plan failed at the last minute, because the sheep started bleating.
The inhabitants of Dordrecht have been given the nickname 'Schapenkoppen' (sheep heads). "Anyone born in Dordrecht is given a cuddly sheep as a gift when registering in the municipality. Shopkeepers regularly refer to the legend in their promotions or shop windows, and FC Dordrecht's nickname, not surprisingly, is 'The Sheepheads'.
It is so intertwined with the city that it is logical for us at VVV Dordrecht to do something with it," explains Cécile Zanen (team leader of the VVV office). "For example, we offer local specialities such as sheep's heads. These biscuits are presented in an attractive box, with an explanation of the legend. But also sheep magnets, baby slippers, cardboard sheep that can be put together and coloured, sheep key rings and lucky sheep are part of the range. It appeals especially to people in Dordrecht who are looking for a gift for friends or family who live outside the city. But tourists are also curious about what the people of Dordrecht have to do with sheep.
The assortment changes regularly. "We can vary endlessly. The idea is to keep surprising visitors. Around the holidays, sweaters with the text 'Meèèèèrry Christmas' hang in the store. Products with a wink are often popular. For example, there are the so-called Schapenkeutels: fun candy tins with the story of the legend and filled with small round licorice. "