The art of gift giving is beautiful – if it’s done right, it’s a pleasure for the receiver, and a support for the community. So why not skip your plan to order all presents last minute online and have a little spree at local shops, supporting those who are keeping our cities lively and small producers alive. Stil in Berlin’s gift guide wants to lead you to small businesses in our lovely city, starting with the gifts for the people in your life, who love to eat a present as soon as they unwrapped it.
This is not your regular vintage store: no shaky old racks, no smelly piles of crackling fabrics, no need to navigate endless heaps of rummage, instead: clean chrome racks with carefully selected designer pieces, mirror cabinets presenting chunky jewelry and chic swimming attire, and lines of clean shoes. As well as a selection of the best Berlin based designers: welcome to Chrome Store.
It’s Fashion Week, y’all! Have you even noticed? Seems like the presence of the most fashionable of the weeks dwindled over the past seasons, with lesser and lesser internationally (or even nationally) acclaimed big houses presenting their newest looks in the capital. But whatever, I was always in to support the locals anyway, pushing them to stardom! Or at least into your wardrobe, because fashion can be as beautiful as it wants, it needs to be bought to shine. And thus I am presenting you the much awaited update of the very important guide to shop Berlin designers in Berlin. It is not as simple as one thinks, albeit Kadewe is putting up a big show for the summer, and more and more labels are opening their own stores. Refer to this list when your shopping trip needs a lot more shop-local-attitude and invest in products directly from your neighborhood:
This one placed on my list of ten new places you need to try, but has actually been on my to-eat-list much longer. Precisely since the first pictures of their complex salads made by the two chefs, Johnnie Collins and Tommy Tannock hit my instagram feed. Both equipped with rockstar-names, both from UK, both very dedicated foodies, and you already know at least one of them: Tommy is one of the founders of street foodie party Bite Club.
What they serve up in The Store Kitchen is what I want to eat for lunch literally any day, and it’s actually very close to how I like to cook myself. However, I rarely manage to do one of those plates, not even thinking of making more than one variety, and at The Store Kitchen you can choose out of a selection of seven! Creative salads, that is.
Describing this one isn’t easy, it’s a café serving delicious coffee drinks made with roasts from Tom’s Kaffeerösterei, a florist selling beautiful succulents and cacti, a general store stocking nifty items like Stanley pocket flasks and soap smelling like the forests in Big Sur, a furniture show room for Berlin based Nuts and Woods, and it will be a lunchroom and event space any time soon. Altogether it’s a gorgeous space managed by dedicated people trying to revive this rather dull area behind Hallesches Tor.