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SNEAKER RESCUE — REFRESH YOUR TREASURED TRAINERS

SNEAKER RESCUE — REFRESH YOUR TREASURED TRAINERS

We’re all trying to reduce, reuse and recycle. And while your smart shoes can be cleaned and repaired all over town, your sneakers are a different story. Too often, worn out trainers end up being thrown away, and this is what motivated 23-year-old Hagen Matuszak to start Sneaker Rescue, the repair and cleaning service that will give your favorite pair of shoes a new lease of life – no matter how beaten up they seem. Having always repaired his own sneakers, Pankow-born Hagen went pro in 2018, first operating out of his Prenzlauer Berg flat. Now you can bring your shoes directly to their Neukölln workshop, or just send the four-man team a picture of your pair and they’ll message you back with a quote. Simply send your shoes in and after around 10–14 days they’ll be posted back – repaired, cleaned and refreshed. Your feet – and the planet – will be grateful. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sneaker Rescue & Savannah van der Niet)

Sneaker Rescue, Lauterberger Str.14, 12347 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Fri 10–18h
@sneakerrescue

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TOOLBOT: THE SELF-SERVICE RENTAL KIOSK FOR DRILLS, SAWS AND MORE

TOOLBOT: THE SELF-SERVICE RENTAL KIOSK FOR DRILLS, SAWS AND MORE

Getting tooled up for a home improvement project normally means a costly trip to the DIY store or bugging your friend for their drill or saw. Well now there’s a third way with startup Toolbot, which lets you reserve and rent power tools with your phone. The super simple service lets you hire by the hour and pick up and return your tool whenever you want to – evenings and Sundays too. Just reserve the tool you need on the website and head to one of the self-service pickup points located in Spätis. Use your phone to unlock the tool and you’re ready to go. Consumables like drill bits and saw blades are either included or available to buy at the pick-up point, while handy how-to guides on Toolbot’s YouTube channel show you the ABC of cutting and sanding. Started by industrial designer Jan Gerlach in 2019, Toolbot is currently beta testing stations in Neukölln and Prenzlauer Berg. North or south, now there’s no excuse for putting off that project. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Toolbot
@toolbot.de

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AMYWHO — THE SALON FOR CASUAL CUTS AND CUTTING-EDGE COLOR

AMYWHO — THE SALON FOR CASUAL CUTS AND CUTTING-EDGE COLOR

I approach getting my hair cut like I do pizza: I’m not so keen on experimenting. So for lunch it’s a margherita, while at the salon I’m content just getting my long mane tamed. The advantage here is you can compare different places to see who’s offering something truly special. And at the Amywho hair salon in the Bergmannkiez, the experience – and results – convinced me they were cut above the rest. Opened in April 2019, the place takes its name from founder Amy, a trained stylist from Leicester, UK, who has been in Berlin since 2013 and in hairdressing for 18 years. The look of the space is just my taste: the colored walls, concrete ceiling, mirrors leaning casually against the wall…not to mention the music. And with sound advice and a perfect cutting technique, the service is spot on, too. My colleague had her balayage done by Amy – a full color expert – and was equally enthusiastic. Whether it’s just a cut and blow-dry or a color transformation, you’ll step out feeling fresh. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Amywho, Schleiermacherstr.25, 10961 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Fri 10–20h, Sat 10–18h, Mon 12–20h
@amywho_berlin

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