Qualified, competent and friendly legal advice – too good to be true? Leonie Thum, solicitor and employment law specialist with over six years’ experience, proves it is possible. Founded in April 2020, her Neukölln practice advises employees both as individuals and collectively. Since graduating in 2011, Leonie has gained a range of experience including legal traineeships in Mainz, Tallinn and for a renowned Berlin law firm. Her services are available in English, with pro-bono advice for victims of discrimination and clients whose employment has been terminated. Housed in a former shop, Leonie’s practice is an attractive space in which sustainability plays a major role, with paper-free operations across the board and environmentally-friendly cleaning. As a client you are well looked after, with fresh juices from Bttr and Berlin-made kombucha plus a planned small gallery featuring local artworks. And with Leonie’s workshops (Corona-permitting) women lawyers will soon be able to come together and learn how to progress in a male-dominated industry. (Text: Sophie Döring / Photos: Delia Baum)
Always find yourself hustling to prepare a nice, fresh meal for the office team lunch? We’ve got just the solution with Marktkost, who deliver a weekly-changing lunch menu directly to your office, making last minute dashes to the supermarket a thing of the past. The Potsdam start-up was founded by Berliner Laura-Maria Horn who had a simple goal: offer a Next Level Lunch. The varied and healthy dishes can be kept in the fridge for up to five days and only need warming up. Awaiting you are 80 delightful recipes like the “Fernweh” stew with sweet potatoes, peanuts and a fresh coriander soy yoghurt topping, a Zucchini Bowl with grilled cheese, and Grandma’s special fusilli with green beans and fried onions. Much of the food is seasonal and regionally sourced, and delivered in handy reusable jars with screw caps. Your weekly delivery comes as a personalized subscription letting you look forward to a delicious team lunch, no cooking stress necessary! (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Savannah van der Niet & Ramona Razaghmanesh)
To clean or get a cleaner? That’s the question – if you have the funds of course. If you do decide to leave it to the pros, thanks to Klara Grün you can get things clean with a conscience. Founded in 2019 by Luise Zaluski and Julia Seeliger, this cleaning service is described as “eco-social”, meaning all staff are treated fairly and wages paid above board. As for the “eco” part, Klara Grün use planet-friendly cleaning products where possible and they even produce their own detergents in-house, using old Solimate bottles as containers. In addition to conscious cleaning, the team can also guide you in becoming more sustainable in your waste management and recycling, something particularly valuable to companies, though of course all services can be booked for private households. We at Cee Cee are customers and look forward to our cleaner Chris coming to our office every Monday. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Klara Grün)
Klara Grün; for enquiries, contact the team on the website.
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
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)