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GRUS GRUS: A VINTAGE, COFFEE & ART OASIS IN WEDDING

GRUS GRUS: A VINTAGE, COFFEE & ART OASIS IN WEDDING

Sustainable shopping is currently on everyone’s agenda, and rightfully so. And one of the chicest selections of second-hand pieces has been drawing even Neuköllners across the river to visit its store in Wedding since its opening in October 2018. It becomes clear why right upon entering: Grus Grus‘ atmosphere, with its warm beige tones and natural materials, reflects owner and artist Dóra Földes‘ innate sense of style and attention to detail. A selection of second-hand pieces, inspired by ’80s and ’90s minimalist fashion and hand-picked by Dóra from around Europe, is arranged according to color on racks that frame the room. Above them hang large-format artworks by Dóra – these, too, are for sale. Her expressive style evokes the delicate textile paintings of fellow artist Subin Kim, whose custom silk shirts and jeans are also sold here. Come for the clothing and stay for a coffee. Previously a barista at Bonanza, Dóra serves impeccable flat whites and espressos made with the Kreuzberg roaster’s beans. Don’t feel shy about lingering or asking for styling tips — Dóra’s warmth and passion for her profession are infectious, and make Grus Grus the kind of place you want to return to again and again. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn & Grus Grus)

Grus Grus Vintage, Schererstr.7, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Tue–Sat 14–19h
@grusgrus_vintage

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FUNCTION AND FLEXIBILITY WITH THE DESIGN TO MATCH: TRAVEL PACKS FROM WAYKS

FUNCTION AND FLEXIBILITY WITH THE DESIGN TO MATCH: TRAVEL PACKS FROM WAYKS

If you’ve ever faced the challenge of finding a travel bag that you can use for a variety of purposes on the road, you’re not alone; we’ve been there! But we have found the solution: Wayks. Founded in 2018, the Berlin-based label has developed the ultimate, versatile travel backpack. Separated by continents, founder siblings Leonie and Fabian shared a passion for travelling. And frustrated by the lack of practical luggage, they decided to design it themselves. The result is a backpack that can be converted: from hand luggage to a daypack – and even to a detachable bag that can be used as a camera and cooler bag. In total there is space from seven to 37 litres. The modular design of Wayks makes it possible to store and access everything, anywhere. What more could you ask for? The first step towards smart travel is the Berlin concept store Freshlabels, Wayks’s sole offline retailer, though the packs are available online too. Go, go! (Text: Emily Miotke / Photos: Wayks)

Freshlabels Concept Store, Rosenthaler Str.50, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map.
Mon-Sat, 11-20h
@wayksberlin

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URBAN COSMETICS BERLIN — NATURAL UNISEX SKINCARE FOR TRUE URBANITES

URBAN COSMETICS BERLIN — NATURAL UNISEX SKINCARE FOR TRUE URBANITES

Natural cosmetics produced locally? That was Fabian and Karin’s lightbulb moment in 2016 and they’ve been selling sustainable, vegan cosmetics ever since. Urban Cosmetics is as simple as it sounds: cruelty-free, unisex cosmetic products, handmade in small quantities at a Berlin workshop with only the purest, most natural ingredients. My favorites are the bath salts with coconut milk, rosemary and rose petals and the three-step facial care set which includes a facial cleanser, a hyaluron moisturizing serum and a facial raspberry seed oil. The moisturizer and oil are sold separately, so you can decide what ratio of the two products to apply according to the season and time of day. The visionary spirit of the founders does not stop here: their idea is to develop natural cosmetics in an urban context of art, culture and city gardening, while staying true to their motto: “In editions we grow, in artists we invest!” This means collaborating with street artists like Neisscaps, whose special edition baseball caps are available at the Kreuzberg store. Look out for artworks – you’ll soon find some here too. All in the spirit of Urban Cosmetics! (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)

Urban Cosmetics Berlin, Lausitzer Platz 11, Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Tue–Fri 12–19h, Sat 11–16h

@urbancosmeticsberlin

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ANALOG: CONCEPT STORE FOR PRINTED MATTER AND TYPOGRAPHIC FINDS

ANALOG: CONCEPT STORE FOR PRINTED MATTER AND TYPOGRAPHIC FINDS

“Analog is the new organic.” That’s the motto of the concept store Analog, dedicated to all things printed or made completely by hand – analog, in other words. The store mainly sells books and magazines, but also postcards, posters and even individual letters from old neon signs, salvaged and restored by the Buchstaben Museum. For fans of design and typography, anyone interested in architecture and lovers of printed products, this store is truly a treasure trove. Analog was opened at the end of May 2019 by renowned graphic designer Erik Spiekermann, who also runs the printing studio p98a next door offering traditional and digital printing services as well as viewings and workshops. Analog sees itself as a space for the post-digital age – one that brings craftsmanship back into the foreground, links the digital with the analog world and encourages us to slow down in this hectic age. Now the comparison to organic becomes clear: sustainable, natural and homemade products are becoming more and more popular – and not just for the food we eat. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher Flesland)

Analog, Potsdamer Str. 100, 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map

Tue–Sat, 12–19h

@analog_berlin

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SIRPLUS: STOCKING UP AT THE SUPERMARKET THAT SAVES FOOD

SIRPLUS: STOCKING UP AT THE SUPERMARKET THAT SAVES FOOD

In Germany, 18 million tons of food are wasted every year, amounting to one truckload per minute. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest CO2 producer in the world after China and the USA. If you are frustrated by food waste and want to improve your own habits, then we have a suggestion: Become a food saver with Sirplus. Founded in 2017, the Berlin-based initiative is committed to combating food waste by working with wholesalers, supermarkets and farmers to collect and re-distribute excess and expired food products, available in subscription-based “Retterboxes”, online or in one of their Sirplus stores. The stores are just like normal supermarkets – selling everything from apples to cinnamon buns – except the products are collected on a weekly basis from expired and surplus stock (and inspected for edibility, of course). If shopping there doesn’t help your conscience, there is also a crowdfunding campaign running until 27.06.19 to better fund storage and logistic capabilities and to develop Sirplus’s franchise concept. Sounds like a great opportunity to do some good, doesn’t it? (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Sirplus)

Sirplus has four branches in Berlin:

Rettermarkt Berlin-Steglitz, Schloßstr.94, 12163 Berlin-Steglitz; map

Mon–Sun 09h–20h30

Rettermarkt Berlin-Friedrichshain, East Side Mall, Tamara-Danz-Str.11, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

Mon–Sat 10-21h

Rettermarkt Berlin-Neukölln, Karl-Marx Str.108, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Mon–Sat 10–21h

Rettershop Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg in der Vetzgerei, Raumerstr.36, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg, map

Mon–Fri 12–20h, Sat 11–19h

@sirplus.de

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