A couple of weeks ago I joined the shop collective (in German Ladenkollektiv) Mitten im Walde in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Silke, the woman who is running the shop, wrote me a message at Augenblickphoto and asked if I would be interested in joining. I’ve been thinking for a while that I would love to see what it’s like to work in a shop because selling online is pretty darn lonely and I may want to open my own later when my daughters are a bit older. Plus the shop just happens to be about a two minute walk from where I live, so how could I say no?
There are twelve artists/designs/crafters in the shop altogether making everything from furniture, to pottery, to clothing to hats, to jewelry and to lamps. We each pay a small monthly rent and have two days a month when we have to work in the shop. I did my first “Ladendienst” (shop duty) today and, although it was pretty slow (we are on a side street in a basement shop, so it will take a while to get noticed) I really enjoyed it. Several friends stopped by and I listened to the new blues and old school jazz mix on my Ipod.
If you’re in Berlin and looking for a nice handmade gift (we even have handwoven cashmere scarves!) or would just like to check out a unique new independent shop, please come on by: Mitten Im Walde, Mittenwalderstrasse 46, Berlin-Kreuzberg (U-7 Gneisenaustrasse), Open from 1 to 8 Mon-Fri. If you come on Thursday or Saturdays I just might be there, so feel free to say hi.