Neue Heimat Let there be light

Whether you’re familiar with the RAW complex from supplying your guiltiest weekend whimsies or as a faux alternative tourist pit, chances are that the deepest corners of this concrete-filled playground weren’t part of the experience. For your own safety, they shouldn’t be. So thought many people, and dark things continued to linger in the shadows of RAW.

Then came superheroes Sebastian Baier, Danny Faber, and Andreas Söcknick, the miracle builders of Bar 25 and Chalet. Since putting aside their turntables, their surging levels of serotonin have been devoted to Neue Heimat, the newly minted night market in town. As of August 2014, the three took over the spacious east end of Revaler Str. 99, illuminated it with dangling lightbulbs, an unmissable sign, and successfully scared the Boogieman away.

Every Sunday it’s a village market flooded with local food vendors (who also partake in Street Food Thursday, Bite Club, etc.), musicians, artists, and a good load of people, who look as though grocery stores not opening on Sunday was and never will be an issue. If you’re lucky, the massage therapist from Michelberger Hotel might even be there to loosen those knots.

Neue Heimat won’t be just another Markthalle Neun though. At the moment visitors only see at most two-thirds of the property, but the founders are cooking up some amazing ideas for additions to the space. These will be actualized in the near future, with the dream of creating a village community out of graffitied shambles.

Brunette Kreuzberg scissorhands

Having plied their trade for many a long year in the salon quartiers of Mitte and Ku’damm, Henry Lemke and André Staack decided to break out on their own in 2013. That meant totally ignoring the footfall factor and setting up shop in an utterly tranquil courtyard just off the canal in Kreuzberg 61, but conveniently right on the U1 line too. This is where the two scissor brothers consummately go about their business, which is namely, damn good hairdos.

Finding the right hairdresser isn’t easy; even more elusive than Mr. Right some would say. Especially one that gives solid advice but cares about your idiosyncrasies; one with mad skills but also a tender touch. This affable duo tick all these boxes and then some. So if you’ve had a couple botched jobs from your regular scissor-wielder recently, you could do worse than heading over to the laid-back surrounds of Brunette.

N.B. Leave your blonde/brunette jokes at the door, bitte.

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