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      12.10.2001 18:07
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      The Hoolywood is a small nice clothing shop in the Schoenhauser Allee 43, wich is in the district "Prenzlauer Berg". Next subway-station is "Eberswalder Strasse", thats line U2. We (a friend and me) werde looking for some new high heels for her and shoe-laces for me. The shop has a nice atmosphere, the staff is really polite. They dont run between your legs like a dog like in some "stylish" shops in the new city center, but they keep sitting around the table and trinking tea. This gives to posibility of a first relaxed impression of the staff and (more important) the shop and the clothes. Yes, whats about the clothes. Well, to make it short: It's not H&M! First there is a section (better: a corner) for Boots, Heels, a second for shirts and another one for the rest. There are 2 changing rooms, but they are not used often, most it happens in the shop. Dont worry, no horny eyes will be on you. Not here. You dont feel forced to buy something. If you ask perfect service is the answer, no matter if you want to buy shoe-laces for 4 DM or heesl for 250 DM. Service meens the looking for the "perfect fitting product", some nice conversation or playing your favorite song in the shops sound system. Discounts are possible, just ask in a relaxed way. To be honest, I cant tell you much about the brands that are sold here. I personaly dont care much about brands and product names and whats in or not. Either I like a shirt, shoe, ... or not. My favorites in the Hoolywood are the shirts, you will find every thing here thats a little bit extraordinary. The name Hoolywood comes from the hool-movement, and there also many skins buying here, but this shop has definitivly no relation to neo-nazi-things. Very important is the flyer-shelv. There one can find nearly all up-to-date informations about upcomming parties for rock-, indie-, britpop-, alternative
      and electronic music in Berlin. Have a look!

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      06.03.2001 09:59
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      I try to give you some usefull hints for shopping in my home-town Berlin. I think many people knows about the "KaDeWe", that means "Kaufhaus des Westens" translated: "Warehouse of the west". Some perhaps think, the name is an allude to the cold war, it isn´t :) The name was given in the twentys and only means the location in the west of the city. The KaDeWe offers a very great choice of all kind of products. From Food to Underwear, from Electronics to Cosmetics you find a very deep, partially very exclusive, assortment. The prices are very high, and many of the Products are cheaper in other Stores, but if you visit Berlin, take a look at KaDeWe to get the exclusive shopping-feeling of the twentys, the arrangement wasn´t changed since opening, only refreshed. You can compare the KaDeWe with that great Warehouse in London (forgotten the name yet). The Location of the KaDeWe is on the big shoppingmile named "Kurfürstendamm" and if you are go out to shop, you don´t can ignore this big shopping heaven. On this Street you find some exclusive Stores like Nike Town (Offers in a very exclusive arrangement all kind of Sportswear and Products of the manufactor NIKE), Warner Studio Store (Offers Products of Warner Bros. for example clothes with Comic Stars like Sylvester and Tweety), Karstadt Sport (Offers a big assortment Sportswear and Products at good prices), the Wertheim Warehouse (lower priced then the KaDeWe, but also exclusive). Also many other big Clothes-Stores (Peek&Cloppenburg, exclusive; H&M, lower priced but nice; C&A, cheap but wearable) and millions of little boutiques, stores and Souvenier-Shops, Headshops and other fancy stores you can leave your money. Also a handfull of Shoppingcenters are found there, i can suggest you the Europa-Center, with an very nice, big and space-like Clock in it, with many exclusive stores and the Kudamm-Karee, with also many stores and a Wax-Cabinet, like that from Madame Tousaud (ho
      pe, i named it right) in London. My special tip is the Mini-City, very hard to find it, better ask someone, it is beside the station "Wittenbergplatz" and Nike-Town. But there you find especially young clothes from Named designers, used for clubbing and outgoing. A Very big choice of restaurants, bars and Fast-Food-temples are also found, alone 3 McDonalds and 2 Burger-Kings on this street don´t let get you hungry. Beside this Shopping-Areal you also find some culture, like many cinemas, theaters and cabarets, and the very nice Zoo, some are in the near, some are need some stations with Undergroud (called U-Bahn) or City Train (called S-Bahn) or Bus. You can reach the Kurfürstendamm and the big shopping and pleasure area by all kinds of Transports, the easyiest is to get to the Stations "Zoologischer Garten" or "Wittenbergplatz", there stops many trains form undergound and city rails. I also will give you a tip for "Underground-Shopping", that don´t means shopping in the underground of Berlin. In the near of the City-Train (S-Bahn) Station "Hackescher Markt" you will find, beside a very plaesurable restaurant, club and bar district, many little Stores with Clubwear, Records and more funky stuff. For example you find a Store with used clothes of the sixties and seventys, a record-store where you can meet some named DJ´s of Berlin and also the Outlet-Shop from the Tresor-Club. An other big Shopping District in Berlin is "Friedrichstrasse", reached by Underground and City-Trains, also with many Stations. This Areal is very new and a bit boring. At 8PM this street will be transformed into a Death-Valley. But at opening times you can also find very exclusive and expensive Shops. The newest Shopping District in Berlin is "Potsdamer Platz", various very high expensive Shops and Centers are placed there. I have to say "must see" but also an "don´t buy" to th
      is. Also reached by many trains at the station "Potsdamer Platz". The "Alexander Platz" is an very boring shopping place, see the "Fersehturm" (Big arieal for TV and Radio Stations with an lift and a good look over Berlin) and "Rotes Rathaus" (Nice City-Hall) and then leave. For those who take an alternative Trip to Berlin (If you Don´t take an Hotel or when you must give attention for spending money) i can suggest you some cheap stores for Food: Aldi, Lidl, Penny Markt, Plus. Cheap cosmetics are Found here: Rossmann, Drospa, k´d. And other Products are found at Woolworth, Karstadt, Kaufhof and Hertie. Some of this stores are also known in UK, you will find this stores overall in Berlin, they are very cheap and good for young people and people with lower income. My End-Sugesstion: The most popular and exciting shopping district is the Kurfürstendamm. Friedrichstrasse and Potsdamer Platz are only for those, who can spend much money and don´t need much entertainment, especially for older people. Teenager and especially Club-People have to visit Hackescher Markt to get some things for clubbing at your home-town. By all of this, please remember: The Shopping-Laws in Germany are very strong, all Shops MUST close at 8 PM, don´t be angry if someone please you at 8 PM to leave the Shop. Only some shops can open longer, mostly the shops beside an Station, for travelers. But there is no restrictment for Restaurants, Bars and Clubs, they can open so long it needs, much time to wear out your newest clothes :) P.S. For information about my bad english view my Profile :)

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