The Big Ponder #28: The Mom-and-Pop Store

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The Big Ponder - Episode #28: The Mom-and-Pop Store

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In the heart of Berlin, there is a small corner store, lovingly dubbed the “living room of the neighborhood.” Sadly, the shop’s owners are facing eviction after three decades in business. Sally McGrane and Axel Scheele tell the story of the little grocery on Choriner Street.

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This Berlin-based story comes from Sally McGrane and Axel Scheele. This episode tells the story of an independent late-night grocery store, or ‘Späti,’ located in the Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. Sally and Axel speak with neighborhood residents and Thomas “Hotte” Albrecht, the store owner. New York City photographers James and Karla Murray also share their thoughts on the importance of the disappearing mom-and-pop store. This episode features music from the Bolschewistische Kurkappelle Schwarz-Rot, The Devil’s Blind Spot, the Hot Swing Alforno Jazz Band, and Axel Scheele. The photo for this episode is from Gordon Welters and shows Hotte at his Späti.


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