Back to the roots!
And we’re not talking about #messlife
Ok, here’s an update about our situation with the store and the owner.
Two month ago we got the information from our landlord that he will sell the storefront, that we could stay, but will have to pay 30% more rent, he offered us the possibility to buy the shop.
We had all kinds of meetings with several people, even a long and good talk with a bank and started working on a Kickstarter project, that was supposed to start next week. It looked very promising, all kinds of folks got in touch with us and offered us support and also high amounts of money, it looked like it will all be good and we will be able to buy the spot.
And now that! We met with the landlord last week and he informed us that he found a buyer. He told us that the needs to increase the price and wants €100.000 more and that the new price is not negotiable. He made us the offer to move the coffee shop into the bike place and get rid of some rooms, so the new owners wife could move in and open a hairdresser. We told him, that we can not agree to those terms, that we offer cargo bikes and therefore need all the space and that it doesn’t make sense for us to get smaller and most likely pay more rent, we would have to rebuild the bar and run new water pipes and blaaaah!
You can call it greed or what ever, we think it is really unprofessional and it wasted a lot of time. Who says all of a sudden he increases the price again and again…
To make a story short. We got till June 1st. We are looking for a new place, it seems pretty difficult in the all so hip and cheap Berlin, but we feel this is a new start and that the new Keirin will be very different, but we will do our best to make sure it will happen… Back to the roots means, we will move the coffee shop back to our first location, the tiny spot were it all started, it’s in the same building, owned by a different landlord, currently it is used by @Asssavers. Sorry guys, but we got you on the list for our new location! We promised, we will stay in Kreuzberg and back to the roots is sort of exciting… Nevertheless we will work on a Kickstarter project, as moving cost lots of money too… What a waste of money that could be used for more important things.
thanks for the ongoing support and ideas in the meantime, ride your bike and come to the Mash SF event next week!
We will get a 30% increase on our rent next summer, this will be the end of KB, unless we figure it out to buy the place. We don’t have the money, but are in talks with some good folks and also with the bank. It is a lot of money, but we are ready to go for it, if possible…
We are stoked about your response. To talk about crowd funding and other options is a bit too early for us. We appreciate all your ideas and thoughts and can assure you that we won’t give up and will try our best to keep the store alive in the Kiez/hood where we first started. Moving to another location would also cost money that we don’t have. If you happen to be in the bike business, you know how difficult it is…and suddenly it’s winter again. We love our neighborhood and actually think it is partly our responsibility to stay here. Not only is this part of Berlin losing its character. Folks like Berlin because of small businesses like ours that are run with passion AND because it is “Oh, so cheap here…” This is all changing too fast and the locals still don’t have any money.Gentrification is big. A lot of businesses across the street and all over our neighborhood are closing up shop. It’s the same in London, New York and SanFrancisco, just to name a few… The world is strange; maybe we can make a little step towards keeping the area a nice place to be. We want to at least make sure espresso prices don’t go nuts. Of course it’s not always a pleasure to repair old bikes, but do we really only want bike showrooms? It’s also important for us to prove that bicycles are the present and the future: spoken from a location with a lot of car traffic—or lets say gridlock—this was one of our original reasons to move here! For now, we are talking and thinking about different possibilities. We are considering buying the place, even though that would be really difficult. We would need to have something like 30 to 40 percent of the purchase price as a down payment before even talking to a bank. This would be a big step and would mean 20+ years of paying off a mortgage … It feels weird to ask folks for money; this isn’t really our way of doing things…But this isn’t about money anyway. We were born through a community and want to give back to the community. And we can assure you that we will give back to the community. If you have any ideas about how we can or can’t do this, feel free to send us a message to info (at) keirinberlin (dot) de or come over for a coffee.
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We will be at Eurobike later this week, let’s ride and have a drink…
Thanks a lot and remember, ride your bike!!!
Back in 2004 the area around U-Bhf. Schlesisches Tor was completely different. A lot of abandoned storefronts and almost no coffee shops and bars. We become part of the Wrangelei Kiez-Projekt. For one year they payed half of our rent. From the stores that got supported back then, only “Die Rechtsberatung” and us are left. Lots of other old stores had to leave or will be closing-up shop soon.
Our friends in Mexico DF at Tig-Mx are collecting pesos for us! Nice to be still remembered by bicycle couriers all over.