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The Romanian press has written a lot about “La Nicu”-Hatmaker. Mainly because Nicu is the one person you end up to if you want to know how hats are made or what does it take to work as a hatmaker after you’ve surpassed 90 years old. Here in the workshop hats are made in all sizes and shapes. For theatre plays, movies, special ocasions or just for daily wear. Wooden heads without expression are sitting still on the shelves. They are not there from the last Holloween to scare off the clients, but to help Nea Nicu to create the perfect fitting hat for those who step inside his workshop. The English Pasage, where the workshop is located is a turistic atraction not only for the those who seek adventure, but also for those who want to have a nice talk with Nea Nicu and to see what new hats have appeared in the counter.
Tailor Artim Coop has a shop right on the corner on the other side of the house in which Mita Biciclista used to live. In this workshop one can get to their clothes all sorts of touch ups, two lady tailors work hard, ironing stitches, taking orders, making sure that the finished object looks impecable. “All the items brought to the tailor have to be washed”, a sign on the wall reminds us.
Strada General Christian Tell, nr. 6-8
In Kogalniceanu Square is located the watch shop of Mr Radu. Cuckoo clocks, pendulums all start ticking at once at the exact time. The watchmaker is sitting there next to them, wearing a white robe decorated with clock mechanisms on the front pocket, he repairs watches, changes batteries or reshapes clock mechanisms. Mr Radu has received this craft as a present from his father and even now he does it with passion. The watch-mender he made this routine that in every country he visits at least one watch mender shop, because he feels that he still has things to learn, and also because he believes a craft is to be “stolen”.
Piața Kogălniceanu, nr. 5
Right on Atelierelor St (The Shops St) in Matache Market we can find Mr Marin’s upholster’s shop. Chairs, sofas, wadding, sponges of all sorts, quilts are there all around the workman. There are plenty of orders coming in that is why Mr Marin hopes that there will be youngsters that will take on this kraft. He does it with joy and is very happy when the client is happy with his work. The sewing machine seldomly stops covering with it’s noise almost complety the voice of the workman.
Strada Atelierului, nr. 21
“Prăvălia lui Virgil” is an excelent example of someone that is said to be “in tune with the trends”. Mr Virgil has always paid attention to how he can accomodate the client’s whishes and to all the novelties. When he is at the shop he wears all the time an leather apron handmade in his shop. Here you can mend fur clothing, shoes, one can shapen scissors, duplicate keys, paint leather, but one can also create from scratch leather products.
Strada Atelierului, nr. 19
Vera Fashion tailor shop is proud to have a young team that easily succeds in translating the days trands onto the client’s own sizes and whishes. Nobody leaves the shop whitout beeing sure that the transformation or the new product is exactly as it should be.
Bd. Gheorghe Duca, nr. 21
Pantea Serv Impex is a workshop that does windows and mirrors works and one can find it in the back of the courtyard that has the entrance on Ion Mihalache Bvd. Opened since 1992, it has managed to be different that the other same trade workshops because it can do a high and divers number of orders. Starting with all kinds of glass and ending with all sorts of mirrors.
Bd. Ion Mihalache, nr. 20
This workshop of furniture and upholstery called “Mobila si Tapiţerie” is right on the Ion Mihalache Bvd. Mrs Oana is the one who has greeted with a firendly smile the clients in the past 20 years. The trade is arduous that is why you need to know team work, otherwise hammers hit thumbs not nails. The workshop has all age groups clients, but Mrs Oane would like if more young people would consider this kraft as a job.
Bd. Ion Mihalache, nr. 123
Looking from the street, Mrs Delia’s place looks just like an ordinary haberdasery (notion) shop: sewing threads, buttons, ribbons, but here one can find not only this. Mrs Delia is very talented in using knitting needles, that is why she makes a lot of kids knitted clothing and accessories. Foe exaple, a special bag for keeping knitting needles (so they don’t tangle).
Str. Alexandru Constantinescu, nr. 2
In Piata Romana, right in the back of the flower shop from the columns area, there isn’t just your ordinary watch repair shop, there is a truly pasionate watch mender, Mr Dan, thathas been doing this job for more than 30 years. You can easily say this about most of the watchmenders, but if you take a close look in the shop you will notice coackroaces, buuls, bees, ships, placed neatly on the counter, like true sculptures made entierly out of reused watch parts. It’s impossible to do this without rigor, atention and a lot of patience and Mr Dan does it out of passion. “Even in a silly test from the internet – what were you in an after life- my husband turn out to be again a watchmender” jokeingly said the wife of Mr Dan.
Bd. Gheorghe Magheru, nr. 32-36
Mendeleev street is protected by the noise of Magheru Bvd, but has a lot of advantages because it’s vecinity. Next to all the coffee shops here we can find the tailor shop where Mr Alexandru has been working for more than 60 years. The shop keeps the old rules, where the sewing machines are in the back, so the clients can’t see them. In front, where all the orderes are taken, on a mannequin, stands a jacket that tells how skilled the tailor is. Made from scratch, not missing any phase, for a somebody that is not accustomed with details, may seem not a big deal. But just take a closer look to the buttonhole,
Strada Mendeleev, nr. 12
Framing paintings, all sorts of glasses, with or without mid frame, mirrors of diferent shapes and sizes all can be done in the shop of Tehnica sticlei (a shop that works in glass) that can be found on Corneliu Coposu Bvd, where had been working since the 90s Mr Dan. The first contact he had with this kraft happened in his childhood thanks to the parents of the workman that had shown him the steps in working with glass. At first we reject what we receive from our parents, but after some years passed Mr Dan has strongly realised what valuable gift his parents had made him, and now he proundly speaks about the orders that arrive in the shop.
Bd. Corneliu Coposu, nr. 4, bl. 105A