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Continuing with my exploration of the Belgian quarter of Cologne (see earlier post here), I came across this unusual combination of enterprises on Brüsseler Strasse 74-76.

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The shop floor is divided into two halves, the front is a laundromat while the back is a retail store.

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The two businesses share the same entrance.

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So one pass the washing machines and dryers before getting into the skateboard and street wear shop.

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This combination makes a lot of sense. I am not sure if they are both owned by the same business Rock On but their web site is here.

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While the customers are waiting for laundry, they can peruse the merchandise of the store. The demogrpahics also make sense in that those who use a laundromat are likely to be interested in skateboard and paraphenalia.

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There is also a waiting area near the entrance where one can ignore the retail activities in the back. One can read the papers and pick up leaflets for concerts and parties here.

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But could the arrangement of the two businesses be reversed and give more exposure to the retail shop ?  Just like supermarkets that place eggs and milk, the necessities in the corner furtherest from the entrance.

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