Valli, 希臘人， 社會科學家 。九月才正式搬到柏林來，不過卻不是第一次到柏林。目前開了一間專門販售來自希臘的食物的店，名字叫做 Rises，店裡產品的產品都是來自希臘當地的小製造商 。
Valli comes from Greece. She is a sociologist. She has moved to Berlin this September, but this is not her first time in Berlin. Now she has a delicacies shop, Rises, in which she sells several products made in Greece and they are all made from small scale producers.
Why did you move to Berlin?
We have two daughters and they both live in Germany now, and we have many German friends, therefore, we come here very often. When we visit friends here, they always ask us to bring some delicious Greek Mediterranean delicacies. Since my daughters are older enough now, so we thought: it’s time for us to do something different! Frankfurt am Main and Berlin were the cities that we considered to move to, but we love the tempo of life and the atmosphere in Berlin more than Frankfurt. Berlin is not that commercial, and that match my philosophy of this shop. Besides, the people are more open minded. This is a city with lots of new opportunities.
Do you like Berlin?
當然 Of course.
Do you have any tips for Berlin?
I love arts. One must visit the museums here, and all these wonderful art exhibitions!
What’s the meaning of Rises?
Rises means root in Greek. Basically it supported to be written as Rizes, but due to the pronunciation in German, we decided to change z into s, so that it sounds much closer to the original pronunciation. And if you ask me why why I made this choice?It is because of the many meanings of the word: tradition, longevity, nature. The roots are the basis of the tree, and I like the stability and concreteness of trees.
What’s your philosophy of your shop?
Back to nature!
Does it have anything to do with the concept of health or it is more focus on the relationship between people and land?
用整體的方式來看這個概念，當我說back to nature，對我來說，是回到最自然的生活，最初的人。我的意思並不是我們應該要回歸山野，自己種菜，不去珍惜我們已經擁有的文明的果實，而是去思索生活的意義，什麼才是最重要的。這裡所販售的產品都是我一個一個去找來的，總共花了我快兩年的時間去準備。透過朋友的介紹和一些雜誌，我一個一個去拜訪每一個小製造商，我希望顧客都知道自己在吃的是什麼，而且清楚吃的東西來自哪裡，以及每一個產品背後的故事。我們應該追求質而不是量。試著透過適當的飲食來享受真實的滋味。
I think of it in a holistic way. When I say “back to nature”, for me, it means back to the basics, it means to live a natural life as a human being. I don’t mean that we should live on mountains or plant everything by ourselves or not cherish the fruits of civilization, but to think about the meaning of life, what means most to us. All the products that I have here have been chosen individually. It took me almost 2 years to set up the concept for this store. Through some introductions of a friends and the magazine I got the informations of these producers. I visited every small scale producer, I talked to them and learned a lot about their products. I want my customers to know what they are eating, where the food comes from - and the stories behind the food. We should pursuit quality, not quantity. Try to eat moderately and to enjoy the real flavor.
In these years, Greece has been the epicenter of criticism. But we have a variety of landscapes -mountain and see, and our main industries are tourism and great food. I want to show people the beauty of my country. I want them to taste Greece.
And I muss tell every one of you, the Greek coffee is really delicious! I’m the one who normally does not drink coffee, but it was really nice - I drank two cups!
Apart from the food and the great coffee, we also play quality Greek music in the shop - Hadjidakis etc.
Oh! It is the music from Greece! The music was very nice and fresh, I felt, what a wonderful morning!
I made the interior design by myself. Because there are lot of products and not every customer has time to hear my introduction one by one. It was important to me to give every product their own corner as well as the information about the producer and exact origin. All this information, along with the prices, is hand-written on papers on the shelves.
I found it really lovely, instead of the feeling of reading something, I felt more like that someone is talking to me!
I think you were really brave to do this, to put down everything you had in Greece, and to start a new life in Berlin. Aren’t you afraid?
No risk, no fun.
Is there anything else you are planning for this shop?
I am planning to serve Greek breakfast on Sundays. I want the shop to have a home-feeling atmosphere, where people can come in and really take a break. After the closing time, this place can also host small events, in which Greek food and wine will be provided. We’ve tried this a couple of times, and the feedback was really positive. Customers have told me that they felt like home. This is exactly what I want to achieve.
To be honest I was attractive by the interior and the logo of the shop, that was the reason I went inside. When I was looking around, I kept wondering, how could I never notice this shop before? Then I talked with Valli, and she told me it's just opened, no wonder I won't know this place before. During the interview, we changed a lot of opinions, and she was so energetic and very hospitable to answer my question and explain the Greece food. Besides, she let me try many food as well. Of course I was asked, why are you here?
I think, the most important thing for both of us is the thought to do some change. Yes, we should always be brave to do some change.
Riese delicacies shop
MON-FRI 09:30 - 20:00
SAT- SON 10:00 - 19:00
Veteranenstr. 25, 10119 Berlin Mitte