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Key Color

Elandsgracht-Key Color

Key Color is the kind of shop you might walk past without a second glance. Which is perfectly understandable, considering its non-flashy exterior. That is not to say however, that what is on the inside is not impressive. Quite the contrary. This fifteen year old business is the result of a man who, having learned the tricks of the photography trade at Kodak, decided to set up shop himself. That way he could put into practice his own ideas about service and customer interaction. Can you call such a thing a gamble when you know this is bound to be a success? People from Belgium and Gemany find their way to Frits’s shop, so the answer to that question seems obvious.  Frits does it all, whether you need quick passport pictures done, or looking for a floor-to-ceiling print of an image you found somewhere, Frits is your man. His clients range from the elderly lady down the street to big multinationals. You can come in here to print off images from a memory card, but Frits won’t let you leave until he’s made sure the images look the best they can – manually correcting them where necessary or desired. Service as it was meant to be.

contact

Elandsgracht 96

1016 VA

+3120 6201418

www.key-color.nl

Key Color
148

Hair Look Haarmode

Elandsgracht-Hairlook

Hair Look can rightly be labeled one of the cornerstones of the Elandsgracht since it has been part of it, on the far corner, for more then thirty years. Peter, the owner, is so down to earth about it that you’d almost forget how remarkable an achievement it is. Plotting his own course and staying well away from expansion is the explanation he offers for this success. The only service he added is a fish massage whereby dozens of tiny Kangal fish give your feet a peeling treatment. The salon is small – almost too small, one might think- but it fits six seats and the atmosphere is never less than relaxed and fun. Service is key to this business and it shows: literally everyone can walk in here without appointment for a haircut. Plus should you have to wait, there are laptops you can kill time with. An unexpected and fairly unique bit of extra service. You might say this business was cut out for the Elandsgracht.

contact

Elandsgracht 148

1016 VC

+3120 6272954

www.hairlook.nl

Hair Look
118

EkoPlaza

Elandsgracht-Ekoplaza

Nr 118 used to be a car dealer slash gas stop. One of those nice old-fashioned ones, typically seen in small villages, with one or two rusty gas pumps out front. Just like the space the new Antique Center across the street is now based in, this place is amazingly big too. This kind of space really is only suitable for one other purpose: a supermarket. So, that’s what Ekoplaza, the supermarket that exclusively sells organic food, turned it into. The beauty of Ekoplaza is that it did not try to cram as much products in there as possible. Instead, wide aisles make for convenient and easy navigating your way around. And still their range of products is virtually endless. From liquorish to soap, you name it, Ekoplaza carries it. Storemanager Ronald has run this supermarket since 2013. Ekoplaza is on the move with over 50 Ekoplaza’s across the country, proving that buying organic is not just another fad – it’s another lifestyle.

contact

Elandsgracht 118

1016 VB

+3120 4124696

www.ekoplaza.nl

EkoPlaza
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Rijwielhandel Comman

Elandsgracht-Comman

Owner Stef Comman is a third generation bicycle repairman. Both his grandfather and his father were in the business before him. As a teenager, Stef never really fancied a career fixing bikes. Until he started lending a hand in the shop on busy days.  His dad, not about to have his own son as his apprentice, sent Stef to some of the biggest names in the business to learn the trade. Once he was qualified, Stef went to work for his dad, and now, nearly twenty years on, Stef runs the place, with a passion and interest he’d not imagined possible as a young lad. He welcomes his customers with a joke and friendly banter, but as everyone who steps into his shop soon finds out, the advice he offers is never less than sound, honest and professional. Talk to him for more than five minutes and it becomes clear this man loves what he does. And as he witnessed the biggest brands in the business starting to use inferior materials on their bikes in a desparate attempt to survive the economic downturn, he grew frustrated but also determined not to go along with that. So he started a brand in his own name: superior materials, amazing design, and best of all: manufactured locally, Stef Comman has virtually guaranteed his name and survival. He will not bike gently into the night, that much is certain.

contact

Elandsgracht 110

1016 VA

+3120 6248956

www.commanfietsen.nl

Fietsenmaker Comman 005
296k

Woonbootmuseum

Elandsgracht-Woonbootmuseum

If there is one place in Amsterdam that disproves the old Dutch adage that you have to travel a ways for the best things in life, it is the houseboat-museum, situated alongside the Prinsengracht, at the very beginning of the Elandsgracht. The Hendrika Maria, as the boat is called, is situated in this beautiful location since 1997.  Owner Vincent van Loon got the idea for the museum when he used to live in a houseboat himself and dealt with dozens of curious glances at his home on the water every day. His idea was golden, and visitors numbers have exceeded all Vincent’s expectations. The boat that houses the museum dates back to 1914. It even spent some time at the bottom of the canal during World War Two, to keep the occupying forces from getting their hands on it. The museum offers a unique perspective on living on the water as well as, through the small windows, on the Elandsgracht and the Prinsengracht.

contact

Prinsengracht 296k

1016 HW

+3120 4270750

www.houseboatmuseum.nl

Woobootmuseum
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Arnold Cornelis Banketbakkerij

Elandsgracht-Arnold Cornelis

Who does not love a place where you can catch up with that neighbour you haven’t spoken in a while, in a shop that not only looks amazing, but smells irresistable? If you answer that with a clever “I”, you obviously have not vistited Arnold Cornelis at number 78. And we in turn will strongly encourage you to do so. Because  it really is a treat. Take a load off, have some coffee to go with one of their mouthwatering treats and your day just got even better than it already was. Joke is one of the driving forces behind the store and can be found behind the counter every day, with an easy smile and a pleasant demeanor. 28 Years and counting has she done this. It’s the regulars that keep coming back for more that has her still loving her work. Arnold Cornelis make and bake all their goods at the very first location they opened: on the van Baerlestraat. So do not expect artificial ingredients, wrapped in mass-produced cakes and tartlets. Do expect the sweet taste of fine patisserie, made with pride.

contact

Elandsgracht 78

1016 TZ

+3120 6258585

www.cornelis.nl

Arnold Cornelis
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The Soulsister Vitamins

Elandsgracht-Soulsisters

The Elandsgracht was proud and very happy to welcome this pharmacy/ health food store on 15 September 2012. Its name is as intriguing as unusual for a business that specializes in, and differentiates itself with, supplements and so-called superfoods.  But considering the passion that owner Miranda has for her business, as well as her predilection for Motown music, the logic behind the name is quickly established. What’s more, it was her best friend, her soulsister, who convinced Miranda to finally start her own shop. Twenty-three years of experience in her field do not stop this entrepreneur from furthering her knowledge. Not only is she a licensed pharmacist and beauty/health consultant, before long she will also be a licensed ortho-molecular therapist. Three areas of expertise that not only fascinate her, but will greatly help her give sound advice to her customers. She will  just as easily discuss the benefits of a particular toothpaste as she will wax lyrical about sea-weed based products and various so-called superfoods. Rather than explaining these items here, we strongly encourage you to pay this charming shop a visit. Healthy eating is booming business, thanks to growing consumer awareness. All the more reason to obtain solid and easy to understand advice. Get it here, get it now!

contact

Elandsgracht 132

1016 VB

+3120 623 4147

SoulSister
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Balthazar’s keuken

Balthazar's Keuken

Balthazar’s Keuken is located in an old smithy. The atmosphere inside is decidely French. The inviting interior is humble and modest, but belies a very good cuisine indeed. Catering for two shifts each evening, the chef decides the menu, leaving the customer to choose between meat or fish for a main course. With the advent of the internet as a public forum, amateur critics were given an arena to vent their often not-too-subtle opinions from the safe, anonymous confines of their own living room. In that regard, it could be considered no small miracle that any negative notes about this place are very, very hard to come by indeed. Then again, it should not be considered a miracle at all if you execute a restaurant concept as well as owners Alain Parry and Karin Gaasterland did here. The success of Balthazar’s Keuken can, and should therefore be considered purely the result of fresh ingredients such as originality, hard work, attention to detail and caring about their customers.  Add to that the consistenly very high standard of food that is produced in this kitchen, and, as many other businesses along the Elandsgracht demonstrate every day: quality always prevails. Opened only on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, reserving your table in time is highly recommended –  more often than not, this place is fully booked.

contact

Elandsgracht 108

1016 VA

+3120 4202114

www.balthazarskeuken.nl

Balthazar's Keuken
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Coffeeshop Johnny

Elandsgracht-Coffeeshop Johnny

Johnny, the owner of the coffeeshop that bears his name, started his career peddling fresh vegetables on markets around the city.  Until he decided one day to go into business for himself. Fast forward twenty-odd years and this place still exists. The interior is small but tidy and organised and a faint, sweet smell lingers in the air. It has a separate, closed off smoking area, installed to comply with the latest regulations on smoking in public places. Johnny found the location at Elandsgracht 3 through the same grapevine Marvin Gaye used to sing about. Once he obtained the necessary permits, Johnny opened its doors and after a short warm up period, the business started doing well. Celebrities like the Ramones and several American movie actors have walked through the doors here, looking for a Dutch treat, shall we say. The closure of numerous coffeeshops around Amsterdam obviously did not hurt Johnny and despite ever stricter regulations, this is one coffeeshop that isn’t about to roll over and play dead.

contact

Elandsgracht 3

1016 TM

+3120 6383984

www.coffeeshopjohnny.nl

Coffeeshop Johnny
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HP Horlogerie

Elandsgracht-HP Horlogerie

HP Horlogerie is one of the true jewels on the Elandsgracht. Especially for the connoisseurs and fans of beautiful watches, who know what they’re after and are aware of how hard to find some watches can be. Leave it to founder and owner Henk to find such rarities. Back in 1990, having already spent several years plying his trade selling his goods at markets right here in Amsterdam, Henk decided to set up a shop in antique furniture. As the space at Elandsgracht 38 became available, Henk didn’t need to think twice. His business did well, but even so, after the better part of a decade, Henk performed an experiment by putting a rare and beautiful watch in the display window. It sold within days. He repeated this several times and then decided to focus on watches exclusively. Another decade on and his reputation – and therefore his business- is flourishing. He is a welcome presence on both internet for a and watch fairs around Europe. His excellent service and range of watches make him a favourite among many returning customers. The shop window and the shop itself are a sight to behold. Come witness for yourself, whether you can barely afford the small dial on a Rolex, or intend to purchase a Breitling from the early 20th century, it never hurts to look.

contact

Elandsgracht 38

1016 TW

+3120 6225993

www.hp-horlogerie.nl

HP Horlogerie