When the rent was too high for Bulgarians to open traditional store-fronts, they turned to unused cellar spaces to open 'squat shops.'

Although we’ve seen stores pop up in old school buses, virtual pop-up storefronts, and even temporary pop-ups that run off converted energy, these pop-up stores in Bulgaria take the prize for making the best use of limited space. Called ‘Kleks,’ these tiny basement shops in Sofia were created out of necessity; after the fall of the Berlin Wall, residents of Sofia were free to open their own private businesses. But because the high rent prices prevented many from opening traditional businesses, enterprising entrepreneurs got creative and utilized the oft-neglected basement windows as their store-fronts.

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