"Which is why you should buy more!"
When communism fell and many of the inhabitants of Trakiya no longer had assured work, they took matters into their own hands.
big box foreign stores now line the main artery of Trakiya, all built within the last 15 years.. . . . . . . .
small businesses in what used to be the trash chute of the vhods of the blocks were a strategic move even before the fall of communism. By putting small businesses in these spaces the vhod collects rent. The rent helps pay for the upkeep of the common spaces.
"In 1991 we turned the storage room into a hair salon. We live upstairs. There is a number on the door, whenever anyone wants, they call, and we come cut."