These charming klek (knee) shops are miniature convenience stores operating out of basements of old buildings in Bulgaria’s capitol, Sofia. Once the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, residents living in Sofia wanted to move quickly away from communism so they began to open their own businesses. But because of high rent prices, business owners had to be creative. They used their basement windows as store fronts. Each store has glass covered shelves to display what the store sells,stuff like cigarettes, snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Customers have to squat down to street level to make their order and pay the vendor through the basement windows (thus the name). Some klek are open late while other stores are open 24/7. For years the colourful, miniature convenience stores were on every street in Sofia but they’re slowly disappearing. The few remaining are tourist attractions as well as tiny monuments to Eastern capitalism.