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The two in one shop stop

india Updated: Nov 12, 2011 01:26 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Heard of two-in-one bargain shopping? This is exactly what we experienced at the E Block Main Market in Hauz Khas, South Delhi. With almost all the shops selling two diverse goods under the same roof, the market has a distinct identity to itself.

The shopkeepers informed us that a decade ago, most of the shops in this market were photo labs, packed with huge machinery. But since that technology of photography became obsolete, they had no better way to utilise the space. Hence, they started selling two diverse goods.

Shopkeepers, here, have used various innovative ways to utilise vacant spaces. “We sell soft toys as well as photo frames,” says K C Narang, owner of Ajanta Photo Centre. A few steps away from Ajanta Photo Centre, you will find Neelkamal Boutique and Art Frames, which sells synthetic art frames with the range starting from R20 per square foot, and has a boutique as well.

At Gupta Cellnet, which is in the same lane, mobile phones are repaired and art frames are sold, too. Another shop, MK Opticals and Name Plates, sells spectacles and sunglasses as well as vehicle and house name plates.

There is something for the book lovers and the music fans, too. Raju Book and Music store has a large collection of latest music and film CDs along with magazines and the evergreen romantic novels — Mills and Boon (priced at Rs 100). Check out Arora Magazine, Music and Kurta Centre for some fancy kurtas.
Something glassy, something classy!

The market also stores various kinds of glasswares and glass products. Visit Glass Villa, to find a variety of exquisite glasswares. Check out the wall mirrors, with a starting price of Rs 500, and coloured Tiffany lamps, available for R4,000 and above. One can also buy paintings and get them framed here.

For the hunger pangs!
Though the market has limited eating options, the 36-year-old Jai Sons Sweets and Restaurant is the perfect place to kill your hunger pangs. While here, try samosas (Rs 8 per piece) and Bedmi Aloo (Rs 40 per plate). Don’t miss the steaming hot jalebi. You can also head to Grub Pub, which sells Chinese and Indian food and also functions as a coffee shop. For Frankie lovers, a visit to Tibbs Frankies, is a must.

Some hope
A multi-level vehicle parking is coming up in the middle of the market, which is like a ray of hope to the shopkeepers here. “Ever since the construction of the parking has begun, bigger brands have started investing in the market. We will soon give a competition to the Green Park market,” says KC Narang, who owns a 30-year-old shop in the market.

More stuff
The market has many things to offer. Check it out
* Florists galore: Flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, roses, carnations, and more are sold here.
* For an organic dose!: A shop sells organic cosmetic products and edibles, too. The range begins from R40 onwards.
* Bag it here: With the name of Strings and Slings, the store has laptop bags, sling bangs and hand bags to offer. The range starts from R1,000 onwards.
* Home shopping: There are many grocery and daily need stores in the market.

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas on the Yellow line