Besides talking about it and starting to look carefully at what friends have done recently, I hadn't spoken to any kitchen stores or carpenters until yesterday. Finally, I found myself in the part of downtown Jerusalem that has a number of kitchen specialty companies. Unfortunately, as it was Tuesday afternoon, a few were closed.
The first place I entered was a big showroom on Shlomzion Hamalka Street which had something I really like!
I don't know how clear these pictures are, but the things that excited me are the "handles," or lack of them. In Hebrew they are called yeddi'ot integraliot, and from my guess -confirmed by the young woman working there- in English they are probably called "built-in handles."
Especially in a smallish kitchen which doesn't get cleaned much, I think that these are much better than regular "handles." I think they're safer, too. Handles can injure and damage things. And sometimes they are awfully difficult to clean. So, that's one new feature I'm going to request.
Since I had time, I entered a few more stores. For some strange reason, I was ignored. As many of you know, I worked in a clothing store for almost six years, and I always made a point of greeting everyone who came in. Some Israelis did find it "peculiar," since it isn't the norm here. But honestly, I think that these high-end places would do much better if they were friendlier.
Actually, in the last store a young woman did ask how she could help, so I mentioned to her that I have a basic idea of how my new kitchen should be planned. I just didn't see one of the features in the store. I want one of the two sinks in a corner. I asked if they do it. She told me that it was an awful idea and that she had a lot of experience. So I replied:
"I have a lot of experience. I'm married forty-seven years." And between you and me, that's close to double her age!I also explained that I need two separate sinks, not side-by-side or attached. She argued about that, too, trying to tell me that it makes more sense to have them together "and we even have a very large one which I will show you." I think I should get an award for self-control on that one, since her suggestion was so awful. The "sink/sinks" was just one with a very low divider. I told her that it was totally unacceptable.
She then gave me a business card and told me to contact their designer and "be open-minded." Well, I won't be back there.
As an experienced salesperson, I know that one of the keys to a successful sale and happy customer is listening. I had made it clear that I had a basic plan, but she considered her job to tell me what would be better without caring what my needs are. That was ZIV KITCHENS on Corush Street, Jerusalem.