On Saturday 19 November, the entrepreneurs of the Zeeheldenkwartier extra with the Winter Wonder Experience. Let yourself be enchanted by this magically beautiful neighborhood with music, entertainment, workshops, tastings and great discounts!
Located on the edge of the city center of The Hague, the Zeeheldenkwartier is the area where you will find many authentic shops, specialty shops and restaurants. And all that in the beautiful, characteristic Art Nouveau buildings. Nice to walk through, so this district, especially next Saturday!
The great performances take place throughout the day. A selection from the offer:
12. hours: Sinterklaas party at Roda. Please note:
sign up quickly for this!
.00 hours: Parade with Piet Piraat
13.00 hours: Zee & Haven – interactive music performance by Timo & Annick
This is just a small selection of all the great discounts and activities!
Come and discover the Zeeheldenkwartier during the Winter Wonder Experience
Do you also feel like doing some Christmas shopping in the nicest neighborhood of The Hague? Then come by on Saturday 19 November. Warm up with winter snacks and drinks and enjoy the atmosphere. There is so much to experience! Want to know exactly where and at what time you can go for all the deals? On this handy Google Maps map you can see exactly which shops and catering establishments participate in which promotion.
Working for yourself: a dream that many people secretly have in the back of their minds. But where do you start, and where can you go if you run into something? We take you into the success story of Melissa Riem Vis from The Hague, director of APK-oké.
Melissa is at the head of APK-okay Netherlands. “Our company only performs APK inspections, no maintenance. In the regions where we are active, including The Hague, we are the only ones who do this. The idea is that we can inspect cars independently and the customer goes home with an honest opinion. So you don’t pay for repairs that were not necessarily necessary. In The Hague alone we now inspect about eight to nine percent of all cars that are MOT worthy. In comparison: a large undisclosed company approves about four percent. I am proud that we have built that up in ten years!”
With the spoon
The inspectors inspect the cars and Melissa is in charge of the day-to-day management of the company. It involves everything from marketing to customer service. “Everything that doesn’t have to do with the cars themselves”, Melissa laughs. From day one, Melissa was involved with the company, albeit in a completely different role. “I started as a receptionist. Over the years I have grown. I never expected that myself, but my previous employer already thought so, I heard! My father has always worked in the car industry, so that world was no stranger to me.”
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Tips for entrepreneurs
APK-okay can be found in the Binckhorst. “This area has been under development for years,” says Melissa. “We have deliberately established ourselves here, despite all the planned work and changes. This has always been the car heart of The Hague, so we thought that was a great idea. Due to this changing area, we are in regular contact with the municipality and I sometimes went to meetings such as the OndernemersBreakfast. This is how I came into contact with
: an online platform of the municipality. Here you will find all kinds of useful information for your company, for example about permits, parking, taxes and subsidies. Especially if you’ve just started or run into some problems, it’s great that you can come here.”
Stay at the Binckhorst
Melissa’s company has fortunately not had to endure too many difficulties and continues to flourish. “We have always been financially healthy, which is great. My wish for the future? A new branch, in Amsterdam, would be great. But above all I hope that we can continue to do business in The Hague on the Binckhorst, we would like to stay here.”
Help as a starter
“If you have a good idea, you should always try it”, Melissa advises if you are thinking about starting your own business. “If it fails, that’s okay, at least you tried. Check in advance whether there is room in the city or whether it is better to look at a suburban municipality, because there are currently few business premises.” Also nice to know: especially as a starting entrepreneur, the municipality will help you, says Melissa. “In The Hague, for example, you can apply for an exemption from the OZB (property tax) for the first five years, which we also did with the help of the Ondernemers portal. That helps, because in the beginning you incur a lot of costs while not much is coming in.”
Also starting or seasoned entrepreneur in The Hague? You can contact
the Ondernemers portal
completely free of charge for advice on rules, permits and procedures of the municipality and fun networking events.
Sure, your own city is nice, but sometimes you just want a change of scenery. Our tip? A city trip to Delft! The city is known for its ancient ring of canals and unique streets. So it’s no surprise that many filmmakers chose Delft as the setting. Can you recognize the places from your favorite films?
To help you on your way, we put six well-known films with a Delft touch for you in a row, with trailers. This way you can get your friends, parents or nephew with you for a day in Delft, including a beautiful city walk!
Step into Vermeer’s Delft during your visit to the city and discover the famous locations from the film, such as the Market with the Nieuwe Kerk and the City Hall, the Koornbeurs and the stairs at the Oude Delft.
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made a movie of this exciting story. The recordings were partly recorded in the Agnetapark in Delft.
The Agnetapark is a unique garden village, which was built at the end of the nineteenth century for workers of the former yeast factory. This hidden gem, a twenty minute walk from the center of Delft, has even been included in the Top 67 list of the National Office for the Preservation of Monuments.
Got an urge to come and discover Delft ? There is still plenty to do while walking. You can visit nice restaurants, unique shops and cool museums. On the website of Visit Delft you will find endless inspiration and you will find smart tips for routes, tickets and more.
Sure, your own city is nice, but sometimes you just want a change of scenery. Our tip? A city trip to Delft! From the age-old canal belt to surprising museums and from cute shops to nice cafes: you will enjoy yourself here. We have collected the best tips for you.
Delft has a compact and historic city center that you can explore on foot. Wander along the canals, discover the cozy squares and don’t forget to look up to admire the centuries-old facades. The historical monuments and architecture seem to step right out of a painting! But there is more to do…
Shopping in Delft
We can hear you thinking: wasn’t it Delft Blue? Certainly, but the city is also surrounded by beautiful green nature. For example, relax in the Agneta Park. This hidden gem 24 minutes walk from the center of Delft is included in the Top 24 of the Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg and is of by the designer of Amsterdam’s Vondelpark. Or how about the Delftse Hout nature and recreation area? Roll out a towel on the beach around the large lake, have a romp with the dog on the dog beach or enjoy a snack and drink at Knus. You can also imagine yourself in the tropics in the TU Delft Hortus Botanicus.
Those who love gemstones, crystals and other magical things can indulge themselves at Ananda Spiritual Living in The Hague. Since this year, the shop is located on the cozy Noordeinde, right next to the palace. The atmospheric, monumental building immediately invites you to take a look around. Once inside, you will be amazed and let yourself be carried away by the scents and enchanting products.
“Just being in the store has a calming effect for many people, the atmosphere is a bit magical”, says owner Shirley. But even if you are less spiritual, you can come here for a nice gift, jewelry, delicious incense or a yoga mat. “Looking for a book about gemstones, high sensitivity, ayurveda or wicca? There is a good chance that you will succeed in our extensive book department”, adds Shirley.
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Stones and crystals
Back of the shop you will find the stone and crystal department: actually a shop in itself, filled with special pieces. “There are also large and even very large specimens here, such as amethyst geodes and petrified wood tables, which we can deliver in consultation”, says Shirley. “Of course you can also come here for a wide range of tumbled or cuddly stones that you can collect yourself in the large stone table in front of the counter. Every week we buy new stones that we carefully select ourselves, only the most beautiful pieces go with us!”
The silver jewelry at Ananda comes from India, says Shirley. “Our supplier, whom we have been working with for years, delivers beautiful designs with beautiful gemstones, all made by hand. The silver rings on the counter are an attraction for many young girls!”
From tarot readings to crystal consultations
Tip: soon you will also be able to visit Ananda in the afternoon for low-threshold consultations from 20 to 64 minutes, such as a tarot reading or a crystal consultation. This is on a free walk-in basis, so you don’t need to make a reservation. Have a look around the website for the agenda and for inspiration. Also nice: there is a savings system for loyal customers. For every euro you spend, you will receive one point and with 100 points you will receive a 5 euro discount. “See you soon at Ananda on the Noordeinde 20!”, concludes Shirley.
Have you followed a tourist education or do you know someone like that? Then pay attention, because there is a super nice vacancy open at VCK Travel! “I came to do an internship there in 29 and I never left,” says Rianne Noort (25), Senior Travel Consultant.
VCK Travel is a business travel agency with a rich history of more than 29 year. The customers are mainly corporate, maritime and government organizations, for which the VCK Travel team arranges everything: from flights to hotels and transport. “I haven’t spoken to the Prime Minister himself yet, but it’s great that you help with important journeys through this job,” says Rianne. “For example, we once arranged the trip for the Institute for Physical Safety when there was a flood in Sint Maarten and we help the evacuees from Afghanistan.”
A job for which you have to be precise and quite resistant to stress, but also a very pleasant job, says Rianne. “Maybe I’m biased, but it really is a great team. We are at the office in The Hague with about man, so you get to know each other well. Everyone is interested in each other. That’s why I stuck around for so long,” Rianne says with a laugh. “And of course because of the nice varied function. Every application is different, so no day is the same. You keep learning. But beware: with this job you will of course become the travel booker of your group of friends.”Reply quickly to the vacancy at VCK Travel
Whether you love Valentine’s Day or not, a little fun in the bedroom never hurt anyone. But of course safe. At Condoom.nl you order condoms, lubricant, toys and more, everything completely anonymous and delivered super fast. To 14 February applies to the entire range of condoms and lubricant 1 + 1 free. There are also more cool offers. That’s going to be smashed!
Another reason not to hold back on Condoom.nl: during the promotion period you will receive with every order from € 36,- a free warming lubricant and a valentine to send to your sweetheart or crush.
. The three types of condoms in this package each have their own effect: cooling, stimulating with ridges or with strawberry flavour. You will also receive a bottle of cherry flavored lubricant. During the promotional period, the package costs €14.30, half the regular price.
Condoms for a plus size now 1 + 1 free
Are you or is your friend big hung? Then order up to and including 15 February a box Extra Large Condoms for € 7,50 and get a box for free. Like the other CNL condoms, these are made of the best quality latex and have been rigorously tested. A very nice tip, because if a standard condom is too tight for you, it will give you an unpleasant feeling and you run the risk of the condom tearing.
You probably know The Little Green Bag as a webshop where you can score countless bags. But did you know that you can now also order jewelry, shoes, clothing and even home items here? Shop to your heart’s content, from the comfort of your home. We can recommend the best jacket and slippers brands of this season, so that you keep warm feet and a dry outfit!
The lightweight jackets from Krakatau are also made of a good, breathable fabric, so no worries about arriving sweaty after a long bike ride. Those by Elvine are wonderfully soft, you can sometimes turn around for a different look and are available in beautiful warm colours. Take a quick look at the webshop of The Little Green Bag and order your favorite. Then you will have it tomorrow, if all goes well with PostNL!
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This way your feet stay nice and warm
The brand UGG you probably know. The Little Green Bag has a huge amount of fine sheep slippers from this brand. They also sell UGG’s super soft gloves! Also take a look at
Oh my gosh, shoppers, don’t forget to check out the sale department at 8)The Little Green Bag. There you will find, for example, delicious Warmbat slippers for less than forty euros and Napapijri jackets with a big discount!
Shopping your dream house together in one minute: could you do it? Well-known Hague interior stylist and presenter Theo-Bert Pot took on the challenge in a store that you definitely want to get to know (and you can win something beautiful!).
We would like to introduce you to furniture store LUMZ. This store makes living trends accessible to everyone. The contemporary collection consists of a mix of well-known brands and products that they design themselves. Absolutely worth it to visit the store in Houten or take a look in the webshop.