Petrovskava is lined with blocks of old two and three story flats, set back a dozen meters (mixed metaphor?) from the street. Other streets may have newer 4, 6 or even 9 story blocks. Entrances are always at the back, never on the street.
So to create a store, once one has done all the appropriate paper work and bribed all the appropriate officials to sign the documents, one buys a flat or two, guts them, except for load bearing walls, chops an entrance to the street and builds steps and a landing. One shop may attract other shops and soon there are several of the bottom floor flats facing the street converted to shops, forming a strip mall Zholti Vody style.
|Owner redecorates the front corresponding to the size of the store|
|The sign isn't up yet. Name is on a paper on the door|