Apple has announced the opening date of their second Singapore store for Saturday, July 13 at 10.00 am at Jewel Changi Airport.
Apple first launched their 1st store along Orchard Road two years ago. Customers can expect to be able to explore the latest Apple product range, as well as obtain professional technical support and advices.
Unboxed by Singtel is an unmanned 24/7 store designed to introduce customers to a new retail experience featuring the convenience of digital technology in a friendly store environment.
In a first for Singapore, customers can consult with a roving live bot, which is powered by facial recognition technology, to receive personalised recommendations; try out phones; conveniently sign up for mobile plans at video-assisted self-serve kiosks; and immediately collect their purchased devices from the in-store POPStation. Additionally, customers can browse and buy popular accessories such as headphones, phone cases, power banks and contract-free handsets. They can also make bill payments, top up prepaid cards and Dash wallets, and get instant SIM card replacements.
“The future of retail is here and now. Our digital transformation integrates online and offline customer touchpoints to deliver fresh and fuss-free buying experiences to consumers. UNBOXED fulfils the needs of today’s consumer and provides a peek into the next-generation of retail – fast, instant, convenient and experiential,” said Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore at Singtel.
Currently based in the CBD at 20 Pickering Street, the store is modular and movable. Measuring 45 sq m when fully extended, it can be easily transported and reconfigured to fit different spaces. The store will move to a new location every few months to serve customers at high-traffic areas such as transport hubs and school campuses.
Co-created by Singtel staff, NCS and SingPost, security for the store is provided by NCS which developed a round-the-clock security platform called Sentinel while the POPStation lockers are prefilled with devices and replenished daily using SingPost’s Last Mile Platform (“LaMP”).
Unboxed by Singtel builds on the success of the digital transformation of Singtel’s flagship Comcentre store. It offers one of the most intelligent retail experiences in Asia, featuring an intelligent WiFi queuing system, integrated online and in-store shopping carts, and instant purchases via automated checkout. The store consistently receives an average of 99% positive customer experience scores and has won multiple accolades for its innovative approach to retail.
Shaped by the rich heritage of the renowned Balestier, 1953 stands beautifully with a conserved facade to add on to a new legacy. The up and coming landmark will be iconic at the locale where new chapters unfold in a precinct filled with charisma and conveniences.
1953 is a freehold conservation mixed-use development by Oxley Holdings.
1953 has a curated selection of one and three bedroom units across three different styles of collections to match your taste.
Set in a beautifully restored shophouse, one can wine and dine in exclusivity in Subrosa's elegant dining room and relaxed lounge space.
While soaking in the ambience, their head chefs will satiate your tastebuds with the finest ingredients that are specifically sourced on the day itself as you sit back to enjoy a wide array of wines and liquors. Be it business gatherings, entertaining clients and all celebrations possible, Subrosa will elevate your dining experience and leave you with wonderous dining memories.
Subrosa’s food will take you through an East meets West journey, blending ingredients and techniques from across Asia and Europe. They only use the freshest ingredients, with as much as possible being locally-sourced from Singapore’s vibrant markets on the day of your booking. They serve an ever-evolving set menu, which will be tailored to your dietary and spend requirements.
View their sample 5-course menu here and 7-course menu here.
Huawei, the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, has established their second Customer Service Centre in Westgate.
The service centre adds to the company’s ongoing expansion in Singapore and offers a convenient one-stop destination for customers living in the west. The centre will provide a complete range of services including technical support and maintenance repairs to its growing customer base. Fully-trained staff will help to facilitate all in-warranty of up to two years and out-of-warranty services on the spot with loan phones if required. This also includes complimentary screen replacements for the P and Mate smartphone series. Customers can also enjoy a holistic experience right at their fingertips by checking their warranty period and repair status on the Huawei HiCare App, available on the Huawei AppGallery and Google Play Store.
In addition to repair services, the service centre also offers a spectrum of Huawei products where customers can get their hands on the latest offering including mobile phones, tablets, mobile broadband, wearables and accessories. With a suite of services housed under the new service centre, Huawei aims to provide a better customer experience for all.
The opening of the centre comes on the back of an impressive year for Huawei with global smartphone shipments surpassing 200 million in 2018. The company is growing its presence locally with new product offerings to come including smart watches, tablets and laptops.
To date, the company has established 20 Huawei Concept Stores in Singapore for customers to experience its latest offerings.
Palfie Pix – Singapore’s first virtual selfie studio is an excellent boutique to get your photos taken through an automated process and convert them into art & collectibles. Use their automated Palfie Pix technology to take professional photos effortlessly without the need for a professional photographer.
Palfie Pix strives hard to showcase timeless and surprising "Palfie" experience to people. The impressive thing about the selfie studio is that there are up to 60,000 virtual backgrounds to provide guests a wide range of options to choose from. Create memorable moments and change it into everlasting possessions of memories.
MyRepublic has opened its flagship retail store on the second floor of Vivocity, Singapore’s largest mall. At 958 sq ft, it is also MyRepublic’s largest retail outlet and will offer a wide variety of services for new and current customers.
Visitors can subscribe to mobile and broadband services at the store, which will also provide hands-on demos of MyRepublic’s latest offerings. New mobile customers will benefit from MyRepublic’s new Data Upsize for Life, the company’s permanent data upgrade for its Smart, Mega and Xtra plans.
“Our new store is a reflection of MyRepublic’s growing footprint in Singapore,” said Yap Yong Teck, Managing Director of MyRepublic. “The store is an opportunity for everyone to directly experience what MyRepublic has to offer, and provides us with another avenue for us to better serve them.”
The Vintage Camera’s Museum, itself is set in the form of a Rolli camera, and the entry is shaped like a lens. There are around 1000 cameras on display right from replicas of the world’s biggest camera - the mammoth camera till the latest technological gadget, a 11 gram camera. Some of the other unique cameras which can be viewed in the museum are a walking stick camera, spy cameras, pigeon cameras, first 3D camera and pistol cameras to name a few. Besides, the museum also has on display, rare collection of photographs featuring interesting facets about photography including an authentic replica of the first ever photograph taken.
To understand any concept fully, one needs to understand its history. And so it goes with the camera as well. The Vintage Camera’s Museum features a detailed documentary on the evolution of cameras and its journey thus far. It also caters to the curious minds by screening interesting documentaries on some of the unique cameras of those days. One such invention was the pigeon camera.
In addition, the Vintage Camera’s Museum also has a rare collection of negatives, film rolls and books on photography.
A distinct feature of the museum is that one can take a ‘selfie’ with Lumiere Brothers, who were the pioneers in photography. Lumiere Brothers were French inventors and pioneer manufacturers of photographic equipment who devised an early motion-picture camera and projector called the Cinématographe.
Some of the cameras on display can be touched and felt for a complete hands-on experience. There is also a guided tour to help visitors appreciate the functionality and limitations of the cameras.
Leica Galerie was recently unveiled at The Fullerton Hotel. The opening photo exhibition at this new gallery space is 'Memories of Istanbul', by renown Turkish photographer Mr. Ara Güler.
The new gallery replaces the one at Raffles Hotel, where Leica has held exhibitions for the past 5 years.
Nested within the magnificent Fullerton Hotel building, the new Leica Galerie & Store space showcases both classic and contemporary Leica cameras and sport optics amidst a décor of luxury and heritage.
Adorning Leica Galerie walls are works of photography masters of old and new.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Leagoo, has won the 2015 Overseas Best-selling Brand together with Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo in China. Its concept store plus customer service centre is now at Suntec City.
Leagoo offers various series of smartphones for you to choose from. The M-series offers affordable solid smartphones, T-series smartphones is a stylish line with good selfie cameras, V-series are stylish and luxury phones aimed at business users and the Shark series is known for its big battery life.
Sony has opened its second store along Orchard Road, giving local shoppers, expatriates and tourists even greater access to the latest tech gadgets from the consumer electronics brand. Located on the third floor of the iconic and popular mall Wisma Atria, Sony Store @ Wisma Atria will house the most innovative products from Sony that pleases one’s senses, including the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA™ 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.
Visitors to the new Sony Store will have the opportunity to discover for themselves how technology today has refined the way we live, experiencing firsthand and being delighted by how their lives are complemented by Sony and its wide range of digital cameras, audio gear, smartphones and TVs – a moment of kando.
Pho Street offers a vibrant dining ambience serving authentic Vietnamese Street delights from iconic Pho selections, an array of street snacks to crusty Banh Mi. Their latest outlet is now at Ocean Financial Centre.
Led by their Vietnamese executive chef, Pho Street’s tantalising creations promises to whet diners with the vibrant flavours of authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Savour a piping hot bowl of Pho with tender beef slices, served in a light and flavourful broth that has been boiled for long hours to extract the natural goodness of marrow-rich beef bones.
FujiFilm Singapore is best known for all Fujifilm products such as photo imaging and digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, medical and life science products for more than 20 years in Singapore.
The YellowKorner concept is very simple: to introduce the greatest photographers from all over the world and to increase the number of copies of their work to make it accessible to as many collectors as possible.
Leica Camera Asia Pacific celebrates the launch of its fourth concept store in Singapore at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The 948 square-foot Leica Store boasts a customised inbuilt studio set where photography enthusiasts and professionals can experience the latest Leica models and imaging equipment.
As part of its celebration, the store will exhibit stunning images of the Marina Bay Sands captured by the Leica community from around the world. Leica will also host a series of engagement programmes, photography talks and product test-drive sessions designed for both enthusiasts and professionals. Leica Camera Singapore will also launch a customer loyalty program that offers various benefits for its customers in Singapore.
Their portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps.
Created by art collectors and brought to life by 200 renowned artists and promising talents from major academies, Lumas is passionate about offering original and inspiring art as affordable editions.
Generous Lumas exhibition spaces present the latest works from the Lumas portfolio worldwide. Lumas Editions Galleries are located among others in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, and now SIngapore.
Samsung are the largest technology company in the world (based on annual sales) but they are guided by a very simple philosophy – always work for a better tomorrow. This philosophy has inspired them for more than seventy years.
It’s an ever-changing world and Samsung wants to put you in the middle of it all. They are dedicated to creating innovative technologies, processes and products that expand the horizon of what’s possible and enrich people's lives.
Apple’s official Apple Store in Singapore will open at the former site of the Pure Fitness gym at 270 Orchard Road in Knightsbridge by the end of 2016
This will be the first Apple Store to open in Singapore. Pure Fitness is one among several other tenants that will relocate to make way for the upcoming Apple Store. Since it’s at an upscale area in the city centre, the Apple Store will likely appeal to many.
Apple doesn’t have an official retail store in Singapore, one of Asia’s richest countries although dozens of Apple authorized resellers and the Apple Online Store operate in Asia.
Located in the heart of Orchard Road and boasting a space of more than 2,300 square feet, the Samsung Experience Store is set to provide consumers with a unique and diversified consumer experience across Samsung’s wide range of products including smart PCs, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, cameras and selected range of after-market and original Samsung accessories.
Consumers will be able to enjoy interactive hands-on experience with the devices displayed in the store and trained Samsung Ambassadors will be on site to share tips relating to product usage and content applications. To further enhance the overall experience, the SMART Tool service will also be made available for you to upgrade your Samsung GALAXY smartphones and tablets while they are in the store.
Housed in a row of 17 two-storey conserved shophouses, the premise is furnished with well-appointed rooms and suites, complemented by thoughtful touches and impeccable service. The hotel is equipped with a total of 88 rooms and suites with six different categories on offer, all of which feature interiors of rich wood and intricately handpicked finishings and plush beds.
Nestled in the vibrant Bugis enclave, known for its colourful past and equally colourful present, you will find much charm in this heritage building. As a serene urban sanctuary, it exudes a sense of relaxed elegance and is an ideal retreat to unwind, recharge and explore in one of the city’s most sought-after and culturally-rich areas.
The hotel’s shophouse exterior draws inspiration from the rich heritage of South East Asia, providing the perfect foil for the hotel’s historic design. The interior consists of matching tones and blends rich, dark brown colour palettes together with warm lighting, contributing to the rustic feel of the hotel. The design is a subtle mix of the serious, fun and quirky. The overall feel is then completed with the contemporary design accentuated with tasteful and historic touches.
The lobby is furnished with textured wooden tables and ottomans, with, nature-inspired design featured in different areas and corners. Be enthralled as you enter the hotel and be greeted with quirky animal-shaped chairs (think Rooster and duck), framed-up seashells and photos of birds - pointing, it almost seems, to the building’s past life as a seafront property.
Steeped in the mantra of "Simplicity in Luxury" are Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan’s unique Loft Suites (17 units). The 30 – 38 sqm loft suite boasts a private living area on the ground level and an indulgent bedroom with a pair of Siamese daybeds on the mezzanine level. These cleverly-designed loft suites are ideal for not just leisure but also corporate travellers, providing comfortable abodes with leisure-enabling convenience.
For the ultimate indulgence, prepare to be enchanted by the uniqueness and authenticity of Hotel Clover 33 Jalan Sultan’s Garden Suites (3 units). Each unit has a different South East Asian touch with different décor and ornaments to complement the overall feel. Of the three suites, each featuring an elegantly-appointed bedroom and a private garden, there are two Garden King Suites – one is Indonesian-inspired while the other takes on a Peranakan feel. The third Garden Suite, a Garden Lavish Suite, channels a beautiful Thai quality and boasts a built-in hydro bath.
As an urban sanctuary with a rhythm all its own, a great highlight of the hotel is 19 of its uniquely-designed Garden Rooms, featuring an airy patios decked with wood and lush vertical gardens. Enjoy relaxing under the sun at such patios in the comfort of your own rooms. Alternatively, hit the gymnasium for a morning workout or spend an hour or two at their cosy lounge on the ground floor if you are looking for a little space of your own.
The hotel is the perfect hotel for affordable comfortable stays in central Singapore. Minutes from Outram MRT station, the hotel is excellently positioned where the charms of history meet the excitement and comforts of modernity.
Enjoy a unique experience of dwelling in a pre-war heritage shophouse – complete with beautiful full-length shuttered windows and quaint private balconies. Four different room types are available to suit your group-size, itinerary and budget.
The Rabbit Hole offers you a unique salad experience as they feel that many people have the misconception that salads or anything remotely healthy are boring and would taste awful. They envisioned a cosy café-styled diner appeal instead of the usual stern looking green and white outlooks which most salad bars portrays.
As quality is their top priority, all of their salad dressings are made from scratch freshly with no added preservatives, not store bought nor mass produced. They have over 40 toppings which are reviewed frequently to keep things interesting for you and they are constantly looking for new and unique items to feature on they salad bar. They also have a range of warm premiums/deli products such as premium striploin steak and chicken breast cooked Sous-vide style to retain moisture and seal in the flavors. This is opposed to serving cold and tough meats to top the salad off for those who requires more protein or meat offerings.
The Rabbit Hole always encourages you to craft your very own salads as creating your own meal not only allows you to tune the flavors to your liking but also the process, of making your very own product each time is a great experience for all.
But of course the fuss-free option is available for anyone who prefers. They offer several house salad options which are also constantly reviewed, again to keep things fresh. Their latest gourmet salad creation is the Apple Pie salad; an apple pie inspired salad packing all the savoury taste of an apple pie into a healthy and delicious bowl of salad!
For beverages they serve fresh cold pressed juice which compliments their salads really well and are packed full of nutrients and goodness. They also have specialty blend cold brewed teas which are teas brewed using cold water over prolong periods to squeeze out all the natural sweetness and flavour of the tea blends. Other than that they do offer Gryphon Hot teas as well as simple machine made coffee.
Other than salads and juices, enjoy waffles and ice cream for the mid-day tea break crowd as well as those who cannot finish off their meals without dessert.
Founded by Mike Tay and Vincent Chow, Flaneur Gallery is a contemporary art gallery promoting Singapore based artists who create brilliant art inspired by their acute observation of the urban life in this vibrant city.
The gallery presents to art lovers, a wide range of art forms, all speaking earnestly in moving narratives inspired by the artists' personal stories and experiences.
Residing in a beautifully restored conservation shophouse at 129 Jalan Besar, the gallery rides on the precinct's historical past to nurture the art future of Singapore.
Joo Bar is the latest trendsetting addition to a vibrant F&B scene – a sleek, casual and inviting venue within a three-storey heritage shophouse along Tan Quee Lan Street.
Ingeniously created by Singaporean aficionados of Korean culture and food; Jamie and Kristin Lim, Joo is born from a desire to offer top notch modern Korean bites and creative drinks in a space that exudes a laid-back vibe with a tasteful dose of edginess.
Key highlights are its fantastic house brew makgeolli and quality Korean fare by Head Chef Kim Chang Heon with delights such as slow roasted mangalitsa belly; Joo bossam; Kimchi chicken potpie and Seafood Gochujang risotto!
Other creative drinks include Grape Soju Mojito and Yucha Makgeolli Slush.