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How Yoga Movement grew to 6 S’pore studios and over 100K customers in almost a decade

With six outlets islandwide and a huge community, both yoga practitioners and newbies alike are likely to have heard of Yoga Movement. Back in 2012 when Yoga Movement launched its first outlet, the yoga industry was still in…

Shell to pilot solar-powered stations with fast charging for EVs by early 2022

Shell and EMA have awarded a research grant to a consortium led by local solar company Eigen Energy to pilot solar-powered charging stations by early 2022. As part of the pilot, these charging stations will be fitted at…

S’pore to have 1,000 smart lockers by end-2021 – collect parcels near your HDB block anytime

IMDA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Pick Network will be rolling out its first batch of up to 200 smart lockers by Apr this year. These are slated to be placed in several estates, including West Coast, Toa Payoh, Pasir Ris…

Beyond fighting climate change: What’s the use of carbon tax in Singapore?

Carbon taxation is quite a controversial regulatory measure enacted by governments around the world, ostensibly to force reduction of CO2 emissions. The conversation about carbon taxation has recently reached Singapore, but it is lacking proper context, with the…

A look at the key blindspots in S’pore’s roadmap to full electrification

The EV market in Singapore is currently gaining massive traction, fuelled by the clear commitment of the government and major players to electrify mobility and install charging points across the nation. Clear goals have been set by the…

Charge+ Partners OCBC Bank to accelerate its roll-out of 10,000 EV charging points in S’pore

Homegrown EV charging operator Charge+ announced yesterday its partnership with OCBC to accelerate the ‘greening’ of Singapore’s land transport sector. The two companies signed a MOU to boost Charge+’s plans to install 10,000 EV charging points islandwide by…

S’pore to phase out petrol cars by 2040 – How close are we to nearing that ambition?

DPM Heng Swee Keat announced in last year’s Budget speech that Singapore will be gradually phasing out ICE vehicles by 2040. Singapore is not alone in its quest to transition to EVs. In fact, countries all over the…

Frying up a storm: How S’pore zi char brand WOK HEY grew to 27 outlets in 4 years

Zi char refers to Chinese home-style dishes that are stir-fried. From egg fried rice to noodles, this popular method of cooking is well-represented across both hawker centres and restaurants. As zi char lovers, the founders of local F&B…

A look into a central kitchen: How Tenderfresh supplies to 140 brands and outlets in S’pore

I have never been inside a central kitchen and it is definitely not a place that is accessible to the public. I decided to challenge myself and find out how an F&B brand manufactures their products from scratch.…

How Song Fa Bak Kut Teh grew from a humble pushcart stall to a chain of 13 outlets in S’pore

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh started out as a pushcart stall along Johore Road in Singapore back in 1969. Founded by Yeo Eng Song, the stall serves bowls of peppery bak kut teh. Other items on the menu…

From Home kitchen to global stores: How this S’pore-based vegan ice cream brand raised $1M

Going vegan no longer means having to give up all your favourite sweet treats and desserts. While many F&B establishments have taken to adding vegan dessert options to their menus, specialty stores selling vegan treats are also gradually…

From 200 to 25,000 bicycles: How SG Bike became the largest bike-sharing firm in S’pore

The bike-sharing landscape in Singapore has seen a boom and bust over the years. Back in 2017, it was saturated with seven bike-sharing players but many also exited the market within a few years. Out of that seven…

Teo Heng KTV’s exit in S’pore a “temporary move” – will persevere and hold on to 2 outlets

Homegrown family-friendly karaoke studio Teo Heng KTV was founded back in 1989 by Jackson Teo, who started out selling karaoke sound systems at Katong Shopping Centre. In July last year, Teo Heng KTV announced that it will be…

Trash to treasure: This 22-year-old S’porean set up a thrift store to sell unwanted clothes

Singapore is well-known as a shopping paradise, with shopping malls and retail stores dotting the nation. Most recently, thrift shopping has become popular, especially with the rise of sustainable fashion. The latest addition to the growing list of…

How this S’porean transformed his family’s snack store into a popular brunch cafe at only 20

Tucked away in a nondescript neighbourhood along Crawford Lane is a cafe that is constantly bustling with customers. Singaporeans are known to be foodies and can suss out a good spot easily. Thus, the snaking long queues seen…

This S’pore family biz strikes gold with White Bee Hoon – Its revenue hits over S$1m a month

Singaporeans living in the North region will certainly have heard of the famous white bee hoon restaurant in Sembawang that always has snaking queues. Its signature white bee hoon is a dish made out of rice vermicelli soaked…

TCM since 1879: Eu Yan Sang started as a small medical hall – now has 210 outlets globally

The first Eu Yan Sang outlet was opened as a small medical hall in Malaysia in 1879 by first-generation founder Eu Kong. His only son, Eu Tong Sen, inherited the business and by the 1910s, the shop had…

Contact tracing to solving crimes: How far should S’pore legalise use of TraceTogether data?

Earlier on Mon, the government revealed that TraceTogether data may be used to aid criminal investigations, causing an uproar among Singapore citizens. In response, Singaporeans have cited past remarks by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on TraceTogether data being…

These 3 friends created S’pore’s first vending machine for Wagyu beef – prices start at S$19

Have you ever had a craving for Wagyu beef or shabu shabu in the wee hours of the night? Singaporeans Mervin Tham, Johnson Ng and Sean Goh once craved for the decadent meat in the middle of the…

How hawker Chan earned the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal with his S$2 chicken rice

Hawker Chan had humble beginnings as a hawker stall located at the heart of Chinatown, which has since expanded into a global restaurant chain. It was founded by Chef Chan Hon Meng, who is the world’s first one-Michelin…

Swee Choon’s third-gen owner is only 29 and he’s digitalising the 58-year-old dim sum eatery

Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant has become a name that is synonymous with dim sums, and it’s not surprising to always see snaking long queues at its Jalan Besar outlet. Over the past five decades, Swee Choon has…

S’pore’s hawker culture recognised by UNESCO but can we really preserve this heritage?

After two years, Singapore’s hawker culture has made it into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list under UNESCO. It joins the ranks of Indonesia’s angklung musical tradition, China’s Shadow Puppetry, and over 460 other items. However, despite…

She started S’pore’s first sugaring studio at 27 – now enjoys sweet success with 4 outlets

Jasmine Yong used to travel around the world when she worked as a flight stewardess for SIA. After quitting in 2008, the polytechnic graduate moved over to US, which was where she first discovered sugaring. “Having been waxed…

Cheers has opened an unmanned store with no staff: Is this the future of retail in S’pore?

Convenience store Cheers has just opened a new and completely unmanned outlet at OTH last Sat. At the Cheers store, customers can just walk in, grab the items they need and walk out without having to take out…

The Salted Plum to close both S’pore outlets after 4 years – calls it a “challenging year”

The latest Covid-19 casualty is The Salted Plum. Those who work in CBD or at Suntec City will likely know of this brand. They serve up affordable and simple Taiwanese dishes such as braised pork, egg omelette, or…

These Ex-SIA cabin crew started up a F&B biz to hire fellow crew members affected by Covid-19

Kevin Khoo Bistro opened in Sept this year was founded with a strong mission to help grounded cabin crew through the pandemic. It prompted Ruben Brandon and four other former and current SIA cabin crew members to start…

How this S’pore food tech startup hatched Asia’s first plant-based whole egg substitute

While most businesses were badly impacted by COVID-19, the pandemic presented a business opportunity for Vinita Choolani instead. Vinita is currently the co-founder and CEO of Float Foods. She recounted how supermarket shelves were emptied amid bouts of…

F&B meets entertainment: Here’s the couple who brought immersive theatrical dining to S’pore

Emily Png, 30, and Stuart Wee, 33, first met each other at a children’s church. But one fateful work trip to London changed their lives forever — it led to a marriage proposal in Paris, and sparked a…

Stop hogging cafes: Here are 5 work spaces in S’pore with free wi-fi that cost from $3.60/hr

1) Switch Work Booth – Fancy working in your own personal booth in a shopping mall? The Switch work booths allow you to do just that. Owned and operated by REinvent, Switch offers a pure on-demand, pay-per-minute service;…

A year of exits: 6 homegrown and international chains we had to bid farewell to in 2020

1) Robinsons – According to a report by BT, the department store had been chalking up at least six years of losses amid declining revenues; 2) Bakerzin – It was reported on Oct 9 that the F&B establishment…

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