Posts Tagged ‘嘉咸街’

最好不過

你有過這樣的經驗嗎?走在熟悉的街頭,其中一間店鋪換了模樣,你努力回想,卻記不起原來的店鋪是賣什麼的。也有一種情況,那家店明明已換了東主,面目全非了,但你站在它面前,卻只看到以前的光景。

那個空間其實一直都在,變的只是裡面的內容,開一間店,是從無中生有,但那個有的狀態對比起無來說,必然是短暫的。

然而有些人卻能穿越無,到達有的永恆彼端,像村上先生的舊海豚飯店,明明拆掉了,在原址上蓋起了全新的海豚飯店,「我」仍然能穿過暗黑的走廊,回到舊的海豚飯店,找到屬於自己的房間。

某天你經過嘉咸街32號,站在斜路上,你能記起以前那間小店嗎?要是你想不起來,別在意,那是最正常不過的。要是你能記起,那是因為我們有過的交集和牽絆。

那是一種怎樣的牽絆呢?就像書裡寫的:「當傍晚降臨,旅人把四周的燈芯草紮成一座草屋。隔天,他鬆開燈芯草束,草屋瞬間瓦解消失。原野看似恢復原樣,但遮蔽處的短暫踪跡仍然保留,燈芯草上留有輕微彎折過的痕跡,而在草屋夜宿的記憶,也會留存在旅人的腦海裡。」

這樣已經最好不過了。

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中環吉光片羽 2011年3月17日 – 2016年6月26日

答客問 – 關於選址

西貢店開在市場街,那裡只有食肆和賣日常用品的店舖;中環店開在嘉咸街,香港最古老的露天街市之內。選址有何特別原因?

在香港開一爿小店,選址權從來不在店主手上,而在地產商遙控之內,我們只能開發一些未被(他們)佔領的街道,要找到據點,就得先打一場游擊戰。

西貢的市場街內有海鮮酒樓、西餐、Café、茶餐廳,也有石油氣店、潛水用具店、五金舖、船機零件店、中醫藥館、髮型屋、畫室、書店、茶館,和盧冠廷的有機概念店,是一條很庶民生活,而非消費主導的街道。中環店更隱於街市之內,魚肉蔬菜乾濕雜貨之中,家常便飯得很。還有一點相同的是,市場街頭有一間祥記棧辦館,嘉咸街頂有一間鐵皮屋士多,在那裡看舖的公公婆婆,他們不會出現在7仔和OK的收銀檯後。

選址在這裡,不得已卻也得意。

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See Cheung St in Sai Kung has only restaurants and shops which sell daily consumables. Graham St in Central is one of the oldest wet market in HK.  What is the reason of opening a shop in these locations?

Opening a small shop in HK usually doesn’t come much of selecting the location. Every choice of location you made are somehow remotely disturbed by the property developer in HK. Small shop owners, like us, can only try to find locations, where haven’t been spotted by these property powerhouse yet. Finding a good location for your shop is not easy, and it is a guerrilla war with the property powerhouse.

On See Cheung St in Sai Kung, you can find restaurants, shops that sell gas, diving gears, hardwares, boat parts, Chinese herbs, and saloon, bookstore, tea house, gallery. You can even find a shop that sells organic products which is founded by famous celebrity Lowell Lo. As to our Central branch, it is in a wet market amongst all the groceries stalls. All these streets are filled with shops/stalls that meet your daily needs.  Shopping here is about buying what you need rather than your urge of shopping (what you want). Other similarity between these two streets? If you walk down the See Cheung St or the Graham St, you would see some old and scruffy local stores, which have been running by its aged owners for over decades.  You definitely will not see these old folks working in 7-11 or Circle-K.