Indie flicks, Pride bites, and coffee that cares. These are 4 businesses that are changing the game!
Hey, ever felt like your daily cup o' joe could be, like, changing the world or something? Well, grab your reusable straws and prepare to be shooketh, 'cause here are four local businesses that are serving up more than just your regular espresso shots. They're brewing change, and honey, it's spicy!
smol | grain bowls & salads
18 Raffles Quay, Food Folks @ Lau Pa Sat, Singapore 048582
Opens: Mon - Fri 11 :00am–4:00pm, 6:00pm–9:00 pm | Closed on Sat & Sun
SMOL, tucked away in the bustling hub of Lau Pa Sat, is whipping up grain bowls and salads that are, like, totally gram-worthy. But wait, this ain't just about the 'gram. SMOL's slinging out flavors with a side of Pride. How? By flaunting that little Pride flag and rolling out a yearly Pride Campaign. Now that's some gourmet activism right there!
But don't just take our word for it. Slide into @G Y's review: “Overall a decent choice in the area - especially if you’re looking for healthier ingredients!” Now, if you're thinking, "Health schmealth, I want TASTE," then @Sarah K's gotchu: “Delicious food and great menu, very fresh! Loved it. A little on the pricey side especially compared to the other food options around this hawker center.” So, it might dent your wallet, but your taste buds? They'll be dancing the cha-cha.
Oh, and about that Pride support? User @x3rai was all, “if you're an ally, the joint here supports Pride!” Whether it's a quest for clean eating (we see you, salad lovers) or just a chance to wave that rainbow flag, SMOL's got something for everyone.
THE PROJECTOR: The Rebel Cinema
6001 Beach Rd, #05-00 Golden Mile Tower, Singapore 199589
Opens: Mon - Fri & PH Eves 4:00pm - 11:00pm | Sat, Sun & PH 1:00pm - 11:00pm
Lights, camera, and a whole lot of indie action! Nestled in a world where popcorn usually reigns supreme, The Projector is flipping the script. This intimate space ain't just about the blockbuster hits; it's a haven for the lesser-known indie flicks and top-charted international movies. The result? A cult following of film enthusiasts who aren't afraid to go off the beaten path.
But wait, cinephiles, grab your ticket stubs and head to the Intermission Bar, because the fun doesn't stop at the credits. The Intermission Bar is where film buffs can mingle, munch, and maybe even critique the latest Wes Anderson gem. As @roberttan98 puts it, “Enjoying my 1 for 1 prosecco and my nacho cheese while waiting for the screening door to open. I think this bar can make a good hang out spot haha.”
Now, let's talk food. (Cue dramatic music.) The Intermission Bar is serving up a menu that's more rollercoaster than rom-com. First up, the karaage. You might want to dodge this one, 'cause as @morgan_ee warns, it “tastes exactly like frozen karaage from NTUC.” Ouch, talk about a plot twist! But don't despair, dear food critics, 'cause the culinary tale takes a turn.
Enter the loaded nachos and toasties. These are the real stars here, the Leonardo DiCaprios of the snack world. Picture it: Crunchy nachos smothered in cheese, toasties that melt in your mouth, all waiting to be devoured during the next indie hit. Both user @morgan_ee and @roberttan98 recommend the nachos, adding an extra flair to the pre-movie hangout.
The Projector and its Intermission Bar are more than just a night at the movies; they're a full-blown experience. From indie darlings to chill vibes at the bar, it's a rebel cinema that's rewriting the rules. So grab your quirky glasses and your love for all things film, 'cause this is one cinema trip you won't want to miss. Pass the nachos, and see you at the movies!
FOREWORD COFFEE ROASTERS: Coffee with a Cause
28 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238832
Opens: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm | Sat & Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm
Foreword Coffee Roasters is more than a place to grab a latte; it's a social enterprise café that embraces inclusivity with open arms. By offering employment opportunities and a supportive environment, Foreword actively empowers persons with disabilities, special needs, and mental health conditions. Their philosophy is simple yet profound: Every individual, regardless of their background or abilities, can contribute meaningfully to society, and what better way to unite people than through the universal love of coffee?
Now, about that coffee. If you're thinking, "Give me the strong stuff," you might find Foreword's brew a bit on the mild side. One user, @MY, even said it's “not strong enough.” But hey, they've got vegetarian options, free wifi, and plugs. And if you're all about that flaky croissant life, you're in for a treat.
Next stop: the Temasek Shophouse. Imagine sipping your latte in a place that's "very cozy and aesthetic." Yup, Foreword's got the ambiance nailed down. Whether it's a work-from-home day or just a chill hangout with friends, Foreword's Temasek Shophouse is the spot. Clean toilets, friendly baristas, and an environment that's all about embracing diversity? Count us in!
So there you have it: Foreword Coffee Roasters, where every cup is a sip towards a more inclusive world. The coffee might be light, but the impact? That's a full-bodied roast. Cheers to brewing progress, one cup at a time!
MAD ROASTER: Art, Refugees, and Coffee
7 Maxwell Rd, Level 2, Singapore 069111
Opens: Mon to Fri 8:00am - 3:00pm | Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm
Hold onto your coffee cups, 'cause Mad Roaster is stirring up something extraordinary. Founded by Madeline in February 2022, Mad Roaster isn't just your run-of-the-mill coffee joint. Nope, this place has a mission that reaches across borders. It's all about supporting refugees, one tiny work of art at a time. And when we say art, we mean logos hand-coloured by refugees in Asia. Talk about a logo with a story!
Now, let's dive into the cause. Mad Roaster began as a way to create livelihoods for refugees, paying them for their artwork and showcasing their stories on coffee cups. It's a connection that goes beyond beans and brews, resonating with the very heart of humanity. As @xavsharky puts it, “Their shop supports refugees where you can read their story on their cup holder. Quite cool!”
But wait, what's on the menu? From Honey Butter Latte to traditional toast, Mad Roaster's got flavors that'll wake you up. Though @richylyq might wish for bigger toast, @dimsumlightz is curious to give it a try. And the kaya? That's a sweet touch, not too sugary, just right.
Mad Roaster is more than a café; it's a canvas where coffee meets compassion. Whether you're sipping on a latte, munching on toast, or simply taking in the unique artwork, every moment at Mad Roaster is a step towards understanding, empathy, and connection. So come on in, and let's toast to change, one cup, one art piece, one story at a time.
So, there you have it, folks. Four businesses, four epic stories, and one big ol' cup of change. From Pride parades to indie flicks, cozy cafés to artsy toasts, these businesses are here to say, "We're not just serving food and films; we're serving up a revolution!" So next time you're craving something a little extra, why not swing by these spots? Who knows, you might just leave with a full belly and a full heart. Now, go forth, dear readers, and may your coffee be strong, your cinema be rebellious, and your world be a little more woke. Peace out! ✌️
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