​‘Beyond the Storefront’ exhibition puts Hong Kong traditional business owners in the spotlight

Do you ever wonder about the woman peddling her crafty wares on Cat Street, the guy bagging up preserved eggs on Jaffe Road, or the dude dozing outside the coffin shop… pretty much anywhere you go? Maybe it’s time you did.

For two weeks from Monday, April 20, Hong Kong’s secondary school students are set to introduce us to an eclectic handful of Hong Kong’s most colourful small business owners.

“Beyond the Storefront”, brought to us by the latest “Street Team” journalism project from Elephant Community Press, will see the photos and profiles of these under-sung heroes go on show for the first time.

Mentored by Master’s students from Hong Kong Baptist University’s Department of Journalism, the team of 15 and 17-year-olds interviewed the gaffers from a wide variety of traditional Hong Kong industries, including festival product supply, slipper embroidery, antique dealing and preserved meat retail.

“We all pass by hundreds of small businesses on the streets of Hong Kong every day, but rarely do we know the stories behind these shops, stalls and stands,” said Christine Choi, director of Elephant Community Press. “These students have taken the time to reach out into our community, and thanks to them, we now have the opportunity to celebrate the individuals behind these quintessential Hong Kong businesses.”

What: Beyond the Storefront
When: April 20 – May 2, (opening reception 4pm-6pm on April 26)
Where: Culture Club Gallery, 15 Elgin Street, Central
Price: FREE

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