Wan Chai is a treasure trove of little shops and I patronise many of these in the hope that they don’t leave.
One of these shops sells linens made-to-measure, pillows, mattresses, quilts, bolsters and all sorts of cushions for any sort of surface you could want to soften.
I’ve purchased various items from them. A small kid’s pillow with a Thomas Tank engine pillow case, custom made sheets and pillow cases, most recently a bolster with two cases.
The sheets and pillow cases can be made in a few days, (usually a minimum of three) and pillows and bolsters can be bought on the spot.
Choose from plain sheets or multi-coloured patterned sheets. As long as they have the material it can be done.
Fitted sheets in single, queen and king size. Priced less than 200 HKD for Singles, 308 HKD and 358 HKD for Queen and King fitted sheets respectively.
Simple mattresses can be found towards the back. If you need a mattress for the kids or a basic one for a helper, you can get one inexpensively here.
The shop has a small loft area where their tailor comes to see the custom orders. The tailor usually comes in the afternoons.
The materials for upholstering are plenty,
Need mats for picnics or balconies?
They also sell stuffing inexpensively, if you need to re-stuff some cushions or pillows.
Find this shop along Johnston Road after Tai Yau Plaza, it’s right by the tram stop after Wan Chai market towards Causeway Bay.
There are all sorts of maps out there, (Google maps being the best hands down for directions) but what I love the most are functional maps.
Functional maps tell you not only where a particular shop is relative to everything else, but what they sell or their specialty. The best maps of this kind were produced by the late Nancy Chandler, whose maps I greatly admire for its detail, imaginative illustration and clarity. It gave me a feel of whether I wanted to visit a particular section of a wet market and a way to plan my route and purchases in advance.
Nancy must have spent hours painstakingly documenting, sizing, drawing. A single mistake puts you back on the drawing board, literally.
I am no illustrator and my scientific drawing days are well over but I’ve decided to draw a few of these maps for fun, as a guide for friends new to Hong Kong.
And a tribute to Nancy Chandler, for the inspiration.
Here’s my very first functional map of Tai Wong Street East in Old Wan Chai.
I realise the font is quite small. The map is high-ish resolution so you can expand it or print it out.
The thing about these types of maps is that there’s always more to say, so check back for updates.
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