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Old trades, new trends, in the Weekend magazine


OLD trades are made new again, thanks to second-generation business owners who are taking the sunset professions of karang guni collector, fishmonger and coffee powder seller into the future. Brillyn Teoh, for example, uses social media and modern technology to turn her family rag-and- bone business into a second-hand furniture business attracting a new breed of customers. In turn, Jeffrey Tan turned buying fish at a wet market into a hipster shopping experience, while sourcing and grading speciality coffee helped Jacob Tan modernise his father's coffee-roasting business.

We also talk to Colin Goh, one of the most successful arts producers in Singapore whose profitable RICE company proves that it's possible to build a sustainable business without government handouts.

If you thought sake only goes with Japanese food, find out how it can be paired with other fine-dining cuisines in our story about unconventional food and beverage pairings. Also, shop with a conscience at retailers which give back to charity and check out the National Art Gallery's latest mega-exhibition of works from its growing art collection.

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