Support budding entrepreneurs and unique brands

It was not so long ago that people were thronging festivals and markets. Remember Artbox? The hipster night market was buzzing with Thai food, quirky souvenirs and one-of-a-kind products. While such markets won’t be back so soon (perhaps except online), the good news is that you can still find curated crafts here.

Invade, the organiser behind Artbox, Shilin Singapore and Fleawhere, was hit hard by the pandemic, but has remained focussed on offering different platforms for impactful experiences, be it outdoors or digital. The aim is to “create spaces of potential that deliver uniquely immersive experiences of real value and authenticity”.

Get a retail experience
The new Makers’ Market store at the Esplanade is a retail haven for anyone looking to start a business, showcase your products or just shop for unique brands. Catering to start-ups, brands and designers, it brings together crafts and design goods from around the region.


Over at Paya Lebar Quarter, Komma Social Cafe offers more than just coffee and pastries. It holds regular creative workshops and crafting activities, and has a retail space offering curated goods by homegrown brands. Enjoy a cuppa and take a bite of its signature waffles as you mingle with like-minded folks or simply be inspired by budding talents.

Recycle, reuse and repurpose
Miss the flea market vibe? There’s Flea Party, a regular flea market at Lucky Plaza. Hosting mostly clothing booths (where many are looking to clear their wardrobe), there are pre-loved gems to be found at low prices. Anyone can also rent a booth and try their hands at retail entrepreneurship.

Time to be creative
If you are more of a maker than a shopper, and need space to work, there is Mox at Katong Point. This is the first independent design resource workspace for creative entrepreneurs and start-ups. Beside showcasing their creations, this “co-making space” has specialty rooms such as 3D-printing, sewing, photo studio, crafting stations, and workshop rooms.