Located in the heart of Old Town, 22 Hale Street, a project initiated by Puan Sri Dato’ Sandra Lee Wei Feng, is an upcoming heritage gallery that aims to tell the story of Ipoh through the eyes of the locals and to promote arts as a collaborative culture.
The gallery houses various antiques such as traditional Peranakan tiffin carriers, Chinese classic furniture, treadle sewing machines, a typewriter, a classic turntable record player and an AMi Continental 2 Jukebox that is still functional.
Aside from the antiques, visitors can get hold of homemade titbits and handicrafts at relatively reasonable prices. The handicrafts, ranging from aprons, key chains and toiletry sets to tote bags and soft toys for the little ones, were lovingly handcrafted by the disabled trainees and staff from Persatuan DAYBREAK, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
“We want to raise awareness in Ipohites about the NGO that creates opportunities for people with disabilities to pick up skills such as sewing, cleaning and gardening so that they can be independent, self-reliant and integrated members of society,” said Lim Yi Wen, the project executive of 22 Hale Street.
According to Yi Wen, a cafe and an event space will also be launched in the near future.
“At 22 Hale Street, not only do we want to tell the story of Ipoh in an exciting and unconventional way, we also hope to provide space for arts to flourish right here in our town. What better way than to engage with our very own Malaysian talents?” she added.
22 Hale Street is hiring part-timers and food and beverage staff. Readers who are interested can email their résumé to [email protected]Address: 22-24 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 IpohOperating hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 6pmContact no.: 05 241 3991Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/22HaleStreet/
Leanne Tan & Nabilah Hamudin