辦館 corner shop

2010.3.3 北角錦屏街 kam ping street, north point |

辦館是比士多 “高級”的社區商店。曾經讀過報章說,辦館一項突出的“服務”,是有酒賣。辦館的定義功能,有待繼續查考,不過,鐵般事實,辦館是另一褪色垂老的香港面貌。

在北角錦屏街,猶幸,我邂逅了“幸福”。

‘ 辦館 ban kwun’ like ‘ 士多 si doll (store)’ are local corner stores, grocery shops, owned and operated by independent grocers, usually living in the neighbourhood. ‘ban kwun’ however sell ‘higher end’ goods such as wine and spirits.

both ‘ban kwun’ and store are about human touch and bond, concordance and geniality of the neighbourhood. unfortunately just like many hong kong natives and heritages, their presence and value are fading in great speed (don’t want to use the term dying).

i felt lucky, spotted this ‘ban kwun’, while strolling around north point two days ago;  finding a surviving ban kwun for one, also because the name of the shop is auspicious – 幸福 means blissful and happiness.

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