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Co-working goes collaborative
Providing creatives with a support platform, Hong Kong co-working space V-Co aims to offer something different from the usual co-working environment.
8 March 2021
Women seize apron strings
Two Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant Écriture will unveil a special tasting menu for International Women’s Day on 8 March, conceived, developed and executed by its female staff.
1 March 2021
Young investors take to whisky
Fine single-malt Scotch whisky casks have been the highest-performing alternative asset of the 21st century, according to the 2020 Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, which found the return on investment (ROI) from whisky grew 586% in the past decade.
22 Feb 2021
Art showcase goes digital
As the first exhibition centre for global contemporary visual culture in Asia, the M+ Museum is poised to enrich Hong Kong’s cultural scene when it opens at the M+ Building in the West Kowloon Cultural District in autumn.
16 Feb 2021
Peak prospects undimmed
As Hong Kong’s tourist market remains under a COVID-19 cloud, setting up a restaurant in prime tourist territory such as the Peak is going to be difficult.
8 Feb 2021
AmCham plots fresh course
The United States and its relations with the world, especially with Mainland China and Hong Kong, have been very much in the news recently.
1 Feb 2021
Hygiene big seller at airport
Lifestyle outlet Cleanfreak.Store, which debuted as a pop-up at Hong Kong International Airport in July last year, is meeting demand for sanitising products and services created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 Jan 2021
Survival, island style
The word “island” conjures up images of palm trees rustling in the wind while waves lap a golden beach – peace and tranquillity.
18 Jan 2021
Bar draws green circle
Inspired by the farm-to-bar movement currently taking the culinary world by storm, Hong Kong bar Penicillin champions a closed-loop production model – sourcing most ingredients locally, repurposing surplus cocktail ingredients in its kitchen, using lab food and sending scraps to its fermentation room.
11 Jan 2021
Beauty works from home
As social-distancing rules during successive waves of COVID-19 in Hong Kong alternatively close or impose restrictions on beauty salons, many women have chosen to carry out beauty treatments themselves.
4 Jan 2021
Smooth sailing from fragrant harbour
Leaf through any pictorial history book on Hong Kong and you cannot avoid noticing that the city has always been closely linked to the sea – pages will be full of images of tea clippers, junks, sampans, steamers and container freighters.
28 Dec 2020
Banking on wellness tourism
The COVID-19 pandemic has kept the world’s travellers at home and led everyone to focus on health, wellness and sustainability.
21 Dec 2020
5G ushers in robot age
A global leader in information and communications technology, ZTE provides end-to-end 5G networks so businesses can connect with core assets such as robots, automated guided vehicles (AGV) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
14 Dec 2020
AI ready to fly?
Google and global business-services firm KPMG are conducting a detailed study to determine Hong Kong’s readiness to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) and advance the city as a “smarter digital city”.
7 Dec 2020
Q-day looms over security world
Like grape pickers rushing to gather their harvest before the first frost, engineers working on security systems worldwide are rushing to beat “Q-Day” — the day quantum computers can quickly crack current maths-based encryption protocols, a task which would take a classical computer centuries.
30 Nov 2020
Niche chocolatier explores Hong Kong
Hong Kong consumers are famous world-over for being quality-conscious but willing to spend on good food and drink.
23 Nov 2020
Restaurateur holds the line
When restrictions imposed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic seriously impacted hospitality businesses everywhere, Manuel Palacio (main picture, left), co-founder and CEO of Hong Kong’s Pirata Group, was determined not to lay off any full-time staff or close any venues. As the COVID-19 restrictions are rolled back and hospitality business recovers, the seasoned restaurateur from Spain gives the reasons for Pirata’s success, and plans for the way forward.
16 Nov 2020
Concept is king
European-style bistro-beer hall chain Frites spices up Hong Kong’s vibrant food scene with an extensive selection of Belgian draught and bottled beers together with national fare such as mussel pots and pork ribs.
9 Nov 2020
Hotelier goes meat-free
To promote plant-based eating and cut its carbon footprint, Hong Kong-based hotel group Ovolo has launched a 12-month campaign, Year of the Veg, removing meat from restaurant, bar and room-service menus at its hotels on Hong Kong Island – Ovolo Central and Ovolo Southside.
2 Nov 2020
Giving by the mouthful
Hong Kong social enterprise Cookie Smiles began baking and selling snaps and crunches in June this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, creating jobs for disadvantaged people and supporting local charities in the process.
27 Oct 2020
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