Mini-museums tell story of Little India shops
The Straits Times|January 29, 2022
8 heritage businesses showcase their history with displays of items under NHB initiative
Syarafana Shafeeq

Madam Meena Gnanapandithan took over the business of providing custom blends of Indian spices from her father-in-law in 2005, but she is still hesitant about changing anything about the shop over a decade later.

“Everything around us is modern now but here, even the wooden baskets holding the spices are filled with tradition and history. I don’t want to change a thing,” said the 45-year-old.

The spice store, Thandapani Co in Dunlop Street, is one of eight heritage businesses that will put up a storefront mini-museum in a wooden cabinet to showcase the rich history behind their ventures.

The Street Corner Heritage Galleries is an initiative by the National Heritage Board (NHB) to encourage an appreciation for history and heritage in everyday spaces.

The first run of the initiative was launched in Balestier in March 2020, followed by the Kampong Gelam precinct in April last year.

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