Little shops express a sense of home where people spend their days and their lives. The shop is a home away from home that interacts with the community: welcome, and let us help you however we can.
When I stepped into this medical hall tucked into a row of shops in the neighbourhood, Jie Sheng, an 11-year-old child, chatted happily about the different jars of herbs and how they were used to help various ailments.
He had school exams that week, but looked relaxed and prepared. “He is my cashier,” the dad gestured proudly at his son. “He does the maths.” He beckoned at his son to help him look through a stack of receipts.
Now, who needs a tuition teacher to practice mental sums when you can be the official accountant of a little shop? 🙂
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