Cultivating reading habit over a cuppa

(From left) Bukit Bintang City Centre chief executive officer Low Thiam Chin, Ng, oBike Malaysia chief operating officer and co-founder Jin Chao Hui, Ink Library Cafe cafe owner and operator Richard Chong, Chang, Eco Grandeur divisional general manager Ho Kwee Hong and Liew launching the Ink Library Cafe.

CAFE hoppers now have another place to get their Instagram moments as Ink Library Cafe opens its doors at Eco Grandeur, Puncak Alam, Selangor.

Glass panels line the walls as blinds are rolled down for just the right lighting; pipe light fixtures and the black and wood interior provide a cosy ambience for diners.

Visitors will be able to find more than 300 imported magazines; avid readers will love settling into one of the comfy sofas with the aroma of coffee wafting through the air.

To have unlimited access to the magazine area and enjoy a 10% discount off the total bill, visitors are encouraged to join the Ink Library Cafe membership for a one-off fee of RM20.

Taking up 1,600sq ft, this fresh concept cafe also offers a space for community activities as well as small corners for local talents to sell their arts and crafts.

Eco World Development Group Bhd (Eco World) president and chief executive officer Datuk Chang Khim Wah said now that the cafe was open, he hoped that it would attract more people to read and in return, gain more knowledge.

“The reading habit must be cultivated from young and we hope that we are able to encourage youths to read more at this cafe,” he said.

Ink Library Cafe is the first tenant of Eco Grandeur Labs, which offers 15 retail lots with built-up area of 1,000sq ft each.

The labs, Chang revealed, made up the first phase of the township’s commercial area, which spans 80.94ha.

“In every new housing development, you need a catalyst to start commercial activities that attract people.

“By the time we deliver the houses, the commercial activity would already be buoyant. When the residents shift in, a lot of the amenities would be set up.

“This enhances the value for our purchasers as well as our tenants. But you cannot simply just start; you have to start innovatively,” he explained.

The name “lab”, according to Eco World executive director Liew Tian Xiong, is used to associate a place for experimentation or new ideas and initiatives, especially for startup companies.

Liew also represented Eco World in signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with oBike Malaysia Sdn Bhd (oBike) business launcher Ng Yong Ching after the cafe launch.

oBike is a stationless bicycle provider based in Singapore which focuses on last-mile transportation and commute, and is currently operating in 10 countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Switzerland and Malaysia.

Through this partnership, oBike will be supplying bicycles to all Eco World projects and Eco Grandeur will be the first project to kick-start the venture.

Chang said it was also the group’s mission to promote a healthy lifestyle and culture to its communities.

“We noticed that cycling is gaining momentum as it helps reduce traffic and carbon emission while promoting a healthy lifestyle as it’s a great way to lose weight, socialise and reduce stress.

“With oBikes in our developments, we are able to expand our reach to more people and further encourage them to take up cycling.

“The 0.53ha bike park at Eco Grandeur will be the first bike park within the Eco World Group development and it’s the perfect platform to promote healthy living for families,” Chang added.

The park is scheduled to open with the rest of the retail outlets in Grandeur Labs by May 2018.

In many of Eco World’s townships, there are dedicated bicycle lanes while a bicycle-for-hire scheme is available at the Eco Botanic project in Iskandar Malaysia.

Eco Sanctuary boasts a 30km cycling path for its residents.

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