It was great to meet Dustin, the brains behind renovating a warehouse full of car shops on Malugay Street into the Creative Scene of Makati. We met Dustin in his gallery called OuterSpace during our Photoblogging class. He shared with us his vision of a no-pretensions, honest, creative space for entrepreneurs. It’s interesting to note that he used to convert useless spaces in New York into something functional. And now, he’s reapplied all his learnings here in Manila.

It is called “The Collective”.

They offer low-rent space versus malls, so that young/start-up businesses with great ideas or products can set up shop and succeed with the collective help of the group. Think of it as “Bayanihan” for niche businesses. They already have 16 different niche businesses as members and they are hoping to reach their full capacity of 22.

(No, it is not Makati-X, and they don’t want to be compared to Cubao eXpo either. For some reason, the Cubao eXpo tenants decided not to join the Collective. This is an entirely new breed of creative shops from a different breed of Entrepreneurs; nevertheless, it actually has that Cubao X vibe when it was just starting.)

At the center of the Collective is the Atrium, where people congregate. The only thing with the enclosed design of the place is that it acts as an echo chamber for the noise pollution of cars passing through Malugay.

The cafe/bar called b-side is already open and is always packed during weekend nights.
 (Have you been to b-side already? What is it like?)

The bike specialty shop “New Old Bikes” is open for business. It specializes in customizing bikes.

Inside the Bike Workshop…

They are also interested in antique bicycles and spare parts for bikes.

They sell specialized T-shirts and prints, too.

These are some examples of the different designs they offer.

The Collective will also become home to interesting restaurants like the noodle house called Wabi-Sabi, and an American-style grill called Wingman.

Several clothing stores are going to set up shop there, too. The trendy Sundae is already open.

Here is a sneak peek at the stuff you can buy @ Sundae.

I can’t wait for the opening of Ritual, an organic grocery that will specialize in little-known Filipino products. Rob  of World Pyro Olympics fame (and one of the owners of Ritual) shared with us that they would have “tingi” servings of organic products, similar to that of a sari-sari store. To keep the cost low, they removed the packaging cost component. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. (What a great environment-friendly idea!)


Other shops that will soon open are a graffiti art store and gallery, a vinyl and collectible toy store, and an old-school, New York-style barber shop. I’m excited for the opening of the barber shop — we will be one of the first customers there for sure. 🙂

The Collective 
7274 Malugay Street, Makati City
Driving DirectionsTo get there from Buendia, turn right at Chino Roces, then left at Yakal Street and turn left at Mayapis (parallel to the railroad tracks) then left again into Malugay Street (it’s a one-way street).

Parking tips: Parking is outside along the road. During rainy days, this part of Makati can get flooded, so it would be a good idea to check the weather forecast beforehand (especially during the rainy season).

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