Before the HUB | Make Lab, 98B COLLABoratory (98B) in partnership with the First United Building Corp. (FUB) have been organizing the Saturday X Future Market @ ESCOLTA (SxFM@E). It has been a great run. Through the monthly Saturday X Future Markets before, we were able to meet a lot of creatives and were able to help jump-start a number of artistic and imaginative efforts.
The learnings derived from the Saturday X Future Market @ Escolta experience stimulated us to develop a new concept. The HUB | Make Lab: where creatives and creations converge daily.
The HUB serves as an incubation space for those who wish to experiment on a more stable and sustainable setting. It is open for sellers and concessionaires of: crafts, interesting art works, limited edition merchandise, innovative food items, upcycled clothes and accessories, independent clothing labels, DIY wares, vintage goods and refurbished antiques.
Each quaint space (ranging from 6.12 to 12.25 square meters in area), open 6 days a week (Tuesday to Sundays from 11am to 8pm), will be available through quarterly open calls. Selected applicants have three months to test the market and put up their trial shops (inclusive of 3 days ingress and 2 days egress). Sellers will be selected based on the following criteria: type of product or merchandise and the proposed design for their spaces.
The HUB maintains the DIY vibe of SxFM@E. Prospective makers are enjoined to conceptualize their individual spaces with the notions of transparency, communal spirit, maker culture and interaction. An exciting addition to the blend is the presence of Fred’s Revolución: a home for sincere drinkers… merrily celebrating the legacy of Lolo Fred, born 1905. The DEN, a cafe and shop that carries great local coffee and locally made products, completes the HUB brew.
Indeed, there are many things to look forward to. Escolta may have seen better days but we can rediscover it through new lenses. Its colorful past can be infused with a fresh palette. Merging its former glory with its newfound identity will usher an impending combination of verve and dynamism. We can make this happen.
Together we can breathe more life to Escolta.