Cornerstones at the Grassroots

Small business owners are the backbone of local communities in Shanghai. They take pride in the businesses they have built through hard work and attention to customers.
Lifestyle

House of cards for those seeking answers

Gu Jiaye was a professional tarot-reader for two years before she left the shop where she worked, rented a small house on Chongqing Road S. and started her own business.
Art & Culture

Skilled technician with time on his hands

Jiang Guoliang has been fixing timepieces for 40 years at his European-style workshop Liangchen Horologe in Hongkou District.
Lifestyle

An all-rounder in the tools of cricket rearing

Bai Zixiao's specialty is the ancient Chinese pastime of keeping the insects as pets or for cricket fighting.
Lifestyle

Coffee and collecting create cottage charm

In the Normandy Apartments, a vintage landmark of Xuhui District, the recently opened Cottage Cafe & Bar lends an extra retro touch to an area with memories of the early 1900s.
Lifestyle

Holes begone! The oh-sew delicate skill of mending

Every day for the past 26 years, Cao Shuhua has been patching clothing for people from a small stall on Tianyaoqiao Road in Xuhui District, weather permitting.
Lifestyle

Zzzzz ... shop specializes in perfect sleep

The shop specializing in the soft filler for duvets in Huangpu District may be the only one in Shanghai that still sells the cozy quilt material.
Lifestyle

Belle of the ball

It's all about ingredients, says the owner of a popular eatery specializing in sticky rice balls. But a lot of gritty determination went into creating this small business.
Lifestyle

Music boxes play eternal tunes of craft art

You may think of music boxes as toys. That's not how one passionate collector views these vintage pieces of precision artwork spanning centuries of craftsmanship.
Lifestyle

Fewer readers bollix bookshop

Booksellers used to be community mainstays, and readers used to be plentiful. But in the digital age, one traditional shopkeeper is struggling to stay afloat.
Lifestyle

Heart and sole and comfy feet

Eighty-year-old Yang Shenxi has devoted his entire life to making traditional cloth shoes. His small shop in suburban Shanghai was opened a century ago by his grandfather.
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