May 30, 2010
WHAT IS THE COLLECTIVE? (It's Where We're At)
What surrounds BLACK BOOK are a group of different stores , personalities and characters. Someone apty called it "THE COLLECTIVE" for some unknown reason... But seriously, Here's a little overview of what surrounds BLACKBOOK inside The Collective / 7274 / Malugay :
WABISABI - A vegetarian ramen house and mini--grocery. I never thought I'd like a meatless sandwich, but now I do. They have several yummy dishes that are super budget friendly. I can get a generous serving of veggie ramen that fills me up and costs less than a meal at McDonalds.
WINGMAN - Smokin' hot wings and beer by the pitcher should be enough, but they've got more to offer. My favorites are the pulled pork tacos and the cajun chicken ceasar salad. Their drink menu expands everytime I go but I'd recommend the strawberry margaritas or sangria. You won't know what hit you.
B-SIDE - The bar you've probably already been to. Starting next week they'll be open at 5pm so you can come by for after work drinks, or try out the famous B-Side burger. Every evening they either have awesome DJs or live bands.
CRAZY EDDIE'S SHIRTS, SLACKS AND WONDER EMPORIUM - They actually don't carry any slacks but they have button ups, hoodies, glasses, bowties and other awesome accessories. If you're lucky, you'll catch someone spinning on the DJ setup in the store.
BLACKBOOK - Graffiti writers, fixed gear bike riders and fashion - centric individuals put together. They've got hard to find spray paint colors (IRONLAK) and spray adaptors including NY FATS AND SKINNIES, fixed gear frames and parts ; from chambray button downs to artist designed tees. They also have hand carved tobacco resin pipes and more under one roof. All inside a box of a store designed after a stealth bomber.
HOMEROOM - A concept store selling mens clothing, shoes, hats and bags. Definitely gotta check it out, even just to see the done up interior. Also worth mentioning, they have the coldest store in The Collective.
VINYL ON VINYL - Vinyl toys and vinyl records. Awesome exterior and interior.
HOCUS - New old bikes. They sell parts, restore vintage bicycles and do screen printing.
RITUAL - The organic sari-sari store. Also serving yummy frozen yogurt daily.
OUTERSPACE - The art gallery.
SKITZO (for all your costume needs.)
DUERR (women's clothing)
HYSTERIC WACKO (japanese streetwear)
PASTA BOX (italian fast food)
The Collective is located at 7274 Malugay Street, San Antonio, Makati
Open Tuesday through Saturday 12nn-9pm, and Sunday 12nn-6pm. Closed Mondays.
* Some places open later than noon, like B-Side and Blackbook (3pm).