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Why #TBLblockparty is the party we’ve been waiting for

It’s finally happening.

You might have passed it on your way to town or heard of it from your homeowner friends. The nondescript facade of Tan Boon Liat (TBL) building belies the creative energy that is brewing on each floor. Occupying a plot of land between Zion Road and Outram Road, this light-industrial complex houses more than 20 furniture and home decor stores alongside a smattering of cool lifestyle shops, design studios and ‘old-school’ traditional offices.

Touted as Singapore’s unofficial furniture mall, this under-the-radar lifestyle destination is brimming with ideas and designs waiting to be discovered. With the festive season upon us, the good folks over at TBL are coming together to throw a block party and reward fans with lots of goodies! So even if you’re not renovating your house or buying furniture, as long as you’re a fan of Tan Boon Liat or simply curious about what it has to offer, mark your calendar on 26 and 27 November and be part of the TBL Block Party!

If you still aren’t convinced, we give you three reasons to drop by.

1. Discover new finds! Attend a free workshop or go shopping for unique Christmas gifts.

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Instead of making your rounds at the departmental stores for your Christmas shopping this year, come down to Tan Boon Liat where there is a large variety of lifestyle and home decor shops. During the TBL block party on 26 and 27 November, selected stores will be offering discounts and some are also giving out festive draw prizes!

Even if you’re not looking for gift ideas, there is still plenty to discover. Check out vintage and upcycled pieces at Journey East (#03-02) and Artful House (#08-04). During the TBL block party, a number of shops like Hassan’s Carpets (#02-06), Golden Teak (#04-03B), Arete Culture (#06-01) are conducting free workshops. Textile distributor Bode (#05-10) is giving a free talk on pattern trends while designer lighting retailer Gamut (#07-07) is giving a free talk on lighting.

Alternatively, you can go on your own treasure hunt. Start from one of the higher floors like the 10th or 11th and make your way down each level. With an eclectic mix of products tucked away in different corners of the building, you never know what you may find.

2. There are over $5,000 worth of prizes to be won.

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On 26 and 27 November, more than 10 stores will be offering various discounts and some of them are also doing lucky draws in the showroom and on social media. Ethnicraft Online (#02-01), Dormiente (#11-10) and Artful House (#08-04) are giving away prizes at their festive draw. At Arete Culture (#06-01), you can even win a home makeover!

If you’re savvy on social media platforms, Jehan Gallery and The Beuro (#03-08), Bode (#05-10) and Singapore Trading Post (#07-01) are each having Instagram contests for you to win prizes from their showroom. Fret not, it’s not all furniture and home decor. Over at Underground Wines, one lucky shopper will get to bring home a handcrafted magnum of Pinot Noir.

3. It’s the first-ever TBL block party! Need we say more?

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There are design workshops, food and wine tasting, and silent auctions scheduled for the entire two days of 26 and 27 November. Also, it’s probably the first time that 20 stores in Tan Boon Liat have discounts and offers, all at once over the same weekend!

Look out for product launches, special programmes and offers from Dormiente, Make Room, Artful House, Gamut, Unikhome, The Shophouse, Singapore Trading Post, Arete Culture, Bode & Vantage Concept, Golden Teak, Jehan Gallery, The Beuro, 8edtimes, Knocknock, Journey East, Hassan’s Carpets, Ethnicraft Online, Fairprice Antique, Deer Industries, Underground wines, and The Providore.

The Tan Boon Liat Block Party is happening on Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 November 2016, at 315 Outram Road.

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