A guest taking a photo of The Box signage during the opening of The Box last month. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The latest commercial centre in town, The Box Brunei, is keen to provide more facilities and convenience for its customers and tenants.

According to the management, this includes the addition of new vendors and its move towards a greener initiative.

Variety of vendors
The Box currently houses more than 20 tenants with mostly food and beverage businesses, with more businesses expected to open soon.

Recently three businesses opened at the container-based retail space namely Mr Frido serving Arabic fast food, D’ Rolls Brunei serving fresh cinnamon rolls in various flavours and The Krema Coffee serving coffee and pastries.

“Visitors can expect even more coming soon with different concepts including a Vietnamese vendor,” said the management representative.

A view of The Box during its opening night recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Green initiative
In efforts to protect the environment, the establishment is heading towards a green initiative with the installation of solar panels on the roofs and a natural rainwater harvesting system.

The management said they are also implementing an initiative to encourage the public to dispose of their own trash.

Water tanks can also be found around the establishment that collects rainwater used to water plants outside.

“We are planning on adding more plants and water features around the area which actually contributes to cooling down the temperature around the area.”

Guests trying some samples from shops during the opening of The Box recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Box as an entertainment platform
Apart from providing a platform for vendors to sell their products, The Box is also encouraging local acts to perform at the establishment during non-black out periods.

Recently, local group Kulimpapa Orchestra dazzled the crowd with a fusion of Gulintangan and modern music performance.

Head of the orchestra, Ak Mohammed Hazim Firdaus Pg Hamdani, said it was their second time performing at the premise.

“The crowd this time around was a lot more and with a variety of food and drinks as well as places to just relax, it’s a suitable platform to hold any events.”

A view of The Box during its opening night last month. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

He lauded The Box for giving local acts an opportunity to perform, adding that it contributed to the band’s follower growth.

“We gained even more exposure after performing here and I believe other youths should take advantage of this to showcase their talents.”

“I think more platforms like The Box or the establishment itself should expand to other districts or areas in the sultanate. This would enable more opportunities for acts to showcase their talent and businesses to thrive,” he added.

Kulimpapa performs a fusion of 20 to 30 traditional and modern songs per session at The Box.

Ak Mohammed Hazim Firdaus said the band is excited for more performances in the future.

File photo showing musicians performing during the opening of The Box last month. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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