Hello there, readers.
I’m back! I’m here to write the continuation of my first post about Tabora Street (click here to see it).
In my previous entry, I featured 7 stores that can all be found along the stretch walking from Sta. Elena to Claro M. Recto.
Today, I’m going to feature 4 stores that will be on your right side walking back towards 168 from Recto, as well as one store that’s across from New Divisoria Mall on M. De Santos. I’ll also include some random, unique finds that I found along the street.
1. Bonyee Merchandising
Address: 873 Tabora Street
Contact numbers: 245-8970; 245-8971; fax 243-2139
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This store actually sold many other things but what makes it special is that this seems to be the store for lace.
They had all kinds of lace:
They literally had walls of lace:
2. Everson Modiste Center
Specialty: reflective material, patterned/printed ribbon, Rosary beads
Address: 869 Tabora Street
Contact numbers: 242-1127; 243-2380; 245-4909; fax 310-1011; 0918-577-9490; 0917-631-2619
Email address: email@example.com
Everson is another of those nice, air-conditioned, organized stores. Three things made it stand out.
First of all, they were the only store I saw that sold many different kinds of reflective material. If I ever decide to be a cruel mother and sew some orange reflective material onto my children’s clothing, I’ll be glad I noticed the stuff (see the bottom row of merchandise in the picture):
Secondly, as you can see in the picture, they also had many different kinds of ribbon. They seemed to have a wider variety of ribbons than other stores, especially when it came to ribbons with prints or patterns:
Lastly, they also had many beads and other things necessary for Rosary-making:
3. Wellmanson Sewing Notion
Specialties: all things sewing
Address: 855 Tabora Street
Contact numbers: 243-2120; 247-0758; 243-6162; fax 243-2381; fax 241-9185
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This store is another nice, clean, air-conditioned option if you’re looking for a “hassle-free” experience on Tabora Street. It was busy, but the staff seemed friendly, helpful and organized. They even had a baggage counter.
The first thing I noticed was that they had all shapes and sizes of those googly eyes that you glue onto school projects:
They also had a huge selection of chains:
They had beads/rhinestones/buttons/sequins galore:
Last but not least, I also noticed that they allowed shoppers to use shopping baskets. I just found that nice and nifty, as well as practical:
4. Tapat ng Morning Glory
Address: (according to Kuya Choi, the helpful shopkeeper to whom I spoke) “329 Tabora, tapat ng Morning Glory”
So this isn’t really a store, but I had to feature it because they sold the cheapest aprons I’ve ever encountered. I used to buy my aprons somewhere near Tutuban, but the starting price was always P50 and I haggled it down to P40 only because I bought 20 of them. Here, at Kuya Choi’s store, the exact same plain aprons started at P35 (and Kuya Choi said I could haggle them down).
Kuya Choi was so helpful that he even volunteered to model the aprons:
They had this kind, and others, in all colors:
Kuya Choi also showed me their waterproof aprons, which were only P50:
They also had plenty of printed aprons:
5. “The Recycled Bottle Store”
Specialty: recycled bottles and jars
Note: This is NOT along Tabora Street. It was just such a unique find and I found it on the same day that I set out to explore Tabora Street, so I had to feature it here.
“Address”: Across Metrobank (the one inside New Divisoria Mall), along M. De Santos Street
This store sold bottles galore, including these McCormick bottles that would be really useful if you wanted all of your spices to match but didn’t buy the same brand all the time:
They also had fancy bottles, such as the Carlo Rossi bottles (if you’re into Pinterest, you’ll understand why I appreciate such random things):
They had these common jars with the yellow caps, which were P4-P6 each depending on size:
They had all kinds and sizes of bottles, including these ones that were only P300 for 100 of them:
Believe me when I say they had all kinds of recycled bottles. Forget Beabi (half-kidding), this store had it all:
- They had many random printing stores outside on the street:
- Because I went in mid-October, the street was full of Halloween costumes. These tridents and axes started at P50:
- They also had plain and decorated masks, which would be great for parties. The brown eye-masks were only P15 and the white masks (as well as the decorated versions) were only P25:
- There were also these pretty glass bead pieces that I thought were absolutely lovely (they were making them on the spot, too):
- They also had all sorts of customizable wedding souvenirs, which weren’t so much to my liking, though:
- They did have cute paper scroll holders, like these ones that were only P18:
- There was one lady selling these really cool oil candles. How it works is, you put water in a glass, then some oil (any kind), then these “candles”/floating-burning-devices, and the flame will stay on until you’re out of oil. Ingenious! They were only P10 each. I got 3 of them for P25:
- The street was also already full of Christmas decorations. I didn’t want to feature it here since it’s a seasonal kind of thing but if you are going to Divisoria in search of Christmas decorations, this is your place. They have trees, wreaths, lights, parols, angels and everything else you can think of:
- I also found this wicker vase beautiful, and it was only P200:
- Lastly, they had plenty of something that other people may find useless but I find extremely trendy and useful in home-decorating: twigs. These are useful for when you want to display all those pretty vases and jars you have, even when you don’t have fresh flowers. They also have that homey, earthy vibe:
- This stall wasn’t on Tabora Street (the only one of my random finds not on Tabora Street), but I bought a giant piece of tarp there and figured I should post about it so I won’t forget where it’s located. This stall selling tarpaulin is located at the corner of Recto and Carmen Planas. Apparently, they make beach chairs, tents and different kinds of giant umbrellas. To get any of these made, contact Joel at 0949-331-9306:
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that ends my two-part feature on Tabora Street! Hope you enjoyed it.
My next adventure will be in Quiapo, Manila. I plan to tell you all about my favorite store on C. Palanca — New Sin Kian Heng.