When I first glanced at the store from a metre away I wondered if it was a store selling fake Tintin stuff. As I came closer, I was delighted to see how authentic it was.
The first time I saw a Tintin comic book was in the primary school library, but it was a bit too difficult for me to understand, although I found the pictures brilliant. I would love to get these one day and transport myself into that magical world. Somehow to me the actual comic books would give me more pleasure than seeing the stories in cartoon form. I look at these books as the combined genius of artist and writer.
At the store, Snowy was irresistible. Here are some photos from trip there. The person behind the counter, who I assumed was the owner, is the type of store owner I liked (remained at a distance allowing people to browse, didn’t hover over anyone, and didn’t stop anyone from taking photos). Not only does it build good will it also leads to free marketing when someone writes about the store on their blog. The reason why I mention this is because there are places that are snooty about the photo taking and will stop you loudly to embarrass you.
Here are the photos of the store that left me awe-struck, because you could tell the owner loves everything in the store. I hope they don’t take too long to load, because I realize that can be annoying. Being a total nerd, I get excited over things like this. Oh yes, there was also a little cafe in the front where you could have authentic belgian beer or just chilled coconut while watching Tintin on TV. A bit too hot for that though. The sun was scorching the skin off today.
I tried to google and find out information about who started this store and this is what I found here posted by Kiki mummy:
“THE TINTIN SHOP”, a novelty shop selling Tintin books, apparel, stationery, watches & collectibles.This is the first in Singapore, with original stock from Belgium.
Address: 56 Pagoda Street Singapore 059215 (MRT station: Chinatown)
Monday to Sunday, 11am to 9pm
Tel 6472429 email@example.com