After a hectic start to 2017, we’ve had a chance to reflect on what has been one crazzzy year. The team hit some big milestones with our design and construction completed in just 12 months, launching the development in autumn and finally our grand opening last December. It has been a rollercoaster ride filled with both challenges, learnings and accomplishments. Take a look at our review of 2017 here.
As the end of the year fast approaches, we’re getting in the festive mood here at Raintree. From peppermints to poinsettias, the building is littered with Christmas cheer, and we switched on our lights last week in anticipation.
As our ground floor is fully opened, we’re so happy to give you an overview of our independent retailers. All powered by young Khmer entrepreneurs, we also share how they’re each celebrating Christmas in stores right now!
Brown Coffee & Bakery. Our famous home-grown coffee brand up their game every year with new seasonal delicious baked goods and beverages. Special editions this year include the ‘Peppermint Mocha Frappe’ (which looks more like a delectable dessert than a drink!) and the return of their Christmas log cakes in three flavours. If that wasn’t enough, you can take home your very own mini Brown Santa Claus or snowman - so cute!
Poise Mera. Our local lobby florist has been making bespoke bouquets for the last three years. They are well stocked with an array of Christmas-coloured flowers including roses, poinsettias and more. Whether you’re looking for a customised wreath for your home, or a holly-decked arrangement for your office, the Poise ladies will work their floral magic - baubles, pine cones and all.
The Nail Shop. Our professional nail salon is perfect for either a full service, relaxing spa mani-pedi, or an express colour when you’re rushing to an event. Their nail-art showcase is to die for, and their therapists can create glamorous glittering nails for all your Christmas parties. To top it off this month they’re offering 30% of all services to ensure your nails stay pristine all season.
Juicy Mercy. This is the third outlet of the nutritious brand, that is bringing its famous cold-pressed juices to all our health-conscious residents at Raintree. If you don’t want to gain those Christmas pounds, try their Fat Down juice with killer kale, ginger and passionfruit, or their Berry White packed with antioxidants to make sure your skin glows brightly all season long. Combine either of these with a delicious lunchbox offer for only $3.50, for the perfect healthy lunch on-the-go. It’s never too early to start your 2017 new year’s resolution…
Daily Plus. Started by a Khmer-American brother-sister duo, Daily Plus is an independent convenience store for all your everyday needs. Located on the north-west corner of Raintree, the outlet stocks basic goods across a wide range of categories. From cookies and crisps to soft drinks, pick up anything you need at home this Christmas, with special Buy 1 Get 1 Free deals on a whole range of party items. *Tip: look out on Friday 16th December for their special Wall’s ice cream truck stopping by at Raintree - because we all scream for ice cream during tropical Christmas!
Village Roast Duck. A sister restaurant of the well-known family-run restaurant from Malaysia, is now serving its contemporary Cantonese cuisine in Cambodia right at our doorstep. Hailing from London’s famous Four Seasons on Queensway, they’re known for their duck, but there are so many more dishes to try… For this Christmas only, they will be serving their special Wasabi Prawns - crispy tempura prawns coated in house-made wasabi-laced sauce. Come down this month to try it yourself. This month they're also giving away half a Peking duck for free with spend over $50 at dinner for the perfect family meal. And of course, you can pre-order whole roast ducks and soya sauce chickens for all your Christmas celebrations.
We love any excuse to celebrate at Raintree, so stay tuned on Facebook and our blog to hear about our next mystery opening in early 2017. **Hint: It will involve countless cocktail concoctions...
Hi everyone and welcome to the first post on the Raintree blog!
As the construction of Raintree verges on completion we will use this blog to keep you updated during a busy few months which will include our official launch, a great line-up of events at our spectacular rooftop event space - and the opening of some fantastic retail and f+b outlets on the ground floor. As many of you will know, Brown Coffee has already opened its newest store Brown Raintree in the building – a cool, airy and relaxing spot that is already proving hugely popular. We are so proud that one of Cambodia’s most iconic and original brands is our first tenant – not to mention how happy we are that such a great cup of coffee is so close at hand on some of our more sluggish work mornings.
We are also delighted to welcome Poise Mera florist, next door to Brown, whose exquisite floral arrangements really have to be seen to be believed. We could honestly stand and stare in the window for hours – so much better than the latest Netflix box-set!
More tenants will be moving in – both in the retail units and in the office units upstairs – over the next days, weeks and months and we will keep you updated on the new arrivals as they open up shop.
One of the most exciting spaces in our new project is the Canopy, our event space that is nearing completion on the rooftop floor of the building. We are already getting lots of bookings and enquiries regarding the space, which is great as all the feedback is bringing us new ideas and inspiration for how we can transform the space for each event and make sure we add the perfect finishing touches. This weekend, we are thrilled to be making history in the Canopy and inaugurating the space with Startup Weekend's first edition solely focused on education in Cambodia. Startup Weekend Education Phnom Penh will be a mad 54-hours of bringing education startup ideas to life, with a host of education experts as mentors. Drop by to watch some of the action!
Looking forward, for us at least, the event space is all about our launch night in mid-October and we are busy putting together what we hope will be a really memorable celebration. We will have a stellar line-up of international entrepreneurs sharing their passions, a world-class array of cocktails and some amazing food to keep our guests energized for what promises to be a big night out in Phnom Penh!. Watch this space for more details and surprises as the big day gets closer.
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