A manicure store for the needy opened in Singapore on Wednesday, opening in a shopping mall to serve the community.
The shop, called “Mental Health,” opened on Thursday, and the owner, Jochen K. Joo, said he hoped the store would serve as a place where people with mental health issues can go to shop for quality products and services.
“We are really excited to open our first store in Singapore, a shopping center for the mentally ill,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
“I hope that people with depression or anxiety will have a place to go and shop.”
Joo said the store had been started with the aim of opening more than 10 outlets.
“If people think they need a manicure, they can come here and shop.
If they need glasses, they go here,” he added.
The store is situated in the former Mental Health Clinic, which was demolished in the 1990s.
The store has no windows and is open only to the mentally disabled, who can walk in the store to receive the necessary supplies.
“They come here to buy clothes, shoes, glasses, and medication,” said Joo.
“We have everything, we have everything to get them through this difficult time,” he told Al Jazeera.
He said the shop had already received the help of the government to help the shop become profitable.
Joon said the stores had already started accepting payments for supplies.
Al Jazeera’s Alana Mohamed reports from Singapore.