Ladies Uptown Ipoh

rubber leaf bouquet
rubber leaf bouquet

I didn’t know about this new event in Ipoh called “Ladies Uptown” until I went to Ipoh Parade last Saturday evening. It is actually a bazaar that occupies the street parallel to Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil between the side of MBI and behind 100 Yen, starting from one junction and ending at the other, just before entering Persiaran Bougainvillea.

kraftangan daun getah
rubber leaf flowers

Malay craft
Malay craft

Ladies Uptown is still very new; as I understand that it only kicked off on 18th December, 2010, and is expected to be held every Saturday from 6pm until midnight. It’s an initiative by Yayasan Bina Upaya (YBA), a capacity building foundation. Although I have no idea what this Foundation does, this event looks like a programme to uplift the economic status of Malay small enterprises in and around Ipoh, giving Malay business women an avenue to showcase their wares and sell.

lilin wangi
fragrant candles

Ladies Uptown vendors
Ladies Uptown vendors

When I visited last Saturday, there were about 40 vendors selling a variety of bazaar-type merchandise from clothes, shoes and bags to Malay handicrafts, beauty products and cookies. What caught my eye were the handicrafts and flowers made from rubber leaves. They are quite different.

Ladies Uptown Ipoh
Ladies Uptown Ipoh

Ladies Uptown banner
Ladies Uptown banner

Other than these, I couldn’t find anything exceptional offered at Ladies Uptown. Perhaps it’s still new. We’ll give it some time.

Ladies Uptown Ipoh
Location: behind 100 Yen (Greentown)
Date: every Saturday
Time: 6pm to midnight

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6 thoughts on “Ladies Uptown Ipoh

  1. hi ..thanks for your artikel..actually i’m from yayasan bina upaya and this is the correct info for ladies uptown :
    WAHAI lelaki, ini bukan bazar biasa, ini eksklusif untuk wanita sahaja! Umpama rentetan pula, selepas Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) melancarkan koc komuter wanita, kemudian bas RapidKL untuk wanita dan kini pasar khas untuk wanita pula diwujudkan.

    Ini sekali lagi memberi pengiktirafan kepada kaum Hawa yang berusaha keras menambah pendapatan keluarga melalui perniagaan kecil-kecilan.

    Malah dalam situasi negara hari ini boleh dikatakan lebih ramai wanita bekerja dan sudah tentulah kuasa membeli lebih terletak di tangan golongan tersebut.

    Bagaimanapun pasar ini bukanlah berkonsepkan pasar malam, sebaliknya bazar yang diberi nama Ladies Uptown Ipoh itu lebih mengutamakan penghasilan barangan yang unik seperti kraf tangan, pelbagai jenis makanan yang dihasilkan sendiri dan pakaian.

    Jadi ia semenangnya amat berbeza daripada konsep pasar malam biasa.

    Pasti ramai wanita teruja untuk melihat sendiri bagaimana Ladies Uptown beroperasi memandangkan ia adalah yang pertama dalam kelasnya.

    Pengurus Khidmat Pengurusan Komuniti Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBUDR), Isfarina Mohd. Bali berkata, pemilihan lokasi di Persiaran Bougainvilla iaitu bersebelahan bangunan Majlis Bandar Raya Ipoh, amat bertepatan memandangkan ia merupakan kawasan tumpuan orang ramai selain waktu operasinya juga adalah di luar waktu bekerja.

    “Operasi perniagaan yang dijalankan setiap Sabtu bermula pukul 6.30 petang hingga 11 malam. Waktu tersebut amat sesuai sekali kerana cuti hujung minggu bagi kebanyakan warga negeri ini amnya dan warga Bandar Raya Ipoh, khususnya,” ujarnya.

    Menurut Isfarina, YBUDR giat mengadakan pelbagai program sebagai mempromosikan Ladies Uptown secara tidak langsung.

    “Mini Karnival yang diadakan selepas pembukaan tapak Ladies Uptown pada penghujung tahun lalu bertujuan menarik lebih ramai lagi pengunjung sekali gus mempromosikan produk-produk usahawan wanita di situ.

    Memang tidak dinafikan selain memberi sumber pendapatan kepada peniaga, bazar seumpama ini juga mempunyai fungsi lain sebagai riadah untuk ahli keluarga.

    Mungkin lepas ini, banyak lagi negeri yang akan mengikut jejak langkah Ladies Uptown Ipoh ini.

    SUMBER : UTUSAN MALAYSIA (1/2/11)

  2. I would like to participate this bazaar ‘ladies uptown’….how to register ya? I have produce plushie, soft toys, and other felt craft that exactly 100% handmade I make my own. Or you can drop by to view my product through my blog http://www.feltville.blogspot.com

  3. Emma,

    It’s better for you to contact Dolly Quah at dollyqu@gmail.com or 016-551 6018.

    She is the organiser of Kinta Craft Trail, which brings together handcrafters like you.

    There will be a Kinta Craft Trail at De Garden on Feb 2nd & 3rd, from 10am to 6pm.

    All the best.

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