I needed to open some canned goods last week but found my can opener to be in horrible shape so I chose to find a new one. Yesterday I was in Greenbelt and went to several possible stores thinking they'd have a simple can opener: Rustan's, Ace hardware, even Abensons. Nada. The nearest place I could have gone (but chose not to because I was annoyed by my failed quest) was Landmark.
Why can't we have a nice, not necessarily fancy, kitchen ware store in Greenbelt? Gourdo's and the other cooking store is in Glorietta 4. But Greenbelt is becoming a residential draw (Residences is opening up, not to mention all those new condos in Legaspi village). They need more than a row of high end boutiques and restaurants in there.
Over the christmas holidays I visited a friend in Hong Kong and found so many new gourmet delis and kitchen ware stores in the former colony. They have european and american brands of cookware; there's a focus on design and functionality, and the occasional kitsch. But here, we are still making do with taiwanese and chinese aluminum pots for the most part, or Tefal, lots and lots of Tefal.
A can opener! My kingdom for a can opener!