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YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COPY December 2012 - January 2013


A look back at the high points of 2012

’Tis the season to be jolly Holiday fun at The Village Market

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We keep the mood sunny – whatever the weather


Village News


Five Minutes with...

E-system will benefit shoppers, says Dominic


Off the Shelf

Book Worm: A quick look at the latest bestsellers For Seasons: Blockbusters on DVD Reel News: A look at the latest releases



Veronica Kabugi – Human Resources


Well Being

Hazard-free holiday treats


Kaya Spa - Restorative Massage

Could this be the ultimate antidote to stress?


Annual Review

A look back at the high points of 2012


Village Diary

Upcoming Events



New-look Food Court



The Maasai Market



Olympus Cameras



Maweni & Capricho Beach Resort, Tiwi



Car care for the holiday season


Still Here




The Village Market at a glance


Essential Contacts & Information

©2012 The Village Market

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’Tis the season to be jolly


e hope this issue of Village Beat adds some

Lastly, remember our exciting festive season campaign this

cheer to your life this festive season. We have

year. The Great Getaway Giveaway will see one lucky winner

a special 15-page feature recapping some of

win a trip for two to the Maldives. There are also other exciting

the important events and activities of the year with lots of

holiday packages and prizes to be won. And, to ensure that

photographs. You might just see yourself in one of them.

everyone is a winner, The Village Market management has pledged to plant 9000 trees at the Karura Forest throughout

The other jolly face you will not miss belongs to Veronica Kabugi

the duration of the promotion. You don't want to be left out of

of The Village Market’s Human Resources department. Read all

any of our amazing festive season events.

about her in our Profi ler section. Elixir Health offers some special recipes for the festive season, while Kingsway Tyres provides a

Special thanks to Amondi Buyu, Damar Padwa and Reema

useful checklist before you make that holiday trip.

Doshi for contributing to this issue.

In the Savour section, we tell you what to expect from our

Happy Holidays!

new-look Food Court. And if you’re looking for a serene holiday destination to end a long year, why not check out Maweni & Capricho Beach Resort in our Escape column. If you’re staying in town, however, don’t forget to visit our Friday

Ann Gitari

Maasai Market. In our Culture column, we tell you how The

Press Liaison Offi cer

Village Market has transformed the local traders and organised

The Village Market

them into a self-sustaining and world-renowned market.


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The Great Getaway Giveaway Festive Season Promotion The Village Market has launched The-Great-Getaway-Giveaway Festive Season Promotion that will run from 1st December 2012 to 31st January 2013. Aside from enjoying a wonderful shopping experience, shoppers have the chance of a lifetime to win an exotic holiday, a five night stay for two at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives, courtesy of The Village Market. The package includes two air tickets aboard Emirates airlines, a full-board meal plan, US$500 in cash and speedboat return airport transfers. Shoppers will need to spend KES2,000.00 to earn an entry to the promotion. To ensure that everyone is a winner, this year’s promotion has incorporated a social responsibility angle. The Village Market management will plant 9,000 trees in Karura Forest during the course of the promotion.

Nairobi's favourite food Court gets a great new look! After nearly three months of renovation work, The Village Market's new-look food court is set to be unveiled next year. In spite of various challenges, not the least of which was the heavy rain that pounded the country in October and November, work has progressed satisfactorily on the site. The launch will feature lots of fun and entertainment together with rafe prizes for the whole family. See press and posters for details.


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Kwanza offers a tempting range of shoes and other quality leather goods Kwanza is a new and upcoming brand of leather products in Kenya offering a wide choice of shoes, from the latest in ladies' fashion to children’s school shoes. If you're looking for other products besides shoes, Kwanza has a range of leather accessories to choose from, including ladies' handbags, belts, men's wallets, travel bags, leather jackets and even golfing gloves. Kwanza products are all made from genuine Kenyan leather of the finest quality. The store is on Level 2 next to the roof-top car park.

Seven Seafod & Grill set to open at The Village Market Already regarded as Nairobi’s premier seafood destination, Seven Seafood & Grill offers a sumptuous selection of the finest Indian Ocean seafood in one of Nairobi’s most distinctive and innovatively designed restaurants. A mouth-watering array of oysters, lobsters, prawns and ocean fish are delivered daily, freshly prepared and accompanied by Seven’s signature sauces. Meat lovers are well catered for, with exclusive hand-selected cuts of Kenya’s finest beef that have been carefully aged and butchered in-house.

How to look cool and festive? Here is One Way... One Way introduces a new clothing line for the festive summer season. The line features a wide array of T-shirts for every age. T-shirts come in a range colours including sea blue, sea green, coral and fuchsia. 'Little animal' prints give the children's T-shirts a fascinating appeal.

To complete Nairobi’s most unique dining experience, why not indulge in one of Seven’s decadent desserts, reviewed as the best in town. Seven’s unrivalled culinary experience is further complemented by its cocktail bar, Champagne & Fishbowls. All this and more coming soon to The Village Market.

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Five Minutes With...

Shopper Promotions System Gets Automated Says Dominic Mbugua


ominic Mbugua, marketing manager

purchase. This will also enable easier interaction

of The Village Market, explains the

and communication between shoppers and

workings of the new automated

the mall's events team, especially with loyalty

promotion system that will be first used in the


festive season promotion this year.

Q: how does the system work?


Q: what is the automated promotions management system?

A: To register, shoppers will be required to visit the promotion booths located in key traffic areas within

A: The Village Market has introduced a new

the mall. Their personal details will be taken and

electronic system, which will be used to run the

stored in the retrieval system and an identification

mall's prize-based promotions. The new system

code sent to them for future identification. Upon

runs on mobile based applications such as tablets

registration, eligible shoppers willl be required to

and is set to revolutionize the future workings of

spend a minimum amount based on the specific

promotions. Through this system, the participant’s

promotion terms required at any retail outlet within

personal identity, including their contact details

The Village Market to participate in that particular

and transactions, will be captured and stored in

promotion and to qualify for the fabulous prizes.

a retrieval system. Other information needed for

All future transactional entries will be linked to

day-to-day operations, such as copies of receipts,

the participants’ account or records through the

will also be stored electronically as evidence of

unique identifier code issued upon registration and

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FIVE MINUTES WITH confirmed by an SMS. All valid receipt entries will

Q: how will the draw be conducted?

be captured and stored in a retrieval system. The

A: An electronic draw, commonly referred to as

promotion booth attendant will key in the value

E-Draws, is the model that will be used. The draw

and take a picture of the receipts for storage in

is carried out in the presence of key officials where

the system that automatically manages entries, a

the system will be prompted to randomly generate

confirmation is then sent by SMS to the participant.

a list of unique entries from the database that will

As part of controls, all receipts presented will be

determine eventual winners. All entries are linked to

scanned as proof of purchase and validity should

the shoppers' unique codes given upon registration.

there be a need in the future. Only registered

During the draw, the system will randomly select the

shoppers will be eligible to participate during future

names of participating shoppers from the database

events. The system should be easy to use as the

and generate a printout of the list of winners. The

steps are very simple to follow.

draw will be officiated by a representative from the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB).

Q: what are the promotion mechanics this year?

An official list of winners will be released to the

A: The promotion will require that all participants

also receive an SMS alert once the list of winners is

be registered afresh and offered new, unique

verified and confirmed by the BCLB official and a

promotion codes that will be their identity in the

representative of The Village Market. The winners will

system. These promotion codes will be used to

also be announced to the press for public information.

BCLB and the general public to view. Winners will

record their transaction entries and registered as

a form used to collect transactional details from

Q: what necessitated an upgrade to the automated system? A: The Village Market is conscious of the need to

shoppers. Entry points are calculated by the

conserve the environment and sought to take this

system based on the configured criteria. This year,

as a green initiative to achieve that particular goal.

one entry will be equivalent to a spend of KES

Besides ensuring that everyone is a winner, the key

2,000/- in shopping. Shoppers will earn e-coupons

benefits of this new, automated, system include:

coded entries for drawing purposes. Once user registration is complete, the system will create

that will be uniquely coded and stored under the draw table and linked to their registration code /

'The Village Market has introduced a new electronic system that will be used to run prize-based promotions for the shopping centre'

• Less time consuming data entry system when

compared with the previous paper based coupon


• Fewer errors in data entry • Less paper usage and wastage as the process is online • Less tedious E-Drawing system where the system will

pick out random entries based on the number of

points, by shoppers to run draws. Each point

signifies an entry.

shopper identifier. All booth attendants will log

• Increased participation by mall shoppers.

into the mobile application, allowing us to keep

• Automated selection process, which assures

track of the entries they submit into the system.

The system will save our shoppers valuable time

• It is also a technological solution to manual based

previously lost filling out paper-based entries.

everyone a fair chance of winning. systems that are known to be vulnerable to

The shopping mall has various promotion booths

human interference that may compromise the

strategically placed along high footfall areas

integrity of such promotions.

to facilitate and assist our shoppers during the campaign. Please note that well-trained staff

This being one of the many green initiatives

are available to assist you during this promotion.

practiced in the shopping centre, The Village Market

However, should you need further assistance or

is very proud to once again pioneer in this area. We

clarification, please visit the mall's management

look forward to having feedback from our valuable

office and seek to talk to anyone in the Marketing

shoppers on their new experiences as part of our

& PR department.

continuous quality improvement process.

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Book Worm


A quick look at the latest bestsellers

Author: Chinua Achebe Price: KES 2,200

Achebe begins his story with Nigeria’s birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer, so that we may understand both the young country’s keen sense of promise, which all too quickly turned to horror, and Achebe’s view of the particular obligation of the artist, especially in a time of war. For Chinua Achebe, to be a serious writer is to be a committed writer; to speak for one’s history, one’s beliefs and one’s people, especially when others cannot. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid fi rst-hand observation and decades of further research and refl ection, 'There Was a Country' is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as a one of the great literary and moral voices of our age.


THE CASUAL VACANCY Author: J.K. Rowling Price: KES 2,400

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford seems to be an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey. But what lies behind the pretty façade is a town of war; rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it fi rst appears; and the empty seat left by Barry on the Parish Council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Author: Stephen Mills & Brian yonge Price: KES 4,950 Publication of the present account comes at an appropriate time. Few still living can remember what the country was like before the railway was built, so later generations can perhaps be forgiven for taking it for granted and thinking that it has always been there. 'A Railway to Nowhere' serves to remind the reader that the building of the railway was an act of faith, albeit not entirely altruistic, which has proved a crucial factor in bringing Kenya to a stage of development that could scarcely have been envisaged by those who conceived the project or laboured to bring it to fruition.




Westlands Sundries Level 1, Opposite Steers Tel: +254 20 7122437 Email:

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GUERRILLAS OF TSAVO Author: James G. Willson Price: KES 3,750

'Guerrillas of Tsavo' portrays the actions of the German Schutztruppe, a force of just 15,000 African and European troops under the remarkable leadership of Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, who against all odds engaged a far superior Empire and Allied collective army of 300,000 troops from 21 countries. They occupied an area in southwest Kenya – much of what is now Tsavo West National Park, Taveta and down along the frontier to the ocean. In the fi nal analysis, von Lettow-Vorbeck held the unequalled status of being an undefeated German general in charge of the only occupied British territory of the First World War.


Blockbusters on DVD



Starring: liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Colpey Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Four American soldiers serving in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing $100 bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base, their commanding offi cer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court-martialled and sent to different prisons. Six months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith, is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. He helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. After doing it, however, they discover that the spook might not be OK. And a military intelligence offi cer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them.

Starring: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery It is 1940 and Britain stands almost alone against the might of Nazi Germany across the Continent. The terrors of nightly bombing raids are matched only by the fear and hysteria of the population at the prospect of the seemingly inevitable German invasion. Working in this environment is Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, of the Hastings police on the south coast of England. Denied a transfer to the war effort, Foyle is nonetheless forced to confront the darkest acts of humanity on a daily basis. With his offi cial driver, Sam, and his subordinate, Paul Milner, Foyle investigates murders, looting and theft, crimes of opportunism, crimes of war, crimes of passion and crimes of greed, because crime isn't stopped by warfare.


1st & Ten

Starring: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

*KES 2,500 registration fee and KES 200 per DVD borrowed. First four rentals free with new membership sign-up. Home delivery and pick-up also available.

The comical exploits of the California Bulls, a fi ctional professional football team, and the organisation's players.


Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy, tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Dusquene, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Tim Speedle, a cocky yet disarming investigator who is well connected on the street; and Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways. Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense, know-it-all coroner.

Starring: O.J Simpson, Scott Geyer, Clayton landey Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

TO BORROW ORIGINAl DVDs VISIT: Moviebuster, Level 1, Opposite Steers Tel: 0715 818774 or 0732 242294 Email: Web:

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Reel News A look at the latest releases


Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane lynch Directed by: Rich Moore Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studio Showing in: December 2012 A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfi l his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.


Starring: Abigail Breslin, Jeff Goldblum, Jamal Mixon Directed by: Wayne Thornley Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family Studio: Cinema Management Group Showing in: December 2012 Set in a bustling bird city on the edge of the majestic Victoria Falls, 'Zambezia' is the story of Kai, a naĂŻve but high-spirited young falcon who travels to the bird city of Zambezia where he discovers the truth about his origins and, in defending the city, learns how to be part of a community.


Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols Directed by: Rob Cohen Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery Studio: QED International Showing in: December 2012 A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specialises in torture and pain. After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his fi rst victim and that things are not what they seem.




Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage Directed by: Peter Jackson Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Studio: New line Cinema Showing in: December 2012 Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon, Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo fi nds himself joining a company of 13 dwarfs led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Star ix Theatres, The Village Market Level 3, Opposite Superbowl Tel: +254 716 883872

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Sunny outlook is secret of success for ‘Tots’ Veronica Kabugi – Human Resources


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ack in 2005 a young woman, about 5 ft

Resources manager, Peris Oloo. “Peris has been more

tall, walked into The Village Market for a

like a mentor than a boss and I couldn’t have asked for

job interview. Veronica Kabugi’s miniature

a better superior.”

frame and childlike face said nothing of her mature age of 23. However, her big smile and confident

Together, the two have been credited with

countenance, matched by her skill set, would see

transforming the HR department and helping to ensure

her get the job, a position with The Village Market’s

job satisfaction among The Village Market’s workforce

loyalty programme, Bonus Card. It was there that

of some 250 people from a variety of backgrounds.

Veronica began her successful career. Thanks to her warm and friendly manner, members of


the Bonus Card programme gelled with her instantly.

“One must be very patient and be willing to listen to

Her colleagues at the Management office equally

others,” says Veronica with her never-fading smile.

appreciated her as she seemed to get along with

“It is only when you have heard the other person that

everyone. Even then, Veronica’s peers couldn’t look past

you can recommend solutions to their problems.”

her short height and baby face. Eventually she acquired the nickname Toto (Swahili for ‘young child’). This was later slanged up to Tots and the name has stuck.

Rapport After a two-year stint at Bonus Card, Veronica moved to the Recreation

'Peris has been more like a mentor than a boss and I couldn’t have asked for a better superior'

Department to serve as a bowling cashier. During the year she was there she was also responsible for

Perhaps it is this compassionate touch that has led

Customer Care and Corporate Bookings.

to Veronica being selected to steer various employee groups. She has served as a supervisory secretary in

In 2009, in the light of her good rapport with

the staff SACCO, where she was also mandated to

colleagues, Veronica was asked to serve in the Human

oversee the running of the staff cafeteria. Currently,

Resources department – a whole new experience

Veronica is secretary of the Village Market Benevolent

compared with everything she had done in the past.

Fund, which helps meet the funeral expenses of staff

The young woman who had found comfort behind

members and their families.

the customer service desk had to learn how to handle personnel information, counsel her colleagues in an appropriate way and recommend reward and remedial action where necessary.

Favourite So how does she switch off from it all? “I love spending time with my son,” says Veronica. Five-year


old Aaron is Veronica’s favourite topic of discussion and there couldn’t be a prouder mother in the world.

“It was quite a challenge initially,” Veronica admits. “But I eventually got a hang of things.”

“I have a very tight schedule that revolves around work, school and all the committees I sit in,” she says.

To further her knowledge, Veronica went back to

“So Saturdays and Sundays are strictly for my son. We

school to take up a course in HR, starting at certificate

talk with each other, play together, watch movies and

level. She is set to graduate with a diploma before

go visit his grandmother.”

embarking on a degree course. And when the week begins, Veronica is back at her “I would never have gone back to school had it not

desk, cheerfully going about her work and making

been for my boss,” says Veronica, speaking of Human

sure her colleagues are as happy as she strives to be.

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Hazard-free holiday treats Enjoy your festive family meals without harming your health

endocrine system; imagine what we are doing to

By Dr Komal Shah

our children’s health and our own by continuing

Naturopath, yoga therapist and nutritionist


hite refined sugar can have harmful effects on our health.

to consume it.

White refi ned sugar = (burnt carbon + bleach) – (minerals, vitamins, fi bre).

One of the main drawbacks of

refined sugar is that it raises the insulin level.

Refi ned sugar contributes to a weakened defence

This inhibits the release of growth hormones,

against bacterial infection, may lead to chromium

which in turn depress the immune system.

defi ciency, interferes with the absorption of

An influx of sugar into the bloodstream

calcium and magnesium, causes food allergies

upsets the body-sugar balance, triggering

and increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

the release of insulin. Insulin also promotes

The high intake of sugar also increases the risk of

the storage of fat, so that when we eat

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

sweets high in sugar, we are making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride

Substitute your white sugar with brown sugar,

levels, both of which have been linked to

jaggery powder, dates, dried fruit, fresh fruit

cardiovascular diseases.

and fresh juice. Other healthier alternatives to white refi ned sugar are: stevia, xylitol, molasses,


Refi ned sugar is devoid of minerals, vitamins

fructose, pure honey and agave syrup. Here are

and fi bre and has a deteriorating effect on the

some healthy sweet recipes for the festive season:

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Whole wheat fl our: 400g Condensed milk*: 200g Fresh butter: 200g Jaggery powder: 400g Peeled bananas: 400g (4-5 large pcs) Walnut kernels: 250g Baking powder: 2 teaspoons Almond fl akes and cashews: 100g

*If using tinned and sweetened condensed milk, use 400 g with 200 g of jaggery powder.

PREPARATION: • • • • • •

Grind the walnuts and keep them aside. Melt the butter and add to condensed milk Add jaggery powder, wheat fl our and baking powder and beat vigorously. Blend bananas in a mixer and add along with ground walnuts. Decorate with walnut halves, almond fl akes and cashews. Bake at 210°C.

NUTTY BARS Makes 20 toffees INgREDIENTS: • • • • • •

Ghee: 1 teaspoon Cashew nuts: 10 g Cardamom powder: ½ teaspoon Grated coconut: 1 cup Jaggery powder: ¾ cup Shelled groundnuts: 1 tablespoon.

PREPARATION: Heat and blend the coconut and jaggery powder in a pan. Add crushed cashews and groundnuts, cardamom powder and ghee. Keep stirring on a low fl ame until the preparation thickens like a ball. Remove from the fi re and spread it on a tray. Cool and cut out in desired shapes.

Visit or e-mail your queries to Elixir Health shop INFORMATION

• • • • •

where the in-house qualified nutritionist can advise you further:

ElIXIR HEAlTH Level 2, above Food Court Tel: +254 (20) 7120217 Email:

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Restorative Massage

Could this be...

the ultimate antidote to stress? By Amondi Buyu, Natural Wellness Practitioner, Kaya Spa, Tribe Hotel


on’t count on taking a nap while

the same, we do not all suffer from the same

having a Restorative Massage.

ailments; therefore I believe that every massage

This is no walk-in-the-park massage.

should not be the same either. Before the massage, the therapist ought to conduct a

It involves reaching into the muscle to pressure

consultation to determine the needs of the client

points and releasing knotted, contorted muscles.

and tailor a plan of care specific to each individual

The benefits of the Restorative Massage include

client. The blend of massage oils should also be

stimulation of circulation, reduction in pain, an

designed to enhance the therapy.

increase of mobility and promotion of a general sense of well-being. A restorative massages helps combat the effects of stress. In helping the body to

Pain relief

remember what it is to relax in our fast-paced lives,

Usually, for a therapist to be able to encourage

a restorative massage calms the nervous system

pain relief during the massage, he or she must

and decreases anxiety. The massage session can

understand human anatomy and physiology.

also lower your blood pressure, smooth digestion

Also, understanding pathology is an advantage

and help you get a better night’s sleep.

because massage can do more harm than good to conditions such as osteoporosis and low blood


pressure and yet has amazing benefits for ailments

All too often we wait until we have an injury or are

pain and whiplash. The benefits of massage are

very stiff before we find time to book a massage.

doubly powerful if taken in regular doses.

such as back pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, neck

Understanding that the power of touch can not only relieve physical muscle pain but can also change our chemistry and emotional state should thus encourage us to make time to pamper ourselves.


the body is that it releases endorphins, the body’s

Tribe Hotel Tel: +254 20 7120171/ 7200656 Email:

natural painkiller and feel-good chemical. The consultation before the massage should


One of the reasons massage is super-beneficial for

be extremely thorough. As everybody is not

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Bringing out the best in people is what makes us happy When it comes to showcasing and supporting a wide variety of entertaining and worthwhile events relating to Nairobi, no-one does it better than The Village Market. From design competitions to fashion shows and from charity work to children’s parties, The Village Market and its Management team have worked closely with a range of key organisations throughout 2012 to create fun events that have also brought real benefits to the wider community.


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Winning artwork will assist war on drugs Students’ Poster Design Competition


n April this year The Village Market Management launched a students’ poster design competition with the title of ‘Drug

Free Teens’. The aim was to explore children’s creative ability and their key role in educating their peers about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Under the rules of the contest, participants had to be aged 12 to 17. All submissions had to be original posters using watercolours on pastel paper. As word went round the schools of Nairobi, students got to work and within two weeks The Village Market Management had received a large number of entries. For some schools, this was a serious affair, with art teachers making the competition an end-ofterm exam project.

• Aga Khan Academy – 5 entries • Braeburn Garden Estate – 4 entries • German School – 4 entries • Hillcrest Secondary – 1 entry • Nairobi Jaffery Academy – 4 entries • Oshwal Academy – 39 entries • Oshwal Academy Junior High – 3 entries • Rosslyn Academy – 3 entries • Rusinga School – 10 entries • St Mary’s School – 3 entries • Strathmore School – 1 entry.

Other students took an individual initiative and designed their posters at home. In doing so, they

It was clear from the submissions that young people

single-handedly put their schools on the map for all the

are aware of the harmful effects of drug abuse;

right reasons. Among the schools that took part were:

and, given a suitable platform, they can be effective

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STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION peer educators alongside student counsellors and other adults.

Voting for the best posters The Management held a five-day exhibition from 28 April to 2 May during which the student's posters were on public display. Exhibition enthusiasts, relatives of the participants and tourists visiting The Village Market over the weekend had a chance to vote for the best posters in the People’s Choice Award category. The posters were subjected to a thorough judging process by a panel consisting of Hamed Ehsani, managing director of The Village Market; Jyoti Kadri, of Catermart, a Village Market tenant; and Anne Mwiti, a lecturer at Kenyatta University. They were judged on the basis of creativity, originality, clarity of message, visual impact and overall appeal.

Award ceremony and sensitisation seminar Following the exhibition and judging process, the Management held an award ceremony and seminar on 3 May. Among the 200-plus guests were officials from the National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (Nacada), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Diplomatic Police Unit, student counsellors, art teachers and parents as well as those who took part in the poster competition.

Thanks are due also to everyone who voted in the People’s Choice Category award

In closing the award ceremony and seminar, Mr Ehsani thanked all the students who had taken

would be used by the Management in the

part and the parents and teachers who had

branding of its anti-drug and alcohol campaign.

supported them. He said the winning poster

Mr Ehsani said successive competitions would be executed differently to ensure they remained relevant and interesting. Special thanks went to George Murimi of Nacada; Stéphane Ibanez-de-Benito of UNODC; Allan Sangoro of the Diplomatic Police Unit; and to Anne Mwiti, Amalia Mbugua and Jyoti Kadri. Thanks are due also to everyone who voted in the People’s Choice Category award, especially the parents and teachers who encouraged their children and students to take part in this initiative.


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From left: The Village Market’s Press Liaison Officer Ann Gitari, contestants Anthony Mugo and Lisa Davis, The Village Market’s MD Hamed Ehsani, Lesley Ross, contestant Edward Bulumo, William Ndwiga from the Little Art Gallery, contestant Dickens Otieno and The Village Market’s Asst. Marketing Manager, Leah Munyua.

Sculptures win praise from judges The Village Market Public Art Design Competition


n March 2012 The Village Market

This distinguished panel judged the entries on

Management finalised plans for a Public Art

creativity, originality, visual appeal, positive impact

Design Competition. The competition invited

on the site and surrounding community, durability

artists from all over the country to design life-

and environmental friendliness of the material

sized sculptures to be displayed in public areas in

used, success in addressing issues of public safety

The Village Market. The project sought a unique

and maintenance, cost-effectiveness of the actual

design that was consistent with its surrounding

life-size model and overall appeal.

site and that took into consideration public movement, public open space and interaction between people and public art.

Thinking After reviewing all the entries, the judges

Participants were asked to submit their entries

shortlisted five candidates – Nani Croze, Lisa Davis,

from February to May 2012. Over 30 proposals

Anthony Mungo, Edward Bulumo and Dickens

were submitted by art galleries and individual

George Otieno – whose work seemed appropriate

artists. On 7 June these proposals were evaluated

for a public art display. The judges also met each

by a panel of qualified judges consisting of:

of these artists so they could explain in detail the

Above: Lisa Davis receives a certificate and prize money from The Village Market MD, Hamed Ehsani Below: Edward Bulumo receives a certificate and prize money from Hamed Ehsani

thinking behind their concepts. • Osei Kofi, director of Gallery Watatu

The judges, directors and the Management team

• Mary Obembo, from the GoDown Arts Centre

would like to compliment all who entered the

• Dena Crain, artist and lecturer at the

competition and to congratulate all five artists whose

Quilt University • Onesmus Mwatu, lecturer at Nairobi Institute of Technology.

winning concepts were selected. In this way, the Management hopes to enhance The Village Market environment and create an opportunity for artists to have their talents recognised.

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Giving young talent a chance to blossom


isabled children from Kibera, a deprived

of the volunteers, who helped the students with

area of Nairobi, have been given an

their projects and fed those children who couldn’t

opportunity to develop their positive

feed themselves. The day’s activities were divided

skills through art therapy and recreation at a

into morning and mid-morning sessions. At break

special camp set up by the Action Foundation

time, the children were given bread, milk, juice

and partly funded by The Village Market.

and other refreshments.

At the Butterfly Art Camp, the children were

These precious moments of joy were almost

encouraged to develop such positive aspects

shattered when three volunteers were robbed

as self-esteem, communication, social skills and

at gunpoint when leaving Kibera, losing their

manual dexterity. The two-week event in August

valuables in the process. After the incident was

2012 was the brainchild of Maria Omare, chief

reported to the police, the foundation hired

executive of Action Foundation’s

the services of security personnel who escorted volunteers to and from the centre on a safer route.

As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Action Foundation relies on the goodwill of sponsors to fund its projects. The Village Market Management


was impressed by the thought behind the art camp

Action Foundation (Kenya) is a registered NGO that

and donated KES 55,000 to procure paper, paints

aims to improve the lives of people with physical and

and other amenities for the camp. An addition to the

intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 2009 by a

donation, Village Market staff spent time with the

group of university students passionate about reaching

children and helped them with their art projects. The

out to the disabled in their neighbouring community.

daily activities included painting, beadwork, papier

The NGO keeps growing both in numbers and in spirit.

mâché craft, assembling and dance. The Village Market is proud to be associated with Parents brought their disabled children to the

Action Foundation and will continue to support

camp each day and left them in the safe hands

its activities.

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Mkwezi Dance

Dance and fashion show helps children in need By Damar Padwa


hildren with special needs benefited from a special evening of dance and fashion called Mkwezi, presented by

the Action Foundation and the Pamoja Dance Group at Nairobi’s Tribe Hotel. Tribe Hotel and The Village Market were among the sponsors of the event in September, which centred on a contemporary dance show featuring dancers with and without disabilities. The aim of the show was to raise awareness of disability and to raise funds for an art and therapy programme for children with special needs in Kibera, as well as to support the Pamoja Dance Group’s talent

The aim of the show Artistic creation was to raise awareness Based at the GoDown Arts Centre, the of disability and to raise Pamoja Dance Group works with new forms of funds for an art and integration through artistic creation as dancers with and without physical disability come therapy programme together to share creative work in an open and

development programme.

inclusive environment. for his performance. He also shared stories of his Dalmas Otieno, a contemporary dancer with the

own career and his struggles as a young man to

Pamoja Dance Group, received a standing ovation

find his way in life by embracing his challenges and newly found abilities. The night was made still more memorable by stand-up comedian Masaku, who kept the crowd entertained. A notable part of the event was the showcasing of the Taf Wear range of beadwork and accessories designed and made by members of the Action Foundation. On the catwalk, the pieces were displayed to dramatic effect by models draped in linen in the style of Greek gods and goddesses. Beadwork and accessories are available at


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Old magazines make beautiful bowls I

t all began with some spring cleaning;

finished bowls and other items to Nairobi for an

a concerted effort to get rid of old

exhibition at The Village Market.

magazines, journals and other publications

that had long served their purpose at The

Retailing at KES 1,500 apiece, the bowls stood

Village Market management office.

out among the many other items on display. They can be used to serve snacks or fruit or to display

Normally, this load of waste paper would have

souvenirs at home.

found its way to the incinerator. Instead, however, we had better plans for it.

Once again, The Village Market is proud to be associated with yet another conservation effort


spearheaded by Jarida Crafts.

Somewhere in the heart of Kisumu, a 15-member group eagerly awaited our trash. Under the name Jarida Crafts, the group has been making a range of items from recycled metal, water hyacinth and of course, paper. These items include children’s toys, gift cards, necklaces, bookmarks and furniture. Nonetheless, what they made from our waste paper was among their newest inventions – an array of multi-coloured bowls that took about three months to design and mould. With their work done, the Jarida Crafts people brought the

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A plea for humanity and harmony International Day of Peace

By Damar Padwa


overnment leaders and other prominent people delivered messages of hope for an end to violence and

war at the United Nations International Day of Peace. The event – at The Village Market on 21 September – was held courtesy of the United Religions Initiative (URI) Africa. This organisation seeks to end religiously motivated violence in partnership with the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), the African Council of Religious

by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, while Dr Mustafa

Leaders, the Eastern Africa Standby Force, the

Ali, of the African Council of Religious Leaders,

Interfaith Peace Building Initiative from Ethiopia

highlighted the sad fact that the world spends

and also in collaboration with The Village Market.

US$ 1 trillion a year on weapons – considerably more than the entire UN budget for humanitarian

Taking as its theme ‘Sustainable Peace for a

aid and development.

Sustainable Future’, the event was marked by interfaith prayers for peace – the guiding principle on which most religions are founded. The prayers


focused especially on the Democratic Republic of

Florence N. Mpaaye accepted URI Africa’s peace

Congo, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria and Kenya

award on behalf of the Nairobi Peace Initiative.

in the light of the forthcoming general elections.

In his keynote address, Hamed Ehsani, managing director of The Village Market, said that for a very

Also there to mark the day were the director

long time the world had prepared for war and

general of the United Nations Office in Nairobi,

it was time humanity prepared for peace, which

Sahle-Work Zewde, and the former mayor,

would bring about unity of mankind.

Joe Aketch, on behalf of the Association of Former Mayors. A formal welcome was given

He emphasised the need for equality of men and women and their right to achieve peace within a system of justice that was just to all. He said that, for this to be achieved, the resources available must benefit all and the spiritual element must accompany political peace for the peace cycle to be complete. Later, at the UN memorial peace garden, representatives from the government, the UN, community-based organisations and others wrote

Florence N. Mpaaye of the Nairobi Peace Initiative receives the Peace Award from the URI Africa team


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messages on a special ‘peace pole’ and observed a minute’s silence in honour of the victims and survivors of violence.

Mussi Hailu, regional coordinator at the Economic Commission for Africa, and Hamed Ehsani, MD of The Village Market, with representatives of various peace groups

The Village Market’s Marketing Manager, Dominic Mbugua (L) presents a cheque to Mark Somen of team Ne-faru that took part in the Rhino Charge event this year.

Rhino Charge donation helps vital conservation work


he Village Market was once again

by Derek Steel. No 21 raised KES 1.3 million,

involved in a conservation effort

making it the 11th highest fundraiser.

through Rhino Ark Charitable Trust by

sponsoring team Nefaru in the annual off-

In total, the event raised KES 72 million with all

road motor sport competition.

proceeds going to the Rhino Ark Trust. This has enabled the trust to complete the task of fencing

Team Nefaru, which finished in 19th place out of

Aberdare National Park and the surrounding

65, was made up of Karim Fazal, Jens Hartmann,

indigenous forest land. Covering a total of some

Samuel Ndivo, Amaan-Ali Fazal, Thomas Iten and

2,000 sq km, this area is now described as the

Mark Somen.

Aberdare Conservation Area.

Held in Kenya since 1989, the Rhino Charge is


a unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in offroad driving

Following this success, Rhino Ark announced its

and navigation. It is organised by the Rhino Ark

formal commitment to support the conservation

Trust to raise funds for the conservation of Kenya’s

of other critical ecosystems, starting with the

Aberdare Ecosystem.

Mau, Mount Eburu and Mount Kenya. Funds raised by the Rhino Charge will now also play an

In 2010 The Village Market also sponsored vehicle

important role in this.

No 21 driven by Jonathan Somen and navigated

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Hair Shaving

A bold – and bald – display of solidarity Hair shaving and auction in support of cancer survivors By Damar Padwa


ctober is the month set aside internationally to raise awareness of early screening for the detection of

breast cancer, which continues to claim the lives of many women – and men – around the world. This year, the Kenya Cancer Association (Kencasa) and the American Women’s Association decided to observe Cancer Month in dramatic style. Women from all walks of life gathered at The Village Market on 31 October to have their hair shaved in support of cancer initiatives in Kenya. This emotional event made history as the very first of such initiatives in Kenya.

Youngest participant As the youngest participant to have her hair shaved, nine-year-old Abigael Awino moved the

Women from all walks of life gathered at The Village Market on 31 October to have their hair shaved in support of cancer initiatives in Kenya.

audience to tears. Abigael said she had taken part in the event in order to stand in solidarity with her

impact on women who ended up losing their

friend’s mother, a cancer survivor.

breasts and hair while seeking treatment. “Many of these women have low self-esteem and others

In a speech, David Makumi, vice-chairman of

lapse into depression,” he said.

Kencasa, noted that cancer not only had a physical

Solidarity The aim of the hair shaving and auction event was to show solidarity with these women. Proceeds from the event would be used to buy prosthetic breast moulds and wigs for cancer survivors. This bold and visually dramatic event was covered by various local and international media houses including the BBC Swahili Service, Al Jazeera TV, Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television (CCTV), South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Citizen TV, Nation TV, K24 and Capital FM.


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Top: KENCASA vice chairperson, David Makumi gives the keynote address. Above: Abigael Awino smiles proudly after taking part in the historic event. Nine-year old Abigael is a class 4 pupil at Loreto Convent Valley Road in Nairobi Left: Dr. Kanyori Samuel Barare a physician with the Embassy of the United States speaks during the event


Design lovers focus on ‘inside story’ Ideal Interiors Show


reators – and admirers – of good

described the event as “a feast of exciting ideas”,

interior design made a beeline for

saying it was an opportunity for both exhibitors

The Village Market earlier this year to

and visitors to engage.

attend the third annual Ideal Interiors Show. On his part, Mr Ehsani thanked the organisers The exhibition, from 7 to 11 March, gave

for once again choosing The Village Market as

participants and Village Market shoppers an

an ideal venue for the Ideal Interiors Show. “The

opportunity to catch up with the latest design

Village Market as a host is happy to be part

trends, new products, materials, appliances and

of a transformation that seeks to introduce a

what consumers want for their homes.

concentration of trendy, design-centric exhibits,” he said.

International design houses, locally based suppliers and designers all had a chance to display their wares for home, office and garden at the 2012 exhibition, which adopted the theme of ‘Celebrating Your Space’.

Gala night The exhibition culminated in a gala night presided over by the Vice President, the Hon. Kalonzo

Official opening

Musyoka, who was accompanied by government officials and members of parliament.

The official opening was presided over by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Metropolitan Development,

The Ideal Interiors Show is a thought-provoking

Philip Sika, who noted in his keynote address how

event and a one-stop lifestyle experience, with

much the event had grown over the years.

high display standards and a dazzling range of creative interiors for both private and commercial

Other speeches were delivered by the event

properties. It is an ideal opportunity for both

director, Humphrey Odhiambo, as well as by the

participants and showgoers to keep up with the

event host, Hamed Ehsani, managing director of

latest design trends, new products, materials,

The Village Market. In his speech, Mr Odhiambo

appliances and interiors.

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Kitenge Festival

On parade – African culture at its best By Damar Padwa Photographs courtesy of Simon Macharia


he bright colours and textures of Africa came alive at the Kitenge Festival, hosted by The Village Market to

celebrate the well-known fabric. Staged on the third level of The Village Market, the festival embraced various aspects of African culture – fashion, food, music and art – attracting many visitors to East Africa’s largest shopping complex.

Energetic This glamorous event, courtesy of socialite Grace Makosewe, took as its theme ‘Bring on the Drama’. It consisted of an open-air fashion show and photo shoot together with percussionists, traditional dancers and other energetic performers to keep the crowd enthralled. Spectators watched as style fashionistas and celebrities stepped out,

This glamorous event, courtesy of socialite Grace Makosewe, took as its theme ‘Bring on the Drama’ dressed head to toe in modern African print inspirations in line with the kitenge theme. There was an impressive display, too, by local designers and vendors with their colourful Africaninspired wares in big and bold styles, ranging from avant garde clothing and accessories to interior decor, lifestyle products and scrumptious delicacies, much to the delight of shoppers. The event was both a sales and a networking opportunity for the designers and vendors. The day’s activities culminated in a high-life party. The Village Market looks forward to hosting an even bigger and more vibrant edition of the Kitenge Festival in 2013.


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Such a frightfully nice place for a party T

he last weekend

United States and Canada,

of October was a

the culture and rituals of

spooky affair at

Halloween have spread to other

The Village Market when it played host

parts of the world as a result of media and

to a Haunted Halloween Party. Despite

expatriate influences and the commercial

the unpredictable wet weather, families

interests associated with the festival.

and friends stepped out in style dressed as zombies, witches and vampires to

With its key location in the diplomatic

mark the annual event.

district of the city, The Village Market is ideally placed to serve the needs and

The rooftop parking area was reserved

interests of the largely expatriate people

for children aged three to 12. They were

who understand and appreciate the

treated to a great choice of entertainment

festival. All across the world, shopping

options, from inflatable castles, playhouses,

malls are increasingly playing host to

a water bubble pool and a maze to clowns,

Halloween parties owing to their central

stilt walkers and magicians.

location in various neighbourhoods. Shopping malls are preferred as they


offer a safe, convenient and fun-filled environment, especially for children.

Adults enjoyed a party at the Food Court, where they were entertained by

In a similar way, The Village Market keeps

acrobats, fire eaters and the Calabash

the Halloween spirit alive by bringing

Band. Teenagers had their own

together neighbours from within a 5

exclusive party at the Bowling Hall, with

km radius and other keen partygoers

entertainment by DJ Screams and the

from further afield. Halloween is now a

Dashy Krew dance group.

popular calendar event taking root in the social spots of Kenya.

Halloween is celebrated on 31 October on the eve of All Hallows, a Christian festival. Traditionally celebrated in Scotland, Ireland, the

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ollowing a successful competition in June, the Jeanius After Party was held in September at the Bowling Hall. Families and groups who had taken part in the competition came all

dressed up for a grand party with a 60s and 70s theme. DJ Ricky kept the crowd on their feet while Pomodoro presented a variety of exceptional bitings and cocktails. Winners of the denim design competition were presented with their prizes by Grace Makosewe, managing director of Nairobi VIP. They were ranked as follows: AWARD




Judges Award

Two nights, three days for four at Maasai Nkoirero Camp Maasai Mara Game Reserve worth $300

Summer Threads

JC 004

Village Market Award

One week’s stay for four at a hotel in Malindi courtesy of Vacation Advisor Kenya


JC 027

Tenants Award

One night for two at Mara Siria Tented Campcourtesy of Phoenix Safaris worth KES 26,000


JC 017

Event Sponsor Award

Tamambo meal vouchers for five Hi-Tide Waterpark vouchers for four

The Jellybeans

JC 011

People’s Choice 1

Brunch at Tribe Hotel for four

Indo Afric Fusion

JC 002

Tenants Award 2

Khazana meal vouchers for four


JC 020

Judges Award 2

ArtCaffe meal vouchers for four

Russian Union

JC 024

Judges Award 3

Pomodoro meal vouchers for three


JC 019

People’s Choice 2

Village Market shopping vouchers worth KES 2,000


JC 027

People’s Choice 3

Village Market shopping vouchers worth KES 2,000

Summer Threads

JC 004

People’s Choice 4

Village Market shopping vouchers worth KES 1,000


JC 020

People’s Choice 5 Khazana meal vouchers for two

Hippie Happy Ellies

JC 010

People’s Choice 6 Village Market shopping vouchers worth KES 1,000

Russian Union

JC 023

People’s Choice 7 Bowling vouchers for four and Mini golf vouchers for two

Neha Mashru

JC 031

People’s Choice 8 Bowling vouchers for four

Kizre Jeans

JC 022

People’s Choice 9 Bowling vouchers for two and mini golf vouchers for four


JC 019

People’s Choice 10 Bowling vouchers for two and mini golf vouchers for two

Mama Meals On Heels

JC 001

People’s Choice 11 Bowling vouchers for two


JC 034

People’s Choice 12 Mini golf vouchers for four

Hanna’s Hippies

JC 035

Special thanks to event sponsors Maasai Nkoirero, Vacation Advisor Kenya, Phoenix Safaris, Tamarind Group (Tamambi Bar & Grill), ArtCaffe and

THE GENIUS BEHIND JEANIUS Jeanius was a fashion design competition, organised by The Village Market in June, that paid homage to the fashion culture of the 60s and 70s. It was a fun-filled and creative event for friends and families who love working together. Participants were required to gather a group of no more than four, get a pair of denims (boot cuts, bell-bottoms, straight jeans, etc) and customise to their own taste. They could add patchwork or embroidery or sketch over the denim with dye, paint or felt pen to come up with a creative, hippie-themed design. The competition attracted a large number of entries and the management called in fashion designer John Kaveke and Grace Makosewe, proprietor of Nairobi VIP Parties, to judge them. This followed a separate judging process in which the public had an opportunity to vote for their favourite designs in the People’s Choice Category. Winners of the competition were announced at the Jeanius After Party.

Khazana Restaurant.

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Village Diary November 2012

December 2012

29 november to 9 December

1 December to 31 January 2013

Exhibition Hall • 10 am to 6 pm daily


POWER OF UNITY An exhibition by Moses Muigai, James Mutisya and others featuring a display of abstract and semi-abstract paintings by seasoned artists.

The promotion will run from 1st December 2012 to 31st January 2013. Aside from enjoying a wonderful shopping experience, shoppers have the chance of a lifetime to win an exotic holiday, a five night stay for two at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives, courtesy of The Village Market.

30 november to 12 December Exhibition Hall • 10 am to 6 pm daily

TUSCAN FURNITURE EXHIBITION Tuscan is inspired by elements of nature and chic designs. It takes a fresh and distinctive approach that is transforming, capturing a classic, modern, cultural and elegant style of living and introducing a new approach to style without ever comprising on quality.

20 to 31 December Exhibition Hall • 10 am to 6 pm daily

TWISTED STRINGS An exhibition by Jack Kaluva, renowned artist and musician. Kaluva’s speciality is sculpting musical instruments.

20 to 31 December

For more information about any of these events, contact The Village Market: Tel: +254 (0)20 712 2488-90 Email: Facebook Page: The Village Market Twitter Handle: @VillageMarket



Exhibition Hall • 10 am to 6 pm daily

PEACE An exhibition by Congolese-born Bezalel Ngabo. Painting is his way of appreciating the beautiful world we live in. Through his paintings, Bezalel hopes to educate viewers about the basic virtues of life that help make our world even more beautiful.

20 to 31 December Exhibition Hall • 10 am to 6 pm daily

MOBILCASA FURNITURE EXHIBITION Innovative and creative furniture for the modern home and office.

Changes can occur without further notice. Kindly confirm with the Marketing & PR Team for an up to date and accurate status of the events calendar.


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renovations, the new-look version

of the Village Market's Food Court

is close being accomplished, while business continues as normal.

In spite of various challenges – not least the heavy rain that pounded the country in October and November – work has progressed satisfactorily on the site. The new-look Food Court has the following features:

• new tiles

“A number of high-quality restaurants are coming

• Ferrari sails (to replace the old parasols)

to ensure the Food Court rises to match these

• new water features • new lighting • State-of-the-art sound system

to The Village Market and we found it necessary high standards,” he said.


• infra-red heaters

Mr Ehsani also pointed to the Taste Awards, held

• new furniture and lounge atmosphere

award for Best Food Court, as a challenge for the

• improved handicap access and ramps • More plants and flowers • LeD television screens.

in 2011, when The Village Market clinched the shopping complex to do even better. “We have come to be known as a market leader in our Food Court design. While we appreciate the honour, we cannot afford to sit back and let that

Speaking to Village Beat, managing director

get to our heads.”

Hamed Ehsani said the renovations could not have happened at a better time.

The Village Market management would like to thank all patrons and shoppers for bearing with the inconvenience during the reconstruction period.

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Left: John Kinyua sells unique bold carvings


Below right: Joyce Karimi with her array of cooking utensils

Secure, central venue is a stallholders’ dream

How The Village Market transformed Kenya’s famous Maasai Market


esides its vibrant hospitality, wildlife parks, white sandy beaches and exotic lodges,

there is something else synonymous with Kenyan tourism – the Maasai Market. The market goes back to the 1970s when women in self-help groups sold their handicrafts to foreign tourists. Eventually, these women were joined by their male counterparts and together they have sustained the souvenir bazaar in spite of the challenges faced by the market over the years. Among these challenges is a chronic lack

week. But as The Village Market grew, so

The Village Market’s location away from

of space in which to do business. In the

did the number of traders; and 18 years

the bustle of the city, and with easy access

course of expansion projects, the Kenyan

later the Maasai Market in the heart of

from the Naivasha-Nakuru highway and

government has relocated the traders to

Gigiri has over 350 traders. Every Friday,

Mai Mahiu road, makes it an ideal venue

various sites in the city. But this struggle

as early as 7 am, the rooftop car park is

for travellers. Add the Maasai Market to

between traders and government was

transformed into a lively and colourful

these plus factors and you have a perfect

The market goes back to the 1970s when women in self-help groups sold their handicrafts to foreign tourists

itinerary – an aspect that most tour firms now take advantage of.

Open-air setting The Village Market was the first shopping complex to accommodate the Maasai Market within its premises, says Dominic Mbugua, head of marketing.

eased in 1995 when The Village Market

market. It’s a sight to behold as the

shopping complex adopted the Maasai

traders arrive to lay out their wares in

“As our name suggests, The Village

Market as part of its business model.

their allocated spaces.

Market embodies the spirit of the African market in an open-air setting,” says

At that time still a small shopping mall,

Tourists from the Rift Valley and beyond

Dominic. “We are inspired by the need

the complex was able to accommodate

often visit the market to buy a few

to preserve Kenya’s cultural roots while

only a handful of merchants once a

mementos before starting their journey.

harnessing aspects of contemporary

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Culture lifestyle, which we blend to create an aura of refined shopping.”

Helen Enoleningwetoi displays her beaded jewellery

He continues: “To live up to its village theme, The Village Market is characterised by the African spirit of togetherness, sharing and communal life – the seams that held ancient African society together.”

Fruitful These salient cultural features are reflected in the management’s relationship with the Maasai Market traders. Over the years, the management has striven to organise the traders into a professional body with a chairperson at the helm. This transformation has yielded positive results and ensured a fruitful relationship between the two parties. On its part, The Village Market Management provides adequate space for each trader, an identification badge and a branded stall number that helps the visitors. Unlike other areas where they do business, the Maasai Market traders and their buyers are protected from the weather because the rooftop parking area is covered. The management also provides security, especially from brokers posing as translators. In fact, the management provides its own translator so that traders and customers can communicate with ease. and accessible sanitary facilities. There is

died. The Village Market Management

While accommodating over 350 traders,

a minimal control fee of KES 2,500 per

helped meet the funeral expenses of

the management encourages each trader

month charged by the management,

those affected by the tragedy.

to sell unique and distinctive items. This

which is used to advertise and promote

Maasai Market traders and their buyers are protected from the weather because the rooftop parking area is covered

Appreciation It is these little acts of appreciation that moved Maasai Market chairperson Joyce Ndung’u to refer to The Village Market as a ‘mother mall’. Joyce, who has been selling her wares since 1992, when the Maasai Market was located at the Globe

ensures that each trader has his own

the market on behalf of the traders,

Cinema roundabout, has shared in the

niche and price range. The management

especially to tourists. Early in 2012 a

trials and tribulations of the market. She

also provides a reserved parking bay and

group of traders on their way home were

has been trading her wooden spoons

loading zones for traders, a lunch area

involved in an accident and two of them

and bowls since 1997. With the profits

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Culture from her sales, Joyce has educated her children to college level. Her youngest has been sitting his O-level exams. Like Joyce, John Kinyua ekes a livelihood from selling unique wood carvings. His items stand out thanks to their bold, black finish, which means they can fit into any home or office setting. John, who designs his own wares, has been in the business since 1994 and found a stall at The Village Market in 2000. With the proceeds from his sales, John has built a house in his rural home town of Nyeri and another in Kitengela, where he lives. His elder sons have followed him into the curio business, while his daughter has just graduated from university with a degree in business administration.


Jackline Rimuri’s bright wraps

to the bus stop. It takes her up to three

wrap known as a leso. She is recognised

Also doubling as a trader and designer

journeys by matatu to reach the Friday

internationally and even sells her wares at

is Helen Enoleningwetoi, one of the rare

Maasai Market. She may not have had

the annual Dubai Global Village, an event

Maasai who form the market. Helen’s

a chance to go to school, but Helen is a

that sees her leave Kenya for six months

beaded jewellery is a beautiful form

proud mother of eight children whom

beginning in October. She has three children

of art, a talent she acquired from her

she has educated through her beadwork.

who have attended Makerere, Nairobi and

mother. To see her jewellery in finished

She is an even prouder grandmother of

Kenyatta universities respectively.

form is one thing – to watch her while

four grandchildren. Yet her lean figure,

she goes about the beadwork is another.

smooth facial features and dexterity with

Her skill in forming intricate patterns

tiny beads do not give away her age.

Amazement What most people fail to realise – but

while seated on a mat is a sight to behold, making her a darling to tourists

Jackline Rimuri is equally an inspiration.

which The Village Market Management

who often take pictures of her at work.

She has been in the business since 1995

understands – is that the Friday Maasai

Helen’s journey to The Village Market

selling paintings, beaded jewellery,

Market is not just a place where traders

begins with a 15 km walk from home

earrings, T-shirts and the coastal inspired

can make a livelihood. It’s about displaying African culture with pride. It is the amazement in seeing a cow’s horn turned into a beautiful bangle; or a banana stalk made into an African-inspired Christmas tree; or a piece of soapstone carved into a chessboard complete with chess pieces. Then there are the little white angels made from sisal and the pink flamingos carved from wood. The local and international media have found the Maasai Market well worth covering thanks to its economic, social and cultural impact – a fact that The Village Market is proud to be associated with.


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Climb every mountain, photograph your dream


owever, whenever,

Pen series guarantees professional

wherever life takes you,

image quality, compact camera

there is a story. Capture

ease and amazing creative filters.

yours with amazing Olympus digital cameras.


The Olympus brand features tough

Olympus accessories include

and compact cameras with digital

batteries and chargers, media

SLR and camera accessories.

cards, cables and remotes, flashes and brackets, caps and filters, software, underwater housings, lens accessories and parts.

The OM-D range of cameras incorporates a digital viewfinder,

You can choose from a wide range

stunning picture quality and broadcast

of Olympus cameras at Village

quality video. On the other hand, the

Photoshop at The Village Market.



ViLLage PHOTOSHOP Level 1, Opposite Food Court Tel: +254 20 7122191 Email:

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Beautiful place, beautiful people –

the world can wait Maweni & Capricho Beach Resort, Tiwi


aweni & Capricho Beach Resort is

cottages with a variety of set-ups from one to four

on the South Coast just 20 km from

bedrooms. The rooms and cottages are located

Mombasa. The resort covers an

by the oceanfront with a private beach to ensure

extensive area next to the private Tiwi Beach.

privacy and undisturbed sunbathing. Self-catering cottages come with kitchen amenities such as

A lush tropical garden gives the resort a cool and relaxing ambience as well as providing an ideal habitat for birds and tree-loving animals.

Accommodation Accommodation consists of enchanting and intimate hotel rooms and cottages tastefully decorated in Swahili style. Guests can choose from standard or executive hotel rooms or


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crockery, a cooker, a fridge and basic electronics.

ESCAPE Meanwhile, the resort has a beautiful restaurant serving buffet meals and drinks. The service is as exceptional as the meals, to ensure a great dining experience. The Moonlight Bar is perfect for a game of pool over a refreshing drink. Alternatively, you could challenge a friend to a game of table tennis; or just settle into a comfortable couch and watch live football or rugby on the large-screen TV.

Activities Near the restaurant is a freshwater swimming pool – ideal for a cooling dip when the tide is too high to swim in the ocean. Families and friends can enjoy a game of volleyball on the court overlooking the beach. Fishing trips can be

'A lush tropical garden gives the resort a cool and relaxing ambience as well as providing an ideal habitat for birds and tree-loving animals'

arranged as well as diving and snorkelling excursions to Shimoni, Wasini and Kisite Marine Park. For day

The resort will meticulously plan and personalise

trips, Shimba Hills National Reserve and Mwaluganje

these occasions to ensure an unforgettable day for

Elephant Sanctuary are less than 20 km away.

the happy couple and their guests.


The resort takes pride in offering a high level of

Maweni & Capricho has all the right facilities in

memorable experience for all its guests.

service and attention to ensure a relaxing and

place for organisers of events, including seminars, conventions, concerts, full-moon beach dinners,

Other facilities

beach parties and photo sessions.

• Beach barbecues with bonfires • Laundry services

For business people, the resort is the region’s premier venue for functions with six modern

• Air conditioning (in some rooms) and fans (in all rooms)

conference venues and secretarial support

• Safes

facilities. All meeting rooms are air conditioned

• Private veranda in every villa

and equipped with computers, printers, LCD and overhead projectors, flip charts, whiteboards, stationery and mineral water. Maweni & Capricho is also a perfect venue for weddings, ranging from a large guest attendance to a small intimate ceremony.

• Salon and massage • Room service • Internet and Wi-Fi services • Transfers to and from the airport, Mombasa and railway station • Gift shop.

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t's lovely when the holiday season

of the tyre (left, right or middle of the

condition. On that journey, you'll be glad in

approaches and we look forward

tread) looks more worn then rest of the

an emergency if the car has the right jack,

to a break from our daily routine.

tread. This is apparent on a visual check

wheel spanner and wheel nut tools.

Going for that holiday to Mombasa?

of the tyre. It is recommended that tyres

Naivasha? Not surprisingly, you aren't

be replaced before the tread depth

It is recommended that you have the actual

the only one thinking of driving out

reaches 1.6 mm. Michelin tyres have

size spare tyre and not a 'donut tyre'. If

of town, upcountry or to a holiday

tread wear indicators located in the base

you must go with a donut, however, don’t

destination. But there are a few

of the main tread grooves at a height

use it for too long a distance. Find the

things you need do before setting off

of approximately 1.6 mm. This is helpful

nearest 'pit stop' and get your tyre repaired

that I would like to share.

not because you may get stopped by the

and replaced. Donuts are good for short

police, but for your safety. Ensure you

distances in an emergency just to get to

have the best tyre grip while you drive.

you the nearest mechanic.

Service your car: Sounds rather obvious, but sometimes, with end-of-year pressure at work, it can slip your mind.

For those who cannot afford to buy four

Safety: With the rise in road accidents,

At least a week before travelling, get

new replacement tyres, buy two at a

we can never be too safe. Make sure

your mechanic to check your vehicle. If

time for each axle. Note, however, that

your car has a well equipped first aid

a service has already been done, it's still

it is recommended you fit the new tyres

box, fire extinguisher and life savers.

a good idea to pop the hood and check

or the least worn tyres on the rear axle.

Drive within the speed limits and take

for yourself visually and get assistance

This will reduce the risk of losing control

care when overtaking. Aim to reach

if necessary. Things that are important

of your vehicle, especially on wet roads,

your destination, maybe a bit later than

to check are oil (engine, automatic

and ensures better road handing whether

anticipated, but in one piece.

transmission fluid and brake fluid), battery,

your vehicle is a front or rear-wheel drive. Even after thorough checks, things may

coolant, lights, wipers, hose, fan belt, power steering belt and air filter.

Tyre pressures: Correct tyre pressures

go wrong on the journey, so always be

reduce the risk of losing control of your

on your guard and prepared.

Tyres: Inspect your tyres visually and

vehicle and saves fuel, among other

physically even if they are new. It’s all

benefits. Remember two things: if

Visit our Kingsway Tyre Centres

about the mechanics. Perhaps your tyres

there is damage to the tyre or rim, get

countywide for tyres and tyre care. We

are not performing properly because of

it repaired or replaced; also, check tyre

are open throughout this holiday season.

uneven wear, due to various problems,

pressures when the tyres are cold. If they

not the least of which are the many

are hot from driving, it is advisable to add

bumps and potholes on our Kenyan roads.

4 to 5 psi to the pressure recommended

Wishing you Safe and Happy Holidays!

by the manufacturer.

Kingsway Tyres

your tyres while you drive is if you feel

Spare tyre & tools: The spare tyre

your car wobble. That is an indication

can easily be overlooked; but it is crucial

that your tyres may need balancing. If

that your spare tyre is in good condition.

your car steers heavily towards one side,

Check that it has the right pressure and is

check the alignment. When your tyres

well balanced. Make sure it doesn’t have

wear unevenly you will notice that part

a puncture and that the rim is in good


A quick and simple way of checking

1st Level, next to Tribe Hotel Tel: +254 (20) 7120171

Email: Web:

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STIll Here


Celebrate Being a Woman M

oksh fashion boutique offers an ensemble of beautifully tailored authentic Western wear with an

Eastern touch, complete with stunning beadwork. This lively outlet has never been one to stick timidly to short-lived fads, but manages to blend the modern and ethnic to come up with an ensemble of exquisitely tailored garments for all seasons. Little wonder the outlet is named Moksh, an Indian word meaning ‘eternity’.

ethnic elegance Moksh is a shop for the woman who wants to make a statement that she is ready to embrace the world around her. The wide range of garments speak of ethnic elegance, mystery and sophistication. There are outfits for every occasion from daytime engagements to evening dinners. They include kurti blouses, raw silk shirts, chiffon tops and Pashmina shawls. These are accentuated with distinctive embroidery or jewelry. To further accentuate this collection is an assortment of jewelry also bearing that East-West blend that is unique to the Moksh brand. Steps into Moksh today and take advantage of the 50% off sale currently available to lucky shoppers. Celebrate being you at Moksh.




2nd Level, Opposite Grassroots Tel: +254 (20) 7121822

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The Village Market at a Glance Food & Restaurants Amadeus Arlecchinno Art Caffé Bierlink Dorman’s Coffee House German Point Jiko Khazana Orchid Osteria Gigiri Planet Yogurt Pomodoro Pizzeria Prime Cuts Deli Revive Juice Bar Ro-Ro Chinese Restaurant Ro-Ro Chinese Fast Food Seven Seafood & Grill Steers & Debonairs Pizza Tamambo Bar & Grill Taste of Africa Thai Cuisine

Fashion & Accessories Adèle Dejak Athens Barton Bata City Walk Coco Chic Diana’s Boutique Elaine by Balala Fabric Gallery Fahari Bridal Glamourize Identity Jaishiv Khazana Jit Gems

Jooal Kazuri Beads Kikoy Company Kwanza Lavent Istanbul Made in Africa Mille Collines Nairobi Sports House Oltre One Way Pilotesa Sandstorm Tinga Tinga Lifestyle Trevor Collection Woolworths

Health & Beauty Belladonna Pharmacy Dream Nails Elaine by Balala Elixir Health Grassroots Jaff’s Optical Salon Malibu Salon Natalie Spa Siam Village Dental Clinic Arts, Crafts & Gifts Arabian Corner Artz Gallery Blue Rhino Handcraft Centre Jit Crafts Kitengela Hot Glass Mini Maasai Market One Der Box Slippers Glitter Toy World Wishes

Financial Services Barclays Prestige Centre Cenhi Ltd CFC Stanbic Bank Chase Bank Commercial Bank of Africa Co-op Bank ATM Diamond Trust Bank Eco Bank ATM Equity ATM Imperial Bank Kenya Commercial Bank NIC Bank Pesa Point ATM Standard Chartered ATM Village Forex Bureau VSF International (K) Ltd

Other Services AA Driving School Bobby Pall Photography Bunson Travel Services DHL Global Forwarding Holiday Homes Kenya Kenya Airways Sales Office Kenya Valuers Estate Agents Kingsway Tyre Centre Kiwi Shop KK Security Phoenix Safaris Post Office Safaricom Service Centre Schofield & Associates Shifaz Vet Clinic Tintoria Drycleaners Village Photoshop Wynton House of Music

Essentials All Times News Stand Blue Lily Flower Shop Catermart Essential Communication Solutions H2O (Pure Flow) Moviebuster Nakumatt Nokia Shop Personal Systems Pets & Pots Power Innovations Ltd Prime Cuts Butchery Sugar Candy Technology House Westlands Sundries Zeus Development Co Ltd Zucchini Greengrocers

Furniture & Furnishings 1001 Pots (Home Décor) Kashmir Arts Palacina Interiors Past & Present Persian Carpets Pinkopallino Sweet Dreams Tree House

Recreation & Entertainment Art Exhibition Halls Dream Zone Playground Hi-Tide Water Park Pitstop Card Rides Putt-O-Mania Mini Golf Starflix Theatres Tin Man Pool Hall

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Essential Contacts & Information All Times News Stand

Dormans Coffee Shop

Safaricom Customer Care Centre

Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Monday to Thursday: 8am to 6.30pm Friday & Saturday: 8.30am to 10pm Sundays & Public Holidays: 10pm to 7pm

Monday to Friday: 9am to 6am Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sundays & Public Holidays: 10am to 4pm

Tel: +254 20 2082379/ 0702 978945/ 0722 589521

Tel: +254 20 4272349/ 2372

Tel: 0721 888222/ 0736 313345/ 0720 695114 Email:

Barclays Bank Prestige Centre Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 8.30pm Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Tel: +254 20 7122741/ 7120042/ 7121963 Email:

Belladonna Pharmacy Monday to Saturday: 8.30pm to 8.30pm Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am to 7.30pm


Kenya Airways Sales & Ticketing Office Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm Saturdays: 9am to 3pm Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Tel: +254 20 7121072/ 7120241 +254 20 6422790-9

Shifaz Veterinary Clinic Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm Saturday: 9am to 12noon. Sunday: 10am to 11am Public Holidays: On appointment

Tel: +254 7124166/ 0722 511761/ 0733 775064

Starflix Theatres


Level 3, Opposite Superbowl Open daily


Kenya Commercial Bank

Tel: +254 716 883872

Bonus Card

Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 6.30pm Saturday: 8.30am to 4.00pm Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed


Tel: +254 20 7122141 / 0735 122147

Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 5.30pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Tel: +254 20 7122488/90 Email:

Bunson Travel (Carlson WagonlitKenya) Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm Sunday: 9.30am to 12noon

Tel: +254 20 7121235/7124757/7122080 Email:

Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm Saturday: 9am to 12noon Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

Tel: +254 20 7120263/346 0710 60235/ 0737 800170

Chase Bank Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to 2pm Sunday: 11am to 2pm

Tel: +254 20 2774262/ 263

DHL Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 6pm Saturday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Tel: +254 20 7124172

Diamond Trust Bank Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm Sundays & Public Holidays: 8am to 4pm

Tel: +254 20 7122270/ 7122271/ 2357982 0 711 300003/ 0733 440074 Email:

Tel: +254 7120847 Email:

Management & Security Office Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 5pm Sundays & Public Holidays: 10am to 5.30pm

Tel: +254 20 7122488/90 Email:

Nakumatt Supermarket Monday to Sunday: 8.30am to 8pm

Tel: +254 20 7122507/8/9 Email:

NIC Bank Monday to Friday: 9am to 4pm Saturday: 9am to 11.30pm Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed

Tel: +254 20 2888791-4 0720 365036/ 0720 364993/ 0711 041791/2

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 11pm Friday to Sunday: 9am to 12midnight

Tel: +254 20 7123141 Email:

The Village Market Taxi Service Available 24hrs daily

Tel: 0717 207662

Village Dental Clinic Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to 12.30pm

Tel: +254 20 7122460/ 0733 8365081/ 0722 154903 Email:

Technology House Kenya Ltd Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Tel: +254 20 7122905/ 0722 510343 / 0734 510343



Phoenix Safaris

Tintoria Drycleaners

Monday to Friday: 7.30pm to 6pm Saturday: 8.30am to 5pm Sundays & Public Holidays: 11am to 5pm

Tel: +254 20 7122984

Tel: +254 20 7122254/ 7121942

Monday to Saturday: 7am to 7pm. Sunday: Closed Email:


Tribe Hotel

Post Office

Tel: +254 20 7200000

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm Saturday: 9am to 12.30pm


Tel: 0735 764673

Prime Cuts Butchery Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm Sunday: 9am to 3pm

Tel: +254 20 2199300/ 3513506-7 Email:



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Reservations Desk

Village Market Forex Bureau Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm Saturday: 10am to 2pm. Sunday: 10am to 2pm

Tel: +254 20 7122901/473

Zucchini Greengrocers Monday to Sunday: 9am to 7pm

Tel: +254 20 7120403/ 0733 057063

Village Beat Magazine. December 2012 – January 2013  

Village Beat magazine is the official publication of Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya, designed by Land & Marine Publications (Kenya) Ltd.