Saturday, September 18, 2021

Coffin Break: Serving the living and not the dead

WHAT a peculiar concept to put coffins as a striking adornment of a coffee shop.

There's one coffee shop named Coffin Break conceptualized and founded by young entrepreneur Brylle Sy, whose perspective in life is unique and diverse from others.

Coffin Break is located on Burgos Street near the side portion of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City and offers a new twist striking between superstition and reality.

I met Brylle at Coffin Break and the two brand new and pricey peach and black coffins are there to welcome guests who mostly go there with a bit of curiosity about how this new coffee shop looks like and how they operate.

He established this Coffin Break three months ago.

"This is an offshoot of my parents' existing funeral parlors with our booking office as similar to the location of the Coffin Breaks. While other people process the embalming papers of their dead loved ones, they can wait at the coffee shop and can dine while waiting. My parents first opposed the idea of putting such a coffee shop with coffins in it, but then I have convinced them that I need to have this non-conventional coffee shop, introduce a new concept, and break the notion that coffins spread bad energy and vibes. It's high time that people should not consider coffins as a symbol of morbidity. It is a fact that we have to accept that life will end up in death. Nothing can change that. I grew up being exposed to our funeral business and I tried lying down in a coffin, take a selfie while lying in the coffin and it did not affect my life at all," he said.

His target market are doctors, nurses, med techs, bikers, riders, and ordinary people who can take this set as something that is just normal and common.

All the materials that he used at Coffin Breaks' setting were extras from the materials used in making coffins yet they are brand new. They also offer a variety of foods and snacks that one can enjoy while inside the Coffin Break.

He also clarified that the two coffins being used as chairs in the Coffin Breaks are brand new and they cost more or less a hundred thousand which is already expensive to be used as a chair.

He said coffins do not symbolize sadness. It is just a perception. But in the modern setting just like what he tried, coffins can also be used for multi-purposes not just for the deads but also as a colorful fixture in a coffee shop.

He invites all to come and try sitting on a coffin while having a coffee or snacks with friends and family members.


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