Shopping in the
The hidden treasures
"Don't be misled mister"
by outward appearances as great finds
are made inside some shops with less than the polished exteriors of
tourist shops elsewhere. The CocoLocos
boutique on Jost Van Dyke (pictured here as a bit of history from 1998) is owned
by Lorrin Callwood, a gifted craftsperson.
the BVI is not known as a shopper's haven like St. Thomas, there are varied and
distinctive shops due to a clientele from all walks of life with
surprisingly affluent local and tourist customers (for example, yacht
charterers are generally more affluent than cruise ship passengers) who appreciate the talents
of BVI shopkeepers in supplying a range of tasteful and interesting
The local Road Town shop, Sunny Caribbee, sells spices which
are used by the BVI's finest restaurants, including the prestigious Sugar Mill
Restaurant, which has the choice of the world's suppliers for
this critical item to culinary success.
Art and Handicrafts.
The BVI is a great location to find interesting art from all over the Caribbean.
Perhaps being in paradise, or simply the unquenchable love of life, has
inspired these artists.
Island motifs, palettes, and iconographic influences from
the myriad of cultures that the Caribbean, in its rich history as an international
crossroads, beget themselves and intertwine in contemporary
personalities, enriched by travel and interaction, before finally being
realized in these products (or their selection), whether recipes, watercolors, or
Collections like Freddie's at Josiah's Bay Plantation Art Gallery
reflect this abundance of source material, the setting itself in sugar mill ruins
attests to the arrival of that magic hand, a state of grace sought in the art
as an end in itself.
Clothing & Fabric.
This is a particular area where the appeal of the senses to exotic cultures
result in purchases that enliven the travelers humdrum existence. There
is no better momento of our travels than a t-shirt print or decorative
household item, for instance.
Yet the proprietor Vivian Jenik Helm of Zenaida's at Soper's Hole searches
Africa, South America and India for textile motifs for batiks, weaves,
handpainted fabrics, and other distinctive goods such as
scarves, sarongs and ethnic jewelry.
When Anesta Frett travels to her native Trinidad
looking especially for her favorite handpainted items, it is her fashion
sense, especially in exquisite women's apparel, the blending of island romance
with good taste that attracts the eye. See Anesta here in a fashion show at Foxy's.
It is these personalities, their endeavors,
and the resulting hidden treasures, like the islands themselves,
that make browsing BVI shops such an adventure.
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