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Veronica's Vision was one of those places where you make a stop that was not really part of your excursion - when you think the driver must be getting a commission by bringing tourists in. In any case, we were offered complimentary rum drinks (which were very good), the employees were very nice and they did have some interesting items for sale.
From their website:
Veronica’s Visions fabric designs and hand printed products was created in 2004 by artist Jessie-Ann Jessamy. Today, it is recognized for the cultural history and stories that are reflective of the island of Grenada – The Isle of Spice.The studio and incubation site of these ideas are located in Concord St. John’s, a rural village, heart of where the artist grew up. The showroom and production site is presently housed in the Concord Nutmeg Receiving Station, which is the perfect back drop for the iconic national symbol – The nutmeg.
THE CREATIVE INSPIRATION: What we do at Veronica’s Visions.
Signature Prints & Designs : THE FIRST COLLECTON- SpiceWear
All prints and designs are original, that draw its inspiration from all that is Grenada – The history , its people and the beautiful lush landscape.
Hand Print Fabric: Using the traditional screen printing technique, the artist, has custom all her tools and equipment to creating her own unique way of developing all her prints and fabrics. In other words every piece purchased is not mass produce but is considered ‘wearable art work’.
Custom Print Fabric: We sell ready printed fabric by the yard (two yard minimum )and provide customers with products such a s drapery, bedding ,cushionsetc. . You can select any design from our repertoire and print in any colour you desire.
Manufacture: We print and manufacture all the products we carry including women’s clothing, men’s shirts, neck ties, household items , accessories – bags, scarves, belts etc.
Updated Apr 21, 2012
Address: Concord, St. John's.
Phone: (473) 437 8154
Art Fabrik is a beautiful cornucopia of colour, warmth, texture and style. Created by two women with a dream to bring the finer aspects of Batik to the beautiful island of Grenada, Art Fabrik creates a warm, welcoming, embracing environment in which to sample these extraordinary designs.
What to buy: Hand designed and created clothes for adults and children.
What to pay: From 20EC$ to several hundreds depending on what you choose
Written Apr 12, 2010
Address: Young Street opposite Tikal
Tikal is just sublime. You enter, and it's like being hugged. Every single piece of "merchandise" has a wonderful story to tell.
The staff are unobtrusive but helpful to a fault. The prices are fair and reasonable. The goods are heavenly.
An absolute MUST.
If you can't find it, it's just up the hill from St George's Museum on the same side of the road.
What to buy: Gifts, post cards, art, clothes, hats, fans and jewellery plus MUCH more
What to pay: As much or as little as you wish. You MUST bear in mind that Grenada has to pay huge taxes, therefore please don't go there expecting to find something exquisite for 5EC$ - it's unrealistic and unfair to the locals who have to live on an island that must import most of its essentials.
Whatever you spend in Tikal, realise that Jean, the owner, is one of the fairest minded, just, honest and decent people you could ever hope to imagine, and that your money will go where it is needed - sincerely.
Written Apr 11, 2010
Address: Next to Grenada's St George Museum
Around the port area there are booths set up selling local crafts and goods, since Grenada is the spice island we stopped and bought a few spice samplers to bring home as gifts. If you buy whole nutmeg, they will give you a grater to go along with it, you have to crack the dark brown outer shell to get at the lighter brown nut that is nutmeg spice. Also in most of the gift baskets are cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay leaves and saffron which is actually tumeric. Mace is also part of the whole nutmeg, it's the dried "lacy" reddish covering of the seed.
Written Feb 28, 2010
What to buy: I was very excited when I saw the cheap prices for saffron. After we got home, I did some research and discovered why. The saffron that we pay an arm & leg for in the store is not the same as sold in Grenada. The spice labelled saffron in Grenada is actually turmeric, which is a wonderful spice--just not quite the major bargain it appears to be when you believe you are getting "real" saffron!
You can much better deals on spices if you go outside of the mall. However, be warned that everyone wants your business so be prepared to say no thank you a LOT. The very best prices we found were from the vendors up the street. There were lots of them and again you will get tired of saying no thank you but you'll find a deal.
We also bought a big bottle of vanilla for what seemed like a very good price but it might as well be vanilla flavored water. No kick to it whatsoever.
Updated Jan 31, 2010
If they don’t sell it here, they don’t make it. This very large mall right next to the cruise ship dock has about any sort of souvenir or gift you want. Shops inside sell a variety of electronics, jewellery, gift items, local crafts, alcohol, and fragrances. You can also buy a huge variety of Bob Marley items including lighters (big surprise) and underwear. Prices can sometimes be stupidly high for some items here. There are some other ‘shops’ just outside who are a little better to haggle the price with. Inside the mall is also a VERY fast and VERY expensive internet service. The Tourist Board also has an office here and they are excellent. If you need a cold beer, there is a bar, but that’s another tip!
OPENING HOURS: 9am – 7 pm Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays & Holidays
Updated Apr 16, 2008
There are a variety of shops here- so it makes your shopping experience very easy.
When thirsty try a variety of local juices that are blended from fresh fruits.
What to buy: In the local juice section try the fruit punch. Mine was banana, pawpaw and mango!
What to pay: walk with around $100.00EC
Updated Nov 7, 2006
Address: The Esplanade, St George's
This shop specializes in vegetables and fruits, and seems to have better quality and quantity than the supermarkets.
Other shops in the Excel Plaza Shopping Center include:
Body Image Health Club - Gym, Aerobics,
Cable & Wireless
Chef's Castle Restaurant & Bakery
Going Places - Travel Agency
Head over Heels - Ladies Accessories
MNIB Valu Garden
Mitchell's Wellness Centre - Pharmacy
Presents - Gifts and Souvenirs
TCBY - Ice Cream, Forzen Yoghurt and Desserts
Smith's of Grenada - Ladies Clothing and Accessories
Dr. Yaw - Dentist
What to buy: We purchased watermelon and bananas here; our friends purchased eggs, yams, tomatoes, etc.
What to pay: Vegetables and fruits are quite expensive in Grenada now, since most have to be imported from St. Lucie or St. Vincent.
We paid $10 US for a 10# watermelon, and about 50 cents per pound for bananas.
Updated Jan 30, 2005
Address: Located in the Excel Plaza Shopping Center.
Phone: (473) 439-3353
Food Fare on the Carenage in St. Georges probably has the greatest selection of groceries- including cheeses and meats- and a good variety of Rum and other alcoholic beverages.
What to buy: The 'special items' are spices and Rums.
Food Fair has a great selection of individually packaged spices (ground and unground). They also sell Spice Gift Packs that contain an ounce or so of Ginger, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cinnamon, and Clove, which make great gifts for friends back home.
This is also the place to buy cokes, beer, bottled water, plastic utensils, etc. at a much cheaper price than you pay at the resorts.
What to pay: The Assorted Spice Gift Pack costs a little less than $6 US.
Canned coke is about 80 cents.
Bottled water is about 75 cents.
Updated Jan 30, 2005
Address: On the Carenage in St. Georges
Phone: (473) 440-2588
It is apparently illegal for you to be approached by vendors in Grenada - they class it as harrassment.
Instead a vendors maret area was opened near Grand Anse Beach, just up the way from the Grenada Grand Beach Resort Hotel, selling all the souvenirs you could want.
What to buy: Nutmeg syrup, spices, hot sauce to name but a few.
Written Sep 23, 2004