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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

September, 2023

A brand-new trend-setting retail operation recently opened on St. Thomas. Welcome to Calypso Trading Co.

This enticing 2,200 sq. ft. enterprise with the lilting name and upbeat ambiance is located in Buccaneer Mall directly across from Port of Sale in Havensight.

Family-owned and operated by well-known island resident Vinnie Mohanani and his wife, Lily, the spacious shop is the place where “Style meets Service.”

Looking into the St. Thomas retail history books, as a child Vinnie relocated with his family to the Virgin Islands. In the 1960s, his father established Majesty of the East in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Above: Calypso Trading Co. is located in Buccaneer Mall across the street from Port of Sale Mall in Havensight.

Top of the page: Proprietor Vinnie Mohanani invites you to enjoy shopping at Calypso Trading Co.

Above: In addition to attractive casual clothing, Calypso Trading carries an assortment of VI baseball caps.

Above: A cruise ship passenger from the Norwegian Sky selects a flattering linen ensemble at Calypso Trading.

Above: Colorful tropical shirts for men are on display at Calypso Trading Co.

Following in his father’s footsteps — with a tireless entrepreneurial spirit — as a young man Vinnie successfully operated Thrifty Jewelry Watches & Electronics in Market Square.

Decades later, his innate understanding of shopping trends continues to inspire him to new heights.

Above: At Calypso Trading Co., selections range from quality fashions and footwear for men and women to accessories, gifts and souvenirs.

Today, Calypso Trading Co. specializes in high-quality apparel for men and women. Name brands to look for include Champion, Guy Harvey, Cubavera and many others.

When it comes to shoes, choices include Clarks, Rockin and Ecco footwear.

Said Vinnie, “We have a great selection of linen dresses and ensembles for women.” What an ideal place to enjoy selecting the perfect outfit for any occasion — including linen that flows with you!

Calypso Trading Co. carries colorful island wear and dress shirts, MLB, NBA and NFL caps. as well as handbags, adorable bucket hats for kids, men’s and ladies’ sandals, silver hook bangles, Casio watches, VI Flags, private label rash guards, and casual T-shirts.

The shop’s location allows Vinnie the opportunity to easily serve residents as well as vacationers.  Although doors opened just five months ago, Calypso Trading already has an impressive base of repeat local customers.

Calypso Trading is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Fridays, closed Sundays.

For more information, follow on Facebook, visit calypsotradingco.com or call 340-693-2591.

Find them on Google Maps.

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