APR/MAY 2022

In This Issue…

HAVENSIGHT MALL TRULY “HAS IT ALL”

A FOOD TRUCK BY THE SEA? IT’S PLANT-TASTIC!
RED HOOK MEDICAL GROUP SERVES LOCALS AND VISITORS
ST. THOMAS CELEBRATES 70-YEARS OF CARNIVAL IN THE VI
NORTHSIDE GRIND HAS FLAVORFUL AND FRAGRANT GIFTS, TOO

Welcome to the
“Spring Fling” Edition of

Coconut Post

VI News ’n Views

Virgin

Islands

Wherever you hail from on the planet and whatever you do for a living, unprecedented events of the last two years surely have disrupted your way of life.

However, a fresh season just arrived — and along with it has come a glimmer of newfound hope, positive energy, and renewal. Welcome to spring 2022!

At first blush, it appears things may finally get back to normal — or perhaps more accurately, the ‘new’ normal.

For many, restrictions and transitions during the pandemic brought a deep sense of appreciation for events and experiences ordinarily taken for granted.

On St. Thomas, it was unthinkable that our annual Carnival celebrations could ever be halted. These festivities have been part of our cultural DNA since 1952.

Beyond serving as the title of Herman Wouk’s tropical novel, the phrase “Don’t Stop The Carnival” has been equally touted as the unspoken rule. Regardless, for the last two years, the month-long April celebrations were either held virtually or, worse yet, totally cancelled.

In April of 2020 and again in 2021, The Virgin Islands Daily News did a stellar job presenting page after page of nostalgic imagery showcasing Carnival celebrations from the past. But nothing can replicate the vibrant pageantry, music, camaraderie, and flavorful food enjoyed each year during St. Thomas Carnival.

In this issue of Coconut Post, we are delighted to announce Carnival is back on the calendar. Although it is a scaled-down version, it’s thrilling to know the sights, sounds, and sensations of our beloved festivities are getting back on track.

The 70th edition of “Carnival Virgin Islands” takes place April 27 to May 1 and this year’s theme is “A New Cultural Roogadoo for Carnival 2022.”

Four nights of Carnival Village festivities will honor the late Ron de Lugo. The first and longest-serving Delegate to Congress from the USVI, de Lugo was a popular radio personality in the early 1950s. He is credited with using the popularity of his show to help establish and promote our annual St. Thomas Carnival celebrations. More information — and the 2022 schedule of activities — is featured in the pages that follow.

The Coconut Post “Spring Fling” edition also is celebrating the joys of in-person shopping and dining-out options with a special tribute to Havensight Mall.

Once a sprawling warehouse complex adjacent to the WICO docks, the storied shopping center of today offers an incredible array of retailers and eateries in a lush, laid-back setting.

Also, be sure to check out our feature article on a one-of-a-kind food truck situated by the sea at Gregerie Channel. Founded by a celebrated chef/ entrepreneur — and now under new management— it’s absolutely PlantTastic!

Cheers and Happy Springtime to all.

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COCO BITS

In addition to Coconut Post spotlighting slices of life in paradise, look for “Coco-bits”  — tidbits of tasty info, island history, and fun-to-know facts scattered throughout the publication. Keep in mind here in the islands ‘views’ are visual — not so much editorial, LOL 

NORTHSIDE GRIND FEATURES FLAVORFUL, FRAGRANT GIFTS

NORTHSIDE GRIND FEATURES FLAVORFUL, FRAGRANT GIFTS

In addition to breakfast foods, coffee drinks, lunch options, and freshly made smoothies available at Northside Grind, savvy proprietors Trish and Tom Dahl recently created displays showcasing attractive gourmet taste treats as well as fragrant, locally made candles and soaps.

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ST. THOMAS CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF CARNIVAL IN THE VI 

ST. THOMAS CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF CARNIVAL IN THE VI 

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the U.S. Virgin Islands announced the 70th edition of “Carnival Virgin Islands” on St. Thomas will be held from April 27 to May 1, 2022. This year’s theme is “A New Cultural Roogadoo for Carnival 2022.

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RED HOOK MEDICAL GROUP CARES FOR LOCALS AND TRAVELERS

RED HOOK MEDICAL GROUP CARES FOR LOCALS AND TRAVELERS

“Your Medical Home in the Virgin Islands” is the official, and decidedly appropriate slogan for Red Hook Family Medical Group. With three convenient offices between the two islands of St. Thomas and St. John, you can count on professional care whether you are an island resident or visitor. How comforting!

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A FOOD TRUCK BY THE SEA — ABSOLUTELY PLANT-TASTIC! 

A FOOD TRUCK BY THE SEA — ABSOLUTELY PLANT-TASTIC! 

Decades before food trucks became a serious trend on Mainland, USA, the creative culinary enterprises were a common sight all through St. Thomas. To this day, everything from beef and salt fish pâté to classic barbecue ribs and chicken is available for pick-up at strategically-positioned vehicles. But one truck stands in a category all its own — PlantTastic.

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HAVENSIGHT MALL TRULY “HAS IT ALL”

HAVENSIGHT MALL TRULY “HAS IT ALL”

Once upon a time, the Havensight area of St. Thomas was a world of warehouses. By the 1970s, the utilitarian structures began transforming into appealing retail stores and restaurants. Eventually, Havensight Mall was attracting everyone from cruise ship passengers to hotel guests, and plenty of island residents, too.

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