In This Issue…
NORTHSIDE GRIND CARRIES LOCALLY MADE CAKE POPS
A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT ANTILLES AIR BOATS
Welcome to the
“Summer Celebrations” Edition of
VI News ’n Views
As timeless lyrics go, seasonal themes reign supreme. “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street…” comes to mind, especially during July when “School is Out.”
Here in the islands, dancing on the beach, splashing in crystal clear waters, indulging in frosty beverages and tasting tropical treats are fun ways to keep the party spirit alive all summer long.
If budgetary concerns try humming an offbeat tune in your ear, take heart. Although July is high season on the mainland, it’s “off-season” in the tropics. Best of all, even though hotel accommodations have skyrocketed by 30-percent nationally, off-season room rates at Flamboyan On The Bay remain exactly the same.
In this issue of the Coconut Post, our summertime spotlights are focused on several outstanding island businesses to visit.
We are also taking a look back at the 18-year island-hopping history of Antilles Air Boats founded by legendary aviator Charles F. “Charlie” Blair, Jr. in 1963.
A decade later, House of Rajah Jewelers was established in downtown Charlotte Amalie — and is still going strong. Now celebrating its 50th consecutive year of family-run ownership, it’s time to tell the story of how House of Rajah got its name — and other fascinations about the shop.
When it comes to names, its easy to see why Mim Defreitas calls her place Mim’s Seaside Bistro. This popular St. Thomas seafood restaurant just celebrated its 30th anniversary. What an accomplishment!
One of the newest local businesses warranting a spotlight is K and E Cake Pops. Owned and operated by two savvy 11-year-old entrepreneurs, flavorful confections created by K and E are available at select retailers including Northside Grind coffee shop on the grounds at Flamboyan Resort.
You can read about the inspiration behind K and E — and how they are doing — in this issue of the Coconut Post.
Whether you are looking for cake pops to sweeten your summer celebrations or you’re up for checking out celebrated businesses in paradise, you have come to the right place — the island of St. Thomas.
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
A Nostalgic Look At Antilles Air Boats
Nautical scenes of the V. I. often include seaplanes. These days, Seaborne Airlines provides flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix. But island-hopping service dates back to 1963 when famed aviator Charles F. “Charlie” Blair, Jr. started Antilles Air Boats.
House of Rajah Marks 50th Year In Business
Exotic treasures have long been part of tropical island lore. At House of Rajah on Raadets Gade, dazzling adornments and timepieces are yours to discover in an enchanting family-owned enterprise rich in its own 50-year-long history.
Northside Grind Carries Locally Made Cake Pops
K and E Cake Pops are visually festive and fun to eat on-the-go or at parties — no plates or forks needed. The new business has a fascinating behind-the-scenes story, too. The baked goods are made by two savvy 11-year-old girls who own and operate the business.
Yesterday – And Today – At American Yacht Harbor
A stylish sign high above American Yacht Harbor on the East End of St. Thomas reads, “Eat Shop Play Fish.” As is the case with many tropical destinations, AYH has a colorful past. In the late 1950s, a lone dirt road was the only way to reach the area by land.
Happy 30th Anniversary To Mim’s Seaside Bistro
A Flamboyan favorite, Mim’s Seaside Bistro is a sparkling gem of a restaurant offering American cuisine with special emphasis on seafood. June 15, 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of the popular enterprise. What an impressive achievement!
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