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. Those wishing to avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown Charlotte Amalie, particularly on a busy cruise ship day, now had a viable option.
Widely celebrated as a laid-back, duty-free shopping complex, the sprawling mall of today offers a distinctly welcoming vibe. Whether you are a local looking for a fun place to dine with co-workers or you’re a vacationer with a long list of gifts to purchase, chances are Havensight Mall — by the WICO cruise ship dock — is your ideal one-stop destination.
Eateries at Havensight Mall include Beni Iguana’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant, The Tap & Still — complete with onsite brewery, Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, The Smoking Rooster BBQ, and iconic Delly Deck — an authentic St. Thomas diner. Adding to the eclectic choices, Brix Wine Bar & Bistro sits adjacent to the mall near First Bank.
Shopping opportunities in Havensight Mall range from electronics and musical instruments to jewelry, liquor, apparel, souvenirs, beach gear, and more.
Renowned enterprises such as Little Switzerland and Diamonds International have been captivating customers at Havensight Mall for decades. You also will find a nail salon, exclusive sunglass shop, and an array of one-of-a-kind boutiques.
A full-service United States Post Office also is situated on the property. How convenient! Travelers can purchase gifts and mail them off-island instead of lugging them around.
Havensight Mall also is home to The Medicine Shoppe. The top-tier pharmacy is fully stocked with health and beauty items, over-the-counter medications, baby needs, snacks, cold beverages and children’s toys, too.
A BIT ABOUT WICO
Located in Havensight, The West Indian Company, Ltd. — WICO — is home to one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the Caribbean. Founded in 1912 when St. Thomas was under Danish rule, businessmen led by Hans. N. Andersen initially set up operations to support the island’s economy by bunkering coal. Then in 1914, WICO brought electricity to downtown Charlotte Amalie. In 1936, the island had been under the American flag for almost 20 years when Andersen saw tourism in the island’s future. He opened the first visitor-oriented gift shop on St. Thomas, calling it “Maison Danois” which translates to “Danish House” in French. Tourism grew by leaps and bounds and since 1962 has been the island’s mainstay.
If you get the impression Havensight Mall is an ideal one-stop destination, how right you are!
The newest addition to the long list of upbeat enterprises at Havensight Mall is Gourmet Gallery. Established in 1983, the business was decimated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Happily, the family-owned grocery is making a full recovery, at last. Locals are particularly excited to hear the doors are reopening — that’s always a sign you’ve come to the right place.
Selections range from deli items to multi-ethnic fresh and packaged foods. Because Gourmet Gallery also is a charter yacht provisioner, you will see special selections of foods from around the world including cheeses and wines from France, hummus from the Middle East, and select olive oils from all across the globe.
Throughout Havensight Mall, strategically placed benches and park-like settings make leisurely shopping all the more inviting. Havensight Mall also has multiple restrooms, ATMs — and smiling faces everywhere you turn.
In short, Havensight Mall truly “Has It All.”
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