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RooT 42 Serves Up a Recipe for Romance

a man in a pink shirt is on one knee proposing to a woman in a long green and white striped dress

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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.

May, 2021

a man in a pink shirt is on one knee proposing to a woman in a long green and white striped dress
a newly engaged couple kisses during sunset with magens bay in the background
a newly engaged embraces and smiles for the camera with a bright sunset in the background overlooking magens bay

Far left: Restaurant Manager, Jamie Walthall, captured this “forever moment” for newly engaged guests at RooT 42 Bar & Grill.

Center and right: The sunset over Magens Bay served as a perfect backdrop for romantic photos of Shawna Powell and Vinny Promuto.

When St. Croix residents Shawna Powell and Vinny Promuto arrived at Flamboyan Resort for a weeklong getaway in mid-April, they were boyfriend and girlfriend. Before the duo left island, they were newly engaged. 

Fortunately, in honor of that special “pop-the-question” moment, Mother Nature provided a breathtaking sunset by the pool deck overlooking Magens Bay. Best of all, Jamie Walthall, Restaurant Manager of RooT 42 Bar & Grill took terrific photos of the touching surprise.

How did it all get choreographed so perfectly? Behind the scenes (Mother Nature aside) Vinny had prearranged the photo shoot with Jamie. In addition to reserving a special  for the couple, Jamie suggested that Vinny invite Shawna to get up from the table and walk over by the railing “… to take a closer look at the sunset.”


“When Vinny said those words to Shawna, that was my cue to get close by with the camera,” said Jamie. 


In addition to capturing the moment when Vinny went down on one knee and slipped the ring on Shawna’s finger, Jamie took a number of amazingly beautiful pictures. 

Adding to the overall joy of the evening, bartender Brian Cavaliere also shot a video of the entire event for the couple. 

 How romantic!

By the way, Vinny is a bartender at Sand Castle on the Beach in Frederiksted; Shawna is a dental hygienist at Dental 360 in Gallows Bay. If you happen to see them next time you’re on St. Croix, let them know you read about their romantic evening in the Coconut Post.

Congratulations to the Happy Couple!

image of a coconut and pineapple both wearing sunglasses on a beach

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A bit about the Margarita

The Margarita is made with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice; it’s often served with salt on the rim of the glass and garnished with a lime slice. Ingredients: 1-ounce Cointreau, 1-ounce lime juice, 2-ounces tequila. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice. 

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