Coral Bay Shop Lists For Sale

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Here’s a great opportunity for someone who’d like to own a business here on St. John, but doesn’t want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars. Check out Full Moon, a small shop over in Coral Bay that recently listed for sale. Here is its listing:

Full Moon of St John is located at Coccoloba Shops in Coral Bay, St John U.S Virgin Islands. A cool place for locals and tourists alike to discover over 54 local artists. Lease is month-to-month. Inventory (per list) is included (art work not included). Total of two spaces combined.

Check out a couple of pics…

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We wrote about Ana Jaramillo and Sebastien Dessane, the owners of Full Moon, back in February 2014. Click here to read that story.

Full Moon is listed for $55,000. If you’re interested in this business or any others listed on St. John, feel free to contact us at jenn@newsofstjohn.com and we can put you in touch the right people.

Have a great Friday everyone!

Familiar Face Purchases Cruz Bay Salon

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Back in February, we told you how Cruz Salon had listed for sale. Well today we’d like to announce that it has a buyer, one many of you probably know.

Heather Morningstar – a good friend of ours who also happens be one of my recurring sidekicks/partner in crime over at Island Cork – will be the salon’s new owner effective September 1st. Congrats Heather! We’re so excited for you!

If Heather’s face looks familiar, it’s probably because she’s served you up a mimosa or two, or perhaps some breakfast or lunch over at Cruz Bay Landing. Heather has worked there for the past two years as a bartender and server.

Heather is no stranger to the hair business. She worked as an independent contractor in Texas for 13 years before moving to St. John in March 2013, .

And for those of you who enjoy seeing Heather over at the Landing, there’s no need to worry … Heather plans to continue working there while operating the salon.

Mark Flynn opened Cruz Salon in August 2015. He decided to sell as he and his husband plan to move back to Florida. We’re really going to miss him.

We’ll have more Heather Morningstar news later this week… Stay tuned. 😉

Please Do Not Feed the Donkeys

This picture was posted on our Facebook page yesterday. It infuriates me.

This picture was posted on our Facebook page yesterday. It infuriates me.

I was over at Maho Bay with some tour guests yesterday when I came across a young girl feeding a donkey. She was feeding it peanuts, which doesn’t sound awful in theory, but it is. I kindly asked her to stop and explained why, and she did. So a big thank you to that young girl.

I posted a photo of the donkey on my Facebook page yesterday and, again, asked people to not feed them. Then the picture above was posted. In it, one of the donkeys is eating a Tootsie Pop. A Tootsie Pop!!! In what world can anyone think that is ok?!

I went straight to the National Park about this and this is their exact words as to why we should not feed the donkeys:

“It causes them to be aggressive and bite. It is very bad for them to eat common people food. It trains them to stay close to the road looking for handouts. When close to the road, they are at risk of being injured or killed! If hit by a small car, could cause serious injuries to passengers and particularly small children.”

The donkeys are perfectly happy grazing on grass. They do not need us to feed them.

So if you’d like to kill one of our donkeys, keep on feeding them those Tootsie Pops. If you love our donkeys, please love them from afar.

(And yes, I know I’m a tad crabby today, but this really bothers me)

New Direct Flights Happening Now to STT!

Image courtesy of Born to Rhumb charters

Image courtesy of Born to Rhumb charters

For those of you living in Texas, it just got a little easier for you to visit us here on St. John!

United Airlines just announced that it’s adding daily nonstop flights from Houston to St. Thomas. This is up from four flights a week, which it previously offered. This new service will continue through August 14th, so go ahead and take advantage of those low season rates!

For our friends up in Boston – and we know there are a ton of you reading! – Delta and JetBlue offer nonstop flights to St Thomas on Saturdays only throughout the summer.

For all of the New Yorkers up there, you’re in luck because American and Delta offer nonstop service daily throughout the summer as well.

And for those of you living in the Florida area with close access to Miami, you too can fly nonstop daily on American Airlines.

Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale also offer direct flights. 

If anyone knows of any other direct flights, please let us know.

If you’re unable to find a direct flight to St. Thomas from your hometown airport, you can always look for a direct flight to San Juan. From there you can buy a separate ticket on several airlines including Cape Air, Seaborne or JetBlue. All offer several flights daily between San Juan and St. Thomas.

Don’t let hurricane season scare you folks; it’s a great time to visit here! In fact, I’m about to head out the door for a News of St. John Tour! So do yourselves a favor – take advantage of our low season rates, go research some airfare and book your next trip! And don’t forget to book an island tour with us! We’d love to meet you all!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

On the Market: New Villa With Beautiful South Shore Views

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Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Today we’re talking about beautiful homes and perhaps doing a little daydreaming. :) Let us introduce you to La Palais…

La Palais is a luxurious villa that overlooks Great Cruz Bay and St. John’s South Shore. This beautiful pool home faces the prevailing easterly breezes – keeping it nice and cool – and also enjoys both sun and moon rises.

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Palais pool view

This property features four equal bedroom suites, all with balconies and en-suite baths. It also has a large media room, two powder rooms, pool, terrace, gazebo, veranda with a wet bar and a BBQ area complete with a waterfall. There are beautiful stone walls throughout and a  ”sugar mill” style entryway along with many unique details and professional landscaping.

This stunning new villa is located in a small, quiet neighborhood, w/ paved roads and underground utilities, and just minutes away from the hustle and bustle Cruz Bay. Every attention to detail has been made in the building design and use of natural materials. Check out a few more pics…

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Palais bar and waterfall area

Palais outside

Beautiful, isn’t it? La Palais is listed for $3,300,000. For more information, please contact Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

Irie Pops, a Great New Addition to Cruz Bay

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Today we’d like to tell you about a fun and delicious thing that has recently popped up in Cruz Bay … Irie Pops!

Irie Pops is the latest creation of two of my very good friends here on island – Laura Tawes and William Fernandez. The couple moved to St. John from New York City about two years ago with the sole intention of being small business owners.

laura william“We loved what St. John cultivated- creativity, community, entrepreneurship, and opportunity,” Laura said. “We lived our first year on St. John acclimating ourselves to island life, learning the island’s business industries and studying the needs and expectations of tourists. Having been tourists on St. John ourselves, we realized there was an opportunity for simple, fun, locally made refreshments that were appealing to all ages.

“And so, who doesn’t love a refreshing ice pop on a hot summer day?”

“Irie” (pronounced eye-ree) is a Jamaican term that is used to describe something nice, good or pleasing and is the perfect way to describe enjoying an artisanal ice pop on St. John.

Irie Pops will offer a continuously rotating menu of handcrafted ice pops in both classic and unique flavor combinations using fresh, simple and local ingredients. All of the pops are dairy free, gluten free and free of added sugars. They even have “boozy” pops for the 18 and older crowd. :)

A few of their boozy flavors include Rum Punch and, of course, Painkiller. For the non-boozy crowd, they offer cucumber coconut lime, mango mojito and strawberry lemonade among other flavors.

Irie Pops will be located in the park right across from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay through the end of Festival. For more information or to check out their whereabouts, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/iriepopsvi