New Bar Opening in Cruz Bay

Image credit: Motu

Image credit: Motu

There are pretty exciting changes happening in Cruz Bay within the next few weeks, and we’re excited to tell all of you about them. You may have heard through the Coconut Telegraph that Motu is closing, and sadly that is true, but were happy to tell you that a new bar will be taking its place. The new place will be called DR!NK St. John and it sounds like it’s going to be just as great as Motu, if not better.

For those of you not familiar with Motu, it’s located across from Cruz Bay beach and right next to Grande Bay. The new bar – DR!NK St. John – is being opened by John Alvarado, who works as the sales director over at Grande Bay. He also owns a pretty fun bar over on St. Thomas, so we know the new place will be great. (You may recognize John from a House Hunters International episode that debuted a couple of years back when he and his family searched for a home on island. Click here to read an older story on the episode that was written by the previous owner of News of St. John.) One thing that makes us super happy is that many of the Motu staff will be sticking around, according to John, so the fun and amazing parties will continue. Sweet!

DR!NK St. John will offer the same beach lounge vibe and fresh cocktails as Motu, but with some subtle change. As the new name suggests, mixology will be the focus. The staff at DR!NK St. John have some new ideas to share but some the old favorites such as the Bushwacker will continue. Yum!

Motu will close after its annual Christmas Eve party.

Want to know more about DR!NK St. John? You can follow it on Facebook at or you can also visit its website at

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Popular Cruz Bay Business Lists For Sale

turquoise turtle

Anyone want to live and work in paradise? How does working while gazing out toward Cruz Bay beach all day and night sound? Well if this sounds like something that’d suit you, you’re in luck because a popular Cruz Bay business just listed for sale.

The Turquoise Turtle is a popular swimsuit and beachwear shop located in Wharfside Village. It’s located right next to High Tide and is only about 50 feet from the ferry dock, which means it gets a great amount of foot traffic. According to the owner, the 11-year-old business is quite profitable and it could be yours for $170,000. There are nine years remaining on the current lease.

If you’d like to know more, please contact William at (340) 776-0695 or by email at

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A Fun Island Activity…

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Today I’d like to tell you about a super fun art workshop I attended last week over at Sloop Jones’ art studio on the East End. I had such a great time that I thought I’d share it with all of you.

For those of you who don’t know Sloop, he creates hand-painted, one-of-a-kind clothing for both men and women. Chances are you’ve seen some of his work strolling around the island. And in addition to his clothing and other works of art, Sloop also holds painting workshops twice a week in which he shares his talent with people like you and I.

I arrived at Sloop’s studio last Friday at 9:15 a.m. and wandered through his studio for a bit before my class began. Classes are held twice a week – Mondays and Fridays – and typically run between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cost of the painting workshop is $100 per person and there must be four people in order for a class to be held. But no need to worry, that doesn’t mean you need four in your group, just four people need to sign up total.

The $100 fee covers the painting workshop and two t-shirts that you paint and take home. You can upgrade to a different garment for your second piece if you’d like for a small fee. I chose to paint an apron for an additional $15.

I was a bit worried that my garments would come out horribly, but Sloop and Marcia – his wonderful assistant – walked us all through the process of choosing and mixing colors. They had us all start with some q-tips and paper towels, and once we got the hang of it, we moved on to our garments. And I have to say, I was pretty impressed with some of the talent folks here on the islands. Some of the shirts created Friday looked amazing.

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Sloop and Marcia

I had such a great time at Friday’s workshop and I highly recommend you try it out. Not only was it fun to paint the shirts, but it was also fun meeting new people. If you’re interested in learning more about Sloop Jones or if you’d like to attend a workshop, you can email Sloop at You can also visit his website at