Want to Own a Business on St. John?

Happy Thursday everyone! Yesterday I was chatting with a friend about owning a business on St. John. I know many of you have that dream too, so today we’re going to give you a quick rundown of what is currently on the market…

Cafe Roma – $315,000


Cafe Roma has been dishing up some of the best Italian food and pizzas here in Cruz Bay since 1981. And apparently I’m not the only one who considers this a favorite because it’s been voted the Best Italian Restaurant on St. John for the past 10 years by the Virgin Islands Daily News.

Cafe Roma has a great location – just one block from the ferry dock in the heart of Cruz Bay. It’s a turnkey business with well seasoned staff in place. The reason it’s up for sale? Well owner John Hiebert said he is looking forward to pursuing other opportunities over on St. Thomas, the island he calls home.

Click here to read a story we wrote when Cafe Roma listed for sale last year. 

Nest & Co. – $225,000


Nest & Company, located at Mongoose Junction, is a high-traffic location with many boutique and fine dining establishments. Within the Nest lies luxury, beauty & peace. Nest & Co.’s boutique focuses on finding delicate, exquisite items made from top-quality materials. For the body, the mind, the home & the soul, you’ll find the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself such as jewelry, candles, stationery, bedding, books, clothing, home decor, lotions, soaps & more.

Click here to read the story we wrote when Nest & Co. listed for sale last summer. 

Rock Fitness – $318,000


Rock Fitness, which includes a gym, clothing store and bar, is for sale. It’s a turnkey business right in Cruz Bay. The business includes full cardio, cable machine, smith machine, free weights, dumbbells and more. There’s fantastic growth potential and financials are available with a non-disclosure agreement.

Click here to read the story we wrote when Rock Fitness listed for sale last April.

Pickles – $199,500


Pickles is open five days a week and is known for its great food and fun atmosphere. It has a large indoor seating area, indoor and outdoor bar, as well as a large backyard area with several seating options.

Click here to read the latest story we wrote about Pickles being for sale. 

Sail Safaris – $179,000


Sail Safaris is a sailing charter business that includes 40′ Beneteau sailing yacht (Dell Rose), a 27 ft. Stiletto Catamaran (Fly Girl) and two secured moorings.

Click here to read the latest story we wrote about Sail Safaris being listed for sale.

Skipper’s Brit Pub at Sweet Plantains – $99,000

skippers pub

Skipper’s Brit Pub was formerly known as Sweet Plantains. Here’s what the owners had to say about the change:

Our family moved to St John over a year ago. A restaurant in the Caribbean was our dream, not a restaurant serving All Caribbean food. Of late we have added some great British food items to our menu which have become very popular. The name Skippers we have had registered since we started looking for restaurants and pubs in the Caribbean. As our regulars are aware we have had Skippers pub on our menu for quite a while, the plan was always to change the name. 

Click here to read more about Skipper’s Brit Pub.

Now & Zen, Coral Bay – $60,000


The boutique is located next to Shipwreck Landing in Coral Bay and has great water views. According to its listing, the boutique has an eclectic selection of art, jewelry and clothing, and many items are from Asia and Indonesia.

Click here to read more about this listing. 

More Great Stuff Happening on St. John

Cancer Fund Donation I love St. John. Actually I love, love, love St. John. I have never lived anywhere in the world where the community comes out in such force to support worthy causes.

Take last Friday, for example. Our friends over at Woody’s held their annual Save the Coconuts block party. And you know what? That one night raised $17,184 for the St. John Cancer Fund … how amazing is that??!!

And then last month we had the Love City Car Show. It was only the events second year, but they had a great turnout. That event was able to donate $643 to the Love City Pan Dragons. Every little bit helps. :)

Pan Dragon Donation

And then we can’t forget our raffle that was held last month. From that and because of all of you, we were able to buy 10 feral cat traps for the ACC, and we’ve already donated $3,000 to the ACC and $3,000 to St. John Rescue. We still have funds left that we’re attempting to donate to the Sprauve School … if they’d only call us back.

So a HUGE thank you to all of you for supporting our wonderful charities here on St. John. Thank you to Woody’s for holding such a great event. Thank you St. John Cancer Fund for all that you do. Thank you Jay Swartley and the organizers of the Love City Car Show for holding such a fun event. And thank you Love City Pan Dragons for always making me smile every time I hear you all … you’re all fantastic!!

Get Fit with Love City Boot Camp


Pat Connolly is now offering boot camp workout sessions five days a week in Cruz Bay.

Sorry I’m late with the story today folks, but I have a very good reason … I was at boot camp! And you know what? I actually enjoyed it! And I’ll do it again! And yes, I’m just as surprised as those of you who know me because let’s be honest- I’d much rather have a glass of pinot grigio in my hand than a kettle bell. :)

Our good friend Pat Connolly has been offering boot camp sessions for both locals and tourists at the ball field across from Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay for some time now, and I highly suggest you check it out. The classes feature high intensity interval training, and Pat utilizes TRX, Monster Bands, Mini Bands, kettle bells and more.

Pat offers hour-long group classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All group classes are offered in the ball field across from Mongoose Junction, and they only cost $10 a class. There is no need to sign up. Simply show up. Pat also offers private classes.

For more information on Love City Boot Camp or to request a private class, please contact Pat Connolly at (781) 439-1387.

Wharfside Village is Getting a Makeover


For those of you lucky enough to be in Cruz Bay the last week or so, you may have noticed that a lot of work has been going on over at Wharfside Village.

Over the next several months, Wharfside is essentially going to get a head to toe makeover. Owner Joe DeCourcy is currently replacing all of the tiles in the walkway with new tiles, which is fantastic because those darn things are so slippery when it rains. He’s also replacing all of the windows and replacing the current siding with shiplap siding. Check out a few pics:




Because of the work being done, there is less available parking in town. Slim’s is closed for the month of October, and the new lot behind the old First Bank is closed for the season, so parking is at a premium.

Want to know about all of the parking options in Cruz Bay? Click here to read a story we wrote earlier this year. 

Block Party Happening Tonight; Auction Closing at 6 p.m.

A stay at Island Abodes' Honeymoon Suite is one of the items up for auction.

A stay at Island Abodes’ Honeymoon Suite is one of the items up for auction.

Happy Friday everyone! Just a reminder, tonight is the annual Save the Coconuts block party over at Woody’s in Cruz Bay. Their online auction is up but will end tonight at 6 p.m., so go get your bid on!

Here are a few of the items up for auction…

  • Sunset sail for up to 30 people on the Sadie Sea
  • $400 credit for a Jeep rental at St. John Car Rental
  • Day charter on Midnight Sun Charters (the black boat)
  • Day charter on Boat Day VI’s Isle Mon
  • Day charter on Boat Day VI’s Sol Searchin’
  • Golf charm with a diamond from Bamboo
  • St. John Car Rental Gift Certificate
  • Three-night stay at Island Abodes’ Honeymoon Suite
  • Two-night stay at a B&B in St. Simon Island, Georgia
  • $200 gift certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • Joe’s Rum Hut gift certificate
  • Cruz Salon gift certificate
  • Rhumb Lines gift certificate
  • La Tapa gift certificate
  • Longboard gift certificate

Want to bid? Click here to do so. 

The Save the Coconuts block party happens tonight at 7 p.m. It will feature Cool Sessions, DJ Adonis, drink specials, a 50/50 raffle and lots of block party fun! There will even be a late night boat back to St. Thomas, so everyone can get in on the fun.

The event raised $11,000 last year, and we’re hoping to raise even more this year. And as always, all of the money raised will go straight to the St. John Cancer Fund, and all of the money will stay on St. John to be used for St. John residents.

We hope to see you all there!

ACC’s No Fleas Please


The Animal Care Center’s annual No Fleas Please flea market is happening today, tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old Choice Wireless store at the Marketplace. Stop by and purchase a variety of household items, clothing and more. All proceeds will support the ACC in its mission to help the island’s dogs and cats.

For more information on the ACC, please visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StJohnAnimalCareCenter