Barefoot Cowboy Gets New Owners

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Back in September, we mentioned how the popular Barefoot Cowboy Lounge had listed for sale. Well today we’d like you all to know that the business has sold to a great local family who we all know and love.

Eric and Kellie Jo Barley purchased Barefoot Cowboy last week. The couple, who bought Sail Safaris back in 2013, seems pretty excited to be taking over the BCL and we’re excited for them. We chatted with them a bit the other day and they said they plan to continue making great barbecue food, but they also plan to add some other great items to the menu. For starters, they plan to add frozen drinks to the cocktail menu, as well as all you can drink sweet tea for $5 and hard tea for $3. They’re going to have an all you can eat rib night, daily dessert specials and a soup of the day. Kellie Jo said she plans to add some new plates like homemade mac and cheese, chicken pot pies, homemade salsa and more. Delish!

The Barefoot Cowboy will be open for lunch and dinner and a lighter food menu is in the works. Soon come as we tend to say down here… Another fun thing they plan to add is line dancing every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Now that should be fun!

For those of you not familiar with the Barley family, they moved to St. John back in 2013. They’re originally from Florida where they farmed cows, peanuts and grass seed. They purchased Sail Safaris and now the Barefoot Cowboy Lounge – how’s that for living the St. John dream. :)

We’ll keep you all posted on the happenings over at the new Barefoot Cowboy Lounge. In the meantime, click here to read more about how the Barley family arrived on St. John.


Gifft Hill Auction Happening Now; Proceeds to Fund Scholarships

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Image credit: Steve Simonsen

Everyone likes a good auction, right? Well one of the island’s top auctions is happening now and it benefits an amazing cause – the children living in this little slice of heaven of ours.

Gifft Hill School is the St. John’s only preschool through high school program. Its mission is to educate, empower and support children in preparation for college, careers, and their roles as stewards of our island and global community. One of the best parts about Gifft Hill School, in my opinion, is that it provides scholarships for the majority of its students. I spent some time over at the school a few weeks ago and the work being done there is truly mind boggling. (We will have more on that later this month.)

Now on to the auction items…

The top auction item is a 2015 Mazda CX-5 Sport. The opening bid for this is $29,000. There are also several travel packages both in and around St. John and also around the world. Here is a sampling of items up for bid:

  • A week at Grande Bay with provisions
  • A day trip to Virgin Gorda
  • Two nights at Magic Castle Villa in Tortola
  • Three nights at Gallows Point
  • Wine tour and tasting in California
  • Two nights at Treasure Isle in Tortola
  • Three nights at Sugar Bird Nest on St. John
  • Five nights at Concordia
  • A stay at Hummingbird Villa on St. John
  • Five nights at Cactus Flower Cottage in Fish Bay
  • Seven nights at Century Hill Estates on St. John
  • Three nights at Estate Lindholm on St. John
  • Three nights at the Sheraton Tribeca in New York City
  • A week stay at Three Palms Villa on St. John
  •  Seven Nights at Seas the Day on St. John

There are also travel packages to Aspen, Mississippi, St. Martin, Puerto Rico, New York City, Africa and more.

The auction ends at 3 p.m. AST on Saturday, March 7.

Please click here to see the full list of auction items. 

Ceremonies of St. John: Real Weddings – Amy & John

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We get a ton of emails here at News of St. John asking about the best beaches, the best restaurants, the best places to stay… We also get a ton asking us questions about having a wedding on St. John. Well today we’d like to tell you about Amy and John, a couple from North Carolina who recently married here on the island with the help of Stacy Mulcare of Ceremonies of St. John. Their story is pretty cute, so we figured we’d let Amy tell it in her own words.

How did you and John meet?

“It was all about timing! I lost my mother to breast cancer the spring of 2010, so it was only fitting that John would catch my eye at a local breast cancer fundraiser in January of 2012. Unfortunately, he was dating someone at the time. Four months later, we were both at another fundraiser for the same organization … this time I caught his eye, but I was now dating someone!! So, we continued to bump into each other at various social events around Charleston until November of 2012, when the timing was finally right for the both of us …. John cooked me dinner for our first date, and we’ve been together ever since! As it turns out, we grew up about about a mile apart from each other in Columbia, SC, attended the same parties and social functions through high school and college but never knew each other! It’s wild – like our own personal orbits were out of sync for years until the paths finally aligned in 2012!”

How did John propose?

“John and I had planned a fall weekend getaway at my family’s mountain house in Blowing Rock, NC. The leaves were at their peak fall color and we wanted to soak it all in, so we left Charleston early on a Friday morning and arrived in Blowing Rock a little before lunch, but decided to go for a hike as soon as we got there because rain was in the forecast that afternoon and we could grab lunch later. So we got to the spot and started up the ridge because it looked like the bottom was going to fall out! Once we made it, there we were – at the mountain summit in this veil of fog that was framing the beautiful reds and oranges and yellows of the leaves …. and then, drip drip drip … it started to rain! This was apparently John’s cue to propose, and so he asked me to marry him right there on the top of the mountain as this misty fog and light rain enveloped us. It was absolutely beautiful!! Afterwards when we were calling our friends and families to recount the story of how he proposed, it turned out that what John didn’t know was that this was the exact same trail that my identical twin sister was on when she was proposed to 2 years earlier!”

And most importantly, how why did you decide to marry here on St. John?
“John and I both love the islands and the Virgin Islands is one of our favorite places although we’d never traveled there together until the week of our wedding. As it turns out, we were both traveling around the BVIs the same week 8 years ago before we actually met. We both agreed that we wanted our wedding to be intimate yet fun and St John was one of the first places that came to mind. It combines our love of the mountains and the sea and offered so many activites that we could share with our family and friends.”

Here are a few pictures from Amy and John’s wedding. The photos were taken by Chris Bramley.

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Amy Robinson with bridesmaids

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Interested in having your wedding here on St. John? Contact Stacy Mulcare at Ceremonies of St. John to plan your ultimate destination wedding. You can call her toll free at 1-888-282-3933 or email her at You can also visit Ceremonies of St. John’s website at

2015 8 Tuff Miles

Here you go … a slideshow from this morning’s race … enjoy!!