We have great news to share with all of you today! St. Johnopoly, the board game that was created to celebrate the island of St. John, is now available at St. John Spice!
For those of you who are not familiar with the board game, it’s essentially Monopoly, but with a St. John twist! Rather than landing on the typical spots like Boardwalk, Park Place and Marvin Gardens, you will land on some of your favorite businesses like Woody’s, The Tap Room, Miss Lucy’s, and more. Even the tokens are custom. This version, the third edition, has a Jeep, petrogylph, a heart for Love City and more.
The game includes several organizations that were instrumental during our hurricane recovery including WAPA, BBC, Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. There are historical references, as well as nods to some of our favorite island spots, residents and happenings.
So as we mentioned, St. Johnopoly is now available at St. John Spice. St. John Spice is located right at the ferry dock on the second floor. The savory-smelling shop has been owned by Ruth and Ron, two island favorites, since 2000. They sell everything from coffees to spices to hats, t-shirts and other great souvenirs. St. John Spice is also home to the popular Spice Cam webcam.
St. Johnopoly is compact enough that it will fit in your suitcase or carry-on bag. Not on St. John, but want a copy? You can order yours online at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly. Games retail for $50.
For those of you who are always interested in what island life is really like, you may be curious how St. Johnopoly actually arrived here on St. John. It wasn’t easy. Well here’s a bit of background…
St. Johnopoly was made in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had the option of making it overseas but chose to keep it American-made. That unfortunately drove the cost up a bit, but we’re happy with our decision. Once the game was complete, a pallet was shipped to Jacksonville, Florida where it hung out in a warehouse for a week or so before getting placed on a container ship.
The pallet finally arrived on island last month while I was away in Italy … how’s that for timing! Fortunately, St. John Hardware graciously offered to store the games until we were able to pick them up. Once I arrived back on St. John, I called Rashad’s Trucking who helped transport them to my house where they are now being stored. It takes a village, folks! Here are a few pics:
And a BIG thanks to those of you who have purchased the game already. We love seeing your pics, so please keep sending and posting them! Have a great day everyone! Happy shopping!