Two of the island's oldest businesses are making new efforts to sell by listing themselves on Craigslist.
Folks who have the dream of living full-time on St. John have a number of choices of how to do it. Owning a business is one of them. Understanding, of course, that running a business is a full-time job, which may leave less time for sunning on the beach than you might wish for.
While starting a business is always possible, buying an operation that's up and running and generating cash might be a better way to go – if you're willing to learn and work (there's that word again!).
KatiLady, catering service in Paradise, specializes in supplying prepared meals, welcome baskets, and private chefs to private villa owners or vacationers. Operated by Katherine Steinborn, the business grew from her home into to a full scale commercial kitchen. Asking price is $199,000.
The store sells clothing, hand-crafted musical instruments, home decor, and Caribbean art. The Craigslist offering emphasizes that this may be the business for an owner who likes tax deductible travel. "Buying trips may involve (visits) to Asia, Africa, India and South America," the Craigslist ad says.