New Boutique Opens in Cruz Bay

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Brenda Baxter Simpson, owner of Brenda’s Closet – Image credit: Leslie McKibben

Looking for a more affordable place to shop for clothes while on island? Well look no further than Brenda’s Closet.

Brenda’s Closet is a quaint little boutique located on the second floor in the Lumberyard. It sells a variety of womens shoes, clothing and accessories. Brenda Baxter Simpson opened the boutique back in January.

“Basically I just looked around and saw that there was a void in ladies clothing for all of the locals who work here that don’t want to pay tourist prices. And they want to be able to shop when they want something,,” Brenda said. “So I wanted to give them something cute and at the right price. I wanted to give them the opportunity to go somewhere where they could try on things and buy things.”

A resident of Maryland, Brenda commutes back and forth to St. John about every two weeks; therefore she is able to shop for the latest trends in the States and bring them, back to the island.

(You may be wondering how Brenda is able to commute to St. John every two weeks. She is a retired flight attendant and one of her retirement perks is being able to fly for free, she said.)

Brenda’s Closet isn’t just for locals, Brenda stressed. It’s also available for tourists who may have forgotten to pack something for their Caribbean vacation.

All clothing and accessories are reasonably priced and range from $4 and up. Shorts, for example, are about $15 to $20 while tops range in price from $17 to $20. Brenda also offers a small selection of gently used items at discounted price.

Brenda’s Closet is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6 p.m. It’s open extra hours when Brenda is on island, and can also be opened any any time by appointment.

“Text me and I’ll be more than happy to open up at any time,” Brenda said, “day or night.”

Brenda, who happens to be dating Wayne Campbell, owner of Barefoot Cowboy Lounge, also said that women visiting the bar can also ask to visit the shop when it’s closed, and she’d be happy to walk upstairs and open it up.

Eat, drink and shop – does it get any better than that?

Want to know more about Brenda’s Closet or get alerts about the latest styles? You can follow Brenda’s Closet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrendasCloset. You can also text Brenda at (410) 310-7771.


5 thoughts on “New Boutique Opens in Cruz Bay”

  1. Love the Barefoot Cowboy Lounge! Now I have another great reason to visit the Lumber Yard. Eat, Drink and Shop, three of my four favorite things to do.

  2. So xcited to visit your store. We come to STJ every year a few times and some day would love to live there part time. It would be great to have a place to shop at like this. Wish u much much success! See u in November!!!!!

  3. Does anyone remember the two stores in downtown Cruz Bay prior to 2003 when Tiny Jewels and The Lazy Lizard were major stores for Childrens’ and Ladies clothing?

  4. We met Brenda the last time we were on island. I am not joking when I say she is quite possibly the nicest girl on that rock. Her personality alone will make her place a success.

    Just can’t figure out what in the heck she is doing with Wayne. KIDDING! 🙂

    Erica, let me guess. Your fourth favorite thing to do is…….reading? 😉

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