By Chelsea Baranowski, Special Contributor to News of St. John
Everyone knows that classic ‘Slim Man’ smile when you’re spinning around the block in Cruz Bay, looking for that miracle spot to park and chances are good the miracle spot doesn’t exist. So just pull right into Slim Man’s parking lot, he will take good care of you. We caught up with Slim to check in on how he was doing, and there he was, sprinting around the lot, like the good ole’ days, jumping into his white F-250, sliding a four-door jeep gracefully by the large tree, out to the road, off you go, “have a good night!”
“Business is getting better,” he says, being one of the only lots in town helps, but, hey, who doesn’t want to support that smile? Slim, like everyone on St. John, has been busy since the storm. He lost his limos from Slimos Limos, his house was severely damaged, and since the storm he has been busy with his ‘day job’ at the National Park.
Irma was a serious challenge for him, he says. But, ‘Irma Strong’ is a thing and residents of St. John were witness to Slim and his family’s resilience, visible through their incredible Christmas display. This annual tradition full of thousands of lights, reindeer, and Santa, lights up the entire corner as you head out of town towards Coral Bay on Centerline (Route 10). Slim tells us his sister Carmen wanted to do it. “She said we needed it this year.” While covering their bashed and broken house they assembled the happiest of things, with the help of generators and a vision, to make St. John a little brighter when it needed it the most.
In addition to lifting spirits, Slim has been lifting tree branches, committed to the hard work that comes with getting our beautiful National Park back to its former beauty. The National Park makes up approximately two-thirds of St. John’s breathtaking landscape. Through jungles and bush, over mountains, and low into the reef, the fine men and women of the National Park put the pieces back together. In the wake of the storm, several groups (public and private) whose expertise lie in the rebuild of National Parks, hustled to help. Slim and his colleagues were so grateful for these people and incredibly impressed by their hard work. And while Slim tells us there is plenty to be done, he also notes the swift rate at which we’ve gotten to where we are.
Between the creation of Slim Man’s Car Rental, a bustling parking lot, and St. John’s beloved nature reserve to put back together, we can be happy knowing that Slim’s smile will continue to greet friends from near and far for years to come.
Chelsea Baranowski is a lifelong St .John resident. She owns the popular Lime Inn restaurant in Cruz Bay with her husband Richard. The couple has two adorable young boys.
12 thoughts on “People Profiles: Slim”
Slim is da man!!! I love that bro! We always park our Jeeps there whenever we jet into town.
Slimman certainly deserves this love & attention. Great write up on him. Slimman is one of our nearest & dearest friends on the island. He has helped us so much & our son, Jake since he moved to St John 8 days before Irma. Slimman was with us at our 10 yr vow renewal at Trunk Bay & at P& P’s for a special celebratory dinner. We created a rap song called, “Back it up, Back it up, Back it up.” And those that park there know how he always says that to customers. He feels like family & we love him along with his family members. Cheers to you Slim! Love & miss you.
Do you have a contact for Slim Man’s new car rental company? Couldn’t find it on a google search. Thanks!
Hi Mike, it hasn’t officially opened. I’m sure Jen will make a note on here when he does!
We love Slim Man! He has always taken great care of us when visiting Cruz Bay. Looking forward to seeing that smile in April!
Great article on Brother Slim. Love the energy he brings to life and i have appreciated his friendship towards me and my family over the last 10 years! See u all in May, Roll Tide
SlimMan… St. John Ambassador of Good Will!
Applicable adjectives to describe this super special man: Professional, kind and caring, positive, incredibly hard working, entrepreneur, genuine, and pretty darn handsome to boot…a ray of sunshine EVERY day!
Tell Slim Man I will be needing a parking spot for when we come to the Island at the end of April.
Slim Man is definitely that ray of sunshine in St. John. He’s always smiling and giving off those positive vibes. We need more like him. You deserve the accolades for all you do not only for yourself, but for St. John.
I met Slimman in 1995 while on vacation with my mother. He gave us an island tour and stole our hearts. He’s been a member of our family ever since. Slim is the embodiment of St John with his smile & welcoming personality. Great article
WE LOVE SLIMMAN!! (won’t say his real name….he might not like me to! HA!) Can’t wait to see him in May!