It may be paradise, but a soft economy is being felt on St. John, anyway. Some shop owners are seeing more lookers than buyers, and they’re not surprised.
Dean Baldwin, co-owner of Frames of Mind in the Lumberyard, told the St. John Sun Times people used to come in and say they’d take this and that and never ask the price. “Now, they like it but they can’t make up their mind … or they like the big print, but take the small one.”
It’s agreed, the just-passed season was not the greatest. The next one is what’s on people’s mind now. The owner of Sally’s Tropical Clothing told the newspaper, impulse buyers are in the few. In efforts to keep things new, two restaurants, DaLivio and Waterfront Bistro, have changed their menus, in some cases designing offerings with locals in mind.
Overall, business owners sounded optimistic, because of the nature of St. John. Sun Dog Cafe’s Michael Barry told the Sun Times, “St. John has so much to offer, the value of (the island) will endure.)