St. John gets a new bank

It's taken a while, but would-be villa buyers have a new option to help finance their island dreams.

Merchant's Commercial Bank has opened its doors on the second floor of the Greenleaf Shopping Center, along the South Shore road and near the Westin.  It's been operating on St. Thomas for more than a year.

MCB's Web site says it is a "FDIC insured, boutique commercial bank bringing state-of-the-art Internet and traditional banking services to the Virgin Islands community."

The bank's primary focus is to work with small businesses, but it also offers personal services including residential mortgages. personal loans and credit cards.

The bank's Board of Directors includes long-time VI residents.  One of them is Steve Simon, founder and produce3r of the world-renowned St. John Blues Festival. (A personal note – the Inquiring Iguana knows Steve – he's a neighbor at Blue Tang – and he's a cool guy.)

7 thoughts on “St. John gets a new bank”

  1. Chris, I like your idea of a ham stor on STJ. I love ham and wouldn’t have to bring it with me in my suitcase if you had it.
    A few weeks ago i stopped in Uncle Huffy’s after I seen someone dancing if front of the business in a pig suit. I didn’t even know the business was there until i seen the pig dancing and waving at every passing car. What a way to advertise!!!! I thought it was hilarious and decided to stop in for a bite. The bbq chicken was great!!! Everyone was friendly especially the pig. I plan on stopping by with my grandchildren and hope the pig will be there!!! I’m sure they would love it!!! GIVE THE PIG A RAISE!!!

  2. A city kid visiting a farm went out to the barn and came back and told his mom he knows why the mother pig is so big- all the little pigs are blowing her up. Crispy Bacon- are you sure you want to vend piggly wiggly?

  3. Good news! I just got start-up loan approval from Merchant’s. Now I need to find a location. Any suggestions? I am still on the fence a little bit. Any suggestions out there? Would you support a ham store? Location? I would like to be in marketplace but would consider other locations. Honey-baked ham soon come!!!
    Dogs look up to man. Cats look down on man. Own a pig and be treated as an equal. Fun fact. Pigs are the 4th smartest mammal. 1.)human2.)primates3.)dolphins/whales4.)PIG!!!!

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