When Chris Pardo was 12, he was living outside Seattle in the rainy Pacific Northwest and thinking of the tropics. “The weather here is terrible,” Pardo explained.

Sandals Resorts International officially reopened two of its all-inclusive resorts on Friday: Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados. Both are located in the St. Lawrence Gap on the southern coast of Barbados.

There are three things you rarely hear in the same sentence: Monday, brunch and a gentleman’s club. That’s exactly what the young entrepreneurs at Babylon Eats are putting together, finding creative pairings to keep their food business thriving.

In observance of National Safety Stand-Down Week May 3 through 7, the University of the Virgin Islands Safety in Paradise Program and the V.I. Small Business Development Center invites the community to participate in a free virtual event to raise “Fall Hazard” awareness. Safety Stand-Down is…

From grocery deliveries to a global luxury travel company, Shanna Dickerson has certainly come a long way with her company Blue Skies Luxury Travels. Booking private villas, private islands and yacht charters, Dickerson now takes to the skies to offer luxury air travel through a new partners…

Marriott has opened its second Aloft Hotel in Puerto Rico. As part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, which includes more than 30 properties, the new $15 million Aloft Ponce Hotel is the second Aloft Hotel on the island. Aloft San Juan opened last year.

Chef Jamal Miranda moved up the old-fashioned way, literally starting with toasting bread and working in just about every position needed in a restaurant. Today, he is putting all that experience to good use with the new restaurant Le Cuisinier, which is in the former Breezez Restaurant loca…

Liberty Mobile USVI continues its ongoing enhancements and expansion of its mobile network and infrastructure in the USVI. The company, formerly known as AT&T USVI, has deployed 5G mobile speeds throughout more than half of the territory. Once finished, the upgrades will provide resilien…

There were two things that Nayda Young of NaydaCoki Designs wanted almost from birth. One was to be a fashion designer. The other was to live on an island. She managed to do both and then some. Designer, seamstress, sewing instructor and producer of perfumes and her Coki Oil No. 22, at 78, Y…

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Chanda Jones wants her customers to feel BowYouTiFul. With her handcrafted felt flower and bow pins, headbands, shoe clips and boys’ bow ties, Jones creates accessories to go with just about any look.

BVI Commissioner of Customs Wade N. Smith is notifying all charter boat owners, charter companies and charter management companies of a 50% reduction of licensing fees outlined in the Commercial Recreational Vessel Licensing Act, 1992.

United Airlines will continue to expand its service, with more flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America than it offered in 2019, before the pandemic.

With a new location and a new collaboration, Nicole Gariepy is taking her business Fantasea Jewelry to the next level. Combining her handcrafted jewelry designs with the artistic creations of the Henle family, the arrangement creates inspiration and inspires creativity.

It’s a big, confusing world out there that high school graduates suddenly find themselves in, with no preparation and no idea how to recognize opportunities or avoid disasters on their way to becoming successful. With the new nonprofit organization She-E-O Academy, CEO and founder Cequoyah G…

The University of the Virgin Islands Division of Student Affairs on both the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses are working with Ascendium’s Project Success to offer paid internship opportunities for students to complete their course requirements for graduation. The program will be administer…

Who would have thought that a tiny art gallery on a tiny island with a tiny population would offer art from so many local artists? The Crossing Art Gallery (and shaved ice stand) on Water Island, with a population of less that 200, features the artwork of 22 local artists and artisans in a c…

Two companies based on St. Thomas brought home top awards in the Caribbean Advertising Federation’s American Advertising Awards for 2021. The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s most comprehensive and prestigious competition recognizing creative excellence in advertisin…

For the first time in nearly 40 years, Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the annual gathering where Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals meet with regional colleagues and international buyers and sellers, will be staged virtually.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated guidance on COVID-19 precautions for all workplaces. The new, stronger guidance based on a mandate by President Joe Biden provides recommendations to mitigate and prevent the viral spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

ST. THOMAS — What game do you indulge in? Super Mario Brothers? Minecraft? Beat Saber? Whatever platform you enjoy, whether Nintendo or virtual reality, the Rock City Virtual Reality Game Truck has just the program for you to enjoy your party or event, with four game stations, two race car s…

SEAT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, the nonprofit division of SEAT Caribbean, has announced the launch of the Three Queens Ventures Women’s Business Accelerator Program, which aims to support female entrepreneurs in the U.S. Virgin Islands who are interested in growing or expanding …

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications to be considered for funding this year is March 26. Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaini…

For Charles “Pollo” Goodings, Jr., Apollo Legion was always intended to be a clothing brand, not a t-shirt brand. From selling shirts out of the trunk of his car to his own brick and mortar store, Goodings now announces the grand opening of his new Legion Kicks section on Saturday.

To celebrate the holiday season, FirstBank launched a special initiative, donating funds normally used toward social activities for employees and clients to nonprofits across the four regions in which it operates, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida.

When it comes to more serious health issues, it can be difficult to find a specialist in the Virgin Islands. Either there isn’t one on island in the specialized field that you need, or so few of them that appointments can take weeks or even months. Dr. Ofer Sagiv, a visiting cardiologist and…

A boutique hotel has opened its doors in the Condado district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Ivy Hotel is the product of a $1 million investment by Rafal Pagan, who now has a portfolio of three hotels in Condado, including the Wave Hotel and the El San Geronimo Hotel.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided that employers can require workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and offered guidance on exceptions.

The Virgin Islands Tourism Department and its Division of Festivals are spreading holiday cheer with their Shopping Holiday Online Party, an online opportunity for local businesses to promote their products and services to on- and off-island shoppers.

ST. THOMAS — With a new contract as the preferred provider of general aviation fuel and services for three major fractional/charter operators, St. Thomas Jet Center is expanding with a new VIP building and doubling its fuel storage capacity.

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Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina in the British Virgin Islands, operated by Mainsail Lodging and Development, announces the appointment of Dornelle Hazel as assistant general manager, and the addition of Michael Schoonewagen as general manager of the recently reopened property.

Reserving a vacation rental with Airbnb or Vrbo may be a good way to minimize contact with others and enjoy a change of scenery. But every rental is different. You must read each listing carefully and ask your host lots of questions. Here are things to consider before you book.

ST. THOMAS — After 43 years, Dilly D’ Alley, one of the island’s most popular women’s clothing boutiques, will be closing its doors at the end of this month.

The St. Lucia Tourism Authority has created a dedicated webpage detailing all of the destination’s Cyber Monday deals, making it easy to find the best options for future vacations. The site lists hotel specials and discounts up to 60% off, with many discounts valid for travel throughout 2021…

The AAA Four-Diamond Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina is now taking reservations in advance of their Dec. 1 reopening. Situated on its own private island in the British Virgin Islands, the resort will once again welcome overnight guests and marina visitors, following a months-long closure…

Plaza Extra West St. Croix and Plaza Extra Tutu St. Thomas are debuting a new store name, logo and brand transformation campaign, celebrating their love of all customers and associates, food-first culture and long history as one of the leading grocers on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

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