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Nayda Young

15 Fun, Affordable, Last-Minute Gifts for Lovers of the Virgin Islands

Chef Digby ​​https://www.chefdigby.com/ A James Beard honoree for multiple years running, Chef Digby Stridiron has a well-earned reputation for creating Caribbean-style menus that celebrate his island roots. Born on St. Croix, Digby studied at Le Cordon Bleu and continues to bring to the world stage his philosophy of using the freshest local ingredients. Split between […]

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Retire on a sailboat

Retire on a Sailboat – What could go wrong? Everything! Do it anyway

Recently, when asked once again, “Do you recommend that I sell my house, quit my job, and move onto a boat?” I decided to delve deeper than my typical list of pros and cons for older sailors and interview some friends who moved onto the water in their fifties. Bruce is 70 now, and Connie [...]
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Which Photographers to Hire in the Virgin Islands

Are you in the Virgin Islands and looking for a photographer for your business? Or perhaps you are a visitor and want to take home some memories from your trip done by a local pro? Better yet you are researching your options for weddings and need a local photographer that knows all the right locations. […]

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People-Powered Profile: Jennifer Johnson of Jenn Events and EPIC Presentations

What To Do VI’s People-Powered Profiles highlight local entrepreneurs and community members who are honing their skills, starting new businesses, and working hard to improve the community. Name: Jennifer Johnson Business: Jenn Events and EPIC Presentations What is it?: Luxury wedding and event planner serving the USVI and St. Barths. Both companies specialize in weddings, […]

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People-Powered Profile: Jazmin Isabel- Journey for Beauty

What To Do VI's People-Powered Profiles highlight local entrepreneurs and community members who are honing their skills, starting new businesses, and working hard to improve the community. Name: Jazmin Isabel Business: Journey for Beauty What is it?: A lifestyle website that focuses in on beauty through travel whether that be life experiences and adventures, or different beauty [...]
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Your People-Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas Welcomes Visitors Back With a Restored Main Street and Federally Funded Revitalization

Steel drum melodies and aromas of curry chicken, smoky barbecue and conch fritters build layer upon layer as the people of St. Thomas prepare for the expected return of visitors. Excitement is in the air. Now that travel to the Virgin Islands is accessible with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, a return to normality is […]

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de Frenchtown Bar, St. Thomas: A Sophisticated Rum Shop- Your New Local Hangout

A Sophisticated Rum Shop in Frenchtown There’s a new restaurant in town by the popular restauranteur’s JP and Jess DeJongh, owners of the delicious Sabroso restaurant, and they are opening their doors for a grand opening Friday, May 21, 2021. de Frenchtown Bar is a brand new concept serving up rum and tasty beverages (of […]

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People Powered VI: Taylor Cohn of CleanUpVI

Taylor Cohn Works to Make St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands a Greener Place     This earth day we thought we would highlight Taylor Cohn, a resident of St. Thomas for her recent activism and action in local trash cleanup efforts through her new organization Clean Up St. Thomas. In February Taylor orchestrated a [...]
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PEOPLE Powered Profile: Karly Shenell of LaVajén Co.

We are picking back up our PEOPLE Powered Profiles segment and covering local business owners and entrepreneurs who are making their mark and doing big things in the USVI (yes, even despite this global pandemic). The first in our batch is a young woman and resident of St. Thomas who has recently launched a new […]

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Travel to The Virgin Islands During Covid

*Please see current guidelines and recommendations at the USVI Travel Portal Website A Few things to Expect when Traveling to The Virgin Islands AT YOUR DEPARTING AIRPORT    1. You must wear a face mask. 2. The CDC recommends travelers to wash their hands directly before and after completing the security screening process and that […]

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Gilly Smith, Reebok CrossFit and Femme Royale Movement. Image: Soleil Creative

What is your Quarantine Silver Lining?

Back in September of 2017, those tested by the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria were stunned by all the damage. What we might have once taken for granted, was shockingly gone. As much as we try to describe the powerful forces of Mother Nature to others, no one would truly understand the magnitude unless they […]

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What To Do in the VI during COVID-19

The world as we know it (or knew it) has been ripped from beneath us like a rug. We recognize that these are scary times and the uncertainty is draining us all. It is important to maintain our health now more than ever and to be overly cautious about spreading germs throughout the island and […]

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St. Thomas VI

What To Do VI’s Response to COVID-19

Just as everyone else, we have been working on adjusting to the current circumstances and trying to understand how this will impact us, as well as other businesses, lives, and in general the US Virgin Islands. Our hearts go out to everyone that is affected by the novel coronavirus and we want to be here […]

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Sugar Mill on St. John

A Brief History of the Virgin Islands

THE ROCK IS FORMED The U.S. Virgin Islands, known as “America’s Paradise” has a long, complicated and quite interesting history. Geologists believe that 100 million years ago, the earth’s crust (tectonic plates) began shifting enough to cause the eruption of the volcano that created St. Thomas. Once the lava cooled (about 22 million years ago) […]

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St. Thomas’ Newest, Trendiest Restaurant | The Easterly

At long last, the highly anticipated restaurant opening of the year, The Easterly is officially open as of February 1 and the island has been buzzing since, high on their fresh food, refreshing drinks, unique ambiance, and overall story. Our Instagram feeds have been an endless loop of rosemary and charred sea salt-rimmed glasses, fall-off-the-bone [...]
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My Brother's Workshop

On a Mission to Instill Hope and Skills in the Youth of the Virgin Islands | My Brother’s Workshop, US Virgin Islands

Providing Life-long Skills Through Real Work, Mentorship, Counseling, and a Family-Oriented Network In a recent effort to help shed more light on different charitable programs in the Virgin Islands, we had the opportunity to meet with the owner and program directors of My Brother's Workshop on a tour of the facility to learn a little [...]
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Fruit Tree on the Northside of St. Thomas

Grocery Shopping in the Virgin Islands: a Complete Guide

The Best Grocery Stores in the Virgin Islands Whether you live on the islands or are visiting, it’s important to find the right grocery store to meet your needs—especially if you’re watching your wallet. The majority of produce, meat, dry goods, dairy, and other products in Virgin Island grocery stores must be shipped in. This […]

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Bougainvillea and Monarch in the Virgin Islands

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the VI

It is already October and that means a month-long of Halloween music, themed parties, cool crisp air and pumpkin spice lattes (the latter for those that happen to be stateside, at least). October also means breast cancer awareness month! Because we cover local businesses and of course support this cause (we are women-owned by the […]

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