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Shoppers advised to shop ‘til they drop’! [Photo-slide Included]

Approximately 54 booths are opened for business this year. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Residents are encouraged to shop ‘til they drop' over the weekend as Christmas On Main street comes to town.

The grand event is in its 13th year and is a jumpstart for vendors and Main Street businesses to boost sales and advertise their merchandise.

At an opening ceremony held last evening, Friday December 2, 2011 at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza, Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith congratulated the organizers for their consistency and perseverance in keeping the event alive.

The Premier said he was impressed with the number of booths that participated, which according to him is an indication that they have faith in the economy.

“Small businesses keep the economy going,” Hon. Smith told residents. “And I encourage you to shop until you drop so that the businesses will feel as though they are being supported.”

Since his appointment as Governor, 2011 will be the first year Governor Boyd McCleary will be experiencing Christmas VI style and he has already gotten into the groove of things.

“I am quite taken by the guavaberry juice. I think I lost my wife already. I think she is shopping till she drops,” the amused Governor disclosed.


Meanwhile, Minister for Education and Culture, Myron Walwyn admitted he did not feel the Christmas spirit until he came down to Christmas on Main Street. He added that the event is making an impact, as well as, taking “our monies out of our pockets”.

“And I don’t mind if my money is coming out of my pocket in the VI. With the economy the way that it is, we need to ensure we keep as much money we can keep in our local economy. We need to keep it here because we need to turn our small businesses into bigger businesses,” he charged.

The Minister also pointed out that in a few months some of those businesses will be approached in connection to the Youth Unemployment Register.

Minister for Communications and Works and 4th district Representative Mark Vanterpool expressed his satisfaction with the way the businesses showcased their innovation in appealing to shoppers to buy.

Between speeches the St. Georges choir; former Ms Teen BVI Sylvanna Charles; the Church of God Prophecy youth steel pan and the National Boys choir provided entertainment.

Bisa Smith chaired the evening’s proceedings.

12 Responses to “Shoppers advised to shop ‘til they drop’! [Photo-slide Included]”

  • show time (03/12/2011, 12:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But how they want us to shop locally with these ridiculous prices?????
    • critic (03/12/2011, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the contractors aint get pay yet for the past 3 weeks and they want them shop til them drop?
      • qqqqq-ttttttttttttttttttttt (03/12/2011, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        but tis so funny because they NDP dem say the country broke and VIP owe contractors but yet evey day mark giving out a bunch of contracts...what the hell is going on in tis place mehson? seems like we gone from bad to worst!!! shop way???
        • billyb (04/12/2011, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Stop tell lie; Mark dem can't do a ting til they are officiall able to do so on december 9th after the first sitting
  • main street (03/12/2011, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    just too many boots how will anyone make $$$$$$?????
  • TILL YOU DROP (03/12/2011, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    with the NDP in power we will never shop locally as thoes prices at Moorings, One mart, Ocean Conversion FOR WATRER and the likes are too about consumer protection????? FOR THE LIL MAN????
    • Sprinkles (03/12/2011, 18:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound so ignorant with your NDP comment. We have been experiencing ridiculous prices for years. I'm sure you see OneMart has a huge sale going on. I went to Rite Way today 3 bags came up to 80 bucks
      • Sprinkles (03/12/2011, 18:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I should say OneMart "had" a sale going on
        • operation watch dog (04/12/2011, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          then the government who is in should do something about the high prices that we have had "for years" IDIOT!
    • billyb (04/12/2011, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ til you drop. Speak for yourself. One Mart was full the other day and it didn't miss you. So go shop Australia for all I care. Regardless of how you feel, Mark has the full support of the majority of us. They don't need you
  • worry (03/12/2011, 17:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The turnout was not that great as people are hurting.....but the new people say dem will fix things so me naah worry
  • Lilly (03/12/2011, 19:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We got tarts from James and he knows his stuff for true!!!

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