Shopping on St. Thomas

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Of the islands in the US Virgin Islands chain, St. Thomas reigns supreme when it comes to shopping.  From the duty free possibilities to the abundance of shops, tourists descend upon the major towns to sweep up luxury goods at discounted rates, or pick up a few locally crafted souvenirs which will remind them of their getaway.  

As you make your way from shop to shop, be on the lookout for jewelry (emeralds especially), perfume, china, crystal, and pottery, clothing, watches, wood carvings, alcohol, electronics, and Haitian art.  There is a lot to consider, but the deals are so good you won't want to miss out.  

The best shopping can generally be found in Charlotte Amalie on Main Street, Back Street, and along Waterfront Highway.  Cruise ship passengers are especially known to frequent the Havensight Mall.  One thing you should be aware of is that it is illegal for craft vendors to sell their wares outside of Vendors Plaza.  So, if you're looking for a truly authentic gift, head to the plaza which is located at the corer of Tolbod Gade an Veterans Drive from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  

Generally, you'll find operating hours to be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  If you arrive via cruise ship on Sunday, be warned that most shops will be closed by 1:00 p.m., so your best bet is to get in your shopping first and your sightseeing after.  

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're hoping to find some souvenirs you might enjoy a visit to Captain's Corner Downtown, which is found within downtown Charlotte Amalie. Much of what is sold at Captain's Corner is nautically themed, or tropical in some way, and many of their items are exclusive to the shop. This includes local crafts like shell jewelry and wood carvings. Visitors will find them on Main Street.

Another possibility is Captain's Corner Havensight, which is found 0.9 mi. (1.5 km) to the southeast of Captain's Corner Downtown. As you explore St. Thomas, feel free to stop by the Captain's Corner and take a look at their low, duty-free prices on liquor and tobacco, as well as plenty of t-shirts, hats, and other gifts that are great souvenirs. Reach them at (340) 774-7959.

A third shop you might enjoy is Get Charmed Main Street. You will find plenty of different charms at Get Charmed that fits all personalities. Their most famous charms though is definitely their sandal charm, which lets you wear a small, sandal shaped jewelry piece around your neck on a necklace chain. They're at 10 Main Street.

Many of the gift and souvenir shops located on St. Thomas are provided directly below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
Bernie's Treasures Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-8750 St. Thomas
Captain's Corner Cruz Duty Free Store (340) 776-6284 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Captain's Corner Downtown Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-8435 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Captain's Corner Havensight Duty Free Store (340) 774-7959 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Caribana Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-2411 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Carson Antiques Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-6175 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Dilly D'Alley Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-5006 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Get Charmed Main Street Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 344-6186 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Just Imagine Gifts, Souvenirs, and Handicrafts -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Pirates of Red Hook Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 775-5595 Red Hook
Seven Wonders Gift Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 776-5460 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Southern Exposure Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 774-6767 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Valentine Gifts Raadets Gift and Souvenir Shops (340) 777-9494 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie

Specialty Shops

One of the area's popular speciality shops is Coki Beach Dive Club. This venue is found within Coki Point, in eastern St. Thomas. Voted the "Best Dive Operators in Beach and Boat Diving in the Virgin Islands" by the Daily News readers, Coki Dive Center focuses its attention on beach dives, boat dives, and training new and previously certified divers. If you have questions, call them at (340) 775-4220.

Another option is Tillett Garden Arts and Crafts Gallery, which is found one and a quarter miles (two kilometers) to the west-southwest of Coki Beach Dive Club. A one time Danish farm, Tillet Gardens now serves as an arts and crafts center for island artists and art lovers. The property features a series of artists studios and art galleries, among spots for other recreational pursuits. Guests will be able to find them at 4126 Anna's Retreat Main Road.

Bambini Fine Arts Gallery: Named for artists Vincent Bambini, Bambini Art Gallery Studio is located in a 200-year-old house that is in the process of being restored by Bambini himself and partner Elen Swane. Bambini'a cutting edge pieces have won him recognition the world over, even appearing in music videos on MTV. You'll be able to find them at 5130 Trompeters Gade.

Many specialty shops on St. Thomas can be seen below.

Specialty Shops On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
Admiralty Dive Center Dive Shop (340) 777-9802 0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Aqua Action Dive and Water Sports Center Dive Shop (340) 775-6258 East End
Ballerina Jewelers Jewelry Store (340) 776-3701 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery (340) 514-1200 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Blue Island Divers Dive Shop (340) 774-2001 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Camille Pissarro Gallery Art Gallery -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Coki Beach Dive Club Dive Shop (340) 775-4220 1.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Anna's Retreat
DYNASTY DAZZLERS Jewelry Store (340) 774-2222 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
DYNASTY DAZZLERS Jewelry Store (340) 776-8935 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Fish Face Art Gallery (340) 775-5129 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Gallery St. Thomas Art Gallery (340) 777-6363 Charlotte Amalie
Grand Jewelers Jewelry Store (340) 776-8200 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Imperial Jewelers Jewelry Store (340) 776-8570 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Liberty Jewelers Jewelry Store (888) 436-7937 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Okidanokh Goldcraft Jewelry Store (340) 775-3060 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Pandora Havensight Mall Jewelry Store (340) 776-8550 0.9 mi. Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Pandora Main Street Jewelry Store (340) 774-3672 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Renaissance Jewelers Jewelry Store (340) 774-4510 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Tillett Garden Arts and Crafts Gallery Art Gallery (340) 775-1929 Anna's Retreat
Trident Jewels Jewelry Store (340) 776-7152 Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Clothing and Apparel

Interested in shopping for clothing? Consider dropping by Mr. Tablecloth -- it's located in downtown Charlotte Amalie. The store sells clothing and cloths that are made out of a micro-fiber that is stain resistant and wrinkle resistance, meaning you will rarely have to wash and will never need to iron it. The material is both strong and comfortable, which is why they make more than just tablecloths, but also clothing. Find them at 6 Main Street.

Another option is CLASSIC USVI -- which is found a couple hundred yards (a few hundred meters) from Mr. Tablecloth. This surf shop features items and clothing that reflects the island lifestyle. They use eco-friendly and socially conscious techniques and designs to stay true to this culture. Reach them at (904) 410-8390.

A third clothing shop to consider is Zora of St. Thomas. Zora's features custom or handmade items, which means that each item you leave here with will be unique to you. Visitors can contact them at (340) 774-2559.

Take a moment to look through the table below to read more about apparel shops serving St. Thomas.

Clothing and Apparel On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
CLASSIC USVI Clothing Store (904) 410-8390 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Clover's Shoe-Tique Shoe Store (340) 714-7220 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Hot Look Sunglasses Sunglasses Shop -- Downtown Charlotte Amalie
I Levin Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (340) 774-2060 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie
Mr. Tablecloth Clothing Store (340) 774-4343 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Zora of St. Thomas Clothing Accessory and Handbag Store (340) 774-2559 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Charlotte Amalie

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Moe's Fresh Market is located in eastern St. Thomas. Dedicated to offering their customers only the finest ingredients and freshest foods, Moe's Fresh Market is the premier shop for gourmet foods in the area. In addition to their top food choices and friendly, knowledgeable staff, they also specialize in helping their guests find the perfect wine pairing for every meal. Guests will be able to find them at 6205 Smith Bay Road.

Another possibility is Belgian Chocolate Factory, which is located 4.2 mi. (6.7 km) away from Moe's Fresh Market. Indulge in the sweet treasure of Belgian chocolate from the Belgian Chocolate Factory. You will be able to find everything chocolate related here, so if you or someone you know is a chocoholic, this is the place to be. You can find them at 37 Main Street.

Laline Crown Bay: While exploring the Crown Bay area, stop by and take a look at the locally owned shop where you'll find something to give yourself a make over. Laline specializes in make-up, perfumes, and lotions that will have you looking refreshed. They're on Subbase Road.

Glance through this table if you want more information.

Food and Grocery Stores On St. Thomas
Name Type Phone Location
Belgian Chocolate Factory Confectionery and Nut Store (340) 777-5247 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Food Center Grocery Store (340) 777-8806 East End
Laline Crown Bay Nutrition and Body Care Store (888) 525-4637 1.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Moe's Fresh Market Grocery Store (340) 693-0254 0.9 mi. East of Central Anna's Retreat
Muhsen's Supermarket Grocery Store (340) 775-3027 Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Pueblo Supermarkets Estate Thomas Grocery Store (340) 774-2695 St. Thomas
Weekes & Weekes Bakery Bakery (340) 776-0663 The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie

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