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July
25

Ice Cream Shops - Nassau, The Bahamas - Morley

Some say heaven is a ballfield in Iowa or country roads in West Virginia. For our agents, it's ice cream on a beach in The Bahamas. Get your favorite creamy treat at one of these wonderful shops near Nassau homes for sale.

  • Main Street Ice Cream Parlor - Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Tucked away on the second floor above a souvenir shop, Main Street Ice Cream Parlor is as charming as the name sounds. With nearly three dozen flavors, including premium brands such as Edy's and Haagen-Dazs, choose your favorite or find a new one. Try the signature rum cake sundae and take home some of the handmade fudge. Enjoy your ice cream out on the balcony seating for some prime people-watching down below. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily.

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July
6

Fine Dining - Visit The Bahamas - Morley

One of the best ways to get to know a culture is to experience its cuisine. This is as true in The Bahamas as anywhere else. Whether visiting The Bahamas for the first time or thinking of making the islands your home, you simply must dine at some of the local restaurants. Here are a few of the top dining destinations our agents recommend.

  1. Social House: 1 Skyline Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas
    Social House is the place to go if you love sushi and are looking at Nassau homes for sale. The restaurant itself has a modern vibe with colorful, lively decor. On the menu, you'll find selections like the Seared Nigiri Sampler platter, Tuna Tataki, and Beef Gyoza.

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June
27

Retaining Wall - Landscaping Tips - Morley

Retaining walls are an integral part of your landscape that enhance the aesthetic and protect your home. Installing a retaining wall is a cost-effective investment that our agents strongly recommend. Once installed, you'll enjoy many benefits, including, but not limited to, the following five things our clients frequently mention.

  1. Increased Property Value
    Retaining walls don't sell the property, but they are definitely something prospective buyers notice. A properly built retaining wall that's well-maintained enhances the property's curb appeal and preserves the property's value by protecting the landscape and the structure from erosion and flooding. Further, because you can design the retaining wall as desired, you can create a retaining wall that creates an aesthetic that enhances the home's appearance. Whether you choose a straight, tiered, or curved wall made from concrete, stone, or brick, you can design and build a customized wall that fits seamlessly into the property. In fact, the wall will become the anchor that will frame the landscape around your home.

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June
20

Eco-Friendly Features - Buying in The Bahamas - Morley

Living in an island paradise gives you an even clearer view of all the ways we humans can influence our environment. The Bahamas is highly active in environmental conservation so that everyone can enjoy the islands' beauty for years to come—and so are our agents.

Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale often incorporate environmentally friendly features, most noticeable in newer construction. The Bahamas government encourages builders to consider environmental impact and will often provide incentives to homeowners for doing the same.

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June
13

Running Trails - Visiting The Bahamas - Morley

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful place for a run than Nassau, The Bahamas. Located on the stunning New Providence Island, Nassau is most famous for its beaches, resorts, golf courses, and nightlife. But it also has some great running routes. 

When you're ready for a jog in Nassau, you have countless miles of roads, trails, and beaches to choose from. So lace up your running shoes, and join our agents for a run near our Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale.

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June
10

Island Living Misconceptions - The Bahamas - Morley

Our agents know that few experiences are more exciting and enjoyable than moving to a beautiful tropical island such as those you'll find in The Bahamas. Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale provide buyers with all the beauty of the unspoiled tropics alongside many "mainland" amenities.

Whether you've visited The Bahamas for long periods before or simply researched it, you likely have a good idea of what to expect. Yet, some things about island living could continue to surprise you even when you've been here for quite a while.

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June
1

Parasailing Adventures - The Bahamas - Morley

The best views of The Bahamas are from above. If you're visiting The Bahamas, one of the first things on your to-do list should be to go parasailing. There's no experience quite like strapping yourself to a giant sail and soaring over the water like a bird. The experience is thrilling, and the views are breathtaking. Our agents have compiled a list of the best places in the Nassau and Paradise Island areas to go parasailing.

  1. Paradise Ocean Sports Ltd. - East Bay Street
    A Nassau-based company, Paradise Ocean Sports offers a variety of water activities, from jet skiing to banana boating to snorkeling. However, one of their most popular activities is parasailing over the crystal blue waters of Paradise Island. Good for beginners, you can spend between 3 and 5 minutes in the air—either riding by yourself or in tandem with someone else. Then when you're done, enjoy a lunch of barbecue chicken and rum punch or fruit punch.

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May
23

Open-Air Markets - Nassau, The Bahamas - Morley

Nassau, The Bahamas has plenty of open-air markets that are not only fun to visit but also sell a variety of interesting goods. From hand-woven items to fish that's offered for sale straight off the boat that's been used to catch it, you'll find plenty of tempting purchases at these markets.

Our agents suggest making a stop at the following open-air markets in Nassau.

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May
16

Backyard Composting - The Bahamas - Morley

Composting your yard and food waste is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills and incinerators. On top of that, the compost you create can be used to nourish the soil in your garden beds or yard, leading to happier and more vibrant plants. If you've always wanted to try your hand at backyard composting, there has never been a better time. Composting works well in the humid, tropical climate of The Bahamas, and our agents have some helpful tips to share.

  • Mix Your Greens and Your Browns
    Generally speaking, there are two different types of materials you can add to your compost. The first is "greens," which include high-nitrogen items such as vegetable peels, yard clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and freshly fallen leaves. The other is "browns" or low-nitrogen items, which include waste paper, cardboard, straw, and wood chips.

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April
11

Live Music - Bahamas - Morley

Music filling the air is one of the hallmarks of island life. When our agents want to get in the groove, they head out to one of these great spots that feature live music around Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. 

  • The Green Parrot - Harbour Front, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Is there a more perfect visual to identify with the islands than The Green Parrot? This restaurant started as a simple grill top at the Hurricane Hole Marina Bar. In 2006, The Green Parrot moved to a larger building near East Bay Street homes for sale to accommodate the ever-increasing number of customers. Indulge in their signature lobster specials while listening to bands like Long Island Connection, appearing on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, while the bar is open until 11:59 p.m.

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March
30

Dessert Around Nassau - Morley

Have you ever realized that "stressed" is "desserts" spelled backward? When our agents need some balance in their lives, they head to these five amazing dessert spots around Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale

  1. Original Swiss Sweet Shop - Cable Beach West
    The name is a bit of a tongue-twister, but everything else about the Original Swiss Sweet Shop is deliciously simple. After learning the secrets of pastry-making in Switzerland and other European countries, owner Armin Wernli came to The Bahamas 10 years ago to work at two local resorts. Now he creates mouthwatering treats such as Black Forest cake, Napoleons, and Key lime pie in his own bakery, down the street from Cable Beach homes for sale. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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March
18

Historical Destinations - The Bahamas - Morley

Visit The Bahamas, and you might just decide to become a lifelong resident. Nassau alone is home to so many fascinating historical sites, which shed light on the community's past and make for great places to visit in the present day. Some of these sites are even still in use today, serving as centers of public life in Nassau. Our agents have the details on six Nassau destinations where you can step into the past and learn more about local history.

  1. Fort Fincastle – Bennet's Hill
    One of three historic forts found near Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale with stunning views of Nassau, Fort Fincastle was constructed in 1793 atop Bennet's Hill by Lord Dunmore, a British captain looking to protect the area from pirates. You can still see the many cannons that were never once fired. Guided tours are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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March
16

Restaurants for Tropical Drinks - The Bahamas

There are so many things to love about The Bahamas that it should come as no surprise that Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale have always been extremely popular. One thing that you can't escape is the lost list of tropical drinks available throughout the islands. To give you an idea of what to expect, we've put together six of our favorite places to grab a drink, enjoy a meal, and have fun.

  1. The Daiquiri Shack – West Bay Street, Nassau
    With a name like The Daiquiri Shack, you probably already get the gist of what this place is all about. Newcomers are always delighted by the large amount of fresh fruit that adorns their walls—and the pleasant scene is amazing. They feature a great little outdoor bar where you and friends can hang out and are especially known for their coconut and watermelon daiquiris. Just keep in mind that it's a small place, so it can sometimes get a bit crowded at peak times. Plan a visit after looking at West Bay Street homes for sale.

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February
7

Resort Sunrises and Sunsets - Visiting The Bahamas - Morley

It's no secret that when people visit The Bahamas, they're usually struck by how beautiful the islands really are. When clients look at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, they're always impressed by the natural beauty. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly breathtaking, especially when you take the time to enjoy them at one of the following resorts.

  1. The Cove: Queens Highway, Eleuthera, Bahamas
    The Cove is a lovely, quiet resort on the island of Eleuthera. It's a great place to see the sunset after looking at Eleuthera homes for sale.

    The resort itself is situated between two white-sand coves. You can gaze out onto the water as the sun sets lower in the sky. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also available, along with an infinity pool.

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January
31

Restaurants for Seafood and More - The Bahamas - Morley

Restaurants throughout The Bahamas offer more than just seafood. If you're looking for some authentic Caribbean cuisine, amazing dining experiences, and, of course, a wide menu selection, you won't have trouble finding an option around Nassau and Paradise Island. In fact, there are several within a short distance of these beautiful Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale.

With so many great options, it can be hard to choose one, so here are some recommendations from our agents.

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January
24

Art Galleries - The Bahamas - Morley

Do you enjoy looking at artwork? Immersing yourself in others' creations can be so relaxing and eye-opening. Nassau has a vibrant art scene, along with some incredible galleries displaying paintings, drawings, and sculptures. If you're looking at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, you may want to stop by some of these art galleries along the way. 

  • Sixty 2 Sixty: Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Sixty 2 Sixty
    is an art gallery that seeks to support artists of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the work within can be considered modern art. The gallery even hosts Paint and Sip classes during which you can sip wine and create your own acrylic painting. The cost is $50 per person and includes wine and all necessary art supplies.

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January
17

Wildlife Around the Bahamas - Morley

It seems like a dream, but it's real: You're looking at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. You're moving to the Bahamas. There are so many great things to see and do here! One of the biggest draws is the wildlife. Here are a few you might run into.

  • Pigs. This will seem odd when you first see it. Pigs are farm animals and not native to the Bahamas. You would never think you'd see one swimming in The Bahamas. Yet there they are, pigs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, all along the beach, on the island of Big Major Cay—part of the Exumas Islands. No one is entirely sure how they got there, but they're an amazing sight to see.

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January
10

Things to Know About The Bahamas - Morley

There are several places around the world that are often called a paradise, but few come close to The Bahamas. Its amazing chain of islands is filled with sandy beaches, beautiful water, delicious cuisine, and wonderful people. Of course, there are probably many things you don't know about The Bahamas, so our agents have put together some of their favorite tidbits.

  1. Consists of 700 Islands
    It may be hard to believe, but The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands and cays, though most of them are quite small and unoccupied. Approximately 30 of those islands are inhabited, which means there are many great choices when looking for a new place to live. The island is New Providence has about 70% of the population, but the more popular islands for visiting are the Abacos, Eleuthera and Exumas.

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December
20

Residential Architecture  - Nassau, Bahamas - Morley Realty

Considering the wonderful tropical climate, proximity to the United States, and low taxes, The Bahamas is a delightful place to call home. Find your dream home among these Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale and find out why a home in The Bahamas is a highly sought-after asset.

If you're thinking of purchasing property in The Bahamas either as a primary or vacation home, here's a guide that will help you find a home that's right for you.

So, what's your style?

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December
6

Bahamian Dishes to Try - Morley Realty

With the gorgeous beaches, bright sunny days, and frolicking families found in The Bahamas, it's no wonder that Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale don't stay on the market for very long. It's not just about the beaches and culture, though — it's also about the delicious island dishes that get people to sit up and take notice. Since we're guessing that many people out there haven't been lucky enough to taste these delights, our agents recommend seven traditional Bahamian dishes that will take your tastebuds for a ride. 

  1. Conch Salad
    If you're not familiar with conch, that's perfectly okay — many people aren't until they reach The Bahamas. Conch is a sea snail and a very tasty one at that. A conch salad consists of diced conch meat, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. This colorful and refreshing dish is usually topped with a marinade of lime.  Lemon and orange juice can be used making it an absolute citrus delight.

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November
30

Christmas Shopping - Nassau, Bahamas - Morley Realty

The holiday season is here! For many people, gift-giving is a big part of the holiday celebration. And if you're going to give gifts, you need to find a great place to shop. Nassau is brimming with local shops and businesses where you can find all sorts of unique clothing, accessories, decor, and more. Here are some of the top spots our agents recommend for Christmas shopping around Nassau and Paradise Island.

  1. Marina Village at Atlantis
    Marina Village, located directly next to Atlantis, features more than 65,000 square feet of retail space, making it the perfect place to shop for Christmas gifts. The outdoor marketplace is beautifully landscaped with palm trees and native plants, so even walking from store to store is a lovely experience.

    Some of the key retailers at Marina Village include Paradise Blue Surf Shop and Pirana Joe Resort Wear. You could buy a loved one some jewelry at Columbian Emeralds International and then stop for a burger at The Village Burger Shack.

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October
12

There is always an adventure to be had in the Bahamas. From white sand beaches to cool marketplaces to relaxing spas and resorts, there is something for everybody. The Bahamas has over 700 islands, each with beautiful, sparkling seas of blue and pristine weather. In addition to the beaches, there are a large number of marketplaces, restaurants, shops, and entertainment centers all over the Bahamas. It is nearly impossible to ever be bored in this tropical escape. 

The Bahamas brings in millions of tourists every year. There are popular tourist attractions, and then there are must-see attractions that the locals flock to. Some of these venues may overlap because even Bahamians cannot get enough of the tropical paradise they dwell in. Below is a list of attractions that locals love. 

1. Atlantis Resort

Both tourists and locals love travelling to the Atlantis Resort, which is located on Paradise Island. There are a variety of activities that you can enjoy at this resort. If you are looking to relax and decompress, you can visit the spa. If you're looking for some thrills, you can check out the gigantic water park, which has some of the most impressive waterslides in the world. Along with those activities, you can browse boutique shops, eat at award-winning restaurants, and even swim with dolphins. This is a place that you absolutely cannot miss in the Bahamas. 

2. Bahamas Fish Fry

All the locals know about the grand fish fry that goes down at Arawak Cay in the capital city of Nassau. There is a whole strip of road filled with vendors creating some of the finest fish dishes in the Caribbean. The hand-painted colorful shacks and stands offer tourists and locals alike some can't-miss Bahamian cuisine. 

3. Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle

The Queen's Staircase, also referred to as the 66 steps by locals, is a legendary landmark of the Bahamas. This wonder of architecture was carved out of solid limestone rock between 1793 and 1794. These exotic stairs were named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain. 

The staircase leads to another historically significant spot. Fort Fincastle is located at the top of Queen's Staircase. It is also made of limestone and was constructed at the same time as the staircase. The fort offers an extraordinary view of Nassau and Paradise Island. 

4. The Straw Market

The acclaimed Straw Market is located on Bay Street in the heart of downtown Nassau. Bay Street is famous for its unique shops that sell fashionable items and crafts. There are tourist shops at the market, but there are also shops that sell special Bahamian crafts that you cannot find anywhere else. From straw handbags to hand-carved wood, you can find anything you could ever want or need at the market. The experience is unmatched, as you are sure to meet some brilliant craft makers and memorable salesmen. 

5. The Parliament Square

Parliament Square in Nassau is where the House of Parliament is located in the Bahamas. These are not your average government buildings: they are painted salmon pink to honor the vibrant and playful culture of the country. Loyalists from the United States constructed these buildings back in the early 1800s. This area is significant to locals because this is where the Bahamian Parliament meets to consider, debate, and change laws in the country. The Supreme Court and Senate buildings are in the Square, along with the House of Assembly. 

As you can tell, living in the Bahamas is fairly ideal. The beautiful landscape, paired with new sights to discover every day, promotes an exciting and active lifestyle. If you have considered investing in a move to the Bahamas, you should speak with associates at Morley. There are many homes for sale in the Bahamas and Morley has all the tools and experience to turn your Bahamian dream into a reality. 

May
12

Between Mother's Day just recently and Earth Day, there's been a lot of focus around family and our health. There's also been a lot of talk about sustainable food practices on a local level. All this chatter has us thinking - where can we source natural, homegrown foods? The answer is simple and right under our noses - when it comes to local markets in New Providence, all roads lead to the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market!

Now open on Fridays and Saturdays, between 8am - 4pm, the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market is packed full of wholesome goodies, entertainment, and educational opportunities for the kids (and big kids)! And while the main focus is on fresh fruits and veggies, we're happy to share that here, you'll also find fresh-made juices and teas, homemade sweets and treats, and a healthy dose of delicious Bahamian fare! What better way to spend a Saturday morning :) 

As you enter the grounds, first up, you'll find JR's Farm. Farmer Jetta Rolle has a farm on Cowpen Road west, where she grows a long list of healthy vegetables and leafy greens. Originally a Grower with the Ministry of Agriculture for several years before developing her farm, Ms. Rolle has years of experience and knowledge when it comes to local farming practices. At The Market, she sells $1 seedlings like beets, lettuce, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet pepper, tomatoes, onions, and herbs. She also sells her greens, veggies, and herbs but claims proudly that most people come to her, particularly for her broccoli and cauliflower. 

Fresh Produce at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

For Whitlyn Miller, farming comes naturally. A horticulturalist and retired teacher by profession, Ms. Miller sells the fresh fruits and vegetables at her stand. She also sells vegan and vegetarian snacks and desserts, plus veggies for small-batch pickling. You'll find her at her farm stand, where she's always eager to share her knowledge and chat about growing and harvesting techniques, weather conditions, new recipes, and the great varieties of fruits and veggies we can grow. A little-known fact - she invented "cracked coconut." If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out! 

Not only do freshly-grown veggies taste better, but they're chock full of nutrients without any added unwanteds! They don't need to have a long shelf life to make an international trip. They're harvested straight from the soil, cleaned, and ready to go! Natasha Adderly would agree. With her Bahama Island Farms, she's another one of the local vendors at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market. She specializes in salad mixes and microgreens and also stocks her farm stand with seasonal veggies and delicious wines she makes from native fruit. 

Natasha Adderly | Bahama Island Farms

At the Edgar family's farm stand, you'll find fabulous Bahamian fare, including conch fritters, hearty soups, sauces, and homemade juices. With their farm being only a mile or two away from the Market, they proudly stock their stand with the seasonal veggies they've produced and even create delicious homemade sauces from over-ripe produce. Chock full of sun-ripened tomatoes, onions, peppers, and fresh herbs, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything in a store that can rival this great sauce. When it comes to their juices, you can enjoy ice-cold refreshing and homemade selections ranging from tamarind to ginger beet, sorrel, soursop, moringa, passionfruit, and more!

Herb gardens are an easy weekend project for any novice grower, and there are some essential fruits and vegetables we can also grow at home. A quick visit to Olga and Reggie Munroe's stall, and you'll discover all you need to know. This couple is passionate about cultivating plants from Non-GMO heritage seeds. 

When it comes to dairy and poultry, you're sure to find everything from locally-grown organic eggs to live birds, coops, and even fresh local meat for sale.

Fresh eggs available at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

Other interesting stalls you'll want to check out:

  • Mr. Farquharson's fresh hand-cranked sugar cane juice 
  • Ivamae Adderley's delicious souses
  • Kowsher Ital's refreshing native Bush Teas
  • Edible flowers by Sunshine Organic Farms
  • Baked crabs and seafood 
  • Various homemade fruit tarts, pastries, and bread
  • Homemade jams, honeys and butters

 

The Market is a wonderful place for farmers to showcase their passion and their products to their visitors. It also allows them to come together and exchange ideas and recipes, to trade growing secrets and learn from one another. 

Breads, pastries and more at The Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

For us visitors, The Market isn't just a place to purchase freshly-grown, naturally-made foods. It's also a place for us to learn about our local food system and share unique experiences with our children about food sustainability, local culture, and agriculture. This is down-home Bahamian living at its finest, and if you haven't visited yet, you need to make sure The Gladstone Road Farmers Market is on this year's bucket list. Come for an hour, stay for the afternoon. Explore, learn, share and grow with the outstanding farmers here.

The Gladstone Road Farmer's Market is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, and entrance to the grounds is free. Standard Covid-19 Protocols are in place (masks, social distancing). Be sure to bring those reusable bags - you'll be glad you did!

May
5

Bahamian Bistro

So here's a story that will make any heart happy. In the middle of Covid-19 lockdowns last summer, our agent, Melissa received a phone call from a past client, with a new culinary vision he and his partners were looking to develop.  They needed a truly unique space for a restaurant concept they hoped would turn heads and fill bellies!

Today, thanks to their ingenuity, we're happy to report they have created a little bit of culinary magic just outside of downtown Nassau. Maybe you've heard of it, and perhaps you know the secret already. If you don't, it's time you do. 

Bahamian Bistro - an uber-creative culinary concept that's been creating a buzz around town since they opened at the end of 2020. Here, you'll find the perfect blend of people, food, culture, and hospitality all under one roof. In their own words, Bahamian Bistro is a food archipelago - the country's first "Multi Restaurant" in one great location. Here, you can choose from 8+ restaurants but pay with only one bill. And when it comes to the menu items, food fans are in for a real treat. Offering everything from Bahamian delights to international cuisine, including Haitian fare, Italian, BBQ, Sushi, Chinese, and staples like a good ole' burger. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; you're sure to find something for everyone - whether you're into super-healthy, antioxidant-rich, fresh-pressed juices, or a mouthwatering traditional plate of bacon and eggs, or a signature Bahamian boil. Their cocktail/mocktail menu is long and varied with libations for everyone to enjoy. Order online for pick-up or delivery, or stay and enjoy a meal outdoors! 

Bahamian Bistro

Established in 2020, Bahamian Bistro is the creation of Cutelle Mikula, Jewel McIntosh, and Jamal Stubbs. Together, they are a dynamic team of young Bahamian entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in operations, finance, hospitality, information technology, and the culinary industry. During the pandemic, this trio decided to create a genius concept that would address the growing demand for food and beverage delivery to consumers, while also providing small business owners with a way to operate at lower costs. "Initially, it was travel that brought on the idea for us. After visiting a few food halls around the world, we saw the growing trend and thought to bring it back to Nassau. Then Covid happened, and during the lockdown, it provided time for research, and we also saw the concept of virtual halls growing in many countries. It was an excellent idea for small food businesses to save on overhead expenses," says Cutelle. And so, the group designed the country's first communal kitchen, allowing multiple vendors to retail their products using a single sales platform. "We made it our mission to create and nurture an environment where small businesses could grow and expand their profitability while also presenting our customers with quality food options at an affordable price," says the group. 

 

Concept down and vision ready to go, the group knew they needed to find just the perfect spot within their budget. Having recently worked with Melissa on a separate search for office space, Jamal knew she was the right person to call. "When Jamal contacted me and explained the concept of Bahamian Bistro and what they were looking for, I was excited as I also loved dining in these gourmet food emporiums while away," says Melissa. "Looking for a restaurant space during a pandemic was tricky. Having a large outdoor space was a requirement, as indoor dining was not, and is still not permitted. We found a space that worked and fit the budget in a central location and they got to work as soon as the lease was signed! Everything you see there, they did themselves - from building to design and painting - they did it all. They took a huge leap of faith during a challenging time, so it has been wonderful to see their business grow and flourish and become so successful. Cutelle, Jewel, and Jamal have created a new niche of dining, and the group has given small F&B businesses a platform to introduce themselves to Bahamian consumers. I am thrilled for them."

Melissa Farrington and Cutelle Mikula 

Pictured: Melissa Farrington & Cutelle Mikula at Bahamian Bistro

And of the process for the team? Well, they couldn't be more pleased. "Melissa was amazing. She continuously updated us on available sites that might fit our needs. She was always accessible and willing to research any information we might have needed."

So where is this space?

You'll find them on Christie Avenue, between Dowdeswell and Bay Streets!  Vibrant island colors, a chill and welcoming atmosphere, feature in this 'good vibes only' spot! "Our goal was to make every seat in the space instagrammable, or picture-worthy for our guests. A place you feel good in and want to share with friends and family. We again looked to our travel experiences for inspiration - we're always looking for local spots to capture photos when we're away, and we knew we had to do the same with our location," says Cutelle. Bright, cheerful colors, sand-lined floors, fun and funky furniture and even an indoor swing are just some of the highlights.  "Bahamian Bistro's distinctive yet cohesive and dynamic vibe is a true reflection of our partnership. We knew we wanted the space to offer a laid back, colorful and diverse culinary experience. This uniquely tailored atmosphere is a perfect blend of our three varied backgrounds and personalities." 

 

As to how things are going so far, we can report only great things. Noting that the most popular aspects of Bahamian Bistro among its patrons are the quality, variety, and pricing of the food paired with the great atmosphere, the team feels they've nailed their concept. "The reception we've received from our local customer base has been very welcoming from day one, which we're extremely happy and grateful for," says Cutelle. "Opening any new business requires huge risk, especially during a pandemic, but people are looking for new and exciting experiences, and we're going to continue to provide just that!" 

More good news? Moving forward, the group intends to continue to grow. "We'll be adding a few more vendors to the food archipelago. The goal is to have every food cuisine available," they've told us. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Bahamian Bistro and the fantastic team behind them, and we're grateful to have played a part in helping this dream come true! From Melissa and the Morley team, we wish our friends at Bahamian Bistro every continued success.

Ready to check out this great spot? Head to:

Web: bahamianbistro.com

FB: www.facebook.com/BahamianBistro

IG: www.instagram.com/bahamianbistro

March
31

It's Easter in the islands! A time when nature seems to be at its finest – as though it's putting on a show. Lush tropical greens, bright blue skies, crystal-clear aqua waters, and vibrant shades of pink, purple and red of the bougainvillea line the streets, all welcoming you and letting you know that Easter has arrived, and there's no better place to celebrate than here!

You can feel the excitement in the air and the quiet buzz of activity starting to pick up. Easter is a celebration, after all, and one that's often a mix of religious services, an opportunity to spend quality time with those you love, and here especially, it's a time for celebrating some of our favorite culinary traditions! Here are the top choices among the islands:


Dish It Up!

Get your Easter holiday weekend off to a great start with delicious Bahamian hot cross buns and fresh fish on Good Friday!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Getty Images


Seriously. Is it even Easter without a delicious hot cross bun?? Move over chocolate (just for a quick minute) – make way for these delectable delights! These mouth-watering bread rolls are rich and golden and full of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sweet raisins. They are also decorated with their trademark design – the "Mark of the Cross" – a simple yet significant emblem made using sugar icing.


These buns have a long history - they originate from ancient English traditions of Easter, and have been shared with our islands by the British since the late 1600s. Similar practices of baking hot cross buns can still be found throughout the UK and Australia, with almost no variation from our Bahamian version! Typically enjoyed on Good Friday, hot cross buns can be found in most local bakeries and grocery stores throughout the islands as Easter draws near. But don't wait till the last minute, or they'll be gone!

If you're feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at making some from scratch? Here's a recipe by Bahamian chef and writer Kenria Taylor!


Fresh Fish


The culinary tradition of eating fish during the Easter holiday is another custom belonging to the Christian faith. Although this practice originated in the Catholic Church, these days, you'll find this custom is almost as much a cultural one as it is religious. There are no restrictions when it comes to the type of fish or style you prefer to cook, but as you likely already know, Good Friday is usually a day reserved for some delicious fried Grouper, Jacks, Snapper, or Wahoo - to name a few! Of course, boiled fish or stewed fish are also great alternatives. You can even get creative and try a Masala fish curry dish! Vibrant, full of flavor, and ready for you at Taj Mahal!
If you're on the hunt for some delicious seafood options you can prepare yourself, head to Heritage Seafood, on Carib Road, just off of Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Palmdale! You'll find fabulous fish cuts and more. Here are a few recipe links for Bahamian boiled, steamed, fried, or curried fish that you can try!

Ham


For practicing Christians in The Bahamas, Easter is a time for celebrating and giving thanks, and what better way than with a beautiful meal to be shared with those we love. Traditionally, meat was restricted for members of the Catholic Church during the Lenten Season, making the main dish of "Easter Ham" a very welcome main feature! Today, a typical Bahamian Easter lunch will be sure to include all the fixings of down-home local favorites, including peas and rice, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, plantains, coleslaw, and more. And don't forget the dessert! When it comes to sweets shared on this cherished day, you're sure to find Coconut pie or tart, pineapple tart, rum cake, and more! And yes, of course, no Easter would be complete without those delicious chocolates and jelly beans!

Find the Fun!

Nassau is abuzz with activity this weekend – great outings (social distancing and mask in mind) and local island finds are the order of the day!

Here's a quick look at some of the things happening: 

Drive-In Movie at Ardastra Gardens
Saturday, April 3rd | 6:15pm

This Saturday, take the kids to see "Peter Rabbit" at the Drive-In Theatre at Ardastra Gardens! This feature is an adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Fun for the whole family! Visit www.ardastra.com/recreation for details.


Authentic Bahamian Pop-Up Shop at The Island Store
Beginning March 31 – 9am – 5pm

Head west for beautiful Bahamian straw goods – authentically made by hand by some of the island's most talented creators! Visit The Straw Shack or The Island Store for details!


Dress Your Tables
Now – Saturday, April 3rd

Dress your tables and create a magical backdrop for your Easter celebrations with beautiful accessories and decorative pieces from local retailers like Bahama Hand Prints and Maison Décor!


Whatever your plans, or who you choose to celebrate this holiday weekend with, we at Morley wish you the happiest, hoppiest of holidays!

December
1

The holidays are here, as difficult as that may be to believe. For those of us with retail or service businesses, we know without a doubt that this Christmas season will be far different. You may be wondering how you can make the most of this busy shopping period. Our Morley commercial agents, Chris Sands and Kayleigh Dickson, put together some thoughts on how you can best reach your potential clients and customers.

Be Prepared

As we've seen throughout the year, our circumstances are constantly changing. Flexibility has proven to be key. Being prepared to make adjustments to your operations can only help now.  Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients to maximize your sales potential this holiday season. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Safety

Start with your floor plan and work from there. Reconfigure your store space where possible.  Widen the aisles and remove anything that may potentially take up space unnecessarily. Ensure there is enough space around the cashier's counter.  Create marked social distancing points for your clients and customers standing in line. Where possible, aim for contactless payment options.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signage for safety measures throughout your store space is crucial. Let your customers know upfront what they can expect when they shop in-store with you. Ensure that guidelines and procedures are clearly outlined.

Welcome

"You want to make your customers feel as comfortable as possible during their shopping experience," note Chris and Kayleigh. "Encourage your sales staff to be vigilant about your store's safety measures. But also ensure they're creating a welcoming and helpful environment. Customer empathy is key."

The Bahamas Federation of Retailers released this Sunday a comprehensive list of suggested health and safety protocols. You can view these here.

 

Be Flexible

This Sunday brought incredibly welcome news for us all – retail business owners, employees and patrons alike! We can't wait to get back to in-store shopping! As you open your doors to your customers again, take another look at your in-store operations plan. Does it need to be adjusted at all? Run a thorough review of your procedures ahead of the Christmas rush, so that you're ready if things change. Do you have a plan in place for outdoor seating or shade in anticipation of potential long lines? Do you offer curbside service by appointment? Reduce customer frustration by ensuring your operations are able to run as smoothly as possible. "If a customer is leaving their home and coming to your business in a mask, they are likely motivated to buy. Make sure you have a 'free and clear' operation with no hold ups during this purchasing cycle."

Another key consideration? While many of us are chomping at the bit to get back to in-store shopping, there are still some who are not quite comfortable with this yet, and who, despite things opening back up, may still prefer to avoid the crowds. How can they support their local retailers and community? How can they support you?

Take a look at this great incentive offered by John Bull. Now open for in-store shopping, they are continuing to promote their Curbside Service for their clients who are more comfortable with this approach. Their service is inviting, their instructions are clear, and their efforts are undoubtedly appreciated!

Check in with your staff and your customers and adjust where necessary. Knowledge is power, as they say!

Find New Opportunities and Brush Up on the Old

For retailers and service providers, these last two months of the year are often the busiest. Take the extra steps now, if you can, to find new opportunities for growth and ways to reach your customers. Don't wait for them to come to you. Consider new incentives. How can you make purchasing your products easier for your customers? Today's buying habits focus mainly on convenience and instant gratification. The easier and faster you can make a purchase for a potential buyer, the better. Make sure you have the fundamentals down, and stay open to new opportunities:

Be Visible

A website is a great sales tool, but it's not the only one available. There are still tools you can use to reach your potential client base. The easiest and most immediate way to do this is through social media. 

Make sure you have a Facebook page and an Instagram account, at the very least. YouTube and Vimeo are also great options for video sharing. Use these tools to share your products and to let your followers know why they need to have your products. Think about the what, how, why, when and where. Be sure to communicate these points when promoting your goods and services. Photographs and video are key.

Many business owners are also utilizing live video as a way to reach their client base. One such company is Biggity Candles. Over the last several weeks, they've used the lockdown weekends productively. Through live video sessions, they've shared information about new holiday products and promotions.

When you want to really make the most of these tools, use them together. Use your social media to drive your traffic to your website. Add pricing to your products on your site, if you can. This way, you have the potential to generate sales seven days a week, 24 hours a day. CBS Bahamas has done an incredible job with maintaining an online presence throughout this pandemic. Their social media is strong, and they were able to maximize their sales potential by incorporating an online sales platform with their website. In a recent social media post, they listed the various ways their shoppers can make purchases:

"We agree. #Curbside is no fun. But, we're making retail easy thanks to the #Bahamas' largest online catalog. With guaranteed 2hr (or less) in-store pickup, $5 island-wide delivery, and 24/7 live agent chat; COVID-19 shopping has never been easier. Check us out today; our online store is #alwaysopen."

Reach Out

Another way to reach your customers? Email. Create attractive email flyers to send out to your clients and customers. Let them know ahead of time about new products and promotions you have slated for the holidays, as well as any changes to your operations. Keeping your customers informed is a must, and with so many different programs available, there's no reason you can't incorporate this into your marketing. Check out MailChimp, iContact or Constant Contact for a few options. They each offer pre-designed templates, taking the hard work out of the equation. 

Consider using WhatsApp as a way to share information about your products as well. Check in with your regular clients and ask them if they'd like to be added to your messaging group. This is an easy, fast and effective way to share information with them.  Whether it's a change in your store hours, or even a special holiday menu you're wanting to share!

Another option? Virtual Shopping appointments. Paper Clutch Giftsdoes a great job with this. They offer (and advertise) their virtual shopping appointments on social media. Incorporating tools like these lets people 'browse' your store without leaving their homes. They'll have the help of a personal shopper who can show them the products and offer great advice. It's a special touch that will leave a lasting impression. John Bull offers the service of a Personal Shopper and invites their customers to Whatsapp them for access!

Be Helpful

It's not enough to speak to your customers. You need to be open to speaking with them. Be sure you respond to all online inquiries as quickly as possible. This will go a long way in building trust with your clients. Messaging on Facebook. DM on Instagram. Emails. Messaging apps through your website. WhatsApp. Find as many ways as possible to stay in touch.

Get There

Go the extra mile, if you can. Meet your customers where they are instead of waiting for them to come to you, and consider delivery. While this may not be an option for all retailers, for most it is. If you can't offer your own in-house delivery, find someone who can. A simple online search will give you a host of options to consider reaching out to.

Kraven offers everything from casual to fine dining, alcohol, grocery, pharmacy, and retail deliveries. Bahama Eats does as well. Mutru is another option. They partner with major local retailers to deliver goods to their consumers. Whatsmore, with support like this, you're not just adding another service to offer to your clients. You're gaining exposure and marketing support as a vendor of these programs. Lowe's Pharmacy recently added this service for their client base. Any customer can have their products delivered to their door using either the Kraven or Bahama Eats apps!

Go Get'em

Put your business in front of your 'target market' at a low cost. Target customers through digital marketing, social media, online advertising, and Google SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Be sure to consider all available online options to maximize your reach!

A Helping Hand

These days, we could all use a hand. As a business owner, you know. Every bit helps. While you're working on making the most of potential profits for your own business this holiday season, don't forget to support those around you. Find ways to share the love – partner, collaborate, refer, encourage and support small businesses wherever you can. A little time, care and consideration goes a long way. It's the holidays, after all. A time for giving.

If you're a retailer and you're looking for online local resources and communities that you can follow and join, here are some great options to get you started:

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce

The Bahamas Federation of Retailers

Buy Bahamian

December
1

It's true when they say they're more than a group of businesses working together. They're family. A family that has grown together, that encourages one another and supports each other. That's the Tin Ferlcommunity. With their Pop-Up Park at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts grounds on Mackey Street, this family of like-minded small business owners has banded together to provide us with a creative twist to traditional dining! Featuring approximately 15 different food and beverage vendors on any given day, lunch becomes a true experience of culinary genius here! With everything from juicy burgers to seafood tacos, pasta dishes, curries, jerk chicken, stuffed buns, guava duff and fresh-made teas, juices and coffees, there's no limit to the fun you can have out here at the park! With the recent update to our COVID-19 Regulations, now we can stay awhile and dine outdoors in the park as well! 

Officially opening the gates to the Pop Up Park at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts in March of this year, Tin Ferl was founded in June 2019.  Three friends –  Kendrick Delaney, founder of The New Duff, Brandon Kemp, founder of the Nassau Night Market, and  Alicia "Puppy" Robinson Treco, founder of Pup Star Entertainment – came together to discuss some of the issues facing the pop-up community. They decided to start a collaborative that would "advocate for the pop-up community, be a centre for information and networking, and provide the community with opportunities to develop their businesses and sell their products," according to a recent online article by BahamasLocal. "We want this to be the home for Pop-Up vendors, where they can work full-time at building their businesses because they have an affordable, ideal location from which to build a strong following. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Aliv and Sign Island, for their support in helping make the Pop-Up Park a reality."

The result of their creation? An organization that provides training and education, business and marketing assistance to their vendors. Starting with a free consultation, Tin Ferl offers their vendors far more than just a place to set up shop. They are committed to helping their members grow their business models – offering everything from booth support (concessions including ice and gas deliveries, electricity to their booths, etc) to photography, advertising and marketing, social media management, and overall brand development.

Of their business concept, Brandon says "the Tin Ferl community is actually composed of 80 different participants, which expands beyond food and beverage, into arts, crafts and other Bahamian-made goods. Our Pop Up Park includes 30 vendors overall. Our members are home-based business owners. Our model works because we all work together to support each other and we've created a community. We operate under the motto 'Together we are stronger. United we'll succeed'. Our name Tin Ferl – (Bahamian for Tin Foil) – is what we are all about. A single piece of foil is easy to tear. But when you layer foil, stacking one piece on top of another on top of another, it becomes very strong. Tin Ferl is dedicated to uniting and supporting small businesses and to providing the pop-up community with affordable, stable, and rewarding locations to sell their products."

The Tin Ferl group welcomes vendors looking for a stable base in which to grow. They've designed an easy and straightforward registration process, which outlines vendor requirements, their weekly schedule, their procedures and guidelines, COVID-19 safety measures and available supporting services. They also offer several packages for those vendors interested in increasing their online presence and exposure in a professional, polished and affordable way. 

As for us patrons, we can only tell you wonderful things await as you enter those Dundas gates. We're not sure whether it's the delicious aromas that draw the crowds (all with social distancing measures, mind you!), the tempting photos, the recommendations of others, or previous experiences that keeps the park busy, but if you haven't checked out the Tin Ferl Pop-Up Park and the many delectable delights, you're definitely missing out!

Here are a few of the vendors you can expect to find there:

Black Pearl Bubble Tea, The New Duff, Tipsea, Junior's Jerk, Cabana Club, Natural Scrubs, Fancy Jonsa, Vell Monkey Foot, FoodPlay Cafe, Gim Sum, TK Grill Yo, Simply Good Hotdogs, Sky Juice King, Happy Hour Java, Tropical Smoothies, TZ's Bay View, Island Pops, Chops Conch Fritters, Island Sushi, Saige, First Choice Grill, Natalie's Caribbean Cuisine, Blue Flamingo Cafe and Bell's Takeaway, among others. 

As of this past weekend, the Pop Up Park is open on Saturdays as well as Monday – Friday!

Coming Soon:

As the holidays draw closer, we're told we can also expect to see some (socially-distanced and COVID friendly) Junkanoo entertainment to add a bit of festive cheer!

If you know, stay in touch. If you didn't know before, now you do. Follow the Tin Ferl group on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and happenings! 

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