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October
20

Legal Side of Getting Married in The Bahamas - Morley

When considering Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, you might find that the next step is to find more ways to make the most of your new Bahamas home. Our agents note more buyers are choosing to get married throughout the islands of The Bahamas.

A unique destination wedding here in The Bahamas is the ideal way to kick off the next chapter of your island life. It can also serve as a celebration of your home purchase, even if closing day is still pending. Most inquiries about getting married in the Bahamas come from U.S., Canada, and EU nationals. No matter where you come from, there are important things for you to know.

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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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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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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
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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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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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. 

June
16

Summer's finally here! Time for cookouts, backyard parties, outdoor sports, and time by the water. All this time outside can lead to potential dangers, if we aren't prepared. With proper preparation and a safety plan in place, you'll be set for, what could be, your best summer ever.

To avoid accidents and pricey repairs, prepping your home for the summer months is a must. From steamy temps and unexpected storms to the general wear and tear on the inside and outside of your home, there are quite a few things to get ready for. First, we must take inventory of what home maintenance is overdue. From repairing broken appliances to cleaning out your air conditioning filters and ducts, summer upkeep projects can save you money in the long run and keep everything running smoothly. Conduct a home energy audit once every year, to determine where upgrades can make a difference in lowering your carbon footprint and utility bill.

To help keep the outside of your home looking great while keeping your family safe, be sure to add these to your to-do list:

 - Install sunshades or tinting to your windows to deflect heat.

 - Reseal any cracked caulking or weather strips on external windows and doors to prevent leaks.

 - Inspect outside your home for cracks and any overhanging tree limbs that could fall during a storm.

 - Double-check that flood insurance is included in your home insurance policy.

 - Spray your yard and home to protect it from pests and other creatures. Set traps and other deterrents, where necessary.

 - Schedule a yearly inspection to help catch termites before they cause major damage to your home's structure.

 

 

Keeping bugs at bay often entails the use of chemicals or pesticides, so safe usage should be top-of-mind. If you choose to use pesticides in and around your home, ensure children know to avoid any treated areas after application, for as long as manufacturer's instructions dictate. Always explain the dangers of all potentially harmful products to your children. This can help prevent injury from accidental exposure. Placement of a first-aid kit, with poison control information, and fire extinguisher on every level of your home is a smart idea - having them nearby helps you respond as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency.

 

    

 

Security and Monitoring

As temps rise in the summer months, unfortunately so do the rates of home break-ins and theft. On average, there is an 11% increase in home-based crimes during the summer months. And though we are now staying home more than ever before, this increase is enough to make one nervous during a weekend getaway. Thankfully, smart home technology has vastly advanced, giving homeowners control over their home protection and monitoring capabilities. Recent additions to the smart home market include indoor and outdoor cameras, motion detection lighting, and automatic locks that can alert you on your phone any time someone locks or unlocks a door. These devices are not only helpful for identifying and stopping burglaries, but they're also great for monitoring your children's activity throughout the home. Some devices even allow you to speak to your children or play music directly through speaker systems. Ultimately, the purpose of smart devices is to help streamline your life, making everyday tasks easier.

When we are around more often, like during the summer or shelter-in-place orders, our homes, appliances, and devices go through something known as home strain. And with a global pandemic keeping us homebound more than ever before, home strain is reaching new heights. As sheltering in place continues and as more people opt to work from home, this issue is likely to persist. The most needed repairs come from issues with power surges, broken appliances, and damaged electronic devices. To help counteract the effects of home strain, it's important to thoroughly clean your home, appliances, and other devices. Electronic devices and other household appliances run faster and last longer with regular cleanings. Regular cleaning also allows you to inspect for damage and fix small issues before they grow.

 

 

Grilling and Fire Protection

Grilling is an especially popular summertime activity. Improperly operated grillware can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true when there are young children in proximity, as they can accidentally injure themselves or others. A few things to consider before grilling this summer to keep your family and home safe:

Never leave a fire unattended. Constant monitoring will help keep the fire under control and prevent any potential injuries from children or pets getting too close to the flame. It is recommended to keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home or any other structures, and away from any overhanging trees.

When returning indoors, it is important to extinguish the fire. Never let it a grill burn out. While it is recommended to keep a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies, a grill can be put out with water once you are done. It's also a good idea to keep a first-aid kit nearby in case of accidents or burns.

 

 

Pool Safety

Whether you have an in-ground pool, hot tub, above ground, or inflatable pool, children should always be supervised while swimming. If possible, enroll your children in swimming lessons early or teach them yourself. As they are learning, a life jacket or other flotation device should be put on before getting in the water. Become CPR-certified and always keep an extra flotation device and first-aid kit nearby. To ensure you know when your child is near the water, consider adding back door and gate alarms to alert you of any movement near the pool or hot tub.

Setting Safety Rules

The safety of their child is the goal of every parent, but it can be easier said than done. It is important to talk with your kids about summer safety, including the limits you've set for how far they can venture out or what activities they take part in without you nearby. In addition to installing safety measures like gates around the pool and locks on medicine cabinets, it's important to let your children know what type of play is and is not allowed. Playing in a parked car, for example, can easily turn dangerous in the summer heat. Always lock your car when it's not in use, even if it's just in your garage or driveway.

As children get older, they'll likely want to venture out to play with friends away from home. Before going out to play, establish ground rules for how far they can go and for how long. Ensure they are aware of the potential dangers of your area. Mobile numbers should be memorized in case of an emergency.

Whether your yard is relatively empty or full of toys, an inspection should be part of the pre-play routine. This allows you to address any issues you find before letting your children run around.

With summer in full swing and shelter-in-place orders continuing, you'll likely be spending most of your time at or near home. This makes total home safety more important than ever. While you may be able to make most repairs yourself, some things are better left to the professionals. Carve out enough time for cleaning and repairs - plus time for summer fun too!

June
9

When discussing energy efficiency, it is common for experts only to consider improving the savings results for homeowners in colder climates. It is a topic that our neighbors to the north and west must give consideration as most energy needs will increase when temperatures begin to fall. Having an energy efficient home, however, is also incredibly important in warmer climates. With the proper energy-saving strategies and smart design choices, Bahamian homes can become just as energy efficient as those in other regions.

BUILDING DESIGN & LAYOUT CONSIDERATIONS

For the highest energy efficiency, a home should be designed from the ground up with respect to how the light and other natural elements will affect energy needs. For example, West and East facing glass windows and doors can have about five times the heat gain of north-facing glass. For the most favorable outcome, a home should be constructed so that windows are positioned within 20 degrees of North or South, wherever possible. Choosing colors for your home, that are reflective as opposed to absorbent for roofing and siding can also help to control the heat inside the home.

SMART LANDSCAPING

Landscaping should be planned to work with the design elements of the home. Where there are windows or doors installed on the west or east sides of a house, trees and shrubs can be positioned to block the sun at the hottest times of the day.

Shady trees also work well for controlling heat gains in the home. During the warmest months, the trees will have leaves and block out sunlight. During the cooler months, the trees will lose leaves and allow greater heat gains. Shrubs and trees can also shade pavement so that sunlight is not reflected indoors.

CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS

Materials selected for the walls, floors, and roof, the type of windows and doors, and many other construction elements can all have a major impact on home energy efficiency. Materials with low heat conductivity should always be used and be thick enough to keep out any unwanted heat. Windows should be shaded or tinted to keep out the heat as much as possible, possibly even using a recessed window design for consistency. Ceramic tile floors are best for energy efficiency in hot climates, with carpeting typically raising the average temperature inside the home.

INSULATION FOR SAVINGS

Proper insulation is important for hot climate energy efficiency. About two inches of foam insulation is generally sufficient to help keep heat gains out and keep cool air inside. A carefully sealed building is of utmost importance.

ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES

Investing in Energy Star appliances boosts your home's energy efficiency. There are other ways to reduce energy expenses with your current appliances, as well. The refrigerator is often the leading energy user among a home's appliances, so it must operate efficiently.

ADJUST TEMPERATURE SETTINGS

The smallest temperature changes can greatly impact your home's energy efficiency. Adjust the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower on cooler days, and 78 degrees or higher during the summer so that you use less energy.

ADJUST WATER HEATER SETTINGS

This is typically something homeowners do not consider doing. However, this small change can go a long way in saving you money. A maximum temperature of 120 degrees is adequate for most homes. This prevents accidental scalding and is proven to slow the buildup of minerals in your water heater tank.

ADJUST REFRIGERATOR SETTINGS

The temperature of the refrigerator itself should be set to 35°-38°F, and the freezer to 0° F. The refrigerator is often the leading energy user among a home's appliances, so it must operate efficiently. Keep the door closed as often as possible. Check the door seals to ensure they are tight and secure. If a dollar bill placed between the door gaskets slips out easily, the seal is not as tight as it should be. Consider replacing it.

UNPLUG ELECTRONICS WHEN NOT IN USE

Always remember to unplug rarely used appliances to decrease energy usage around the house. Unplugging electronics like charging devices for phones, tablets, and digital cameras can increase your energy efficiency. Using a power strip with an on/off switch makes it easy to decrease electricity use by powering off multiple electronics at once.

Beyond construction, landscaping choices, and other big-ticket items, there are many ways homeowners can save. Lowering your energy bill can be accomplished by improving the energy efficiency of your home. Simple lifestyle changes go a long way to impact and improve your bottom line. When followed consistently, these practices could lead to substantial energy savings and lower utility bills. Making use of the strategies outlined above will help you and your family to live more energy efficient and boost the savings you see on your monthly energy bill.

 

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

April
21

Earth Day is tomorrow, and the global theme is Restore our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world's ecosystems. With almost 365 days of sunshine along our shores, as a nation, we are in a unique position when it comes to benefitting from renewable and solar energy. As we expand our horizons, we are increasingly moving towards environmentally-friendly technologies and ways to reduce energy consumption, save on costs, and increase our sustainability practices. 

 

At Home

Our homes today are relying more on solar-powered technologies. Existing residences are swapping out the old with the new where they can, and new residential builds are incorporating these capabilities from the ground-up. 

While some are installing state-of-the-art solar energy systems, like this Turnberry home, others are introducing this technology in smaller doses to save on electricity bills and to cut back on their carbon footprint. Today, we have a host of options ranging from a solar panel for hot water or air conditioner to solar-powered sprinkler systems and outdoor lights for your yard. Even something as simple as swapping out those regular light bulbs for LED ones can help! Regardless of your budget, there are ways you can save!

 

For your Business

Across the country, many of our businesses have also started making the transition to more sustainable energy solutions - some in small ways, by changing out light bulbs to LED, replacing HVAC units with energy-efficient ones, and having programmable thermostats in offices. Others have adapted on a larger scale, with whole energy management systems and solar power systems. Going green with your business can help you cut costs on energy, but it can also have a positive impact when it comes to your company name and community relations. 

 

For us All 

On a larger scale, we've seen many initiatives unfold over the last several years to increase our green living as a country.

In 2013, the National Energy Policy was developed to connect the energy and economic sectors and create opportunities to use renewable energy in as many areas nationwide as possible. Policies outlined in the National Energy Policy pave the way toward achieving renewable energy targets for 2033, including the use of renewable energy in:

  • Transport: discouragement of inefficient motor vehicles, lowering import duties on electric and hybrid cars, encouragement of carpooling, and implementation of "effective mass public transit transport system" among other initiatives.
  • Construction, housing, offices, and hotels: energy-efficiency building code standards which include the use of efficient lighting, sustainable materials, energy-efficient building code standards. Considerations for providing incentives for constructing carbon-neutral buildings.
  • Finance: Finance ministry to develop and implement incentive programs and fiscal measures to support investment in modern facilities, infrastructure in the energy sector.

Some of these initiatives exist today, with the plans implemented and off the ground: 

Thomas A. Robinson Solar Parking Lot

In 2019, the Thomas A. Robinson National stadium officially unveiled its solar parking lot. The 925-kilowatt grid-tied solar system will displace 310 thousand liters of diesel fuel annually, which should save the island 350 thousand dollars and offset 856 tons of carbon emissions annually. The lot has 324 parking stations and an additional two electric car charge ports for electric vehicles.  

Family Island Solar Program

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) launched the Family Island Solar Program with support from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Carbon War Room's Islands Energy Program. This program proposes to develop "solar-fueled power systems" on the Family Islands of Andros, Bimini, Eleuthera, and Inagua with hopes of meeting 30% of the electricity by the year 2030. 

 

On the Horizon

Good news for our family, friends, and customers in Abaco and Grand Bahama! According to a report released by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the initial funding for electricity restoration on islands hit by Hurricane Dorian has been bolstered by the receipt of $9.739m in grant funding from the EU's Caribbean Investment Facility. The even better news is that this restoration is set to produce a 50 percent increase in renewable energy installed and battery storage capacity for additional resilience. Some of this funding is set to be allocated to installing a 4 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and energy storage, which will supply energy to the Marsh Harbour government complex and the Marsh Harbour's hospital. In Cooper's Town, the medical clinic will have a Solar PV plant of approximately 0.25 MW, including a storage capacity of close to 2 MW.

In New Providence, this funding will also be used to subsidize rooftop solar PV installations for a total additional renewable energy capacity of 2.5 MW. This will involve five commercial and 50 residential installations of 50 kilowatts (kW) and 5Kw, respectively, plus 20 systems for community buildings with a 100 kW capacity.

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! 

December
1

We've heard it before, but it warrants saying again - it's been a year. Are we right? If ever there was a time when life seemed turned upside down, turned around, and something closer to the lyrics of a Bahamian song, it would be 2020. And yet, with so many unknowns, so many changes, there are some silver linings we can take with us. One of these is the spirit of Bahamian entrepreneurship and innovation.With COVID-19 restrictions in place, local businesses were hit hard. Both the health and economic impacts have been felt not just here, but around the world. Traditional business practices changed, with many companies finding new ways to adapt to meet the needs of their customers.

New opportunities were created as well. Almost overnight, Bahamian entrepreneurs stepped up to the plate. They created avenues to support local businesses. The traditional delivery concept morphed. Companies answered the call for services like grocery delivery, or wines and spirits. Retail items, pharmaceutical supplies, household goods - you name it!

An extra bonus for the business owners using these services? Exposure via a third-party marketing initiative. The delivery companies focus on promoting their services, of course. But they also promote and advertise the vendors that they work with - it's a win-win all around!

Our retailers, service providers and restaurants are now open. Yet, we have a feeling the demand for delivery is here to stay. Some of us are happy to get out and visit our favorite shops on our own. But there are also some who feel more comfortable avoiding the crowds and prefer to stay at home.

Here are some companies leading the charge for delivery services across the island:

Kraven

With Kraven, ordering your take-out, beverages, groceries, pharmacy items, merchandise and more, is a breeze. Download the app on your phone and sign up for an account. For customers, there's no charge to sign-up, and you'll know your costs up front when it comes to delivery. The service provided by Kraven is efficient, professional and easy. The company is responsive and a pleasure to use!

Bahama Eats

Bahama Eats caters to restaurants, alcohol retailers, grocery stores and pharmacies, as well. You can download their app and get started today! Their vendor testimonials are the proof in the pudding that the concept works. Ms. Raquel Potier, the owner of Finger Lickin' had great feedback to offer. "Ever since partnering with Bahama Eats to take on our deliveries, we've seen an uptick in sales and also noticed new customers. I love their service!"

Mutru

Mutru is revolutionizing how online and in store customers get their goods. "We partner with freight forwarders and major retailers to bring your purchases to you at home, at work, or anywhere you need it. We also provide a new delivery solution to power same day delivery for retailers and businesses. Whether you want to integrate Mutru into your eCommerce site or simply book a local delivery today, we've got you covered. Mutru gives customers more - a lot more – Choice and Convenience," they say. Partnering with retailers including CBS Bahamas, WHIM Automotive, Missari International, Sugar Mama's and more, the company proudly provides services to large enterprises and small businesses alike. With Mutru's EcoPack Fulfillment service, retailers can meet the needs and demands of their local clients. Mutru will receive, package and deliver your goods directly to your clients for a flat rate of $5.00!

They also offer direct shipping from The Bahamas to the United States! Great news for Bahamian businesses and entrepreneurs trying to expand their reach. Locally-made goods can now be offered to an American market in an easier way!

Their latest achievement? A Messenger Service. Now you can have your documents and small packages delivered across the island. Payment options are either a pay-as-you-go or monthly subscription rate.

Mutru's latest results show that their retailers have:

- saved $30,000 and 37 hours

- had 3,000 packages delivered

- served 872 unique customers

As the holiday shopping season ramps up, there is a strong push for supporting local businesses. The Bahamas Federation of Retailers this week launched a ShopLocal Bahamas campaign. They stress the value and reach of local purchasing for our Bahamian economy and workforce. We agree, and we know we can do this. Through innovation and by working together. Utilizing supporting services, our retailers can maximize efforts to meet their customers' demands.

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