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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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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

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