Honeymoon Guide: Barbados
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DASRAT SUGRIM LTD.
St. Lawrence Main Road
If you’ve been enviously ogling the gorgeous dark-wood furniture at the island’s mansions and high-end resorts, here’s your chance to buy some for your new household. A skilled craftsman and antiques restorer, Dasrat Sugrim is an ethnic Indian from Guyana whose showroom, a short drive along the south coast from Bridgetown, is filled with dining room, living room and bedroom sets, along with desks crafted out of dark rich mahogany or white-stained pickle pine. If you don’t spot the sideboard that made you swoon at Lascelles House or St. Nicholas Abbey or wherever, go and snap a picture for these folks and they'll build you an amazing copy.
In the interior hills east of Holetown, Canadian-born David Spieler oversees the funky fiefdom founded by his mom, Goldie, in 1983. The pottery studio cranks out colorful, whimsical, even poetic bowls, boxes, plates, platters, cups and vases (all lead-free, dishwasher-safe and microwaveable). The craftspeople here will do special commissions too. Next door at the On the Wall Gallery, David’s busy bees sell island paintings, and there are also a batik-making studio; a gift shop selling jams, cakes and books; and a little cafe with fantastic front-porch views over the valley. Not far from Harrison’s Cave (see Play), the complex makes for a delightful stop, and if you’re in the market for charming table service for your new household, they've definitely got you covered.
GALLERY OF CARIBBEAN ART
Northern Business Centre
Speightstown, St. Peter
Just north of Cobblers Cove and the string of other west-coast resorts, this eclectic 2,600-square-foot gallery represents more than 50 fine artists from countries and territories all across the Caribbean basin (from Cuba and Haiti in the north all the way down to Guyana on the coast of South America). Barbadians are especially well represented, among them Heather Dawn Scott (exquisite impressionist watercolors), Neville "Oluyemi" Legall (colorful realism) and Vincent Castellanet (scenes from the locally beloved game of cricket and luminous portraits). There’s also a branch of the gallery down on the south coast, in the lobby of the Hilton at Needham's Point (see Sleep).
HEATHER HARRINGTON JONES FINE JEWERLY
Holetown, St. James
Montrealer Heather Harrington Jones came down here in 1999 after a long career as a diamond buyer in Canada to run this little boutique in the village of Holetown. On first thought, there's no reason to plug yet another bunch of imported merch, nice as it might be, but this stuff is spectacular, and some of it is truly unique. There's jewelry from Italian designer lines such as Calgaro (stunning woven-gold and -silver pieces), Mattioli (molto elegante yet often whimsical), Nanis (from plain to very fancy) and Tagliamonte (pure romance in metal and stone, with its Cupids and flowers transformed into brooches, rings and necklaces). Tutto bellissimo, eh?