CAYMAN ISLANDS

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ICOA FINE FOODS
Seven Mile Shops
West Bay Road, Grand Cayman
Tel: 345-945-1915
icoacafe.com

Chocoholic alert! India-born Shruty Nakhwa and Dutchman Jurgen Wevers are master confectioners, creating bodacious bonbons with sensual fillings you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. (Well, maybe your hotel or resort—Icoa also sells in some of the better ones.) Among the most popular choices are lobster-shaped Cayman key lime bonbons; dark-chocolate pistachio-cinnamon praline pyramids; and a lovers’ special, white chocolate hearts filled with passion-fruit cream. Other flavors include coconut, rum, pineapple, coffee, banana and Caribbean spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and honey). You can enjoy Chef Jurgen’s nouvelle international cuisine in the adjacent dining room. Ioca also caters weddings.

ISLAND GLASSBLOWING STUDIO
189 North Church St.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Tel: 345-946-1483
islandglassblowing.com

Head to this studio and gallery on the George Town waterfront next to the Burger King to watch British master glassblower Stephen Victor Zawistowski, his son-in-law, Matthew, and his son, Oliver (who performs more and more of the actual flame work these days), do their thing. They turn out vibrantly colored bowls, vases, dishes and plates, as well as necklaces, earrings and cuff links. Along with Stephen’s wife, Carol Ann, they also make sculptures and figurines—playful blue dolphins, emerald-green turtles. One of their most stunning pieces is an elaborate glass facsimile of a conch shell.

PURE ART GALLERY AND GIFTS
South Church Street and Denham Thompson Way
Grand Cayman
Tel: 345-949-9133
pureart.ky

Pure Art has been in business for more than two decades; it’s now owned by U.S. escapee Debbie Chase van der Bol. You’ll find it in an old white clapboard cottage just over a mile south of George Town. It’s a charming one-stop shop for both art and crafts. Debbie sells her own sunny pictures, including still lifes and island scenes in watercolor and ink. She also represents nearly four dozen other local artists, including John Broad (check out his 500-tile historical work outside), Lorna Griggs (watercolor seascapes and landscapes) and Charles Long (scenes of everyday Caribbean life). On the crafts side, rustic straw hats and bags join ceramics, candles, wood carvings and jewelry made from beads, shells and caymanite; you can also pick up sarongs, spices and preserves and more.

RICHARD’S BLACK CORAL
8 Harbour Dr.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Tel: 345-949-7156
exploreuw.com/richardsblackcoral

You may have spotted some of Peter Davey’s one-of-a-kind stunners in black coral, gold, diamonds and opal on some high-profile actors and athletes. The distinctive spiny coral he uses is increasingly rare. Davey and the other master artisans at this quarter-century-old George Town waterfront shop incorporate it into vivid rings, necklaces and small, detailed sculptures, like a spotted eagle ray cruising a reef. (Don’t worry—living coral is never harvested for any of this work.) Prices range from $55 to a cool $25,000. They’ll also do special commissions (in as little as a day, depending on the complexity), either from your design or after having a chat with you about your tastes.

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