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6 Rue de la République
Tel: 590-87-32-24

Bushy-bearded, Saint Martin-born Sir Roland Richardson is a painter, a poet and the grand old man of the island's art and culture scene. He's known throughout the Caribbean and beyond and was even knighted by the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix. Here in his downtown Marigot gallery, in a mid-19th-century gingerbread-trimmed wooden house where he also lives with his wife, Laura, he offers his impressionist oils and watercolors done in the grand tradition. Richardson specializes in portraits and especially flora. His trademark is depictions of the vibrant red flamboyant (royal poinciana) tree. You can buy originals or less pricey limited-edition giclées.

Front de Mer
Tel: 590-51-04-19

On Marigot's waterfront, next to the Fort-Louis Marina and near the outdoor Marigot Marketplace, this two-level complex has gracious old-fashioned architectural touches and skylights that make the atrium space inside a bright and cheery experience. Besides a branch of the redoubtable Shipwreck Shops (see above), you'll find typical duty-free fare at shops like Goldfinger, French designer doodads and duds at boutiques such as Lacoste and Lancel, and a good selection of perfumes and a day spa at Vanity First (where you can pick up a bottle of Eau de St. Martin, for both gals and guys, with a hint of local guavaberry). And of course there are restaurants. If you're still up for more mall, head to the Marina Royale shops over on the lagoon side of downtown.

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