TURKS & CAICOS
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Greensleeves is in a small strip mall a bit off the tourist track between Grace Bay and the airport/downtown. Its stock of local merchandise includes island scenes from local artists like Pamela Leach, Trevor Morgan and Brian Webster. But what makes the shop extra special is its Potcake Corner, benefiting a foundation (potcakefoundation.com) that rescues the islands’ unwanted mutts and strays. (It’s "potcake" because the locals traditionally fed dogs whatever was left over in the cooking pot, compressed into cakes.) Here you’ll find great little items of glass, metal (precious and otherwise) and crystal jewelry, including some adorable bracelets and necklaces, interspersed with li'l ceramic doggie bones and paw prints (which also show up on bottle openers, butter knives, key chains, ceiling-fan pulls and lots more).
The Salt Mills
Tel: 649-941-4662, 649-243-4904
W.I.I.F. stands for West Indies International Furniture. And French-born expat Franck Aubert’s gorgeous home-furnishings emporium—resembling a higher-end Pier One, a few shops down from Anna’s Art Gallery in the Salt Mills shopping plaza—does indeed mostly specialize in exquisite, unusual teak, mahogany and rattan pieces that he imports from Indonesia in raw form and has finished locally. If you’re looking to add some island flava to your new household, you can get just about anything shipped, from a coffee table to entire bedroom, kitchen and outdoor furniture sets. Another cool and unusual product is glossy pink-white countertops of conch shells, ground and polished to a high gloss. If you’re not in the market for items quite so big and big-ticket, W.I.I.F. carries some of the TCI’s highest-quality craft items in straw, wicker, metal and wood—and you can get that polished conch in the form of kitchen trivets.