Praises poured in from vendors, residents and visitors for the well-organized 13th annual Christmas on Main Street which has been hailed a success. However, there were mixed reactions from vendors regarding the purchasing power exercised by shoppers.
The annual event started on Friday, December 2nd and concluded on December 3rd.
For Erminie Mathavious of Locally Yours, the event was a success for her business. She said that this year it was more organized, better designed and it was more incisive in terms of the placing of the booths.
Mathavious, who has been part of the event for four years, said for a year of economic hardships, people came out and supported the businesses. She said that for her business, people appeared to be more inclined to move towards a healthier lifestyle, hence they bought her products.
The event which is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Small Businesses (AASB), has developed a good reputation with vendors, Main Street businesses and the community in general, and has been a great boost to the community’s Christmas spirit and a great start to the Christmas season in the BVI.
At the official opening ceremony on Friday night, Ministers of Government urged residents to support businesses that operate in the BVI in order for the money spent on products to remain in the BVI.
The Ministers stated that businesses too must play a role by offering affordable prices. They also said said that in the coming months, they will be announcing plans for the improvement of the capital.