Where’s the love?
Valentine’s business slow in Bridgetown
With just two days to go before Valentine’s Day, businesses in The City are still holding out hope for some love from patrons as they head into the weekend.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited The City today, store owners were getting their Valentine’s specials ready, putting out the traditional chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears, awaiting the crowds that never came. A few people trickled in but left without buying anything.
However, hope springs eternal at Cave Shepherd where Communications Specialist Mark Anthony expect sales to pick up tomorrow.
“We find that business is pretty much comparable to last Valentine’s. We would find that business would pretty much pick up tomorrow since Valentine’s is on Sunday,” Anthony said.
At Nikkos Creations volunteer Gayle Ishmael has been observing customers. This year they have been moving away from tradition, she noticed. Yet, she said, business had been slow.
“From what I am observing at a distance people are looking for a variety of gifts. It’s not just the typical flowers anymore; they are looking for baskets with a combination of things.
“We have had a slow period for the last two days but I think since we are concentrating on flowers and fruit baskets it’s not likely that people will shop heavily until later today and tomorrow,” she predicted.
Back at Cave Shepherd, a young man has set up a booth from which he put his baking skills to good use.
Dominick Jones was selling cupcakes and cookies and he told Barbados TODAY things had been going well. So well that he planned to stay until everything was sold out.
“It has been going OK for now but I think things will pick up tomorrow.”
At Swan Street Keann Walters was trying to attract sales. Things have not been going well but she was optimistic that business would improve, her optimism based on the fact that it was the weekend and the questions that people had been asking.
“I recognize that when Valentine’s [Day] falls on a weekend it’s much better. Sales were going steadily two days before Valentine’s and I expect sales to increase between today and tomorrow, so I’m not complaining. “We have been having a lot of enquires from passers-by; there is a definite buzz about Valentine’s,” said Walters.
However, not everyone was hopeful. Marc Adamson also operates from Swan Street. Like Walters, he has not been doing much business, However, unlike Walters, he does not expect things to get any better.
“Things are extremely slow for this Valentine’s but it is keeping in line with the general economic financial situation in Barbados right now. A lot of people are still into it but I think they are waiting until the very last minute because of the financial situations,” Adamson said.