The 2015 Phone Book cover

January 30th, 2015

The 2015 St. John Phone Book, all 288 pages of it, features cover art from Coral Bay artist Candice Greathouse.

Per the credit, “For Candice, the sugarbird painting is symbolic of St. John…extremely colorful, vivacious, and brimming with personality.”

Candice’s paintings can be found at Best of Both Worlds in Mongoose Junction.







St. John Vistas: Hart Bay

January 29th, 2015

Hart Bay is a wonderful view for the Chocolate Hole North villas.

But it is even more mesmerizing when you’re actually down on Hart Bay. See for yourself…







Lunch of the Week: Sun Dog Cafe

January 28th, 2015

Sun Dog Cafe, at Mongoose Junction, is a shady, people watching spot. As the New York Times said, “A remarkable menu for a kitchen the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.”

Here we have the Chicken Cavatappi, grilled chicken, roasted red pepper, red onion, black olives and melted mozzarella over Cavatappi pasta with roasted garlic bread, for $18.

And the Black Bean Quesadillas, with melted Jack and Cheddar cheeses, fresh pico de gallo, salsa and sour cream, for $14.

And the House Chicken Caesar Salad, for $14.







Here’s the Vista Mare menu

January 27th, 2015

Vista Mare, the new Italian restaurant in Wharfside Village in the old Spyglass space, is getting good reviews.

Apps about $10. Entrees $20 to $29.

Here’s the first incarnation of the Vista Mare menu.(Click on it.)







Coming soon: A Greek Food Truck

January 26th, 2015

New life for the old Love City Fraco food truck just up the hill from the tennis courts.

Coming in February: Little Olive, a Greek food truck.

Leo, along with his Aunt, Val Prakas (Greek Night at Tamarind Inn) will be running the truck. Leo’s mom, dad and sister are also owners.

“We’ll focus on Mediterranean food, but also healthy and locally-sourced food as well,” says Leo.

Little Olive’s motto is “Good food with roots.”

(The former Love City Fraco’s old look, below…)







Help displaced Mongoose Junction employees; Ocean Grill, Caravan Gallery okay

January 25th, 2015

Friday afternoon’s fire at Mongoose Junction means a lot of people will have no job to go to, and probably for quite some time. Most impacted are The Tap Room and the Beauty Lounge.

The St. John Revolving Fund is accepting tax-deductible donations (make sure to specify which business you want to support.)

Checks accepted at Connections or to PO Box 37, 00831. You can donate online as well.

Ocean Grill survived and is reopen for dinner tonight.

Caravan Gallery’s office was destroyed, but the store and its contents survived. “Its wonderful how the fire was stopped JUST before it reached the prayer flags above our entrance,” Caravan posted on Facebook.







January WAPA bills should be lower

January 23rd, 2015

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has reset rates for the first six months of 2015 to 39.1 cents per kilowatt hour, down from 48.6 cents.

The decrease is thanks to the worldwide drop in fuel costs, and WAPA’s forecast for savings from its switch to propane starting this year.

“We are pleased to pass along these initial cost savings to our customers, and look forward to further rate decreases as our propane conversion project becomes fully implemented,” said WAPA executive director Hugo Hodge, Jr. in a statement.

You can read WAPA’s announcement here.

And watch an animation of its propane conversion project with partner Vitol below…







New carts at St. John Market

January 22nd, 2015

That headline must rock your world.

Shiny, new, red-handled carts at St. John Market.

Is this news? It counts here. The word “new” is in the headline. The content bar is set pretty low at On-StJohn.com.

Besides, now you’ll notice.







Sunset Ridge promotional video

January 21st, 2015

Sunset Ridge owners have put together a great video (thanks to the filmmaker sons of one of the owners, one son who’s now among owners too), including some Steve Simonsen drone video.

Sunset Ridge owners are very proud of the property they share. Watch the video and you’ll see why…







Mongoose Junction decoration winners

January 20th, 2015

Winners in the second annual Mongoose Junction Merchants storefront holiday decorating contest are in, and the “Most Original” goes to Best of Both Worlds (above.)

A nice win for Best of Both Worlds’ owner Linda, who came up with the contest idea last year.

Bamboula ( below) wins for “Most Caribbean and Most Festive.”

Other winners:

-Portico – “Most Interactive”
-Nest – “Most Unique”
-Big Planet – ” Most Holidayish”
-R.I. Patton – “Cutest”
-Sugarbirds “Best Design”







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