By Samantha Evans
Chic Boutique is a modern and trendy accessory store that was initially started as an online business in March 2013 by Melissa Miller from Nassau, Bahamas. She was inspired by her own love for fashion and trendiness. In an effort to reach the entire Abaco community, she opened a store in a unique location.
Chic Boutique is located in the D & S Shopping Plaza inside Suite #206 –Studio #3 above the Chemist Shop. The store caters to women that have stylish needs for costume jewelry items such as necklaces, bracelets, hand chains, rings, watches, earrings, and the like.
In addition, Chic Boutique carries several brands of make-up and make up supplies such as ELF Cosmetics, NYX and BH Cosmetics. Also, for the trendsetting ladies that love the fashionable handbags and clutches, Chic Boutique has them in stock too.
You can also find Chic Boutique on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chicboutique2013. In the near future, Chic Boutique will be supplying clothing, trendy shoes, belts, scarves, MAC and Mary Kay make-up.
They can be reached by calling 225-3376 or 428-4985.
Abaco Meats and Spices
By Samantha Evans
On October 15, 2013, Abaco Meats and Spices opened its doors on Forest Drive in the old M N R Building next door to Becky’s Take-A-Way. They specialize in meats, seasonings and spices.
They sell meats such as lamb chops, pork chop ends, chicken wings, chicken leg quarters and pork and beef ribs. These meats come in individual and family packs. They have a butcher on staff to cut up those meats for your soup and souse.
Owners, Charlotte Green and Brucely Cornish have had this vision since 2009 and now it has finally come to fruition. Green stated that she has always been business-driven and wanted to serve people. Since they opened, business has been wonderful and the response from the public has been overwhelming.
Green stated that they will soon be carrying items from local farmers such as limes, potatoes, peas, peppers and other items that go along with seasonings. Hence, she encourages farmers to contact them at the store so that they can retail their products.
They can provide meats, spices and seasonings for hotels, eateries, take-a-ways, and restaurants too. All she asks is that they place their orders 24 to 48 hours in advance. They will also be providing turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
At Abaco Meats and Spices, they only carry their core items so no snacks and bread basket items are sold within. They are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday and 7am to 11am on Sundays.
Finally, she stated that they will be bringing in higher end meats such as steaks, seafood and organic meats in the coming months.
They can be contacted by calling 699-1022 or 475-4359.
E. W. C.
By Samantha Evans
Electronic World Center, or E.W. C., opened its doors in September 2013 in the Abaco Shopping Center next door to Fidelity Bank. According to owners, Michael Calyx and Elliott Thompson, they specialize in Apple and Samsung products especially tablets and cell phones.
They also sell cell phone covers, the latest electronics, CD players, a variety of fans, portable DVD players, toasters, can openers, mixers, irons, student desks, routers, and cameras. Their plan is to be the largest Apple and Samsung supplier on the island of Abaco.
They will be implementing an educational program very soon where they will provide discounts to students who perform well in school. They will have kiddie toys, games, tablets, and riders in just in time for Christmas.
Finally, they can also order anything for you and guarantee that your items will only take a week (or less) to get to Abaco. They are open Monday to Friday 10 am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
They can be contacted by calling 699-0316.
Dianne’s Divine Delights
By Jennifer Hudson
Dianne’s Divine Delights, located in the Living Easy Coffee Shop and Deli in the Memorial Plaza is now owned entirely by Dianne Vixamar. The decor is reminiscent of a small European Delhi or French cafe with its windows framed by traditional cafe curtains and the interior tastefully laid out in groupings of small circular tables.
Dianne serves up light lunches which include a variety of salads and pasta salads, quiches, Panini’s and sandwiches. Her daily box specials include meatloaf with potatoes, beef stirfry and lasagna.
Fresh individually brewed cups of Keurig coffee are available as well as tea in a variety of approximately 12 flavours plus water and sodas. A selection of jams and jellies and box coffees are also on sale along with souvenir gift items and Abaco Neem products.
Mrs. Vixamar, who hails from Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, visited Abaco one summer, fell in love with the island and decided to make it her home since 1988. She has always had a great love for food and has worked in the restaurant and hotel industry for 20 plus years. In addition she has worked as a cook in private homes, one of which was Windermere on the island of Eleuthera where she catered to Prince Charles, Lord Mountbatten and his family and many government officials. She now enjoys sharing her culinary expertise with the people of Marsh Harbour.
All of the food sold in her deli are made in Mrs. Vixamar’s own home apart from Panini’s, wraps and sandwiches which are made to the customer’s order. She also runs Dianne’s catering service and caters for parties and private in-house dinners.
She can be contacted at the coffee shop at 367 2202 or 559 8553 for the catering service.
As a way of saying thank you to all of her customers, this year on Thanksgiving Mrs. Vixamar will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey, ham and all the trimmings plus traditional apple and pumpkin pies.