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Abaco Snack Shop is the place to shop for all your retail and wholesale “fun n affordable snacks.” Located in the Abaco Island Pharmacy Building next to Every Child Counts, customers can choose from an excellent selection of popular name brands like Doritos, Fritos, Planters, Welch’s snacks and Caprisun juice.

Entrepreneur Report: April 15, 2015

Abaco Snack Shop


By Canishka Alexander

Abaco Snack Shop is the place to shop for all your retail and wholesale “fun n affordable snacks.” Located in the Abaco Island Pharmacy Building next to Every Child Counts, customers can choose from an excellent selection of popular name brands like Doritos, Fritos, Planters, Welch’s snacks and Caprisun juice.

Business hours are: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also find them on Facebook under Abaco Snack Shop, e-mail: snackshop242@gmail.com or phone them at 699-2087.



Park View Variety


By Canishka Alexander

Located across from Abaco Central High School’s track and field is Park View Variety Store in Murphy Town. The latest addition to Murphy Town’s commercial area, Park View opened in December 2014 and is owned by Elise and Nixon Thervil.

The store is fully stocked with a wide selection of household items, toiletries, grocery and meat products, automotive products, women’s clothing and shoes, Victoria’s secret body fragrances, cosmetics, feminine products, baby products, and school supplies. BTC Top Up services are also available.

Business hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Telephone: 367-6403.



Najah’s Salon and Spa


By Canishka Alexander

Najah’s Salon and Spa has been owned and operated by Bernadette “Bernie” Davis since October 1, 2010. Full spa services include massages, facials, full-body waxing, Caucasian hairstyling, weaving, pedicures and manicures, cuts and colours, and wedding packages.

The staff at Najah’s are all certified: Bernadette Davis is the nail technician; Tamiyra Stubbs, hairstylist; Ginger Parker-Balfour, hairstylist; Khadijah Winters, hairstylist; and Rudell Hall, massage therapist and aesthetician.

Bernie owned a similar business in Grand Bahama, so when she relocated to Abaco six years ago, she wanted to offer the same service.

“There was no place here catering to a full-spa experience, so I wanted to offer a service where people could have everything done in one place,” she reflected.

At Najah’s, clients are welcomed to a relaxed atmosphere with personable staff, and served a complimentary wine, coffee, tea or water while they are attended to.

Najah’s Salon and Spa is located in the Abaco Shopping Center next to Fidelity Bank. Business hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Telephone contact: 367-1250 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 1 (242) 553-4144, which is available 24 hours a day.



Nourish Bistro


By Canishka Alexander

A grand opening was held last month for Nourish Bistro, a Jamaican restaurant and bistro that is located in the Abaco Shopping Centre. The menu has a delicious selection of curry chicken, oxtail and beans, jerk chicken/pork, Jamaican Escovitch fish, Jamaican rice and peas, boiled green banana, yam and ackee and saltfish.

Although the Garden of Life health store is closing, Florinda said that the smoothie bar will still remain opened.  Nourish Bistro also serves a light menu of grilled paninis, wraps, salads and soups. Daily specials of $1 lemonade or iced tea are also available.

So far, she said customers have really been enjoying the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant with mostly Bahamian customers who dine there.

“You can get Bahamian food everywhere, but here we have an authentic Jamaican restaurant,” Florinda said. “You won’t be able to find any fried chicken or any greasy food here because we are health conscious, so we use only MSG free seasoning and all natural homemade seasoning.”

Nourish Bistro can seat 24 customers presently, but once the health store closes, it will accommodate 40 people. Florinda is looking to introduce a couples’ special featuring a four-course meal with a glass of wine or beverage as a choice, and a family special where children will also be included and catered to.

Business hours are: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Sundays.  Phone number: 1(242)699-2144.



Out Island Printing


By Canishka Alexander

Natasha Gray is the sole proprietor of Out Island Printing, and “Printing is our Priority” is the business’ motto. Out Island Printing offers a full slate of printing services; marketing and advertising services; signs and banners; window decals, custom T-shirts, business and wedding stationery, advertisements, carbonless receipt books and contracts, promotional items, personalized items, car magnets and much more.

Customers can expect quality work with quick turnaround time and competitive prices. There are also monthly specials.

Natasha plans to offer computer classes later on in the year, and she recently branched out to Exuma to offer her services. Recently, she partnered with Joanne Feinstein of Abaco Buzz to do the printing for her business.

Out Island Printing’s business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment only. Telephone/Fax: 1(242) 699-2496 or call 1(242)458-8057. E-mail: tasha@outislandprinting.com. Also visit Out Island Printing’s page on Facebook.



Jay’s Convenience One Stop Shop


By Canishka Alexander

Owned by Charles Bain, Jay’s Convenience One Stop Shop in Murphy Town truly has it all.

In March, Jay’s Convenience relocated and re-opened the business to a bigger, more spacious building offering a larger selection of grocery items, snack, drinks, meats, ice-cream and numerous other items.

The store also offers BTC Top Up and Island Luck services.

Business hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Telephone: 1(242)367-4235 or 1(242)225-8057.



Bliss Coffee House


Press Release

What was formerly known as the Java Coffee House and owned by Arthur and Kim Sands has been sold to Leanne Russell and Claire Basden and transformed into the Bliss Coffee House. Da Bes Yet Bakery #2, also owned by Claire Basden, will be supplying the goods.

Claire, the owner of the Your Finance accounting firm and Leanne Russell, who is an artist by trade, are fulfilling their combined dream in opening the Bliss Coffee House. Their mission is to create an exciting venue that offers art events, talks, and music as well as a hip coffee shop atmosphere with delicious coffee, teas, pastries and light fare.

Leanne Russell is a renowned artist whose achievements include being commissioned by the Princess Margaret Hospital as well as displaying her work at the Burns House, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and the Baha Mar Development. Leanne is also very focused on her initiative to bring local Abaconian artists into the spotlight. Leanne sees the possibility for gallery openings by young Abaconian artists at the newly opened Bliss Coffee House as a great way to showcase the local artistic talent. Her passion for showcasing the artists of the Abacos is vital to the energy of the Bliss Coffee House.

Claire Basden’s background in accounting means she is well prepared for the rigors of running a small business. She is passionate about this project, and knows that her focus on the bottom line will help keep the Bliss Coffee House vision on track.

Claire worked at Winding Bay for 10 years. Claire’s love for coffee and her family‘s background of entrepreneurs gave her the courage to pursue her own dream of owning a coffee shop. When the opportunity came she seized it.

About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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