Studio One had its Grand Opening late December 2015 and has continued to grow steadily. Studio One, which is the original building’s name, was once also an art studio home to one of the earliest members of the Sailing Club. Today it hosts the locally famous Hope Town Canvas as well as a bike rental and repair shop.
Hope Town Canvas products are created by Nakia Wilhoyte, a Long Island native but an established Hope Town local for many years. She first began making her homemade bags in 2013, but as interest and demand for her creations grew so did her output.
Wilhoyte has certainly kept the brand Bahamian. Using recycled sail material from Bahamian sloops and vessels, the products embody both Bahamian history and its new focus on renewable resources. The use of recycled materials and the unique patterns on each piece of work seek to capture and stay true to understated yet elegant island lifestyle, with newer creations expanding beyond just old sail canvas.
Doubtless as Hope Town Canvas and Studio One grow, newer creations will inspire and delight both locals and visitors alike.