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Unlike many young St. Lucians, I love going to the Castries market. Every trip home to St. Lucia, I make sure to visit the Castries market at least once. I love to purchase crafts, savour some local cuisine or just take in the essence of St. Lucian life. The market is one of our oldest colonial buildings and has stood the test of time. It has even benefited from a recent face lift. It was therefore a no-brainer to do my latest lifestyle shoot in and around the area that I consider to be the heart of the island.
The people, the life, the produce, the colour, the backdrop all created an amazing backdrop for this photoshoot. My life in the tropics heavily influences my brand. I felt it was important to give you guys a glimpse of what influences me. In particular, the market greatly influences the vibrant colour of my brand and what I consider to be laid back luxury.
I miss discovering new fresh fruits and having a friendly chat with the vendors. I also miss traversing the craft aisle looking for inspiration. You can easily find our weavers and other artesans who work with our local traditions. Being able to watch someone work, or to speak to a farmer bringing you fresh produce from farm to table is a luxury many people cannot afford. These small things for me represent the laid back luxury of the brand and of my island as a whole.
Saturday is the busiest day and the best day to enjoy the market in its full splendor. Make sure to try out Auntie’s selection of hearty soups and also browse the street flea market!
Check out this fun photoshoot at the Castries market and checkout this brief history of this 126 year old structure.
And don’t forget if you ever visit the market, make sure to also visit our flag ship store in the centre of Castries on number 46 Micoud Street. Bring us a some fruit when you come!
“The Castries Market is located in the centre of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia. It is the largest open air market on the island. National Geographic Magazine Ranked it the third “Best Food Market” in a listing of the “Top Ten Food Markets in the World”. It is typically touted as one of Saint Lucia’s must-do experiences. The market is home to over 300 vendors and 100 or more local sellers on market days.
The concept of a covered market was first introduced in 1891 by Mr Jules Augier, one of the first elected members of the Castries Town Board. The idea was to provide health and comfort to the market vendors as well as raise much needed revenue for the board.
Furthermore massive coal heaps on the Northern wharf created an eye sore in what was then a potentially scenic town. The construction of a covered market would block the government sanctioned coal heaps and provide some relief to the eye.
The Castries town board hired building engineers Bruce & Still Ltd., of Liverpool to construct the market. Three years later on July 2nd, 1894 His Excellency Sir Charles Bruce then governor of the Windward Islands officially opened the market . Admission to the market for the occasion was by ticket only. The day was declared a half-holiday.”