DEXIA- “Come Buy at Strictly Local”

The Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) is encouraging shoppers to support local during the holiday season and invites all to seek out their gifts and other needs at the 2nd annual Strictly Local Christmas Village shopping bazaar taking place at the Roseau Market from Wednesday 18 December to Friday 20 December 2019.

Event Committee Chairperson and Head of DEXIA’s Export Promotion and Development Department, J. Lloyd Pascal states, “We want to impress on members of the public, that this is not an expo to just sample goodies.  While there will be sampling, participants are primarily using this as an avenue to sell their products and services.”

“It’s a great exchange, quality products at affordable prices and all locally made,” added Mr. Pascal.

The event, spearheaded by DEXIA in collaboration with the Dominica Arts and Craft Producers Association (DACPA), the Dominica Health and Wellness Association (DHWA), the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) and the Waitukubuli Artist Association (WAA) also aims to increase public awareness of local businesses and their products, as well as foster networking among members of the various associations.

“It’s been a great experience working with the members of the various organizations to put this event together, says Artist Margaux LaRocque of WAA who each year, plays a key role in decorating the venue and who will also have art on sale at SLCV volume 2.

The organizers are spearheading some new activities in this year’s event including an opening parade through the streets of Roseau and ending at the Roseau Market.  There will also be a kids’ creative workspace where budding entrepreneurs will partake in upcycling projects to convert items for new uses such as pet beds from tyres, rugs from scraps of material and designing paper cards from old newspapers.   There will also be face painting for young shoppers.

As was done last year, there will be special entertainment on all three days.  On Wednesday there will be a poetry and prose segment spearheaded by members of WAA.  Music will be the focus on Thursday with live performances from local musicians and students of the Pierre Charles Secondary School.   On the final day, Friday, December 20, models will rip the runway in outfits and accessories from vendors at the event.  This final event is managed by Ruth Augustine of Dominica’s Next Super Model.

Patrons can find literature from local writers, gift certificates for services such as massages, an array of food items produced from local ingredients with a special focus on Cassava by Sister Nats, punches, bath and body products, candles, jewelry, plants, paintings and many more items on sale at this year’s event.  They can also enter into a raffle to win a basket of goodies from participants.

A special prize will be awarded to the vendor with the best presentation (décor, creative).  Last year’s winner was Ms. Dafrica Thomas of Nature’s Caress.

The parade carded on the 18th of December starts at 9 am at the Botanic gardens. The bazaar opens from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on all three days.

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6 Comments

  1. Ibo France
    November 28, 2019

    Have to applaud the local organizers and vendors of this event. It always gives me superlative pleasure to see the creativity and locally produced items of our people. Hope that Dominicans will go out, in great numbers, and give their fullest support to this effort and that it will be a resounding success.

  2. November 27, 2019

    Every household in Dominica should have a functional laundry basket. A basket to put dirty clothes. This could be a free gift to the people and at the same time create seasonal jobs. Who have money for trinckets..

  3. Pia peters
    November 27, 2019

    What an exciting event
    Very important to shoe people all that is produced in Dominica

  4. Roger Burnett
    November 27, 2019

    While I applaud the initiative, when it comes to craft items and the visual arts in general, we have a long way to go in terms of design, skill and promotion. In terms of promotion, the picture that illustrates this announcement says it all!

    But then again, when the visual arts are placed on the back-burner in schools, what better can we expect. I do my best with students on a one to one basis but aesthetics remain a foreign language for most.

    May I remind Mr. Pascal and Mrs Rolle that I still await the pleasure of their visit to my studio to discuss how we can begin to rectify the situation.

  5. son of the soil
    November 27, 2019

    it is indeed are very good idea to go local i support that call but what bothers me is the fact that we are selling our products at the same price if not more expensive than the imported ones please tell me why.

  6. son of the soil
    November 27, 2019

    i think its a real good idea to buy local but it hurts my heart to know that the imported goods are cheaper than the local ones

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