Day 9 of Bahamas Wedding 25 Days of Christmas features the new Nassau Straw Market which opens just in time for Christmas.
The Opening of the new $12 million Nassau Straw Market was marked with an impressive display of fireworks and a grand celebration inclusive of the popular Bahamian cultural event Junkanoo. Restoring the iconic and world famous Nassau Straw Market to its rightful place at the center of the Bahamian straw culture and finally giving some 500 straw vendors a much needed home.
The Nassau Straw Market
The new Nassau Straw Market is a state of the art facility boosting some 37,000-square-foot ground level space, accommodating over 400 regular vendor stalls, 34 specialty booths designed to showcase authentic Bahamian music, dance and fashion, public washrooms and wireless technology allowing for the processing of credit card sales.
The opening comes to the delight of hundreds of Straw vendors who have been operating from makeshift and tent facilities since the market was originally destroyed by fire in 2001 and more recently by hurricane Irene. Visitors will now be able to shop the Bahamian craft market without the inconveniences of the temporary facilities. The market also boasts of disable friendly access.
Here is a video tour of the market that I did recently to give you a feel of the new facility.
The New Nassau Straw Market
So if you still have those last minute holiday gift shopping to do, why not head on over to the Nassau Straw Market on Bay Street and buy something uniquely Bahamian from the various straw craft items including straw handbags, wood carving and culinary delights. And here are some of straw ideas for you from Dori’s collection of Bahamian straw handbags.
Bahamian Straw handbags
Bahamian Straw Clutches
These also make lovely gifts for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom at your Bahamas wedding
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