The shopper has plenty of choice and is not swamped by US or British merchandise. Shops are well stocked. Local Sea Island cotton wear and cane and basketwork are attractive and reasonable. Shop opening hours 0800-1600, Mon-Sat. Early closing on Thu & also Sat for some shops. Walls Deluxe Record and Bookshop on Fort Street has a good selection of music and Caribbean books, open Mon-Thur 0800-1700, Fri 0800-1800, Sat 0800-1630.
The Island Hopper Boutique at the Circus, underneath the Ballahoo restaurant, stocks the Caribelle Batik range of cotton fashions and also carries clothes from Trinidad, St Lucia, Barbados and Haiti; open 0800-1600 Mon-Fri, 0800-1300 Sat, T4652905; also at The Arcade, Charlestown, Nevis, T469-1491/5426. The Stonewall Boutique on Princes Street sells quality local crafts and imports.
The Plantation Picture House, at Rawlins Plantation is Kate Spencer’s studio and gallery of portraits, still life and landscapes in oils and watercolours, her designs are also on silk, open 1100-1700. She also has a shop in Basseterre, on Bank Street, just off the Circus, called Kate, with paintings, prints, silk sarongs, hats by Dale Isaac, and another shop in Main Street, Charlestown.
Glass Island, 4 Princes St, T/F4666771, is a working glass shop which produces glass tiles, platters, jewellery and gifts. There are several local craft shops in Charlestown. Next to the tourist office is Nevis Handicraft Co-operative. On the road to the Four Seasons Hotel is an industrial estate with shops selling crafts and a toy shop. In Newcastle there is a pottery with red clay artefacts including bowls and candleholders. You can watch potters at work. The kilns are fired by burning coconut husks.
The public markets in Basseterre and Charleston are busiest Sat morning, good for fruit and vegetables, also fish stalls and butchers. Supermarkets in Basseterre include B & K Superfood on the south side of Independence Square and George Street, Horsfords Valumart on Wellington Road, and Rams on Bay Road and at Bird Rock. On Nevis, there are well-stocked supermarkets: Nisbets in Newcastle and Superfood, Parkville Plaza, Charlestown.
There are philatelic bureaux on both St Kitts and Nevis which are famous (the latter more so) for their first day covers of the islands’ fauna and flora, undersea life, history and carnival. The St Kitts bureau is in Pelican Shopping Mall, open Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 0800-1200, 1300-1500, Thur, 0800-1100. The Nevis bureau is open Mon-Fri, 0800-1600.