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People-Powered Profile: Jennifer Russ | Reef2Peak Eco-Tours

Hi, my name is Jennifer Russ and I am the owner of Reef2Peak, an eco-tour company that offers kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and hiking on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. I have always loved nature and I enjoy the company of outdoorsy people. My father taught me to appreciate travel and the environment. […]

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People-Powered Profile: Steven Petsche | Enkai Sushi

Best of the VI  winner four years running, seven years historically, and loved by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, Enkai Sushi is doing everything right! The story of Enkai is one of luck, skill, and perseverance. It’s inspiring to realize that Enkai just fell into the lap of new owner Steven Petsche. He struggled, […]

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People-Powered Profile: CimmaronStJohn Vacation Villa and Condo Rentals

David Conro and Robin Eldridge are baby boomers. They grew up in small farming communities. Dave in the Catskill Mountains of New York and Robin in Northeast Iowa. Dave completed service in the Marine Corps. Robin graduated from college. Both set off for new adventures beyond the small towns of their youth. Near the end […]

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People-Powered Profile: Karen Samuel | Kareso Studio

Kareso Studio takes its name from the traditional folk music of the Virgin Islands. Kareso, or cariso, comes from the Carib word carieto which means joyous song. Now located at Estate Eden, the neighborhood where owner Karen Samuel grew up, this art studio showcases the culture and traditions of St. John from an insider perspective. […]

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People-Powered Profile: Tree Limin’ Extreme

Zip lining is fun for the whole family and we are proud to supply the USVI with the one and only zip line! We are also honored to say that we have been awarded “Best of the VI Tourist Activities” four years in a row. In 1996, Julie, co-owner of Tree Limin’ Extreme, spent a […]

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People Powered Profile: Tommy Garfield and Ryan Costanzo | Extra Virgin Bistro

Extra Virgin Bistro was named both for their location, in the heart of the Virgin Islands, and after extra virgin olive oil, a staple for Mediterranean cuisine which is the main influence for their cuisine. The dishes of Extra Virgin are inspirations from Italy, Greece, France, Spain and Portugal and include as much fresh and […]

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People-Powered Profile: Vanessa Campsey | Mumbo Jumbo

I grew up in the retail business. My mother started her first store in New York when I was six selling vintage clothing (a.k.a. her old clothes). After a few different ventures, she opened Flashbacks in Sag Harbor, New York where the entire family was involved in the business. In 1991, after my sisters visited […]

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People-Powered Profile: Crystal D’Abbraccio | Mermaid Swim VI

Crystal D’Abbraccio has been in love with dancing for as long as she can remember. Starting at the age of five, her training was well rounded, progressing through performance, to costumes design, to dance education. Since moving to St. John in 2012, Crystal has taught dance, theater and creative movement to both children and adults. Crystal’s […]

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People-Powered Profile: Mathayom Vacharat | St. John Catering

My love affair with food started at an early age. My father grew up in Thailand, and my mother grew up in upstate New York. My grandmother on her side was first generation English, with pastries running in the family. My grandfather on her side was in the World War 2, and so he did not allow any […]

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People-Powered Profile: Bryan Barnes | Busy Bee Charters

During college freshman orientation, Bryan Barnes, owner of Busy Bee Charters was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response, “Run a fishing boat in the Caribbean.” This answer surprised not only the counselor, but Bryan himself! He wasn’t a fisherman, he had no interest in fishing, and he had never been […]

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Meet DaraMonifah, St. Thomas Super Nova of Art and Culture

Native St. Thomian DaraMonifah Cooper is one of the bright stars of the Virgin Islands art world. An artist of many talents, she is also major community organizer and educator who dedicates herself to working with St. Thomas’ youth and teaches them about their culture through music, art, performance arts, and engaging in technology through […]

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Zenning Out With Ramon Correa

As the sun began it’s descent, the colors radiated a golden hue and a zen vibe enveloped the space. The chaos of the busy town seemed distant from our 260 degree perch. The only intrusions were the distant sounds of church bells, a steel pan band practicing and the odd rooster. I asked this extraordinarily humble man about his life as a disciple of martial arts, a conscious excavator and his hopes for humanity and his Virgin Islands community. Our conversation seemed as limitless as the azure sky overhead.

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King Exodus

I don’t think I’m a singer, I’m more of a chanter. Chanting is more spiritual to me. Not that singing isn’t. I feel like when you chant a song to The Most High, you chant up an invocation, you don’t really sing it. I bring words of positive messages and try to tap into someone’s train of thought. This is where I like to aim my frequency.

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Michael Barry say, “Don’t test the water with both feet”

I remember this one time being at Trunk Bay and a Spotted Eagle Ray jumped out of the water in front of us. There were some visitors near by and everyone gasped. Then I said in a loud voice to my son Jackson, “I bet you $100 it jumps again!” Sure enough it did.

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Catherine Perry: Building Her Dream House With Open Arms

The best advice I can give for being your own contractor is the closer you can be to the project with your tool belt on, the better the chance you have of not running up huge error bills. The “oopps factor” is huge here. And allow yourself to cry! You need to realize there are always going to be mistakes that will need to be fixed and that’s just one of the reasons why it costs so much to build here.

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Roberta Marquis

Meet Captain Happiness: Roberta Marquis of Pirate Girl Charters

Happiness is when I see people on the bow of my boat totally relaxed chatting amongst each other like they are in their own living room. Everybody getting to see something they have never seen before. Like pirate cannons under water. That is one of my goals…to show you something you’ve never seen before.

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Stargazing, Sustainable Building & Motorcycles with Nelson Uzzell

I remember seeing a large bright object fly over my house and I googled the NASA Space Station to find out more about what it could be. They have this thing called “Alerts for Your Area”. You enter the latitude and longitude of where you live and then NASA sends you an alert … turns out there are lots of people looking at the stars who are also curious about moving celestial objects.

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Island Babe Linda Gabriel Turns the Beat Around

My father is a tremendous smart ass. I was raised with wit and sarcasm. My grandfather was the same, always wise cracking. The happier you are the more you laugh, the better your outlook on life. Plus there is a chemical released in your brain when you laugh.

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