Caymana Bay – Eat, Love, Shop

Glitzy, friendly and fun, the newly opened shops in Camana Bay are Grand Cayman’s equivalent of Fifth Avenue glamour  The stores are an eclectic mix of high-end international designer brands with island-inspired interiors and collections.

Camana Bay is a master-planned town with a contemporary lifestyle featuring traditional Caribbean architecture. And shops are at the core of the old-time values which encourage people to live, work and socialize together.

Unlike many shopping areas in Cayman, you can park and wander around the stores, stop for coffee or lunch, push the baby’s stroller or simply enjoy a spot of window-shopping. So far, there are just a dozen or so stores open, although more are planned, most of which are located on The Paseo which is the street at the heart of Camana Bay.

The stores open late so it’s convenient to go shopping after hours, especially on a Friday night when there’s a free street party with live music on The Paseo from 6-9 p.m.

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NKY Collections is a boutique full of gorgeous designer clothes for women. There are pretty dresses, tops, skirts and lingerie from brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Halston Heritage, Jessica Simpson, BCBG Maxazaria, Herve Leger, Analili, Tommy Bahama Women, Spanx, Hanky Panky and Nicole Miller. Fantastic for really modish outfits for day or evening wear.

Men need not feel left out – NKY Camana Bay is devoted to making sure all gentlemen have stylish attire. The store features favorites from Hugo Boss, Tommy Bahama, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Robert Graham and True Religion. Chaps can get clothes for the office or evening but there’s also a great range of tees, polo shirts, sandals and watches. There are also a few designer ranges, such as Lacoste, for ladies as well.

And to make sure you are kitted out from tip to toe, Soles Shoe Salon is a girl’s dream. Forget slouchy flip-flops for the beach, these are glamour shoes that are slinky, sexy and definitely destined for dinner or the dance floor. There’s a host of brand names to choose from, lining the wall from floor to ceiling. There are shoes for men, too.

Slip through an internal doorway from Soles and you’re into The Jean Bar, which offers an entirely new concept of shopping for denim. Instead of rifling through racks of jeans, sit at the bar and give the ‘jean tender’ your measurements and preferred style and color. She will appear with the perfect pair. It’s a cool way to get ‘denim on tap’ in this Western saloon-style shop.

All girly girls will love The Cabana, which is the first Lilly Pulitzer shop to open outside of the United States. The store sells colorful trademark Lilly clothing, as well as functional artwork by Caymanian residents.

Lilly Pulitzer became known for her bright print shift dresses 50 years ago when she worked at a juice bar in Florida. To cover up her stained clothes she developed a line of cheerful prints which quickly caught on with the fashionistas and became the unofficial uniform of America’s resort towns. Now, her happy, flowery clothes fill the boutique at a corner shop on The Paseo and will delight girls of all ages. Look out for the ornamental garden furniture by Karoly Szucs, shell encrusted mirrors by Heather McLaughlin, commissioned paintings by Hannah Cook, and beautiful hand-knitted flowers and hats by Jeanne Brenton.

A fun store to visit is Island Company which sells beach and casual wear for ladies and gents. Outside, and at the back of the store, they have sofas where the guys can sit and sip a complimentary beer while the girls shop up a storm. Dogs are welcome, too. The clothes are crisp and chic.

Le Mansion is a high-end store selling designer jewellery and watches with a dedicated section for Pandora jewelry. A replica of the local Elmslie church roof adorns the center of the room. Founded in Denmark in 1982, Pandora’s mission is to inspire women to express their individuality through high-quality, hand-finished, modern jewelry at affordable prices. Pandora uses birthstones, zodiac signs, favorite gems and colors or basic beads with designs that fit each customer’s image, lifestyle, achievements or likes in life.

Mansion also has a dazzling selection of diamonds, including pieces from Hearts On Fire and Tacori, and jewelry from designers such as John Hardy and FRED. A watch section features designs for all budgets, including timepieces for discerning aficionados from Ulysse Nardin, Philip Stein and Tissot.

For a wider selection of timepieces check out the boutique Watch Me which has prices starting from $30 and a 90-day guarantee on all purchases. G-shock, Nixon, Seiko, Fruitz, Tommy Bahama, Suunto are some of the brands that could be adorning your wrist.

If it’s a pair of cool shades you’re looking for, then step into De Sunglass Man. The designer outlet has darkers from Oakley, Chanel, Maui Jim, Prada, D&G and Ray-Ban as well as a selection of sunglasses for kids.

Sand Angels set out to reflect Fifth Avenue or Bond Street chic and its Caymanian owners have created a swimwear boutique. The store sells everything from silk beach wraps and cover-ups to hand embroidered tunics, wide-brimmed hats, sandals and shoes to casual easy-to-wear summer dresses and bright fashion jewelry. Women up to size 22DD, men, teens and children are catered for and there is even UV sun protection apparel. The store has everything you need to look your best on the beach, by the pool or out on the town. Sand Angels also offers a personalised shopping service and has affordable pricing. Take you camera along to photograph the sand angel on the wall!

Le Visage is a luxury cosmetics and skincare boutique that also offers make-up artistry services. The boutique stocks the organic skincare line Lavera and natural skincare products from Elemis as well as cosmetics from Stila and Kevyn Aucoin, along with Penhaligon’s London fragrance. Le Visage’s resident make-up artist will give you a glamorous look or can teach you how to the same effect yourself. You can even have a girls’ night for a private group make-up lesson and shopping session.

Books & Books has to be one of the best shops for reading material in the Caribbean. It’s packed full of hardbacks and paperbacks of all genres, as well as a variety of magazines and newspapers. The shop has regular literary events and children’s readings on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can walk through into the coffee shop Café del Sol (try the smoothies, they’re sensational).

When you’re tired of shopping and thinking of how nice a quick shower and nap would be, pop in to Bedside Manor. The store has everything from luxury Egyptian cotton sheets to bathroom accessories. It’s also great for other home goods such as floor mats, window panels, pillows and cushions. If you live in Cayman, check out the free-standing bathtub on display, which will surely make a splash in your home.

Round off your shopping trip with an ice cream from Haagen Dazs or a cupcake from Frosted Robin, a pick-me-up from Jessie’s Juices or a frozen yoghurt from Ginger Lily.

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