Today’s Editorial: Craft Market’s time has come

It finally looks like the George Town Craft Market is going to be a reality.

And it’s about time.

The concept of a craft market was launched in 2002 at the old Almond Tree building, complete with pomp and circumstance.

Since then Cayman crafters have waited, patiently and impatiently for the promised market to become a reality.

They’ve dreamed for years of having a place to sell their handmade crafts.

That dream is tentatively set to come true next month.

The new market will be at the junction of Boiler’s Road and Harbour Drive on Kirkconnel family land.

The family has been working tirelessly with the Government to get the long awaited market up and running.

Once open, the market will be a place where local craftsmen can showcase and sell their work.

It will be a central location cruise ship tourists as well as stay-over guests can easily access.

The great thing about the market plan is that money made will go into the pockets of the individual craftsmen and artisans.

Past Departments of Tourism studies – including Cayman’s – have shown that cruise visitors prefer bargain shopping for traditional, unique items.

More importantly, however, craft markets encourage the development and preservation of traditional thatch-working, fish-netting, rope-making, painting and many other forms of art.

Overall, the market will offer Cayman an opportunity to preserve our heritage.