Camana Bay Town Centre continues to grow

 Read our article in The Chamber Magazine, eversion

Implicit in the philosophies of new urbanism development is the idea of neighbourhoods of diverse use that create a sense of community.

Although Camana Bay, Cayman’s own new urban development, still has most of its residential properties to develop, the centre of its community will always be the Town Centre, a place where people can not only work, but also shop, eat, gather and socialise.

Already in the buzzing Town Centre is a multiplex cinema, a school, a bookstore, and retail stores selling things like clothing, bedding and jewellery. There’s an automobile showroom, a 24-hour fitness centre and a beauty salon. There are also several places to eat and drink, places ranging in offerings from fine dining to gourmet sandwiches, ice cream, pastries and coffee.

The Town Centre also serves a magnet for a variety of planned community events for young and old, including live music on a weekly basis, the annual Taste of Cayman and Tower Run, and interactive learning events in the development’s information office, aptly called the Discovery Centre.

As much as the Town Centre already resembles the focal point of a village already, soon there will be much more.

Camana Bay has signed leases to bring in a host of new tenants, all with openings scheduled by the end of 2011 or early in 2012.

Ginger Lilly will offer tart frozen yogurt, an alternative to the already-existing H‰agen-Dazs ice cream shop. Those with a sweet tooth will love the assortment of treats offered at Cocoa Couture, a new gourmet chocolate shop.

Health-conscious people will welcome the opening of Jessie’s Juice, an all-natural vegan juice bar that will also sell healthy snacks and The Bay Market, Grand Cayman’s first organic grocery store and market.

There will also be another venue for those looking for exercise with the opening of CrossFit Cayman, which will offer a core strength and conditioning programme, adding to the already existing and expanding Anytime Fitness. Supplementing these commercial establishments are programmes like Baby Buggy Fit, the group of women who almost spontaneously began exercising mornings on the Town Centre’s many walkable areas while pushing prams holding their young ones.

Two new eateries will also open; KARoo, a small-plate themed bar and restaurant, and Champion House by the Bay, a new addition to the popular Champion House family of restaurants, which will serve authentic and affordable local favourites in a family-friendly setting.  These restaurants will join the already established Abacus, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Ortanique, Cafe Del Sol and the Black Trumpet Gourmet Delicatessen as places to either grab a quick bite to eat or to sit down to enjoy a fine dining experience.

For those looking for a little bling, Pandora, the fastest-growing jewellery brand in the US, will also open a shop in the Town Centre.

Home cooks and professional chefs will be able to fill all their cooking needs, including handy gadgets, high-quality knives and luxury kitchen appliances at the Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio, which will also offer frequent interactive cooking classes with some of Cayman’s most talented chefs.

The Town Centre will also expand its mix of clothing retailers with the opening of Caribbean Canvas, which will offer island casuals and functional canvas totes.

Technology buffs will welcome the Apple Store, Cayman’s exclusive Mac computer retailer and service provider.

Of course, all of the new commercial openings will not only provide more choice of things to buy, eat, or do at Camana Bay, but they will also create jobs within the Town Centre. As more and more jobs are created, the Town Centre will become more vibrant and start growing organically to meet the needs of its residents and workers.

Camana Bay is already the home of some of several of Cayman’s top financial industry companies, including Cayman National Bank, Ernst & Young, Ogier and Citco, which all have offices in the 62 Forum Lane or 89 Nexus Way buildings.   When the new Solaris Avenue building opens in mid-2012, it will be the new home of the law firm Mourant Ozannes and Aon Insurance Managers (Cayman) Ltd. as the Town Centre continues the trend of attracting some of the biggest and best in Cayman business.

Right now, Camana Bay only has 63 rental apartments, but eventually, the plan is to build an extensive residential element that will offer homes at a variety of price points.  When that happens, the residents of those homes will already have a well established Town Centre that can meet almost all of their daily needs.

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