South Sound has new eco-friendly shopping destination

Lysha Wong Manderson of Squirrelly Studio.

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands recently celebrated the opening of its redesigned retail store with a reception.

The general public was invited to browse the new “eco-friendly” facility at an event on Thursday, July 14 at the Trust House at Dart Family Park, South Sound. People enjoyed refreshments, tea and healthy appetizers from Island Naturals Cafe. Cayman natural history buffs got a special treat, as a portion of the Trust’s Insectarium was also on display.

Attendees had the opportunity to meet local author and conservationist Fred Burton, who signed copies of his books, “The Little Blue Book,” “Wild Trees” and “Red List.”

There were also giveaways for existing and new Trust members.

The Nature Store offers retail space to both established and emerging local vendors with creative or environmentally responsible products that align with Cayman’s heritage and culture.

The store also carries nature-themed activity kits and adventure toys for kids of all ages.

“The aim of the store is to give locals and tourists the opportunity to shop environmentally responsibly, whilst supporting local vendors and conservation and raising funds towards preserving the environment, heritage and culture of the Cayman Islands,” said Trust Executive Director Christina Pineda.

The Nature Store now serves coffee, mochas, cappuccinos, hot chocolate and tea.

By the end of August visitors will be able to enjoy lunch break in the scenic Dart Park as the store will be offering grab-and-go sandwiches and locally baked goods. There will also be cafe-style seating on the Trust’s front porch.

For further information email [email protected] or call 749-1121.