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My favorite place to buy souvenirs of all types was at the "Dockyard Pharmacy." It is located in a quaint old building facing the actual dockyard, yet it is very modern inside. Being that it is an actual pharmacy, it sells much of what you might expect to find in a drugstore in the US so if you've forgotten to bring along things for personal needs such as prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, personal items, health and beauty aids, then you can probably find them here. For the news junkie, you can also find local and international newspapers and magazines. Did I mention Cuban cigars? Candy, packaged snacks, peanuts, etc., are fairly reasonably priced.
This visit I noticed they have a take-out counter serving coffee, breakfast items, sandwiches, snacks, cold beverages, etc. Not sure why I didn't notice it last time through, but it is very convenient to pick up your morning coffee here or a cold beverage in the heat of the day.
However, my reason for liking the Dockyard Pharmacy so much had to do with the great variety of different souvenirs which I found nowhere else. My particular favorites were 1950's - 1960's era style travel posters which I loved, and the same images of which were also on postcards, luggage tags, and other related items. Because we didn't have to fly home after the cruise and worry about them being damaged, I purchased 2 great travel posters measuring approximately 22 x 14" which features iconic scenes of Bermuda. Though not exactly inexpensive if you include the cost of later framing them, I consider them more than just a souvenir as they are items which become part of your office or home decor -- they'd be great if you're lucky enough to have a vacation home, an office or a room devoted to travel (wishful thinking at its best).
Other souvenir items at the Pharmacy formed an electic mix ranging from artwork to seashells, seashell boxes, candy, flags, pins, toys, clothing, magnets, postcards, beach towels, hats, cutting boards and virtually anything that would evoke memories of Bermuda or the beach.
Hours of Operation:
Monday — Sunday
8am — 6pm
What to buy: Because I love travel posters, and particularly 1950's to 1960's vintage or vintage-style travel posters, the 2 which I bought here were my absolute favorite "souvenirs." I particularly like the type of artwork of that time. These items were in the US $20 range, but smaller sizes could be purchased for US $10 to $12 or so. There were 4 to 5 travel poster scenes available and the choice for me was difficult since I liked nearly all of them!! In the end the posters I picked were scenes which could not be mistaken for anywhere but Bermuda. (There are also postcards and magnets of the same artwork/scene.
What to pay: Expect to spend at least $5 and up. Both Bermuda and US dollars accepted on par value!
Directions: Located within the Royal Naval Dockyard and within walking distance of cruise ships, the Clocktower Mall, and other shops and museums.
Phone: 279-5410 or for Rx 279-5515
The owner, posing for filming crew
No visit to St. George's would be complete without a visit to "The Perfumery"! Located in the quaint and oh-so charming Stewart Hall, the Perfumery has been creating and hand-bottling its own fragrances since 1928 under the brand Lili Bermuda.
The beautiful Stewart Hall is an attraction in itself as it is a 300-year old Bermuda National Trust mansion, with its gleaming white-washed exterior walls, warm wood floors and beautiful wood-beamed ceiling in the central room. To the left and right of the entrance of Stewart Hall are rooms devoted to lovely displays of all the many fragrances and products of Lili Bermuda. I would encourage all shoppers to take the time to take a guided tour of Stewart Hall and the property where interesting facts about the history and process of perfume making can be had for free.
One portion of the tour enters the rear, central room which is somewhat of a mini-museum and a video can also be viewed before proceeding through the small but lovely gardens to another small building where ingredients are mixed to make the perfumes; they are also bottled here in the small building according to the owner. It was interesting to learn that most of the exotic oils, ingredients, etc., actually come from other countries rather than from Bermuda itself. Perhaps Bermuda, being only a small island, cannot be expected to produce the quantity of flowers needed to fulfill the needs of the perfumery. The tour ends with the owner herself explaining and handing scented paper samples of each and every womens' perfume created there. It was quite an aromatic experience for those who love perfume. Some fragrances are very unique and have unique names as well -- I admit that many of my strongest memories are connected to smells and wishing to be reminded of Bermuda, I purchased a bottle of "South Water," one the many fragrances bottled here ($58 for approx. 4 oz bottle is probably comparable to other famous perfumes). However, it is worth the cost, and the perfume would make a wonderful gift for yourself or a special person if you are so inclined, and a sampler of perfumes can be had for as little as $30. Men are not left out!! There are about 7 cologne fragrances for men as well.
The day we visited, a filming crew was there -- whether for a commercial, the company's own website, or whatever, the crew was very serious about the work but actually quite enamored of themselves as well. In any case, the photo of the perfumery's owner you see here was captured as she posed for the filming crew!
Winter Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm | Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm | Closed on Public Holidays. Tours Free to the Public.
What to buy: Why the perfume of course. I liked most ALL of the Lili Bermuda fragrances and it was difficult to choose just one, although I did settle on "South Water." Perhaps I should have chosen the sampler which was less expensive but contained several small bottles of fragrances which would have satisfied any mood! Perfumed lotions and others related products are also on offer.
What to pay: $30 and above.
Address: Stewart Hall, 5 Queen St., St. George's
Clocktower Mall photo by "thewestend-bm."
Although we were docked at King's Wharf for the better part of 3 days during our stay in Bermuda, it wasn't until the last day when we felt compelled to do a little last minute shopping and visited the "Clocktower Mall". Part of the area known as the "Royal Naval Dockyard" area in the west end of Bermuda, the Clocktower Mall occupies one of the most handsome buildings on the island.
Within walking distance of both wharfs and from other buildings in the "dockyard," the Clocktower Mall has over 24 nice stores in which to shop as well as to enjoy a meal or snack. My favorite shop happened to be a woman's boutique, and the "Grand Bazaar," a store which carried lovely things from Turkey. It was hard to resist, but I did for the most part (there are additional shops to explore in the Dockyard.) At one discount clothing store (Davison's ??), I purchased a cute t-shirt on clearance for only $6. Other finds were small souvenirs for friends who collect certain items such as magnets and postcards.
Clocktower Mall History ~ Even if you're not a shopper, you can admire the architecture and history of the Clocktower Mall Building, notable of course, because of its prominent, symmetrical 100-foot towers with lighted clocks. Built in the 19th-century to function as administration offices for the British Royal Navy, the building has been beautifully restored and has found a new use. The walls are said to be 3 ft. thick! "Incidentally, don’t be confused by the Clocktower’s “one-handed clock”. While the South Tower is indeed a regular clock, the North Tower is a tide clock that was set each day to mark high tide – vital information for sailors based in Dockyard who needed to avoid the treacherous local reefs to ferry supplies and munitions to ships in the harbour."
There are a wide range of fine shops here at which you are sure to find something you like. Some of the shops you'll find are: A.S. Cooper & Sons, Ltd. which features fine fashions; Dockyard Linens and Gifts with many items for the kitchen; The Fair Trade Bermuda Shop, where “trade is aid,” for exotic, one-of-a-kind items from Bermuda and around the world, including arts and crafts, instruments, Asian eccentricities, clothes, and household furniture; "The Perfume Shop" which sells all famous name perfumes AND at duty-free prices; The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop selling "unique handmade gifts from Bermuda featuring the aromatic Bermuda cedar treasures, including boxes, pens, goblets, vases and bowls, as well as sachets, cedar essential oils and incense cones... authentic Bermuda bags with cedar handles, jewellery, Cuban cigars and Royal Naval Dockyard souvenirs"; "Crisson Jewelers" sells fabulous, fine jewelery. There are lots more stores of course but some of the ones mentioned may or may not be there when you visit due to current economic reasons.
The Clocktower Mall is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer season (April through November) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter months.
What to buy: At the Clocktower Mall, if money was no object, the fine ladies clothing would have been my choice. However, artwork by Bermuda artists and crafts people were equally appealing. If you want to cool off on a hot day, try "Nannini 's Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour." This little ice cream parlor offers 16 flavors of ice cream along with sundaes, milkshakes and maybe even a few gelato choices reflects a gone-by era. Also, the owner is very nice!
Directions: Located inside the Royal Naval Dockyard at Bermuda's West End - Sandy's Parish.
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