MSME Day 2020: 10 Local Businesses We're Getting to Know Better!

Jun 26, 2020

Kristin White of Long Story Short

On Saturday, June 27th, the world will be celebrating International Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day ("MSME") to raise public awareness of the contribution these businesses make to the backbone of all economies. These are businesses that employ less than 250 people and unsurprisingly, make up the majority of businesses in Bermuda. These are the businesses we all use regularly and are the ones that deliver your groceries, do your nails, clean your house, care for your kids and take care of your plumbing issues. They are also the businesses that are employing thousands of Bermudians and providing jobs to those who may not be qualified to work in large corporations and would otherwise be unemployed. If Covid-19 has shown us anything, it's clear that these businesses are essential to many of our every day needs and without them, our livelihoods are directly impacted. Sustainable development of Bermuda relies on existing and emerging small businesses to prosper and thrive and MSME day is all about recognizing their importance and actively supporting by spending local!

The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation ('BEDC') is leading Bermuda's efforts to celebrate MSME Day and is encouraging residents to shop local and share their local NABs on social media. Raising awareness of the awesome selection of stores and products available locally will inspire others to get out and support and as part of these efforts we are highlighting 10 local stores we all need to get to know better!

The Griot

Your new favourite spot to learn, grow and connect, The Griot is a shared cultural space and retail store for the African diaspora to explore their cultural identity through historical exploration of literature, art, spirituality and cultural connection. The Griot also directly connects African artists, writers, musicians, and spiritual teachers, with locals creating a social and economic bridge amongst the African diaspora. The Griot provides therapeutic and educational services through an African-psychological perspective to address issues unique to persons of African descent.

The Herbal Alchemist's Handbook- ($22.95)- BUY
Learn about the amazing healing powers of plants and herbs! An herbal magic grimoire of philtres, elixirs, essential oils, incense, and formulas with dozens of recipes from a trusted author.

Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen- ($23.95)- BUY
More plant power! Weed-Infused Treats, Cannabis Cookbook, Sweet and Savory Cannabis Recipes..perfect for the modern day chef!

Lacquered Lounge

Consider this your new go-to spot for 'Green Beauty' treatments! Located in the chic and scenic town of St. George's, Lacquered Lounge is a full service beauty lounge that offers treatments using natural and organic products. The owner, Astoria Smith, is a certified Makeup Artist and Brow and Nail Technician and her goal is to offer curated services and products that are safe, clean and enjoyable for every client! Make sure to book your next beauty service at Lacquered Lounge, or NAB a gift certificate as an awesome treat for the next birthday on your list!

Brow Tint and Shape- ($35)- Book a Treatment
Perfect for thin, fair or barely there brows and done with organic and biodegrade wax this service is a favourite for Lacquered Lifestylers!

Express Pedicure- ($55)- Book a Treatment
Done in 30 minutes or less- perfect for a lunch break treat or for a quick polish change! Feet are soaked with skin softening essential oils, Nails are shaped, cuticles are pushed back and skin is moistures and softened with a Bermuda made salt scrub and polished with non toxic polish -ensuring you get lots of luxury with a little time frame.

Gotcha Covered

Gotcha Covered definitely lives up to their name and they provide a range of custom fabrications and fabric solutions for hurricane protection, shade, home, auto and marine needs.

Umbrosa Shade Sail- ($995-$2,175)
A standard 6' french door installed is $995. A triangle 4m x 4m x4m with 1 pole, 2 wall attachments is $2,175.

Storm Smart Screens
Fabric based hurricane protection. Highly effective protection for windows and doors against violent storms and flying debris.

H2O Sports

Everybody knows that the best way to see Bermuda is from the water, and H2O Sports has an incredible range of water vessels to help you get out and enjoy! They specialize in creating wonderful experiences on the water, from budget to luxury to adventure.

Motorboat Rentals- ($100+)- Book Now
Explore the beauty of the West End on your own Twin V 17-foot, 40-horsepower motorboat. Stable and spacious with room for up to four passengers, these modern and comfortable center console motorboats are great for snorkeling tours, a romantic picnic on a remote island, a fishing trip, or simply cruising along at your own pace.

Kayak Rentals- ($25+)- Book Now
Sit-on-top ocean kayaks are a fun, safe way to explore the nearby islands and beaches around Bermuda. Kayaking the waters is relaxing and full of surprises, from exciting wildlife to amazing views. H2o Sports offers single or double kayak rentals with life jackets included.

Pedego Bermuda

If you're looking for a fun way to get around Bermuda, look no further! Pedego Bermuda is Bermuda's local supplier of the number one brand of electric bikes in North America. They offer rentals, tours and bike sales including accessories and bike servicing. They also offer custom tours and island wide delivery. All new bike purchases come with a 2 year (36V) or 5 year warrantee (48V). This is the best warranty in the electric bike industry!

Family of Four- Day Bike Rental ($120)- Book Now
Get your family members together and book a day rental with Pedego. Normally $240, they are running a promo right now where you can book for $120!

Salt Water Jewellery Designs

Located on Water Street in the heart of St. George's, Saltwater Jewellery Designs is a bespoke boutique offering many unique handcrafted designs featuring semi- precious stones, freshwater pearls, Bermuda pink sand, Bermuda blue, and Italian venetian glass.

Bermuda Halo Pendant- ($85)- BUY
The Bermuda Halo Pendant is inspired by Bermuda's turquoise water caressing the pink sand shoreline with a sterling silver halo ring surrounding Bermuda with light and love.

The Ocean Bundle- ($135)- BUY
The Ocean Bundle includes a Pink sand turtle charm bracelet, original Abstract designed Save our Ocean T-shirt, and Simply Sweet Pink Salt Bath Soak.

Long Story Short

Long Story Short. is a gift store and tour centre in St. George’s. Owner, Bermudian blogger and entrepreneur Kristin White, thoughtfully curates the shelves with a focus on social justice.

You’ll find books by women of color, gifts from social enterprises, planet-friendly jewelry and housewares, vintage bicycle rentals, and top-rated tours and experiences that celebrate our island home, including the popular food + history bicycle tour.  Long Story Short is also the home of award-winning local artisan skincare line, Salt Spray Soap Co, with a workshop right in the store.

They are story-tellers, tree-huggers, proud feminists, LGBTQ+ allies, and wear the ‘social justice warrior’ badge proudly.

Custom Made Hula Hoops- ($65)- BUY
Order a custom-made hula hoop made for your height and size! Most folks pick up a child’s hoop and get frustrated – but that’s because it isn’t sized for you. Once you order, Long Story Short will be in touch to get your height and favourite colours so that they can make your personalised one-of-a-kind hoop.

The Comfort and Care Bundle- ($175)- BUY
Long Story Short. has partnered with their shop neighbour, Brumae, a deli and cafe, to put together a Comfort and Care Bundle.  The package includes decadent ingredients to make some comfort meals, yummy treats, luxurious skincare, plus a good read!

1609 Design

If you're walking along Front Street, take a little tour down The Old Cellar Lane where you will find tucked away, the cutest boutique selling hand-made jewellery, custom designed gifts, clothing with a bohemian flair and sweet scents. 1609 Design is already a fan favourite, having won a Best of Bermuda Award in 2019 and it's definitely a brand, which represents Bermuda in a fresh way which appeals to both visitors and locals!

14K Gold Somers Isle Pendant- ($235)- BUY
1609 Design's newest creation is a combination of vintage + modern. The Somers Isle Coin Pendant has the island surrounded by waves + palms with the Bermuda Triangle and its protective Eye towering over it.

Oval Emerald + Diamond Ring- ($295)- BUY
Emeralds are May's Birthstone. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. 18K Gold Ring with a beautiful green Emerald + one Diamonds hugging her.

OM Juicery

OM Juicery is Bermuda's Premier Cold Pressed Juicery, specializing in cold-pressed juices, juices cleanses, smoothies, smoothie bowls, raw/vegan food, superfoods supplements and more! Each 160z juice has up to 3 lbs of produce and are raw/living juices, unpasteurized.  There's so much nutritional and enzymic density that's great for natural body cleansing!

"Fresh" Pressed Juice- ($14.50)- BUY
Fresh 16oz Cold Pressed Green Juice. Green Apple, Cucumber, Spinach, Lemon, Ginger

"Dancing" Pressed Juice- ($14.50)- BUY
Dancing 16oz Sweet Green Juice. Cucumber, Pineapple, Green Apple, Mint

Bella Bella Nails

Located on 10 Park Road inside of Sunshine Co Ltd., Bella Bella Beauty Bar is combining combining technology, art and science to show their passion for cosmetology. Expect quality service, creativity, dependability and affordability at this salon and get excited because in early 2021 they plan on expanding their beauty service offerings!

Pedicure- ($75)- Book Now

Acrylic Full Set- ($95)- Book Now

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