An unexpected oasis of divine and authentic Crucian treats awaits you at Eden South. A collection of t-shirts hanging on a line at the entrance is the undeniable landmark that indicates your arrival at the right location. This locally owned gift shop located in historic downtown Christiansted is committed to doing its part to preserve the culture of St. Croix.

Owner Mariel J. de Chabert-Percy opened the doors of Eden South in December 2016, but the origins of the business began almost a decade before from her home. Originally built in the 1800s, the building was formerly the historic home her husband’s grandfather built and where his mother and aunts grew up. Today, Eden South is dedicated to offering the best time-honored traditions of St. Croix. Their product lines – culturally authentic as described by de Chabert- Percy – are made only from in-season, locally sourced fruit and prepared in small batches for consistent quality. Jams and jellies, hot sauce and syrups, t-shirts, tote bags, books about island culture and history plus local artwork and photography can be found stacked on tables and lining the shelves of the store. De Chabert-Percy is the artist and designer of the store’s t-shirt line which features local recipes including the one-pot kallaloo stew and the ever-popular guavaberry liqueur. Additionally, the Crucian Spoken Word t-shirt provides the pronunciation of general terms and phrases in English, Scottish/Irish and Crucian. All items are conveniently packaged to help customers enjoy and express Crucian culture, wherever they may be.

Eden South is located at #3 Company Street next to Company House Hotel. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am – 3pm. For more information, call 340.713.1003.

(Photo above by Elise McKay)

Written by Anquanette Gaspard (agaspard@cruzanfoodie.com)