ST CROIX — A newly restored commercial space in Christiansted has injected a breath of fresh air in the historic downtown area. The Loft on Company Street is the latest project of Crucian entrepreneurs Danny Deterville and James Eugene. This multi-use loft building is a testament to hard work and determination, housing four unique businesses under one roof which includes an Internet café, open-air courtyard space, loft apartments and co-working space. Their purpose for this building was all about bringing back to our historic towns the energy and prosperity the island experienced in the 1970s and 1980s where people lived, worked and Deterville first identified the building as a potential way to fulfill his dream when he moved back to St. Croix after graduating from college. Over twenty years later, that dream has become a reality. Thanks to financing through the Economic Development Authority (EDA), Deterville & Eugene have developed 50 AB Company Street into a people oriented space for like-minded individuals where collaboration and networking can meet to allow the betterment of the community in a social setting.
Café 50 is an indoor/outdoor Internet cafe that offers coffees, pastries and other light fare Monday through Saturday from 7am to 3:30pm. Social Beer Garden comes to life with its sophisticated ambiance in the open-air courtyard. Tuesday through Saturday, guests can enjoy handmade cocktails, wine and beer while listening to smooth sounds of jazz and Afrobeats music. Live entertainment can be heard several times a month with plans on booking off-island talent to add to the live entertainment schedule.
The added charm of the building is found within the walls of the second floor. Three loft apartments offer comfort and luxury within 600 square feet each. Each space features interior metal flooring, full size soundproof windows, air conditioning, washer and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and dedicated parking. The lofts are rented on a short-term and long-term basis.
The entrepreneur space, commonly referred to as the “E-Space,” is a deluxe incubator facility that features eight-cubicle pods where entrepreneurs and creatives of all specialties can come to grow their businesses and hone their crafts using the spaces. To learn more about The Loft on Company Street, visit the Instagram pages for the various businesses at @Cafe50_VI, @STXLoft and @TheSocial.BeerGarden. You can also call 340.690.0227.
Written by Anquanette Gaspard email@example.com