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STREET BEAT: Vendors see fall-off


Carlos Atwell, carlosatwell @nationnews.com

STREET BEAT: Vendors see fall-off

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THIS CROP OVER season was considered a success, and by and large it was.

However, success is in the pockets of the individual so Street Beat spoke to a few companies and individuals on whether Crop Over was a success for them.

For sales clerk Jalissa Roach, it was a great season for Glow Beauty Supplies. She said hair was a big seller.

“Braids were our best seller – you can do more with it than weave and it is cheaper than weave too. The next best thing was the hair products to maintain the same braids,” she said.

Roach said it was not only females who came in to get hair products as there was now a trend of young men buying such products too.

“Some boys like to texturise or bleach their hair so we had some of them as well,” she said.

At clothing store Attitude, the verdict was similar. Sales clerk Tanisha Alexander said there was a big weekend rush leading up to the major events.

“The rush was on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and it was very busy. People were buying shorts, rompers and tops and we also sold a few small clutches and lipsticks. We also had a lot of girls buying kimonos for the cruises,” she said.

Alexander said that not only youthful wear was flying off the shelves, but more mature wear as well.

“We cater to the season but we also have a mature clientele who prefer classy wear,” she said.

Vendor Ann-Marie Durant did not have a great Crop Over. She operates along Miami Beach, which she said was all but deserted.

“The seaweed is here – no one does come to the beach now. I didn’t go to Spring Garden – to spend all that money on stall space? Plus, a friend told me they were down there sleeping anyway – you have to have people who know you to buy from you,” she said.

A nearby sno-cone vendor had a similar tale of woe. She did not disclose her name but she said she had a dismal season.

“I would go to enjoy myself but not to sell. This year I stayed here and I only get like two or three sales for Kadooment. I feel I might have done okay if I went to Spring Garden to sell but I just want to be quiet and so many vendors does be selling alcohol anyway. so whatever I get, I thank the lord,” she said.

Frank Harewood has worked taxi for more than 20 years but had not been too active as of late. He said he decided to come out for Grand Kadooment and did not regret it.

“I don’t really do taxi work much now but [Kadooment Day] I decided to leave [home and do some taxi work]. Some people came out around 3 o’clock and then I work until 11 p.m. and it was good for that period. I believe I do nearly as good as when I used to work every day and I used to make like $300 or $400 although I might fall short and make about $200 to $280 roughly for the time when I went out there,” he said.

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