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“Lots of potential, needs some help” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pelican Craft Center

Pelican Craft Center
Pelican Point Shopping Ctr, Bridgetown, Barbados
246 427 5350
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Ranked #26 of 32 Attractions in Bridgetown
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Cultural
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Toronto
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15 attraction reviews
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“Lots of potential, needs some help”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

As a traveller, the idea of a one-stop place where I can go to buy locally-produced products is very appealing. This seems to be the idea behind the Pelican Craft Centre in Bridgetown, but unfortunately that idea is not fully realised.

The artisans who have their shops and studios there do have some lovely products for sale. I didn't find the prices to be high due to the proximity to the cruise ships - actually, I went on a day where it was overcast and ships were in harbour (seemingly an ideal day for people to be at the Craft Centre), and yet it was like a ghost town. They had almost no cruise ship business, and I think if they were price gouging there would be even less people around.

The main problem is the one that others have noted in their reviews: the shops are half empty. When you're walking around, it's hard to even tell which ones actually open. The layout of the place is also not conducive to shopping, as you don't know where to go to find shops and the buildings seem to have been erected in a haphazard way, with no thought to traffic flow. Some buildings are older. Some are newer. It's easy to be dismissive of the older ones as they are in need of an update, yet they do have shops in them as well.

The ultimate question is: should you go there? I think if you have some extra time, you like supporting local businesses, you're already in and around Bridgetown, and you go in with lowered expectations, then it's worth it. But I hope the owner of the property reads this TripAdvisor page and takes the reviews to heart: attract more businesses, improve the layout and the condition of the older buildings, and promote it as a destination and it could be a really worthwhile place for visitors.

Visited January 2014
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“We haven'y found much there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We went there on a Tuesday with our tour guide. Several stores were closed and the ones opened we haven't found much souvenirs to take back our uniqueness in their product. We've been told it is busier when cruise ships are around. If you pass by you can stop but we would not recommend to make a detour to go.

Visited January 2014
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Peace River, Alberta
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“cool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We were told to go there for handcrafted items. There weren't that many stores, but what was there, was beautiful and different.

Visited January 2014
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Very poor”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Half the shops were closed a few closed down and it was very expensive. Its close to the cruise liners which is why the prices are high AVOID!

Visited December 2013
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Wales uk
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“Pelican craft centre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It is a shame to see such a well organised mall type establishment struggling to survive . Lots of basic craft shops with a lot of cheap holiday gifts. Many units shut and spookily no people visiting the day we visited. There was A pottery which was shut and a crystal jewellry craftsman making some nice items.
However we came across a 5 star, top notch glass arts manufacturer-coloured fired glass plates ,bowls even sinks. Absolutely beautiful colours and has offered to make a custom piece for us during our next visit to barbados. We purchased 8 pieces of display / dinner ware. Very pleased with skilled craftsmanship , the firing of the colours and indeed the value for money.

Visited November 2013
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