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.
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