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Well-known trendy and contemporary Greeting Card & Gift Shop located at a popular marina on the beautiful island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean!

Established 1997, includes $30,000 worth of inventory with renewable 5 year lease of 900 sq. ft. Immediate residency status with work permit upon sale with transfer of the Business & Director's Licenses.

Live the dream! For Sale at $129,000!

Location: St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, The Caribbean
Category: Retail sales of greeting cards and various gift items
Asking Price: $129,000
Inventory/Stock Value: $35,000
Year established: 1997

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Interested in Moving Down to St. Maarten and Starting a New Life on a Busy Tropical Caribbean Island Selling Cool Stuff?

It's a thoughtful and caring person who spends time choosing a card, buying it, writing a personal message and sending it.

Janet Robertson, owner of Good Cards in St. Maarten, will miss all those kind and thoughtful customers that regularly visit her shop when she sells her business. And that's exactly what she has decided to do; after ten years the time has come to sell and focus on her three year-old daughter.

From amongst the megayachts lining the dock at Palapa Marina, Simpson Bay Lagoon the sign for Good Cards is unmissable. It's bright and funky, and below the big purple lettered name is a byline that says it all: "...and other cool stuff". Janet has filled her 900 sq feet shop with much more than ‘good cards', and has a wonderful selection of unusual gifts to choose from.

As any shopping expert will tell you, there's 'therapeutic shopping' (that's the one where the little plastic friend starts to get frayed at the edges), and then there are 'therapeutic shops'. Good Cards is a therapeutic experience from the moment you cross the threshold into a small world full of attractive colours, sights, sounds and the the fresh, evocative scent of lemongrass oil diffused into the air.

"So many times I have heard people say, "What a beautiful shop," as they step through the doorway. Its very flattering." Janet says with pride.

The Superyacht Services Directory, published in Antigua, is found on the bridge of many a fine millionaire's superyacht, but also (and more importantly) in the dinghies and back seats of hired cars that many more of us lesser mortals in the Caribbean are sporting. On the introduction page to St. Maarten, reference is made to Good Cards as "one of the best card and gift shops throughout the Caribbean".

Voted "Best Gift Shop on the Island, 2005"

It doesn't get more flattering than that you would think, but you would be wrong! In fact, Good Cards was voted "Best Gift Shop on the Island for 2005" from a popular poll done by a local newspaper, The Daily Herald. When your local shoppers take time out to fill in a card about their favourite shop, it seems that there really are some nice people about in St. Maarten. Most of them, it seems, can be found browsing amongst the jewelry, maps, local art and fascinating gifts in Good Cards, between the hours of 10am and 6.30pm.

The balance of the customers you find in the store live and work in the seething, busy cultural melting pot that constitutes the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten. Janet started the shop because she saw there was a gap in the market for local residents to buy unusual and different gifts. There were plenty of tourist shops stuffed to the I-beams with gifts sporting the island's motifs, but nothing for the locals.

They come again and again for the stunning views across Simpsons Bay and the mountains; for the easy parking on the main road to the airport; on the way home from work; for the sense of discovery with each new shipment of lovely unique products; for the funny cards, and for the latest line of ‘Goddess' cards (which are going like hot cakes), and the unusual blank journals that you can't find anywhere else on the island and are such a steady year-round best-seller.

They come in answer to the silent invitation from a burgundy velvet sofa in the corner, deep and comfy like home, where one can spend a thoughtful moment writing a message in a newly purchased card, adding an address, and popping next door to the post office to send it.

"The new owner," says Janet firmly, "should be prepared to work in the shop fulltime... at least at the beginning. Its more profitable that way, and it's the only way to really learn the business." Presently, she has one full time employee who runs the shop while she spends time with her daughter.

Shop for sale in St. Maarten The end of the year is always busy, and on a late November night Janet closes the store at 6.30 pm in the dark, the end of a long, but fulfilling day. As she leaves, she looks up for a moment at a word made out of light wood that she has hung along a wooden ceiling beam. The letters are big and golden, glittering in the shop lights: "L O V E", and she smiles as she locks the door behind her. That's a nice word to take home from work.

So, if you are interested in moving to St. Maarten and starting a new life and business in this tropical paradise, there is really nothing to stop you. The Directors and Business Licences, Work Permits and Residency will all be granted within 6 months, and the process starts as soon as the deal is struck. One of the great benefits of this particular deal is that Janet is not leaving the island, and so if a few more questions crop up after the handover, she is only a five minutes away. This is a great business at an affordable price... Start packing!

 
A Few Useful DETAILS:
Location: St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, The Caribbean
Category: Retail sales of greeting cards and various gift items
Asking Price: $129,000
Inventory/Stock Value: $35,000
Year established: 1997
Number of employees: 1
Trading Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 6:30 pm. Saturday 10 am - 5:30 pm
Expansion Potential: Yes!
Competition/Market: Only Card Shop on the island.
Property Information: Renewable 5 year lease on 900 square feet (84 square meters)
 
Janet can be contacted for more details at:
Palapa Center and Marina
Airport Road, Simpson Bay
St Maarten, N.A.
The Caribbean
Phone +1 (599) 545 4488
Or email at janet@GoodCardsSXM.com

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Janet Robertson, Good Cards
In 1988, Janet, who had been working in advertising in New York City for over four years, took a quick trip with a friend to the U. S. Virgin Islands for one week. Upon her arrival back to JFK airport on a typically grey day, she looked out the window and thought "what am I doing??" Six months later, she had relocated to the Caribbean.Being a lover of greeting cards and giving them, she realised there was no place to buy a 'decent' card on St. Maartin. She always said, "St. Maarten needs a good card shop!" Hence the name of the shop "Good Cards"... The first, and still only, primarily greeting card shop on the island!
Janet can be emailed at janet@GoodCardsSXM.com
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