My story begins in the beautiful Virgin Islands of St. Croix, a vacation spot to many, but a home of many wonderful memories for me. Growing up in St. Croix, my mother recalls that at a very early age I connected to the fruitful spirit of our island culture and community. As a small child, I remember watching “Papi” (my granddad) pick homegrown breadfruit, coconut, mango and avocado from the trees in our backyard. I became fascinated with the idea of sharing our fruit and vegetables with everyone in the community and would set up a stand in our front yard to sell it. Papi would always say that I was a tough little business lady, but one who loved to connect with people in my own special way.
Selling fruit and vegetables as a small child was amazingly a foreshadow of things to come. You see, entrepreneurship was engrained in me at an early age as it was for many of my family members. It was not unusual for me to learn a craft but also instinctively think about how I could turn it into a business. Growing up I sold books, bathroom décor, hairbows… you name it! Throughout my journey, I’ve always known that I wanted to create something that would allow me to share with others the entrepreneurial experiences I had growing up in St. Croix. In the words of my mother, “you’ve always exemplified persistence, drive and a passion for entrepreneurship!” And that same spirit continues to thrive in me today.
Passion Meets Purpose
My husband and I love to travel throughout the year in and off season. As we were recently planning an off-season Caribbean vacation, I found myself searching multiple stores and websites looking for vacation items to travel with. I was shopping for shorts and swimsuit covers up in the cold winter months but unable to find them or many other off-season items that I needed. I also recognized that many people run into this same issue, and it was in this moment that the vision for The Purple Coconut came to be.
The Purple Coconut Company is the embodiment of my dreams and aspirations thoughtfully woven together through the details of the items I bring to you. Each piece has been selected with the utmost care and mindful of how you will experience it.
As we embark upon this new journey, we are sincerely grateful for your support and patronage of The Purple Coconut Company and look forward to being a part of your greatest travel memories. Enjoy your shopping experience and we look forward to becoming your favorite online travel boutique destination of choice!