Thursday 2 April, 2020

'All my Christmas shopping gifts in one place, Suga Lifestyle did it'

Suga Lifestyle's Gabrielle Burgess presents a $100,000 cheque to the Marie Atkins Shelter at the Suga Lifestyle Christmas Connection trade show held on December 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Suga Lifestyle's Gabrielle Burgess presents a $100,000 cheque to the Marie Atkins Shelter at the Suga Lifestyle Christmas Connection trade show held on December 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Suga Lifestyle Christmas Connection lived up to its lofty billing on December 15, with the trade show proving to be a hit with a wide variety of shoppers. 

The event, organised by Suga Lifestyle in partnership with Barita Investments Ltd, pulled a steady crowd of over 200 patrons looking to get their early Christmas gifts or simply enjoy the selections displayed.

A number of sponsors, including Jablum, GCG Events, Development Bank of Jamaica Ltd, Sagicor Bank, e-Learning Jamaica Co. Ltd. and the Digicel Foundation, contributed to the success of the event.

Adding that extra element of surprise and comfort, Jablum and GCG Events offered complimentary specialties which were a major hit among the attendees.

 “I absolutely love it! It's my second time here and I can’t get enough. With so many things to choose from, my only issue is me not able to get them all!” a happy shopper told Loop News.

Over 15 handpicked artisans and entrepreneurs lined the room with their unique, authentic items, all produced locally. Genuine leather products such as clutches and other accessories supplied by Devine Treasures as well as My Old Man Leathercraft captivated many with the keen attention to every detail on each item as well as the luxurious feel of the materials used.

Statement fashion pieces made from genuine African cloth, imported from countries such as Ghana and intertwined with Caribbean inspirations and delivered through MeLine Fashions was enough to catch the trendies at heart.

But what would any event be without food or treats to snack on? Scrumptious handmade cupcakes and other baked treats from Alex’s Creations enthralled shoppers with the beautifully displayed goodies and the mouthwatering taste all day long! If you scream for ice cream then the Nice Cream JA team was there to satisfy that craving with churned ice-cream made without dairy and your favorite flavours. Jams and jellies made from Jamaican items such as guava, peppers by Chorlavi’s and 100 per cent gourmet chocolate by Chocollor Chocolate also delighted the hearts and tummies of shoppers.

The essence of handpoured candles with scents made to recall those true Jamaican memories filled the air; all produced by Beryl + Blossom from that fresh baby powder scent to sweet sweet potato pudding and even a favourite destination, Oracabessa; each item was indeed packaged with true Jamaican authenticity. Custom plant arrangements, some made from recycled cans and bottles, for the green thumbs and the green thumb 'wannabees', was facilitated by Najwa’s Garden. The Mira Botanicals team gave a complete 360 degrees with their products, offering not only the best handmade body oils and soaps but also educating shoppers about the importance of skin care and making recommendations based on individual skin needs and wants.

Ending with a promise, the team in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of New Kingston donated $100,000 to the Marie Atkins Shelter and Lister Mair High School for the Deaf.

“Picking a favorite is the most challenging, I just love them all,” stated another shopper as he sang praises about the displays.

“Gabby did and exceptional thing and I can’t wait for it to be even bigger and better!” he continued.

Experiencing and being a part of the event was a pleasure for the Loop Jamaica team and the same sentiments can be said for the patrons as they beseeched us to ask for a third and fourth staging, all in one year!

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