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Happy Valentine’s Day from Suga Lifestyle!

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Happy Valentine’s Day Suga Bears!

Enjoy the day! If it didn’t start out too well and you have some work to do, there is still time to get unique gifts that your partner or family members will love. If you regret that you didn’t treat yourself, there are a variety of talented, local artisans to choose from that are Suga Endorsed!

Check out Suga’s V-Day Pop Up Shop Artisans and Local Businesses here:

GW Art – @gwartbygabby; 876-422-3769

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GW Art’s new piece, ‘KISSING inna Tree’ – (8×10)” Acrylic on Canvas

My Old Man Leathercraft – @myoldmanleathercraft;
876-880-1447

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Mira Botanicals- @mirabotanicals; 876-509-0063

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Bath Bombs, Deodorant and Bath Soaps from Mira Botanicals.

White Orchid Salon and Spa, Jamaica Pegasus – 876-926-3690-1

Devine Treasures – @devinetreasuresjamaica (Montego Bay)

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Designs by Phoenix Ja – @designsbyphoenixja; design.phoenixja@gmail.com

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RSS Natural Delites – @rssnatural; 876-486- 7469

Frame Art Jamaica – @frameartja; 876-929-3058

Dretals Unique Collection – @drea3278; 8768423417

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Mount Pleasant Chocolatiers – @mountpleasantchocolatiers; 876-854-5604

One Love One Heart – @oneloveoneheart9754; 876-884-3756

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If you don’t go that route, food is the way to everyone’s soul 😀

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Suga and husband, Randy Burgess dining at Marguerites by the Sea, Montego Bay, 2015.

Suga Recommends:

***Reservations Recommended***

N.B. Some Restaurants are offering 4-Couse Dinner Packages

Kingston:
• The Regency Restaurant and The Terrace at The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel, Waterloo Rd. ($60USD pp)
• Cellar 8, Manor Park ($6500pp)
• Chive Restaurant, Orchid Village Plaza
• The Blue Window at The Jamaica Pegasus ($5000pp)
• Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Lindsay Crescent ($4933.50 pp/$9867 per couple incl. G.C.T & Serv. Charge)
• Chillin’ Restaurant, Hope Zoo

Montego Bay:
• Sugar Mill Restaurant, Half Moon
• The Houseboat Grill, Freeport Montego Bay
• Mystic Thai, Fairview Towne Centre ($3500pp)
• Marguerites by The Sea, Gloucester Ave.

Ocho Rios:
• Evita’s Italian Restaurant, Eden Bower Rd.
• Seaside Dutchie, Priory St. Ann
• Angler’s Seafood Restaurant, Windsor Road

Have a great Day! 💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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NEW Hot Spots in Montego Bay!

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SIMO’S

One of Suga’s favourite Chefs, Christina Simonitsch, has opened her new Pop-up Restaurant, Simo’s. Last weekend was her first Simo’s Pop-Up staging and Suga endorsed Restaurateurs in the Montego Bay and St. Ann community such as Kareena Mahbubani of Mystic Thai and Chris and Lisa Binns of Stush in the Bush, were a few of the lucky guests in attendance. They had a grand time and their pictures of the gourmet affair are to die for.

Here’s a sneak peek!

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Christina cooks with perfection and passion for the love of food. Stay tuned to her instagram page, @simosbreadandcatering to see when reservations are open for the next Simo’s Pop-Up!

S HOTEL JAMAICA

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The New Spanish Court Hotel has finally opened its doors in Montego Bay! The official opening was just last weekend and booking is now live for the brand new, modern hotel overlooking Doctor’s Cave Beach.

They are now taking walk-ins at special rates during their soft opening weeks and offering special Intro opening rates.

Take a look at the exquisite modern decor and fixtures in place!

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S Hotel’s very own Singer Roadster convertible greets you by the entrance of the hotel. This model was made popular in Jamaica in 1953 when the late American actress, Katharine Hepburn visited Jamaica with it and used it to tour our island.
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A touch of some of the woodwork designs by tree salvager, Tamara Morin-Harding of Mara Made Designs, which is Brand Jamaican.

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The Restaurant is also now open!

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It’s clear Suga has to make a trip to Montego Bay soon! Stay tuned.

Christina M.B. Simonitsch

Location: Springfarm, Half Moon, Montego Bay

Email: simosbreadandcatering@gmail.com;

info@simos.catering

Catering, Cooking Lessons & Staff Training

Instagram: @simosbreadandcatering

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S Hotel Jamaica

Location: 7 Gloucester Ave., Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica

Ph: 876-979-0000

Website: 

http://www.shoteljamaica.com

Instagram: @shoteljamaica

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TCP’s Cards will be at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection December 15!

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Two Boss Ladies, Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle with Kia Moses of Those Creative People (TCP) at Moda Market on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Kia was holding the TCP Card that Suga gave her husband for their 1st Christmas after their wedding.

If you missed TCP at Moda or A Jamaican Made Christmas, or you simply just need more ‘Cyaads from Yaad’, they will be sold at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection!

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Make it Saturday, DECEMBER 15 any time between 4 to 8pm to Suga’s 1-stop Christmas Shop at The Liguanea Club, New Kingston. A trade show with everything Handcrafted, Handmade, Jamaican.

Confectioneries, Art, Woodcraft, Fashion, Ceramics, Personal Care and Agro-Products will be there.

Follow @sugalifestyle on instagram for Giveaways and Prizes. The 1st prize will be given away tomorrow!

Those Creative People (TCP) live and create in Jamaica. From Advertising to Product Innovation. Small team, big ideas.

Email: TCPproductsJA@gmail.com

Website: http://www.TCPTings.com/

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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It’s Pharmacy Week and Fontana has a SALE and FREE Health Checks!

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November 18 – 24 is Pharmacy Week 2018 under the theme, Diabetes and Kidney Health. Join Fontana Pharmacy at all locations everyday for discounts, sampling, promotions, free blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, expert advice and more!

Good Health is Wealth.

Fontana Pharmacy

Locations: Kingston (Barbican Square), Ocho Rios (Eight Rivers Town Centre), Savanna-la-Mar (Beckford Plaza), Montego Bay (Fairview Shopping Centre)

Phone: 1-888-429-5887

Email: contact@fontanapharmacy.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour, New Orleans. Is the Voodoo real?

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(L-R) Stephaney Farquharson, Racquell Brown, Gabrielle Burgess, Taraja Richards, Anya Pennycooke, Songe Sandcroft and Glennette Sinclair in front of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA.

Flingback Friday to the 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo & French Quarter Tour ($13 by Groupon (or $25) + $1 entry to cemetery; 28 persons per tour) that I took in New Orleans in October!

The tour lasted over 2 hours, but with our experienced and exciting Tour Guide, ‘Stormy’, it was worth it. It provides you with a chance to enter one of the world-renown cemeteries, St. Louis Cemetery #1 in New Orleans, while also visiting popular landmarks in the French Quarter. A bit of Voodoo culture and history was also included, as this adventure combined 3 tours in 1.

The French Quarter/Cemetery/Voodoo tour meets at the corner of Royal and Conti Street. Persons are to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time to check in.

You can learn how and why people are buried above ground and how the “Vault” works! The grave of the famous Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau is also there.

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Inside of St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans

I saw a lot of negative reviews of persons spending most of the time in the cemetery and it being too crowded. I would note that the key is to leave on an early tour and request Stormy.

Upon arrival, we were one of probably 3 other tour groups in the cemetery. Stormy was very considerate of other groups’ space, so we would stop and talk before a group left a particular landmark. I can’t say the same about other tour guides though. Close to the end of our Cemetery tour, many tour groups arrived and interrupted our stops or paths, but thankfully we didn’t have much time left in there.

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The Louis Armstrong Park

As the tour moved to the Louis Armstrong Park, we could see more and more that Tour guide, Stormy was experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and talented. He even sang for us where the Congo tribes would sing and dance in different groups in an area called Congo Square. This historical landmark is the foundation of New Orleans’ Musical traditions, including Jazz.

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The tour went over the 2 hours, but Stormy didn’t give any place more attention than the other. Everywhere was explained in full detail in a captivating way and he was able to answer all of our questions. Two thumbs up! #SugaEndorsed

To book your 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour (New Orleans  LA), go to:

https://www.tripshock.com/3-in-1-Cemetery,-Voodoo-&-French-Quarter-Tour/details/1452/

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Tour Guide, Stormy with his Jamaican girls, (L-R) Gabrielle Burgess, Songe Sandcroft, Glennette Sinclair, Anya Pennycooke, Stephaney Farquharson, Racquell Brown and Taraja Richards after a fantastic 3-in-1 Cemetery, Voodoo and French Quarter Tour.

If you think you will never get to visit New Orleans or you don’t mind a few spoilers, here you go!

Why are tombs in the New Orleans’ Cemeteries called Vaults?

They house thousands of persons. Once all the remains of someone have decomposed leaving the bones, the bones are collected, put in a bag and labeled. They are placed in the same tomb in an underground section or section below the tomb, called a vault.

Nicolas Cage and Brad Pitt in New Orleans

Nicolas Cage fell in love with New Orleans when he visited. He bought properties there including a Haunted House that he ended up having to resell, losing a lot of money. A story was told that Brad Pitt ran out of that alleged ‘Haunted House’ and had to arrange for his belongings to be sent to him.

Tomb Space in the St. Louis Cemetery #1

Though limited and extremely expensive, you can purchase your tomb space and place a tomb in the renowned St. Louis Cemetery where you wish to be laid to rest.

Nicolas Cage (still alive) has his Tomb in the St. Louis Cemetery

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Nicolas Cage’s tomb for him to be laid to rest when he dies.

You can make a wish by Marie Laveau’s tomb

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Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau’s tomb

It is believed that if you knock on Marie Laveau’s tomb to wake up her spirit, then make a wish and mark three x-s on her tomb, that your wish will come true. She was especially known for granting love wishes. If you have the chance to revisit her tomb, you are to out a circle around those x-s to show that your wish has come true.

Note that persons are discouraged from marking any of the tombs. A woman was locked up in jail for painting Marie Laveau’s tomb pink. The tomb was white so if painted over, the paint would bleed through. They had some costly reconstructing to do.

Persons currently reside at Marie Laveau’s home

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Tour Guide, Stormy showing us Marie Laveau’s home.

● Why was Marie Laveau called the Queen of Voodoo?

It was believed Marie Laveau knew everything about everybody, that she could be in more than one place at a time and that she could make things happen to people. For instance, she would know a husband was cheating on his wife before the wife knew, then notify her. However, this was because she was a hairdresser by profession, so knew everyone’s business.

She had two daughters that looked and dressed just like her, who she also taught to tie their head wrap, called a tignon, just like her. Tignon is the French New Orleans version of African head wrap. Nobody else in New Orleans wrapped their head in that style. So when all three were seen in different places at the same time, it was believed she could be in three places at once.

In terms of voodoo, if a man was harassing a woman and the woman went to Marie about it, Marie would approach the man with a warning to leave the woman alone. Since she had the reputation of being the Queen of Voodoo, the man would instantly leave the woman alone and perhaps look the other way if he saw the woman ever again. She would be paid for these requests and this is how she gained wealth.

Pioneer of Jazz, Louis Armstrong used to dig through garbage to provide food for his family.

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Louis Armstrong’s statue in Louis Armstrong Park

● The late legendary soul singer, Aretha Franklin was inspired by Mahalia Jackson, who was the 1st black woman to start singing in the church. A performing Arts Theatre is now in Mahalia Jackson’s name.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art at Immaculate’s Art Exhibition this week!

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Come out this Sunday from 2pm – 4pm at the Convent of Immaculate Conception High to see budding and experienced talent at the same time. Past and present students of Immaculate High will be showcasing their works of Art.

GW Art will be there. Come and meet me! Part proceeds of sales go towards the renovations of the school’s art studios.

The exhibition runs from this Thursday, November 15th to next Tuesday, November 20th from 10am to 6pm at St. Francis Hall by the Convent on the grounds of Immaculate Conception High School.

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‘Dance Tempo’ is still Available!

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle (GW Art Album)

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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Who will be at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection?!

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Happy Sunday! The complete list is out with Suga’s selected artisans! SAVE THE DATE and follow @sugalifestyle on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to win upcoming giveaways!

This is not a trade show to miss!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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