Every year, The Pink Mongoose has a “Christmas in September” sale.
Debbie Smith, part owner and manager of this very special store admits that Christmas is her favourite time of year, so it’s probably an excuse to get her awesomely decorated trees up early.
The commercial side of Christmas seems to get earlier every year but this shop that is all about the beauty of Christmas can easily get away with it. The trees come down when the month ends but they’re back up again before the end of November.
A Christmas Shop conceived by Smith (when it was no longer convenient to conduct business from her home), saw her fashioning wreaths and handmade decorations for a wider cross section of Antiguans. They were such a hit that to this day she visits homes and businesses to decorate their trees. And nobody wants “ordinary” anymore.
The name Pink Mongoose, came from the former owners who wanted to be different when coming up with a moniker because frankly, no one’s ever seen a pink mongoose. The original store, with Smith’s mother as the owner, started as a tourist shop selling T-shirts and souvenirs. It’s come a long way since then.
Sometime in the 1980’s, the trinkets were replaced with shoes, bags, hats and accessories, and the “Christmas Shop” merged with this one to become the shop that has become the go-to place for head-to-toe adornment for women – and to a lesser extent – their homes, at Christmas.
Debbie says she’s inspired by lots of things, including people and cars. Even a junkyard has yielded the idea for a display. I’ll have to find out which of these emerged from looking at a couple of rusting body parts.