Best of Eleuthera – North Eleuthera Shopping Centre – Burchie’s !

This week I took a trip up to the North Eleuthera Shopping Centre or Burchie’s as it is more commonly known.

North Eleuthera Shopping Center also known as Burchie's
North Eleuthera Shopping Center also known as Burchie’s

Burchie’s is the closest Eleuthera has to a department store ! It sells groceries, fruit and vegetables, hardware, home goods, appliances, clothing and most other things you can think of. Fresh deliveries come in on a Friday or Saturday so weekends are a good time to visit.

Household goods ....
Household goods ….

I went north with my friend Amanda to have a little jaunt and see what we could find……

Oh yes please....
Oh yes please….

They have a great selection of fruit and vegetables – I love mushrooms and bought a pack of large portobello along with the usual white button ones. Snow peas, zucchini, baby plum tomatoes, fresh cilantro, mango, blueberries and blackberries were among the things I bought. The berries are perfect for the smoothies I like to make with local fresh coconut water and local bananas.

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh fruit and vegetables

Household cleaning goods are another thing it is useful for me to stock up on for our rental houses – large sizes, good prices and a great selection made this visit a worthwhile trip…..

Busy busy .....
Busy busy …..

Burchinal Gibson along with his lovely wife Sophie own and run the store – they have 19 employees and some of those are family – it is very much a family run business.

Burchie with his sister in law Ann
Burchie with his sister in law Ann

Burchie has worked on this site for many years – he worked for Sawyers who owned grocery stores throughout the island for 18 years – he then took over the store 11 years ago. The new current building has been here for the last 6 years – the previous building was lost in a fire……

The store is open 7 days a week – Monday – Thursday from 8am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 8am – 9pm and Sunday mornings 8am – 10am

Contact them on 335 1880 or 225 0964 and ask about delivery of goods to wherever you are on the island !!!

Or email them at

Not famous for being large capacity shopping carriers !
Not famous for being large capacity shopping carriers !

After loading up my little Beetle with LOADS of shopping Amanda and I made a stop for lunch at the Laughing Lizard in Gregory Town. I had a fabulous toasted panini with portobello mushroom, caremlised onions and avocado – delicious – and Amanda had a curried tuna wrap.  This is always a great stop off for lunch if you are traveling the island – Petagay the chef is a very talented and imaginative woman – it is always hard to choose as the menu looks so good !

Delicious lunch with Amanda Rodrigues....
Delicious lunch with Amanda Rodrigues….

Last stop in Gregory Town was to the teeny weeny boutique called Cerasee. This was the first time I had been there – thank you Amanda for recommending it and I can tell you it will not be the last. Lots of beautiful things at very reasonable prices. It is owned by the very talented Amy Simmons – daughter of Pam Thompson who I did the blog about – The Island Made gift store – and I will be doing a full blog on Cerasee itself very soon…… I bought this lovely necklace and a set of 3 starfish dishes…..

Great necklace and dishes from Cerasee
Great necklace and dishes from Cerasee

Then home and where the heck to I put all the stuff I bought at Burchie’s ????

Not the biggest trunk I have known !
Not the biggest trunk I have known !


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Kathy Colman

Writer, Interior Designer, Foodie, and Wife to Bob. Living in Eleuthera, Bahamas

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