The name Things Jamaican has been synonymous over the years with quality Jamaican-made art and craft products. Established in the 1960’s by the then government and the Social Development Commission, the main purpose was to bring structure to the craft industry in Jamaica. Its main functions were to:
Over time, however, the Bumper Hall operations closed down. In 1996 the Jampro Productivity Centre embarked on opening Nanny’s Yard Retail outlet at Devon House, Kingston. This retail outlet showcased the best of Jamaican home, gift and craft items by Jamaican artisans presented in new and innovative ways to locals and overseas visitors. This outlet became a model for many other retail outlets locally which sought to promote products made in Jamaica in a new and refreshing way encompassing a total shopping experience and tantalizing all the senses.
In April 2001 the Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC) was given the managerial responsibilities of the Things Jamaican brand by ministerial decision and Things Jamaican was reborn. The Jamaica Business Development Centre, now Jamaica Business Development Corporation, is one of the country’s key agencies that facilitate the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Jamaica.
JBDC, under the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, fosters sustainable development of MSMEs by offering a host of services to its clients. These include, but are certainly not limited to, marketing and retailing services offered through the Things Jamaican chain of stores, expos, tradeshows and promotions. These services provide some producers with a marketing outlet that they would not necessarily have access to or to additional market access. For more information visit us at www.jbdc.net
The “new” Things Jamaican
Today, under the management of the JBDC, the “new” Things Jamaican has stayed true to promoting craft development in Jamaica and to showcasing and retailing the best and highest quality gift and craft items. Promoting and building “brand Jamaica” is our main aim. In light of the increased competition from foreign made merchandise branded ‘Jamaica’ or ‘Made in Jamaica’, Things Jamaican stores retail exclusive authentic locally made products, primarily handmade by artisans using mainly local material. Over the past nine years Things Jamaican has established itself as one of the largest purchasers, distributors and promoters of authentic Jamaican products of the highest quality. Things Jamaican currently markets products on behalf of over 400 active suppliers island wide through our chain of five (5) locations:
All our products speak to an authentic Jamaican experience. The stores offer a collection of products influenced by Jamaican music, culture and history. Our range of products cover 8 main categories – Aromatherapy, Entertainment, Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Food, Home, Packages and souvenirs. Emphasis is placed on products suited to vacationers, travelers and locals who want a unique “piece of Jamaica”.
Come in today to any of our stores and Experience the Difference – the variety of products, the creativity of our Jamaican people, the ambience and the warm hospitality of our friendly staff. See you soon