The name Things Jamaican has been synonymous over the years with quality Jamaican-made art and craft products. Established in the 1960s 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:
- Re-organize craft development in Jamaica
- Promote the craft sector through research, design and marketing of high quality Jamaican hand-made products for both the local and tourist markets
- Operate as a commercially viable entity. To this end, a training center was established at Bumper Hall on Spanish Town Road which housed six (6) productions units with a focus on wood, pewter, straw, leather, weaving and ceramics. From this facility, local artisans were trained in these six primary areas and production output to the market was greatly improved, whilst providing income for these persons.
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.
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, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, 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 producers with primary or 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 exclusively retail and promote authentic locally made products, primarily hand made by artisans using mainly local material. Over the past eighteen years, Things Jamaican has established itself as one of the largest purchasers, retailers and promoters of authentic Jamaican products of the highest quality. Things Jamaican currently markets products on behalf of over 600 active producers island-wide through our chain of three (3) 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 covers 8 main categories – Aromatherapy, Entertainment, Fashion, Fashion Accessories, Food, Home Accents, Packages and souvenirs. Emphasis is placed on products suited to vacationers, travellers and locals who want a unique “piece of Jamaica”.
Experience a Melting Pot Of Authentic Jamaican Creations – the variety of products, the creativity of our Jamaican people, the ambience and the warm hospitality of our friendly staff. Walk good and see you soon.