By Cassie Brady
Guam may be small, but commerce is booming. Each month on The Guam Guide, we give you the latest in new store openings.
Black Tie Floral Designs
Black Tie Floral Designs now has an expanded store space at the Julale Center in Hagatña. They provide many services including floral arrangements and events, themed tablescapes, and decorative centerpieces. If you are looking for something simple, no problem. Want something extravagant and original? The team will go above and beyond, creating a masterpiece designed just for you. For your special events and floral design needs, see what Black Tie has to offer Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturdays by appointment only.
Black Tie is located at 424 W. O’Brien Dr., 109-B Julale Center in Hagatna.
Guam Art Boutique
It is so refreshing to see unique, handmade items that you can’t find anywhere else. Eight Guam-based artisans have come together, showcasing their exquisite work at their interactive art gallery and boutique. Various techniques are used for the jewelry pieces, including glass enamel, Cloisonné, handwoven coconut and pandanus collaboration pieces with a local weaver, macrame, wire wrapping, metal smithing and polymer clay. Many of the artisans use locally collected seashells and sea glass and the polymer and enamel pieces oftentimes include unique renditions of Guam landmarks and cultural icons. The 2D artist specializes in portraits and caricatures. The children’s/baby accessory designer creates items that span from Guam-themed baby bibs to teething rings, headbands, and Chamorro culture-inspired baby tees. They will soon be adding cards, journals and other Guam-inspired gift items and anticipate expanding their space to the unit next door.
Guam Art Boutique is located at Chamorro Village Unit 145 in Hagatna and open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday thru Saturday, on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Sirena Super Kids Lounge
If your kids are tired from shopping (okay, maybe you are too) or just need to run around and get some of that energy out, stop by Sirena Super Kids Lounge where they’ll be sure to have loads of fun! With an array of toys, a playhouse, and child-safe equipment for ages up to 12 years old, they are bound to have a fantastic time. There is a coffee shop close by that even delivers food and drinks so you don’t have to leave and can keep an eye on the tots.
Make a trip over to Sirena Super Kids Lounge at The Plaza Shopping Center, located on the second floor on the north side. They are open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
Start saving your money. Gucci, in partnership with Lotte Duty Free, has now opened their renovated store at the Guam International Airport in the departure concourse. The store offers the fashion house’s accessories collections for men and women, including handbags, small leather goods, travels pieces, silks, timepieces, jewelry, and sunglasses. Gucci Prefall statement accessories have a strong, contemporary allure, which you don’t want to miss. Gucci is open 24 hours so there is plenty of time to decide what sleek look you want.
Inarajan Garden House
Inarajan Garden House has actually been around for the last 25 years, but was a private resort. Well, guess what? It’s now open to the public! With new management and the renovation completed, they are more than ready to have you stay in one of their studios or suites. Their special focus is to “provide a tranquil getaway from the tourist area for those who love a quiet beach, nature and warm Chamorro hospitality — the real Guam.” Located off of Route 4, just pass the village of Inarajan, you will see that getting away from the hustle and bustle of Tumon is quite relaxing and revitalizing. Lounge at the pool, walk down to the beach, or gaze at the sunset from your balcony. Inarajan Garden House offers weddings, family reunions, retreats, and other family parties. The restaurant is open upon request where the executive chef will create delicious meals from organic, natural, and local foods. Weekend brunch will also be offered in the near future. I think I see a “staycation” happening in my near future.
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