Koop Avond’ kicks off on June 21.


Xtratight Entertainment brings a new shopping experience to Philipsburg

PHILIPSBURG:—  ‘Koop Avond’ kicks off in Philipsburg on June 21. This initiative started by Xtratight Entertainment will last for six weeks until July 26. Common in different parts of the Netherlands “Koop Avond” translated as Shopping Night, promises to be a night of food, live entertainment, shopping, and local crafts on Thursdays from 5 – 10 pm.
Koop Avond was designed to help boost St. Maarten’s economy by creating a unique all-encompassing experience that encourages merchants and restaurants to extend their opening hours, stimulates entrepreneurship by proving an affordable platform for local vendors and small businesses to showcase their products or services, promotes volunteering and community service through school programs and social organizations, and enhances St. Maarten tourism product by offering an experience that engages the hotels, tour operators, and taxi’s in more cohesive way. This while safe guarding St. Maarten’s cultural value by promoting our local ambassadors and icons and giving exposure to local talents.
More than 15 vendors have signed up to be a part of kick-off of Koop Avond on June 21. The variety adds to the uniqueness of the Koop Avond experience. For example, there will be a variety of johnny cakes, fashion, hand made crafts, natural juices, a photobooth and even bouncies to ensure a total family outing. In addition, entertainment includes CD Rankin, New Generation Status Brass Band, Nacio Sutton on the steel pan and Control Band will be ending the evening. Most of the entertainment will take place directly in from of the Court House. Hosting Koop Avond is none other than Shadow Man.
Koop Avond can be found on Front Street from Rouge et Noir Casino to St. Rose Arcade. Shuttles have been arranged to and from various hotels around the island. This them to provide the tourists with an affordable way to experience St. Maarten. Also during the upcoming weeks, stores and restaurants will be providing specials during Koop Avond.
As safety has been an issue that has impeded the launching of activities in Philipsburg over the years, Xtratight Entertainment is working closely with the police and the Ministry of VROMI to ensure that this a safe and wholesome experience for both locals and tourists.

Other key partners include the Department of Culture, St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Philipsburg Promotional Board, Downstreet Community Council, Specs Kiddies Corner, Funtopia, and Carib Beer. Management of Xtratight Entertainment are open to building relationships with others in the community to build lasting create socio-econominc impact. Among others, the management is looking forward to having the port entities, such as Port of St. Maarten and Princess Juliana International Airport, to do so.
Xtratight Entertainment understands the power of creative industries to stimulate the economy, provide opportunities, and create a positive morale. Under the leadership of serial entrepreneur, Bertaux “Mr. Rude” Fleming, Xtratight hosts some of the biggest entertainment events such as Night of The Hitmakers, Fyah Under Yuh Foot and TelCell Breakthrough.
Mr. Roland Bryson aka “Paben” has been a key part of the success of Xtratight Entertainment and would have been for Koop Avond. He was a part of the planning stages before his untimely death. The Koop Avond is also done in remembrance of him and to honor his undeniable legacy of promoting St. Maarten’s culture.
For more information on becoming a vendor for Koop Avond, call +1-721-526-9643 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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