COLE BAY–New store Made in Spain has brought a slice of Spain to shelves in St. Maarten with its opening earlier this month.
Made in Spain retails all kinds of imported products from Spain, such as sausages, Iberian cheeses and hams, a variety of extra virgin olive oils, cava (Methodo champenoise) brut, rosé and organic, as well as a selection of wines, including the novelty of zero alcohol wines and organic wines from Spain. The establishment also offers lunch from Monday to Saturday with typical Spanish tapas and wine tastings for groups with reservation made via its Facebook page. Persons can also make reservations by calling the establishment.
Asked why they chose St. Maarten to open the establishment, owners Eduardo Lopes and Susana Fargas said: “We chose St. Maarten first as a family decision. We were looking to live in the Caribbean, and St. Maarten was our first option for our kids because they can learn English, (attend – Ed.) good schools, hospital and nice connections with Europe for the business. It was a personal challenge, because there were no Spanish wine distributors here and we thought there was an opportunity for our company.”
Asked what differentiates Made in Spain from other similar businesses in St. Maarten, the couple said: “We only sell products made in Spain, which I personally think was a flavour that was missing in St. Maarten, and the people are appreciating it a lot. People can come… to taste our specialties and buy and enjoy them in their homes.”
The couple first started in the wholesale distribution business, then branched out with the shop. Made in Spain is part of the company Viva la Vida NV – the distributors and importers of Spanish wine since 2015. The wines are made by hand in one of the biggest wineries in Europe – Garcia Carrion.
The couple urges restaurants to visit their location to meet them, to taste their products; their wine list and their selection of Spanish wines, so that they can offer a complete international variety of wines in their respective establishments. “We hope that God gives us health to continue working and living happily this experience that for the whole family is being very enriching in every way,” said the couple, who live in St. Maarten with their children Eduardo, Carlos and Daniela.
Made in Spain is located at Wellsburg Road #12 in Cole Bay, near Island Water World, and can be reached at tel. +1 (721) 587-9039.