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Upholstery Girl
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We own a full service upholstery shop here in the states.  We would like to relocate it to St. Thomas and wanted to get a feel for wheither or not there is a need for a service of this type.  There are two divisions to our business residential/commercial and marine.  If folks on this forum would offer their opinions and insights we would be most appreciative.

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Posted by: Mssiegert

We own a full service upholstery shop here in the states.  We would like to relocate it to St. Thomas and wanted to get a feel for wheither or not there is a need for a service of this type.  There are two divisions to our business residential/commercial and marine.  If folks on this forum would offer their opinions and insights we would be most appreciative.

The VI Small Business Development Center should be your first stop when considering opening a business in the Virgin Islands. 

http://www.sbdcvi.org/

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Upholstery Girl
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We have been exploring that site.  When we come in May we would like to meet with someone in that department.  Do you know of someone we should ask specifically for?

 

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Upholstery Girl
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We have been exploring that site.  When we come in May we would like to meet with someone in that department.  Do you know of someone we should ask specifically for?

 

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I'm not on St Thomas but I know the upholstery shop in Gallows Bay on St Croix is always very, very busy and has been for many years. 

If you do good work, word will get around the island quickly.

Go for it!

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Upholstery Girl
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Thank for your encouragement!  Actually, our family business has been upholsering for 70 years.  My father is 87 and is still working in our shop.  If the good Lord will allow him to stay a little longer on this earth he will be making the move with us.

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Posted by: vicanuck

I'm not on St Thomas but I know the upholstery shop in Gallows Bay on St Croix is always very, very busy and has been for many years. 

If you do good work, word will get around the island quickly.

Go for it!

i thought they closed down a few years ago

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I'm not on St Thomas but I know the upholstery shop in Gallows Bay on St Croix is always very, very busy and has been for many years. 

If you do good work, word will get around the island quickly.

Go for it!

i thought they closed down a few years ago

Definitely not...I see them almost everyday! Gallows Bay Upholstery right behind Caribbean Printing. 

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jaldeborgh
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If you’re good at what you do, customers will find you.  Sounds like you are, just be ready for island life, moves at a more relaxed pace.  Best of luck. 

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Upholstery Girl
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From the research we have been able to do from online we don't see an upholstery shop on St Thomas.  Is that correct?

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East Ender
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On St. Thomas, most upholstery businesses are kind of "shade tree" deals. Someone works out of their house or a small workshop. You find them by word of mouth. You might also ask some of the better furniture stores- Silk Greenery and Island Empire, for example.

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