Bermudians have more than one reason to be proud of their island paradise: perfect weather, beaches, remarkable hospitality and cuisine. But Bermuda was also once a bastion of Royal Naval power in the Western Atlantic, and the grandeur of its architecture reminds us of its rich nautical history. One such highlight are the Clocktowers, the centrepiece of The Royal Naval Dockyard. Built in 1856 as storehouses, these imposing structures with its 100-foot twin towers can be seen from miles away. The Northern Tower shows the time of the high tide, once vital information to sailers. The Southern Tower acts as a clock and was once referred to as “the four-faced liar,” as each face gave a slightly different time — and of course, the Dockyard workers used the most advanced dial for knock off time. Today, The Clocktower Mall is now home to more than 20 stores, amongst them gift shops, jewellers and fashion boutiques. Open seven days a week — except Good Friday and Christmas Day — this is one of the most popular shopping venues in Bermuda. For full details on the many stores, restaurants and opening hours in The Clocktower Mall, check out dockyardbermuda.com. RETAIL THERAPY The A.S. Cooper Dockyard branch, located inside The Clocktower Mall, features a carefully selected range of merchandise from the A.S. Cooper & Sons stores in Hamilton. Discover ladies’ and men’s fashions and accessories, gifts, souvenirs as well as a mini gallery of photography by Bermudian photographer Roland Skinner. (234-4156) The Bermuda Triangle Shop is full of treasures and is the most eclectic shop in the mall, packed with interesting items. Most of the products are Bermuda-inspired, and their unique designs cannot be found outside of the island. Merchandise includes island summer clothing; a large selection of costume jewellery, many pieces made with shells; hand-painted wood carvings like boxes, tropical fish, doorstops and magnets, many with the signature pink Bermuda cottage design; candles; wind chimes; sterling silver; Bermuda Christmas ornaments; plus T-shirts for the whole family. There are gifts for any price range. Step inside and get lost. (234-0837) Crisson Jewellers’ boutique-style store in The Clocktower Mall in Dockyard features pieces selected from their main collections in Hamilton and a brand-new PANDORA Shop-in-Shop. The shopping experience is relaxed and intimate, and the quality, value and prices are the same whichever store you choose to visit. (234-2223; crisson.com) The Fair Trade Bermuda Shop, where “trade is aid,” is the place to find exotic, one-of-a-kind items from Bermuda and around the world, including arts and crafts, instruments, Asian eccentricities, clothes and household furniture. Enjoy this old-style shopping experience in the Clocktower Mall, where owners Boyd and Muna Vallis work to serve you. As they say, “We are in sales, not storage, so everything is priced to sell.” There is something for everyone in this most interesting of shops. (232-7781; firstname.lastname@example.org) Grand Bazaar welcomes you in with its colourful selection of unique Bermuda gifts, such as beach towels, hand-painted ceramics, ocean-inspired magnets, hanging lanterns, pouches and keychains, island-living clothing, polo shirts and T-shirts for ladies, men and children. Come and see their handmade fashion, silver and Bermuda sand jewellery. (234-4646) Hand Made (Bermuda) Ltd. is a unique company promoting arts and crafts made exclusively in Bermuda. It’s the ideal place to find truly Bermudian gifts and art that’s unavailable elsewhere. Jewellery, natural soaps and scrubs, bags, books, CDs, glassware, Bermuda cedar, clothing, toys, preserves, cards, prints and much more, all lovingly designed and made strictly by local artists. Hand Made also stocks a wide range of craft materials and runs workshops teaching all age groups crafting skills. (232-0862; facebook.com/handmadebermudaltd) Here you will also find Jennifer Rodrigues Designs’ beautifully hand-fabricated jewellery. Jennifer has a deep love and admiration for the natural beauty of Bermuda. Her Bermuda Pink Sand Designs are hand carved in wax and cast in sterling silver; they will take your breath away and are one-of-a-kind keepsakes to always remember your vacation experience in Bermuda. (232-1884; jrdesignsbda.com) The Littlest Drawbridge Gift Shop is packed with unique handmade gifts from Bermuda, featuring the aromatic Bermuda cedar treasures, including boxes, pens, goblets, vases and bowls, as well as sachets, cedar essential oils and incense cones. In addition, you will find authentic Bermuda bags with cedar handles, jewellery, Cuban cigars and The Royal Naval Dockyard souvenirs. (234-6214; littlestdrawbridge.free.bm) No visit to The Royal Naval Dockyard is complete without a visit to the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour in The Clocktower Mall, open seven days a week and featuring only Häagen-Dazs ice cream, sorbets and frozen yoghurt. Treat yourself to one of the 16 flavours in a cone, sundae or milk shake. It can even be packed for you to take home. Nannini also offers a variety of indulgences from Italy. So give yourself a treat and visit the Nannini Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Parlour. (234-2474) Looking for something unique and funky? Orchid has a great selection of ladies’ clothing, footwear, fashion jewellery and apparel with 100 percent Thai silk products in a wide variety of colours and styles. If you are looking for something fashionable and unique at a reasonable price, they are the store for you. They have great gifts and souvenirs for you to take back home. Orchid has gifts for everyone at one stop. Treat yourself or friends and family to something special. (234-0285; Facebook: Orchid Dock Yard Bermuda)
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