PHILIPSBURG: There are some tourists trickling into the island in the past weeks as the Covid-19 pandemic loosens its grip. However, businesses, especially those in the food and beverage sector, are still battling to survive.
Known as the owner of the smallest bar in the world Juggie’s Place, Jagdish “Juggie” Amarnaney sees various ways of getting more feet on the ground in Philipsburg.
Sitting at his quieter than usual spot in an alley a short distance from the Courthouse, Juggie pointed out that many visitors are staying at resorts outside of the town and suggested that businesses in the now sleepy capital could band together to offer a regular shuttle service. This can happen by either working with a taxi service or the regular busses.
“Our visitors need to come town. The restaurants and bars need people. We have a nice beach and there’s shopping. We have to find creative ways until things get better,” Juggie said.
Some of the island’s long time visitors are also long time Juggie’s patrons. They seek out the little bar whenever they are here. But, many other people, especially first timers need to be enticed to the capital.