Portland shoppers face muddy conditions
Amid the inclement weather and muddy conditions affecting Portland, pre-Christmas shoppers were out in large numbers yesterday in the town capital, Port Antonio, as some business operators had a fair day of sales, probably the first in a long while.
Most shoppers were clad in either blue jeans pants or shorts, a type of dress they believed best suited for the slippery and muddy conditions along West Street in Port Antonio.
"Christmas is here, but there is little money available," commented Grace Anderson, a mother of three.
"I am buying three jeans pants for my boys, but the money tight. It's all about the children for this Christmas, but I will be attending grand market on December 24 to buy foodstuff for the home," she added.
High cost of goods
The complaint from just about every other shopper was about the high cost of basic food items and clothing which, they said, was strangling their pockets at a time when many were still uncertain whether the economic conditions would improve in 2015.
But shoppers also benefited yesterday from a special treat held at Taj Pharmacy, where they were fÍted with sorrel, sandwiches, fruitcake, biscuits, and gifts, as part of the pharmacy's sixth anniversary celebration.
Dozens of persons took a break from shopping elsewhere to catch a quick snack at the pharmacy, where a sound system played vintage music from the 1960s and '70s.
In the meantime, most business operators have expressed disappointment that West Street, which is heavily commercialised, would remain in its deplorable state until next year.