Located on the eastern end of downtown Charlotte Amalie, next to Emancipation Gardens, is an open-air tourist market called Vendor’s Plaza. This is the place to come for cheap goods: colorful sarongs, St. Thomas T-shirts, jewelry, and handbags. You can also usually find people here offering to braid your hair into dreadlock-like braids. The plaza is “open” on days when a cruise ship is in port but deserted on other days.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition