THE HARBOUR STREET CRAFT AND CULTURAL VILLAGE
Markets were established in Jamaica in the 1600’s when locals needed a forum to sell and trade their livestock and supplies. Markets evolved over time, as artisans, wood carvers and craftsmen would congregate in a locations to display and sell their wares. Market operations become more formalized with the passage of time and are a very important sector of the Jamaican economy.
Tourist craft markets evolved from these markets – to provide specialist products orientated for tourist use or to evoke memories of the spaces and places around Jamaica.
The Harbour Street Craft and Cultural Village, is owned and managed by the St. James Municipal Corporation. There is a location manager with a small maintenance team responsible for operations of the market.
The market which is located on a linear stretch between the Harbour Street in the town and the main North Coastal Highway, has been in the current location since December 1, 1978. It was purpose built with 254 shops, 2 restaurants, 1 snack shop, multiple restrooms, a small money exchange, an association office and management offices. Shops are rented with an agreement stipulating that all shop-holders should be licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board.
“The vision of the Harbour Street Craft and Cultural Village is to provide all customers with a superior cultural shopping experience, providing a safe and hassle free environment, while providing the highest quality of goods and services, which showcase the rich Jamaican history and culture”
THE ST. JAMES MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
The St. James Municipal Corporation (formerly the Parish Council) is charged with the orderly and sustainable development of the City of Montego Bay and the parish on the whole – which encompasses buildings and sub-division applications.
Sited at the Cecil Donaldson Building on 19A Union Street in Montego Bay; the local authority regulates the laws of the parish and carries out its mandate under the leadership of a political directorate and the administrative staff.
The local authority has responsibility for all parochial roads within the parish; minor water supply; public cemeteries; permit parking; ensures the provision of poor relief/ welfare services; sustains effective communication for the inclusion of the citizens in local governance matters relating to community development and liaison; cultural and civic promotion; cleanliness and safety.
The St. James Parish Council oversees the management of the Charles Gordon Market, Montego Bay Civic Centre, William Street Fruit Market, Jarrett Park Sporting Facility, Montego Bay Sports Complex, the Old Hospital Park, the Creek Dome as well as the Old Fort and Harbour Street Craft Markets.