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The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) through a partnership with Jolly Trotters, will open a new Things Jamaican™ store in New Kingston.  Under the name, Things Jamaican™ | Trotters Tings, the store seeks to attract tourists staying in the New Kingston hotel district. Currently, the property houses Trotters Cafe, Trotters Bar and is the starting and ending point for the Kingston City Guided Tour. The contract was signed at the JBDC’s Head Office in Kingston, recently.

This represents a strategic move by the JBDC to achieve the quality objective to increase direct access to new local and international markets for 500 clients delivering 5% sales growth annually.  Harold Davis, Deputy CEO at the JBDC says, “Things Jamaican™ is all about providing market access for local MSMEs [Micro, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises]. It will complete the value chain that says ‘From Concept to Market’. The partnership will allow us to provide new market entry point for Kingston tourists as well as business travellers.” 

The Things Jamaican™ | Trotters Tings store set to open in January 2024, will stock authentic Jamaican keepsake pieces including gift tokens and souvenirs made by local artisans. 

Things Jamaican™ is committed to the development of MSMEs by promoting craft development in Jamaica, while showcasing and retailing the best and highest quality gift and craft items.  With 3 other locations (Devon House, Norman Manley Airport, 14 Camp Road) and an e-commerce site (, Things Jamaican™ has established itself as one of the largest purchasers, retailers, and promoters of authentic Jamaican products of the highest quality.

In 2023, Things Jamaican™ celebrates 60 years of promoting authentic Jamaican products. The JBDC has been managing the brand since 2001 when it was mandated as the government’s premier provider of business development services for MSMEs. The JBDC is an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment & Commerce, which as placed emphasis on the need for increased exports.

Left – Right: Janine Fletcher-Taylor, Manager – Marketing Services Unit at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Valerie Veira, Chief Executive Officer – JBDC, Roger Thompson Managing Director – Jolly Trotters, and Harold Davis, Deputy CEO – JBDC, are all smiles during the recent contract signing for the new Things Jamaican™ | Trotters Tings store.
Centre: Valerie Veira, Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), and Jolly Trotters’ Managing Director, Roger Thompson, seal the deal for Things Jamaican™ | Trotters Tings, with a handshake following the official contract signing recently. Looking on are (l-r) Janine Fletcher – Taylor, Manager of JBDC’s Marketing Services Unit and Deputy CEO at the JBDC, Harold Davis.
Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Valerie Veira and Jolly Trotter’s Managing Director, Roger Thompson, discuss the vision for Things Jamaican™ | Trotters Tings following the official contract signing recently.


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