Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows, Apia, Samoa (as reported in Samoa Observer)– Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s today formally welcomed the opening of a new premium cultural outlet by Janet’s. The opening of the new cultural outlet and creative space in Sheraton’s Apia property marks another new chapter for Samoan Tourism since the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Aggie Grey’s Hotel unveiled last year to the public in Samoa’s capital township.
Janet’s, a celebrated retailer and member of Samoa’s cultural industry will enhance the Sheraton Samoa experience by showcasing to Sheraton Samoa guests a wide collection of cultural and artistic productions from both Samoan and Pacific artists.
“Janet’s is honored to partner with Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s on this new cultural space. Aggie Grey and her family have been at the center of Samoan hospitality since the 1930’s. The redevelopment of Aggie Grey’s Hotel last year under the Sheraton flag was a milestone for all Samoa. Janet’s is proud to contribute to the legacy of this great name and property and to continue to delight visitors with the best in Samoan fashion, art and culture”, said Janet Sablan, Director of Janet’s.
Mark Francis the General Manager for Sheraton Samoa said “everyone at Sheraton Samoa is delighted with this new partnership with Janet, due to its focus on and contribution to the local community. Janet’s focus on creating souvenirs based on the local Samoa culture and art not only makes the artefacts authentic, they are also giving back to the community by providing employment and promoting the traditional arts and craft.
We are proud to be able to share this with Janet’s”.
For Sheraton Aggies, Janet’s adds an option for guests to shop for gifts right at the Hotel, in instances where guests have to find a missing gift they do not have to go far. The design and location of the shop also allows guests to shop at leisure away from all the hustle and crowd in Apia.
The new Janet’s outlet is located adjacent to the Sheraton Samoa signature pool and restaurant and is housed in a magnificent traditional Samoan building. The interior of Janet’s Sheraton Samoa Store is decorated with traditional pacific carvings and weavings. “In designing the new Janet’s Sheraton Samoa space we took inspiration from the cultural heritage and history of Aggie Grey’s; in particular we wanted to visually present the storied history and importance of this property. Aggie Grey’s is a place where generations of travelers to Samoa have had their first true experience of pacific culture and hospitality and have come to know of the uniqueness of the Samoan tradition. This is a place where so many have fallen in love with Samoa”, said Lisha Sablan, Creative Director of Janet’s.
Janet’s exclusive range of products will now be available at the Sheraton Samoa property and, according to Lisha Sablan, Janet’s will also be introducing new products at the Sheraton outlet, “we needed to do something special for our guests at Sheraton Samoa and we are excited to showcase new products and creations in our local jewelry, fashion accessory, clothing, crafts and beauty/health care lines. Visitors to Sheraton can be assured that Janet’s will provide the best in pacific cultural products for the entire family as well as everyday necessities and convenience items ”
Sheraton GM Mr. Francis noted, “at Sheraton we are all about being connected and giving back to the community. Its opportune that Janet’s share this with us. Our guests will be able to learn about local arts and craft. Guests can ask questions about and learn the significance of the different items and have knowledge on how the different items are made. We expect the shop to provide the guests with an opportunity to not only purchase gifts. The convenience shop will also stock snacks and drinks, offering guests the option to get the small necessities that they might have forgotten to pack”.
At Janet’s, Guests of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s will experience one of the largest collections of cultural productions and gifts by some of Samoa’s most well known artist and crafters. The retail store includes exclusive Cultural Works for the entire family including:
- Master Carved and Woven Cultural Items ,Souvenirs and Keepsakes made from local and indigenous fish bone, woods and shells.
- Janet’s exclusive lines of Samoan and Pacific Made clothing for the whole family.
- Island Designed Modern Homeware
- Pacific Sarongs/Lava Lavas and Beachwear
- Exquisite Fine Island Jewelry from the Pacific and cultural ornamentation for the entire family
- Janet’s Exclusive Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Beauty/Health Products
- Painted Canvas Art featuring the beauty of Samoan landscapes and Samoan Tattoo / Tatau Motifs
- Snacks and beverages and everyday convenience items
About Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows
Overlooking Apia Harbor in Samoa’s Capital township, this colonial-style waterfront hotel is just 45 minutes from Samoa’s International Airport. Centrally located with many local and commercial attractions nearby .The hotel has an elegant marble lobby, features newly renovated streamlined suites and thatched roof bungalows (free wi-fi for guests) with harbor ocean views. Lush on-site facilities, free parking, swimming pool, meeting and conference spaces and a diverse range of dining options including the Lobby Lounge, Lobby Bar, signature Feast Restaurant and succulent international cuisine at Aggie Grey’s Restaurant. The hotel is an ideal choice for business, or leisure for the entire family. Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s will now feature an exclusive range of Samoan Cultural Gifts for the entire family on site in its partnership with Janet’s.
Aggie Grey’s Hotel is a legend of Samoan Hospitality since its founding in 1933 the Hotel has played host to generations of visitors to Samoan shores including Hollywood royalty such as Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper and Chery Ladd.
Visit Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows to plan your next visit to paradise at http://www.sheratonsamoaaggiegreyshotel.com/ or call (685) 22880
About Janet’s Samoa
Janet’s was founded in 1989 (originally known as Janet’s Handicrafts) in Apia, Samoa. Its main store location is at the Lotemau Mall in downtown Apia Samoa and its Online Store (janetssamoa.com) first went live in 2012.
Today Janet’s is one of the best known and longest serving stores in Samoa specializing in Made in Samoa and Made in the Pacific Products. Janet’s is known for its Pacific Clothing, Fashion, Jewellery, Arts, Crafts and Cultural products. Preview Janet’s offerings online now at www.janetssamoa.com