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Grand Opening of Mirab Furniture Store in Belize

Posted by Betsy Rosenlund on Oct 31, 2018 11:45:00 AM
Betsy Rosenlund

When it comes to shopping for home furnishings and décor in Belize, the options can be fairly limited, especially for those of us out in the Cayes.

While many basic essentials can be purchased on Ambergris Caye, there are not many options.  For a better selection of items and better prices on home goods, most folks will head to Belize City and head straight to Mirab.

Mirab is the only major home décor store in all of Belize, and because of that, they have a good selection of home décor and goods from throw pillows to industrial kitchen appliances, and everything in between. About a year ago, while doing some errands in Belize City, I asked my favorite taxi driver, Teddy Bear, what this beautiful new, three story building was going to be. When he replied, “A new bigger and better Mirab,” I got pretty excited…and I’m sure a few thousand other people did too when they got the news.

Mirab

Grand Opening Weekend

The doors opened on Wednesday, October 10th, but the weekend of October 20, 2018 was the new Mirab Department Store grand opening and I made the journey over to Belize City mid-Saturday morning. After a beautiful boat ride through the Caribbean Sea from Ambergris Caye, I arrived in Belize City and told my taxi driver, “Take me to Mirab…the new one please!” The new Mirab and soon to be opened, Ashley Furniture Gallery, is located on the Northern Highway, about 2.5 miles from the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi terminal or 2 miles from the Belize City Municipal Airport, making it an easy and inexpensive destination.

When I arrived, there were lines of cars waiting to get in, traffic officers directing vehicles and pedestrians, and hundreds of happy shoppers entering and exiting the store. For the grand opening celebrations, a DJ was hired to keep the mood lively while shoppers took advantage of door buster deals on items like blenders, dish sets, towels, and bedding. Walking inside, I thought, maybe, I had been transported to a Macy’s Furniture Gallery or some other fancy department store back in the U.S.

Mirab BeddingBedding options galore!

Everything in the store was shiny and new, a very sleek upgrade from the old Mirab Home store. Admittedly I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the options being presented in the store and quickly started to maneuver my way through the different sections of the store. As I made my way through the store, admiring the many choices of items like silverware, towels, candles, appliances, and so many other things, my shopping cart began to fill with items. Mirab employees were ready and waiting to assist customers in finding exactly what they were looking for. It was no surprise that I ran into a few fellow islanders that were equally excited about this new shopping destination.

Currently, only the first two levels are open, with the Ashley Furniture Gallery set to open in early November 2018. After filling my cart beyond capacity, I made my way to the checkout counter, where the lines were long.  However, much to my surprise, the checkout process was quick and friendly.

Mirab shoesShoe section for men, women & children

Mirab Home Decor-254695-editedSo many options for home décor!

 
After successfully purchasing more than I could carry, I made my way outside to the pop-up food court that Mirab had set up for the grand opening weekend. I enjoyed a delicious chicken shawarma from Chef Roger while waiting for my taxi back to the ferry terminal. Even as I left late in the afternoon, shoppers continued to roll in, eager for some good bargains. I know that this will not be my last trip to Mirab, both for my own personal shopping, and on a professional level as we routinely call on Georgia, our favorite Mirab employee to assist us in furnishing our Grand Baymen Gardens condominiums.

Mirab BagMirab reusable tote, chalk full of goodies!

 

ECI Development delivers affordable luxury residence and resort communities in Central America, providing our clients with various premier lifestyle options from the Caribbean to the Pacific. ECI delivers inspired residences for adventurous souls.

Coupled with over 20 years of inherent corporate social responsibility in the communities where we work, ECI Development is building a sustainable business that is going to be around for the next 100+ years.

 

Topics: Grand Baymen in Belize, Investing in Belize, Central America, lifestyle

Betsy Rosenlund

Written by Betsy Rosenlund

Betsy Rosenlund graduated from the University of Denver in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and International Relations. Graduating at height of the recession, Betsy took her first sales job with Nordstrom. During her 6 years with Nordstrom, Betsy gained unparalleled sales and customer service training and experience; she was awarded with the Quarterly Pacesetter award several times over and recognized as a Future Nordstrom Leader, an invite-only management training program. A career change led Betsy briefly to Austin, TX, and shortly thereafter, Betsy traded in both her ski boots and cowboy boots for flip-flops and the sunny beaches of Belize to put her hard-earned degrees to work. Betsy joined the ECI Development team in January 2016 as the Business Development Manager and has since taken on the role of Director of Pre-/Post-Sales Customer Service. Outside of work, Betsy is a charter member and secretary of the Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye Belize. Betsy also enjoys volunteering with the SHINE program for young women and girls, and regularly serves at Colleen’s Kitchen, a program of the San Pedro Food bank. She is the proud dog-mom to Monti, a Belizean rescue dog.