Main Story: Cupid’s Corner
Chandan hails from India and has worked with Island Companies since 2008. He was one of the original staff who opened The Mansion in Camana Bay, and he has been there ever since.
How old were you when you left India?
I was 19 years old. I went to work in the Turks and Caicos Islands for six years, and then I was given the opportunity to move here in 2008.
Why do you like working at The Mansion?
I am a people person, and this is a wonderful location for meeting people, particularly residents. I have many repeat customers with whom I have built a relationship over the years.
What is your favourite item in the store?
I have a weakness for watches. I personally own three, but I am saving for an Ulysse Nardin. It is one of the top five brands in the world that we sell.
Anne is originally from London, UK and she came to the Cayman Islands in 2007 via the USA. She has extensive experience in the retail market, and can be found downtown in The Flagship Store.
What brought you to the Cayman Islands?
The scuba diving and my boyfriend. I liked it so much here, I decided to stay.
When did you join Island Companies?
I joined in 2009, and I’ve love being here in George Town. I get to meet 10 different nationalities every day – it is a job that is constantly fascinating and always changing.
What do you like best about your job?
I get to share in special moments on a regular basis. I’ve witnessed birthday and anniversary surprise gifts being given, and even marriage proposals. It’s a wonderful business to be in.
Jennifer Henry Smith
Jennifer was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and she really stands out – literally. She actually has her height on her name tag: 6ft 4in! This tall, attractive lady is a favourite at Island Plaza and customers come back to her time and time again.
How long have you worked for Island Companies?
I joined in 2005. I moved to the Cayman Islands in 2002 and was working as a nail technician before a client of mine suggested that I had the perfect personality for this job.
What is your specialty in this store?
Well I can sell anything we have from watches to jewellery, but my specialty is diamonds. I love working with diamonds because I feel they are a very personal purchase for customers, so it allows me to build a relationship with them.
What has been your most memorable experience to date?
I helped a lady find the perfect engagement ring so she could remarry her first love. They had rekindled their relationship, and it was a wonderful thing to be a part of. We are still friends to this day.