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JAD’s STUFF AND GIFT SHOP: GREAT BUYS | Text by Hannah A. Papasin | Photos by Julius D. Mariveles

Talk about one-stop-shop.

They have grocery items ranging from detergents to microwaveable (instant) pasta snacks, to deodorants to canned goods.  Then there are those juice drinks, lotions, and shampoos in giant packages.  Then there’s their dry goods section: bags, apparel, ladies’ shoes.

BATH SETS | Perfect as gifts for Christmas | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

HIGH IN QUALITY, LOW IN PRICES | JAD's offer these bags at rock bottom prices compared to mall and boutique prices | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

They even have the J.Lo Glow after Dark perfume and Romance by Ralph Lauren.

All that’s missing is items from the hardware shop.

Stepping into JAD’s Stuff and Gift Shop is like stepping into a PX Goods’ Haven.  Yup, everything that’s sold here came from overseas.

In fact, almost all of the items sold here are brands known for their quality.

NORTH FACE BAGS at the shop | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

They have, for instance, North Face camera bags and backpacks as well as shoes by VNC.  They also have the Oil of Olay product line – from moisturizers to facial creams – and Garnier shampoos and conditioners.   Of course, there’s the ubiquitous Spam in different flavours, but there are also products that are rarely found in the local grocery shops especially here in Bacolod.  Where else, for instance, can you find Chef Boyardee’s pasta line (Mini-Raviolis, Beefaroni) or Kraft’s Mac and Cheese all in mini- microwaveable packages?

Not only that, but some items come in really BIG packages.  The Garnier shampoos and conditioners as well as the Dove Damage Therapy Shampoo for instance come in 1.18L containers – that’s enough shampoo and conditioner to drown in.  Having a party?  Then buy their Tang or Kool-Aid powdered juice mixes which come in 2.04kg and 2.33kg containers respectively.

QUALITY LEATHER | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

As for the prices – they’re very reasonable.   In fact, except for the Spam (P115), all the items are lower than the prices in regular shops and convenience stores.  The VNC shoes, for instance, normally fetches a price of no less than P1,800 to P2,000 a pair in malls.  Here, they are sold at bottom prices of P1000 – P1200.  The Combos cheese snacks come in big bags of 13 ounces, but sell at only P220.  Their North Face laptop bag which normally sells for P2,000 – P2,400 is sold here at P1200.

INSTANT MEALS | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

But the really good buys are the bath sets, with prices ranging from P300 – P675.  For a P300 bath set, you already have a cream bath, a body butter, scented candles and scrub.  And all these come with their own bags.  And no, it’s not the canvass bags that malls give away to encourage eco-friendliness.  The really luxurious ones come in beautiful leather bags which could double as trendy hand bags or shoulder bags.  Good buy?  More like GREAT buys.

WOMEN'S SHOES | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

MORE WOMEN'S SHOES | Photo by Julius D. MarivelesThis Little Shop at the (not quite) Corner can be found at the ground floor, right side, of JP 227 Residences, that sleek new building along BS Aquino Drive at the Shopping Area right beside the Tile Center.    All you have to do is look for the main entrance of the building (where a lone guard stands watch).

PURE SILK NECKTIES at really cheap prices | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles

Anybody wondering what JAD means?  It’s a riddle, one that you have to solve yourself.  Who knows, if you can guess it, the shop owners might give you a discount!

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About Hannah|JuliusMariveles

English instructor and broadcast journalist

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