St. Kitts & Nevis Independence Spotlight: Clinton Wilson

As St. Kitts and Nevis celebrates 32 years of independence, The National Weekly sheds a spotlight on the many ways the Diaspora has enriched South Florida. Honoring this independence spirit, we spoke with members of the community in South Florida to talk about what makes them proud Kittians and Nevisians in America.

Born in: St. Peters, St. Kitts

Lives in: Miramar

Moved to FL: 1993

Life’s passion: Clinton, wife Cheryl, and mom-in-law Dahlia founded the popular Fancy Loaf Caribbean Bakery and restaurant in Miami, which specializes in “small island” breads, pastries, dishes and other treats. The family decided to open up shop after seeing “very little for ‘small islanders,’ as the larger islanders love to call us.” “Our main staple is our Butter Bread,” says Clinton. “As island people we love our butter bread. It’s light, tasty and can be eaten by itself or with meat – but Kittians love saltfish.”

Miss most about home: For Clinton, childhood in St. Kitts meant being outside enjoying nature’s bounty. “I use to drink all the coconut water I wanted for free,” recalls Clinton. “Now we pay for coconut water because they just found out it’s good for you. And don’t even talk about soursop. I would never trade my childhood for anything. Give me soccer over Xbox any day.”

Love most about the Diaspora: From good home cooking to regular domino nights, Clinton has made it his goal to “create that same island vibe atmosphere at the bakery.” “We are very small but hard work people, resilient and proud,” says Clinton.