So, there we were at the end of our vacation in French Polynesia. It's a Sunday, and we leave for the airport in the morning...
We had been on a cruise ship that had stopped in Bora Bora a few days earlier, and I had seen a ring at the Sibani store - but then wasted away my time before the last tender to the ship and never made it back to Sibani to purchase it. Then we flew back to Bora Bora for 2 days at the Hilton, but couldn't get to Viatape on Saturday to purchase it either. My fault, my loss - NOTHING is open in Viatape on Sunday. Or is it?
Just on a lark, I telephoned the Sabani store around 11am - and someone answered! He said that he was there doing paperwork, but would be happy to open the shop for us if we caught the Hilton shuttle boat and came by. When we got there, we were surprised to meet Mr. Sabani himself. He tries to stop by each store for a few days several times a year, and happened to be in Bora Bora doing paperwork that day.
Not only did this lovely and gracious man help us with the ring purchase, but when I saw a pearl that I liked a little better (slightly lighter blue to match earrings I had already purchased in Moorea), he went back into the workshop and swapped the pearls for me on the spot. Then he helped me shop for some aubergine earrings, and by the time I was done with all my debating and deciding, he had spent 3 hours with us! What did he say when we thanked him? "It's important to me to spend time with customers, to know what they like and what they are looking for when they shop. It was no trouble at all."
This very prominent businessman could have just as easily said "Sorry, we are closed on Sundays" and hung up - it would have been an easier day for him. To me, this shows a true commitment to his customers, and to having the best jewelry available for them to be able to purchase while in Bora Bora for a reasonable price. And by the way - the designs there were lovely, and much less expensive than the very pretentious stores right by the docks. Well worth the 3 or 4 minute stroll down the street to Sibani.
I highly recommend this shop when in shopping for pearls in Bora Bora - you won't go wrong with making your purchases here!
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