Mortimer Candies … Thriving at 90

Go Lean Commentary

Candy is good … for you!

At least here at Mortimer’s Candy Kitchen in Nassau, Bahamas*.

This establishment is now celebrating 90 years of continuous operations; that’s 90 years of smiles. These sweet confections are more than just hard manifestation of sugar; no, this is manifestation of Bahamian excellence.

That’s right. This is bigger than candy. This is the manifestation of the unique Bahamian culture and identity.

This is the focus of this movement behind the book Go Lean…Caribbean – available to download for free. We examine and exclaim dimensions of Caribbean society and culture – good and bad! Mortimer Candies – despite the underlying presence of sugar – is all good! One can taste the 90 years of love and pride in every concoction.

Here’s to 90 more years!


VIDEO –  Behind the sweets at Mortimer’s Candy – 

Published on Jul 29, 2010 –
Bahamas Local got to watch the pros at Mortimer’s Candy mix a batch of hard candy at their shop at the top of East Street. Check out our video to see how they get all those colors in your favorite candies.

The Go Lean book serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. The purpose of the book is not culture, it is economics, security and governance. But the book clearly supports the notion that the Caribbean is the greatest address on the planet – not because of the terrain, fauna and flora –  but because of culture, festivals, food, music, dance, rum, cigars and our unique history. We have a fusion of African, Amer-Indian, European and Asian influences that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Yes, candy is food! So Bahamian candy is part of the unique Bahamian culture.

The importance of our culture is why we work so strenuously to improve our societal engines. In fact, these 3 prime directives is the focus of this CU/Go Lean roadmap, though on a regional basis:

The Go Lean book stresses that preserving Caribbean culture is a heavy-lift task; there are global forces trying to assimilate Caribbean people to conform to foreign cultural influences (think: American & European), instead of promoting our local cultures. We must not be molded by these global influences; rather we must project a positive image to the world and declare that we are not ‘Less Than‘.

This quest requires that we firstly, “fix what is broken”, that is reform and transform our societal engines. So this is a quest to defend our specific Bahamian image and the overall Caribbean image. This effort is a Big Deal that requires regional collaboration. This regionalism effort was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 14):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption … and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

xxxii. Whereas the cultural arts … of the region are germane to the quality of Caribbean life, and the international appreciation of Caribbean life, the Federation must implement the support systems to teach, encourage, incentivize, monetize and promote the related industries for arts and music in domestic and foreign markets. These endeavors will make the Caribbean a better place to live, work and play.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society. While we want to change our communities, we do want to preserve our treasured culture.

Cultural preservation is a familiar subject for this Go Lean roadmap; there have been a number of previous blog-commentaries by the Go Lean movement that explored dimensions of Caribbean culture. As follows is a sample of those previous blog-commentaries: Preserving and Monetizing Caribbean Culture Caribbean Festival of the Arts – Past, Present and Future Forging Change Thru Arts & Artists Forging Change Thru Panem et Circenses (Food & Festivals) Forging Change Through Food and Culture

In summary, on a national basis, our Bahamian culture is important to our Bahamian identity. As we meld with the rest of the world, our unique culture must shines through. But we are part of a bigger family – our Caribbean region. On the regional basis, our Caribbean culture is important to the Caribbean identity.

Our quest is simple: to promote and preserve our culture. The success of this effort allows us to make our homeland a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


References: * This author is from the Bahamas.

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