Call To The Bar: Good Hope Hot Spot - The bar that never sleeps

April 26, 2018
Hazel Kurland says the people of Stony Hill have welcomed her and love coming to Good Hope Hot Spot.
Patrons in lively discussion in Good Hope Hot Spot.
Hazel Kurland, owner of Good Hope Hot Spot.
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It's about noon on a Saturday, and the conversations range from the propensity of humans to engage in sexual activity 'in or out of season' to who 'shell dung' the party the night before.

Hazel Kurland simply smiles as she listens to the banter. Lively and colourful discussions like these are a regular occurrence at her bar, Good Hope Hot Spot in Stony Hill, St Andrew.

The talk is ocassionally interrupted by the honking of the horns of the motor vehicles passing by along the main road. The sight of shoppers hustling with bags heading to and coming from market is not uncommon. It's no wonder Kurland's spot is an oasis from the hustle and bustle outside.

But all this may never have taken place. Kurland hails from Rae Town, Kingston - an area known for its own 'vibesy' watering holes.

She still makes the long drive from east Kingston to the bar every day.

Her husband knew of a business space that was up for sale in the St Andrew hills and recommended she take it on.

"I was like, 'A wha kinda country dis?'" Kurland laughed as she recalled her initial reaction. "But he told me, 'You know you're a people person. Come try it, man'."

 

NO REGRETS

 

Kurland admits she was hesitant at first, but she has zero regrets. After 20-plus years, her bar is the place to be.

It has become so popular, she has added a deck at the rear of the building where persons can relax away from the bar area.

Her love for the community has grown over the years.

"I like the atmosphere. The climate up here is fresh, and the customer dem nice. Dem devoted and loving," she said.

"Plus, when you do what you love, it's no problem," she smiled. "Sometimes even before mi open mi phone a ring. 'What time yuh a come open?'"

Her place in Stony Hill is set. As she speaks with THE STAR, persons come looking to borrow some of her pots for a 'set-up' they're planning.

In-between hailing long-time customers who pop in for a 'one special', she wonders aloud how much rum she'll send to the bereaved.

"They (residents) call me 'Godmother'," she said. "Anything happening in the community, whether funeral or any little thing, I'm there for them. Pickney fi go a school more while, I will help them out when I can."

With the bar situated right along a busy main road, Kurland, who has always been a businesswoman, believes her location is an asset.

People heading to St Mary and Portland can make quick stops to make sure they aren't thirsty on the trip.

"Sunday sometimes better than even in the week," she said. "My bar never sleep yet."

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