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The Uptown Saint John Business Improvement Association is pleased to bring you “The U Cast”, a semi-monthly podcast on the 1 and 20 of every month.
Hosts Lori Carle and Trish Hamilton talk with key people behind the businesses who make Uptown Saint John the place to eat, shop, and play.
Reach us at TheUCast@UptownSJ.com.
Uptown Saint John is unique, and we want to explore it with U because we all Love Life Uptown!
Trish & Lori
Find all episodes here: The U Cast
The application period for 2021 Facade Grants is now open! Facade Grants are awarded to cover up to fifty percent of project costs, to a maximum of $1000 per PID. Funds are limited and awards are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please fill out the form below.
Uptown Saint John 2021 Facade Grant Application
The program provides for a one-time reimbursement, up to 50% (percent) to a maximum of $1000 per PID. Only eligible facade improvements will be considered for funding. Forms must be complete or will be disqualified.
Eligible buildings are commercial buildings with facades visible from the front of the street. New construction does not require occupancy in order to be eligible for this program.
Facade renovation activities must involve the general upgrading of a building’s external appearance. Facade program funding is to be used for permanent exterior visual improvements to a street facade or storefront, and is not to be used for structural repairs. Permanent exterior improvements that are eligible include:
– Masonry repairs and tuckpointing
– Repair/replace/preserve (including the exposure and cleaning) historically significant architectural details
– Storefront facade infill and/or reconstruction
– Exterior painting and repairs to the finishes of original buildings
If you are unable to complete the application using the online form above, please use this PDF version and email the completed document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you think of Uptown Saint John, immediately King Street comes to mind. As does Germain, Canterbury, Princess, and others. There is another street, somewhat off the beaten path, that is part of an important revitalization.
That’s where you will find Riff Raff: Record and Skate Shop.
You can’t miss the striking yellow awning at 12 Charlotte Street. It’s where Trent Wheaton set up shop in March of 2020. COVID-19 forced a late opening in May, but Riff Raff was already adapting through e-commerce.
In-store, a larger than life Lemmy Kilmister overlooks the operation from above the room which is loaded with enough hard rock, metal, and punk vinyl to satisfy any degree of hard-edge musical taste.
The shop also carries a wide selection of skateboard equipment, clothing, and accessories. Essentially, it’s a boutique music store where you can get really cool skate stuff!
But Riff Raff isn’t stopping there. The plan is to expand the music section to include pre-owned albums brought in by music lovers, with sights set on eventually becoming a live music venue.
In a city which once had “Sam’s”, “Radioland” and “A&A Records”, the appetite is there for a specialty music store, one that compliments what Uptown Saint John already offers. The main difference being, the current music stores are 100% locally owned.
And for Saint John.
Visit Trent at Riff Raff, 12 Charlotte Street, and #LiftUpLocalSJ.
The coolest new addition to Uptown Saint John’s retail scene, Juniper opened its doors on Prince William Street on September 2. The lifestyle boutique and refillery offers curated selections of baby items, homewares, clothing, accessories, skincare products and a refill station (find out more about how it works here)! Whether you’re pursuing a zero-waste lifestyle or you’re on a mission to reduce your impact on the earth, Juniper is your new one-stop shop for sustainable solutions.
Upon entering Juniper’s gorgeous storefront, you are greeted by a mixture of soft, natural scents wafting from the refill station. The open-concept store is beautiful and spacious, allowing the carefully curated selection of products to take centre stage.
Proprietor Katelyn Price prides herself on providing beautiful, ethically sourced wares for her customers. Her store’s selection ranges from locally-produced baby clothes to sustainable kitchen products. Whether you’re searching for a beautiful handcrafted housewarming gift or a new statement piece of jewellery, you’ll find it at Juniper.
In the coming weeks, you can look forward to an online catalogue of products on Juniper’s website. For now, check out their website or follow them online:
Storefront: 80 Prince William Street, Saint John
Facebook: Shop Juniper
Take a peek at the beautiful new space below!
Port City Pro Shop opened its doors to the public for the first time on July 15th. Owner Tim Downward opened the Pro Shop following the success of Port City Productions, an event and concert production and rental company operating out of Saint John. By opening the Pro Shop, he expanded Port City’s offerings to include musical gear available for purchase.
At the Pro Shop, you can find everything from new strings for your guitar or a cymbal for your drum kit to pro monitors and mixers. Tim stocks quality musical and production products from Midas, Shure, Allen & Heath, Behringer, MXR, D’Addario, Sonar, Roland and many more. Don’t see what you’re looking for? They’ll order it in!
The Pro Shop service department offers repairs to most stringed instruments, and they are also currently offering in-house lessons for guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and dobro with Allen Scott. If you’re already covered for repairs or lessons, try out their guitar subscription boxes to keep you stocked with everything you need to keep playing!
Are you missing your favorite music festivals and concerts this fall? While physical distancing rules restrict events from happening, the shop is selling merch from local bands. During Covid, they are also making their Pro Shop products more accessible by offering curbside pickup and free delivery in the Saint John area.
Check out some photos of their hip new store below!
Find Port City Pro:
On Facebook: Port City Pro Shop
By phone: (506) 799-5676
In this time of concern, we applaud everyone for staying home and staying safe. At the same time we salute our local businesses for their quality service during this time, as always, and others who are hanging on for when everything returns to ‘business as usual.’
Please feel free to join us in using these graphics to show our solidarity in fighting through these trying times, and demonstrating our support to the businesses we know and love.
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Tips for brick and mortar to secure their premises during a close down related to COVID 19, from the International Downtown Association.
SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR BUSINESSES
For businesses whose operations are closed during this time, Ottawa Police have created a safety checklist to ensure your shop or restaurant remains secure. Police recommend the following guidelines:
- Keep the lights on
- Remove ALL cash and receipts
- Do not leave any valuables clearly visible or accessible
- All safes and tills should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
- Keep all cash drawers open to show that nothing is in the drawers
- All ATM’s should be emptied and moved off-site for safe storage
- All alcohol products removed from bar and put in secured storage areas (no alcohol left visible from outside)
- Consider posting “NO CASH or Valuables on Premises” signage
- Deactivate all scheduled FOB door openings (ie. Cleaners, deliveries, etc)
- Disconnect all kitchen gas lines from their gas source
- Make regular site visits to monitor your shop/business and to manage inventory and storage conditions (consider scattering the times this is done to not establish a pattern)