Is there anything more magical than the 9th Annual Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail?
Visit 26 candy-coated gingerbread creations, scented with cinnamon and bursting with colours of the holiday season.
Follow the Gingerbread Trail map HERE, and discover these holiday treasures at Uptown shops and restaurants. Tie a bow on a very special Christmas tradition! See displays now until December 24th. Sponsored by Crosby Molasses and Country 94.
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!
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:
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!
Saint John, we’ve missed you! Your favorite Uptown businesses can’t wait to welcome you back. Share a photo of your Uptown experience using the hashtag #LiftUpLocalSJ and be entered in a weekly draw to win $50 Uptown Dollars.
No purchase necessary. Prize is valued at $50 Canadian dollars, and can be used at any of the participating businesses. One prize winner will be drawn every Friday until the contest closes. Post(s) must be shared publicly on Instagram or Facebook to be eligible for the prize. The winners will be notified via private message on the social media channel of their post.
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.’
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