St. Johns BOO-sters Business Association
Halloween in St. Johns
We always look forward to Halloween in the district, which is usually the time of year when we do our annual Trick or Treat Walk and thousands of trick-or-treaters walk through our streets and receive candy from our many street-facing businesses. Of course, drawing crowds is not what we want to do during a pandemic, but the businesses felt strongly that they still wanted to do something fun for the kids, so we came up with some interactive yet distanced activities spread over the weeks leading up to Halloween.
Pumpkin Giveaway: starts October 19
In the early 1990’s, The Boosters used to give away pumpkins in conjunction with a carving contest put on by the Foot Patrol. We thought it would be great to bring this back, but in a new way:
- Pick up a pumpkin at participating businesses between October 19-October 31st (while supplies last!)
- Decorate them at home – carve, paint, decorate however you like!
- Post a public photo to Instagram using the hashtag #stjohnsboo and tag the business where you got the pumpkin.
- On October 31st, winners will be selected and receive prizes!
Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island generously donated 100 of their beautiful pumpkins to our district and we can’t thank them enough!
A Nice Lady in St. Johns created some custom prizes for the kids that we know they are going to love!
Pickup locations are:
IQ Credit Union 8191 N. Lombard #102, hours: M-F 9:30a – 5:30p
Oregonians Credit Union 7825 N. Lombard, hours: M-Th: 9:00a – 5:00p, Fridays: 9:00a – 6:00p
Reggie Guyton State Farm Insurance 8180 N. Lombard, hours: M-F 9:00a – 5:00p
A Nice Lady in St. Johns 7227 N. Philadelphia #102, hours: M-F 10:00a – to 6:00p, Sat 10:00a – 1:00p
Scavenger Hunt: October 29, 30, 31
Our team of volunteers has been busy putting together a fun scavenger hunt game for the kids! It will be over 3 days to have time to get all of the clues and to visit the stores during different times to allow social distancing. Remember to wear your face masks in addition to your Halloween masks!
- Print out scavenger hunt sheet, or pick up at one of the participating businesses.
- Look for decorations/clues in the business’s windows. They will be designated with a Boosters logo so you will know it is an official clue! (Note: since the clues will be in store windows, you can go anytime, not just during store hours!)
- Answer the questions on the scavenger hunt sheet. Don’t forget to check the back for a fun puzzle!
- Once you have completed the entire sheet, you can turn in your sheet to one of the businesses and receive a pre-packaged bag of candy.
More details and participating stores will be revealed closer to the date…stay tuned!
St. Johns Bites: September 15th through October 15th
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We had over 90 entries and 12 winners who each got a $50 gift certificate to the business in their photo. Check our Instagram to see who won.
Shop small, support local and win gift cards! Support St. Johns businesses by participating in our 2nd Annual St. Johns Bites. Take a photo of your meal or drink from any local St. Johns restaurant, bar or café and post it to Instagram using #stjohnsbites – make sure your post is public!
Each week, 3 participants will win a $50 gift card to the business they posted a photo of. Winners will be announced every Tuesday, with the first winner announced on September 22nd.
Businesses are encouraged to promote the event by using the following marketing materials:
(Artwork by Alshiref Design)
Google My Business Presentation
On Tuesday, August 25th, the St. Johns Boosters Business Association hosted a mixer for businesses to learn more about Google My Business. Click here to view the presentation slide deck.
Supporting Local Business During COVID-19
During COVID-19, it’s important for our community to support one another. The St. Johns Boosters Business Association has assembled a list of customer-facing businesses that are open in compliance with Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order. This list details special procedures and new options for customers (ie curbside pickup, takeout).
Click here to find out which St. Johns businesses are open. Are you a business owner taking special precautions and offering new options for customers? Email us at email@example.com to get your information added to the list.
We also invite you to be a part of our #iamasmallbusiness campaign. Created by Venture Portland, this social media campaign reminds our community that by supporting our small businesses, you are supporting the people that own them. This campaign is open to all businesses within our boundaries. To have your business featured, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of yourself (preferably at your business), your business name, description, social media handles and any special information that people should know.
Thank you to residents for supporting your business community during this time. We’ll get through this together, St. Johns!
The Boosters are launching a new campaign titled #stjohnstogether, encouraging businesses and residents alike to show their support for the place we love. Even in times of crisis, it’s important to remind ourselves that as a community, we stand together.
Ways to show your support:
- Check on your neighbors
- Tip extra generously
- Purchase gift certificates
- Interact with businesses’ social media
- Write a review and leave 5 star ratings online
Ways to promote #stjohnstogether:
- Post our Instagram-ready graphic (and text) to your social media account.
- Print our poster and hang it in your storefront window.
Have kids at home that need something to do? Print some #stjohnstogether hearts for them to color – or use chalk to add some hearts of your own to our community’s sidewalks.
Use #stjohnstogether on your posts – we want to see how you’re showing your support!
(graphic by our intern Karl Hayes of Wayfinding Academy)
Boosters Marketing Squad
The Boosters have put together a team of local consultants we like to call the Boosters Virtual Marketing Squad, who are ready to guide you so that you can get your business online presence up to speed quickly and easily, for free.
Hemos reunido un equipo de profesionales y voluntarios locales, que nos gusta llamar El Escuadrón de Marketing Virtual, que están listos par guiarlo para que pueda acelerar su negocio de manera rapida y facil, gratis.
Supporting businesses in St. Johns since 1926
Also called the St. Johns Business Boosters, the Boosters work to encourage small and large businesses in St. Johns through advocacy, education, and networking.
We make St. Johns shine each holiday season by lighting up our street trees, encouraging shoppers to come out and enjoy our restaurants and boutiques.
Look under Events to learn about scheduled activities, street fairs, and St. Johns Boosters meetings.
Whether you are new to St. Johns or a long-time resident, we appreciate your patronage!
St. Johns, Oregon
Incorporated in 1902, St. Johns is the walkable northern neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Located on the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, it has the atmosphere of a small town, family friendly with schools, jobs and services all readily available.
St. Johns offers a downtown shopping district with eclectic shops, artist community, restaurants representing a diversity of cultures, and the beautiful waterfront park under the soaring bridge.
The industrial areas along the rivers include cargo and shipping facilities and the Rivergate Industrial District. The most distinctive feature of our community is our famous bridge. Under this bridge is Cathedral Park, rated by BuzzFeed as one of the “22 of the Coolest Places to Get Married in America”. The St. Johns Bridge simply never takes a bad picture.
Directions to St. Johns
North Lombard Street and Burlington Avenue intersect in the heart of St. Johns and mark the location of the St. Johns Plaza. Most businesses listed under Eat + Drink, Shop, and Services are within a few blocks and a short stroll from the Plaza. The Plaza at Lombard and Burlington is also where the St. Johns Farmers Market is held each Saturday in the summer months beginning on May 20th.
St. Johns Boosters
Our business district runs from the railroad cut on the east side to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. If you own or operate a business entity or nonprofit organization within the St. Johns business district, we invite you to join us. Please check the link below for more information and the 2020 membership application: