St. Johns Boosters Business Association
Light Up St. Johns:
Some things change, some remain the same, and there is no year like this one to drive that home!
While we will NOT be having our traditional tree lighting ceremony and event this year, there are still ways that we are going to make the district feel warm, festive and inviting.
- Tree lights in the downtown corridor of the district thanks to generous donations from Ace Hardware and JR Simplot, week of 11/16.
- Holiday Tree in the Plaza from Bays Family Farm, week of 11/23.
- “Make at home” ornament kits from IQ Credit Union, for the kids to decorate at home and place on the tree throughout the season, week of 11/23. Pickup locations are: IQ Credit Union, Metamorphic, Novedades Prado, Two Rivers Bookstore, Burgerville, Tre Bone, Salty Teacup, Swap n Play, Block Bikes, and RoM Shoes.
Instead of passing out our local donation cans for the tree lights, we would prefer that you spend your money in the district. The most important thing you can do this season is support your local stores and businesses. For many, it will make a difference in whether they are still with us in 2021. Many offer contactless, curbside pickup, delivery, shipping, gift cards and other options in compliance with Governor Brown’s mandated statewide Two Week Freeze (November 18-Dec 2).
Click here for our live, updated local business listing with hours, special services and links.
Don’t see your business or need us to update your information? Email email@example.com
Support our Community:
Every year at our Tree Lighting Event, we offer booths to community organizations. Even though we are not having the event this year, you can still get your holiday decor and support them!
“I am a Small Business” on Instagram Live!
Starting this Friday November 20, we are launching a new interview series “I Am A Small Business” on Instagram Live. Earlier this year, Venture Portland came up with the “I Am A Small Business” social media campaign to highlight local businesses, and we thought it would be great to turn that idea into interviews, reminding everyone that by supporting our small businesses, you are supporting the people that own them.
Our President Liz Smith will host a guest each week, representing different businesses in our district. The first guest will be Annalisa from RoM Shoes. It’ll be a casual conversation and a chance for you to spend time “in” the district from the safety of your home! Tune in each Friday on Instagram.
Boo-sters 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 & Decorating Contest:
starts October 19
– Now Ended –
Congratulations to the Winners!
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:
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
(out of pumpkins!) IQ Credit Union 8191 N. Lombard #102, hours: M-F 9:30a – 5:30p
(out of pumpkins!) 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
**Extended through Sunday November 1st**
– Now Ended –
**Extended through Sunday November 1st! Not all participating stores will be open but all of the clues will still be up and you can still complete your scavenger hunt sheet and get your bag of candy!**
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!
Contest begins at start of business on Thursday 10/29 and goes until 10/31, or until we run out of candy! Print out as many sheets as you like, but try to limit prizes to one bag of candy per family so that everyone has a chance to participate.
- 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.
Download Scavenger Hunt Pages here:
Participating Businesses are:
Good luck, be safe and have fun!!
St. Johns Bites: September 15th through October 15th
– Now ended –
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
As businesses have rapidly had to shift to online platforms in order to offer customers alternative ways to shop, 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 in mid-May.
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: