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Fall 2022 Events

St. Johns is a happening place. Just look at what the St. Johns Boosters have lined up for the next few months!

St. Johns Bites

Visit a St. Johns food establishment and post a picture of the meal to Instagram. Include the #stjohnsbites hashtag and tag the restaurant in your Instagram post, and you are entered to win a $50 Gift Certificate to that business.  Three winners are chosen each week!

Happening:

September 20th – October 20th at all St. Johns restaurants, bars, coffee shops, food trucks, etc.

St. Johns Bites poster, September 20 - October 20

Download printable poster, 1-page PDF file


Fall Fling

St. Johns Boosters present the Fall Fling Shopping Event with specials and sales at all participating St. Johns Businesses. Love Revolution will play in the Plaza from 2 – 6 pm.  Come enjoy the fun and support your local St. Johns small businesses.

Happening:

Saturday, September 24th, 2 – 6 pm at St. Johns Business District shops.

St. Johns Fall Fling Poster, September 24th

Download printable poster, 1-page PDF file.


Halloween Trick or Treat

Come join the St. Johns Businesses along Lombard and adjacent streets for Trick or Treating. Wear your costume for more fun!

Happening:

Saturday, October 29th from 1 – 3 pm at St. Johns businesses.

A trick-or-treating family outside of Tulip Pastry Shop

Light Up St. Johns Events

Warm for the Winter Ugly Sweater Community Tree Lighting

While lighting the tree, choirs will be singing, Ugly Sweater ornaments kits will be given out along with hot Chocolate and cookies!  There will be Ugly Sweater photo ops, Shopping passports and Holiday Markets to enjoy!  Come join the fun of St. Johns.

Happening:

Friday, November 18th from 5 – 7 pm in the St. Johns Plaza.

Christmas Tree with lights in the St. Johns Plaza

Warm for the Winter Ugly Sweater Shopping Event

SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES!

Come to the St. Johns Plaza for Gift Certificates to purchase from St. Johns Home and Service Businesses. Get a Shopping Passport for Raffle Basket entry and enjoy the Holiday Markets and specials at the Store Front businesses. Ugly Sweater photo ops and Hot Chocolate will be handed out to keep you “Warm for the Winter with an Ugly Sweater”!!!

Happening:

Saturday, November 19th, 11 am – 2 pm in the St. Johns Plaza.

Warm for the Winter Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl

Go to any St. Johns Drinking establishment and post a picture on Instagram with a drink while wearing an Ugly Sweater. Include the #lightupstjohns hashtag and tag the restaurant in your Instagram post, and you are entered to win a daily $50 Gift Certificate to that Business.

Happening:

Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th at all St. Johns drinking establishments.

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St. Johns Pocket Park!

St. Johns Pocket Park project will beautify a nearly barren patch of land adjacent to the St. Johns Plaza and provide a natural area using native plants for all to enjoy. 

For the past year, the Boosters have been working with 1855 Plants, Resilience Design, and Sauvie Island Natives to re-landscape the space at the entrance to the downtown business corridor in St Johns! 

This is made possible through a grant from Venture Portland and Prosper Portland, and community donations. 

Thank you to these businesses and community organizations!

Native Plant Pocket Park poster, St. Johns Oregon

Location and Volunteer Opportunities

The Pocket Park location is on N Ivanhoe & N Philadelphia in St Johns, next to Burgerville. Come out and volunteer at our work party on Saturday, May 14th. Let us know that you can help with an email to info@stjohnsboosters.org.

Nature-Based Solutions

Reinvigorating the pocket park at the foot of the St. Johns Bridge with a Native Plant Park Project is part of what the United Nations, World Bank, and European Union are promoting as “Nature-Based Solutions” to confront climate change, natural disasters, and other climate change-related challenges. In addition to helping native pollinators, Native Plant gardens help protect us at a lower cost and require fewer chemicals, less water, and less maintenance than nonnative plants or grey infrastructure.

According to the Native Plant Conservation Campaign, by filling our parks, gardens, roadsides, and open spaces with natives, our communities will become more ecologically resilient, comfortable, safe, and low maintenance. It is also cost-effective. 

For more information on Nature-Based Solutions, see the Ecosystem Services section of the Native Plant Conservation Campaign website. 

From Barren Patch to Vibrant Oasis

With a grant from Venture Portland, the St. Johns Boosters are beginning the work of transforming the nearly barren patch of land next to the plaza to create a vibrant oasis that resonates with the historical and cultural diversity of our area. The pocket park renovation has broad and enthusiastic support from the community. The Boosters are partnering with several community organizations to design, build and maintain the park and its amenities. We are developing a partnership with the Native American organizations and local community history organizations to ensure that all communities are represented. 

St. Johns Pocket Park Design
Pocket Park design by Resilience Design

Signage will add educational, cultural, and way-finding components. Plants and their connection to the area’s native Multnomah peoples’ culture and history will be identified. At some future date, we would like to create a signpost indicating the name and distance to other close-by natural parks such as Baltimore Woods, Smith and Bybee Natural Wetlands, Kelley Point Park, Cathedral Park, and Sauvie Island to give visitors an idea of additional attractions in the area. Signage will be in English, Spanish, and Wasco-Wishram, the dialect of the Native American Multnomah tribe that first inhabited the area. The multilingual custom plant signs will be made by a local merchant, A Nice Lady in St. Johns, constructed of durable outdoor materials of photosensitive aluminum.

Adopt a Native Plant

Neighbors, local organizations, and businesses are invited to partner with this project. By “adopting” a plant, with a donation of $100 or $150 depending on the size of the plant. An “adoption certificate” will be provided with a weather-resistant plant tag that will identify the plant as being “adopted” and include the donor’s name. 

“Adoptions” may be renewed annually, creating a dependable income stream for maintenance of the park, plant replacement, and clean-ups.

Pictures of the Native Plants to be included in the St. Johns Pocket Park
Native plants that will be included in the St. Johns Pocket Park

St. Johns Pocket Park: Part of the St. Johns Revitalization

This project is critical for the revitalization of the Business District. It will create an aesthetically and climate-resilient “Welcome!” to people driving across the St. Johns Bridge, pedestrians, and the community at large. 

In addition to the businesses mentioned above, we would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers!

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I Dig St. Johns!

Show your support for our local St. Johns businesses during construction and beyond with our brand new, and yet vintage, I Dig St. Johns tote.

We will be dealing with construction on the St. Johns downtown section of Lombard for some time. Show your love of local businesses with this 100% cotton twill shopping bag.

The bag features a vintage “I Dig St. Johns” design, extra long shoulder straps, plenty of room, and a nice thick cotton. Perfect for shopping in the district, picking up takeout for a picnic, and carrying your farmer’s market feasts and treasures.

Product specs:

  • 22″ straps
  • 15.5″ high by 14.5″ wide and 7″ deep

Show your support for St. Johns!

Buy now and pick up the tote at 45th Parallel Wines

Pay online and pick up at 45th Parallel Wines, 8527 N Lombard Street, during their business hours (Monday – Friday, 12 –  8 pm, Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm).

Thank you for the design

The design comes from a graphic from St Johns in the 1970’s. A big thank you to A Nice Lady in St. Johns who helped us execute this modern version of the original design!

Thank you also to Venture Portland and Prosper Portland for their continuing support.

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Guerrilla Development Plans a New Future for Old Buildings

First Look: The Future of Pattie’s Home Plate Deli and The Man’s Shop

Guerrilla Development, in conjunction with St. Johns’ very own Convergence Architecture, present the prospective adaptive reuse at 8501/8511 North Lombard Street. You may recognize another project in our downtown corridor, the 2/3 Development Project which was completed in 2015 and is home to such businesses as Cathedral Eye Care, Mikasa, The Garrison, Breathe and The Nest: A Hair Loft.

Architectural illustration for 8501/8511 N Lombard Street by Guerrilla Development and Convergence Architecture, corner view
Corner View

The original two iconic tenant spaces facing North Lombard St., Pattie’s Home Plate Deli and The Man’s Shop, will remain as smaller suites for new tenants. Two additional tenants will occupy retail spaces entering from North Leavitt Ave. The building will also feature a hidden restaurant/speakeasy bar with an open air courtyard in the center of the building.  Planned upgrades include:

  • Retaining the original and iconic Lombard Street storefronts
  • Exposing original interior structure
  • Integrating a discoverable open central courtyard leading through to the cozy restaurant/speakeasy bar space
  • Activating the Leavitt Avenue side with inviting glassy storefronts and large roll-up doors facing the interior courtyard
  • Restaurant and bar will enjoy an inside-outside connection through large roll-up doors, including a connection to a small private dining room also opening to the courtyard
  • Long-term bike racks, accessible unisex restrooms, and secure trash room will also be available for building use

Architectural Renderings

Architectural illustration for 8501/8511 N Lombard Street by Guerrilla Development and Convergence Architecture, courtyard view
Courtyard View
Architectural illustration for 8501/8511 N Lombard Street by Guerrilla Development and Convergence Architecture, axon view
Axon View
Architectural illustration for 8501/8511 N Lombard Street by Guerrilla Development and Convergence Architecture, plan view
Plan View

Looking for Retail or Restaurant Space?

For interest and inquiries, please contact Kevin Cavenaugh at Guerrilla Development: (503) 232-3479

Thank you to Joe Purkey and Kristie Van Boxtel of Convergence Architecture for sharing these images and information with us. Joe also oversees Land Use for the St. Johns Boosters.

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Halloween 2021

There’s a chill in the air, and the St. Johns Boo-sters are ready to help you (safely) celebrate Halloween in the business district!

Three posters featuring St. Johns Halloween events: Halloween Scavenger Hunt, St. Johns Boo-sters Pumpkin Giveaway, and Pick Up locations for pumpkins.
St. Johns Boo-sters Halloween Events

Scavenger Hunt

Some of you may remember our Halloween Scavenger Hunt that we introduced in 2020, and we’re bringing it back this year!

St. Johns Boo-sters Halloween Scavenger Hunt, October 29 - 31st
St Johns Boo-sters Halloween Scavenger Hunt Poster

The scavenger hunt begins at the start of business on Thursday 10/29 and goes through 10/31, or until we run out of candy!

  1. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at one of the participating businesses.
  2. 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!)
  3. Answer the questions on the scavenger hunt sheet.  Don’t forget to check the back for a fun puzzle!
  4. 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.
Clue list for Scavenger Hunt. Look in store windows.
Scavenger Hunt Sheet Page 1
Scavenger Hunt Sheet, Page 2
Scavenger Hunt Sheet Page 2

Participating businesses are:

Thank you to St. Johns Church for supplying and assembling the candy bags!

Pumpkin Giveaway & Decorating Contest

St Johns Boo-sters Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest Poster

The Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest are still going strong! We wanted to give the kids in the community the chance to get a pumpkin and show off their decorating skills.

  1. Pick up a pumpkin at participating businesses between October 1 -October 31st (while supplies last!)
  2. Decorate them at home – carve, paint, decorate however you like!
  3. Post a public photo to Instagram using the hashtag #stjohnsboo and tag the business where you got the pumpkin.
  4. On October 31st, winners will be selected and receive prizes!

Pickup Locations are:

Thank you to A Nice Lady in St. Johns for suppling the prizes, and to Plumper Pumpkin Patch for Donating the sugar pie pumpkins!

Child picking up a pumpkin from Oregonians Credit Union.
Picking up a pumpkin from Oregonians Credit Union
Reggie and Lissa Guyton giving out pumpkins at Reggie Guyton State Farm
Reggie and Lissa Guyton giving out pumpkins at Reggie Guyton State Farm

A special thanks to Venture Portland for their ongoing support. These events are made possible thanks to our participation in Venture’s Catalytic Investment Initiative program.

We hope you all have a frightfully good Halloween!

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Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest

October 1 – October 31, 2021

St. Johns Boosters Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest. Shows pick up locations.

The St Johns Boosters (“Boo”-sters) Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest starts Friday October 1st!

Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm
Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm is family-owned and has been open since 1998.

We received a donation of 40 Sugar Pie Pumpkins from Plumper Pumpkin Patch, a wonderful farm off of Skyline Road. It’s a beautiful property and a great place to visit, with activities for kids and kids-at-heart.

April of Plumper Pumpkin Patch and St Johns District Manager Tanya of Venture Portland
April of Plumper Pumpkin Patch and St Johns District Manager Tanya of Venture Portland
Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm
Plumper Pumpkin Patch and Tree Farm

If you participated in our contest last year, the pickup locations are the same.

IQ Credit Union, 8191 N. Lombard, Unit 102

Oregonians Credit Union, 7825 N. Lombard

Reggie Guyton State Farm Insurance, 8180 N. Lombard

A Nice Lady in St Johns, 7227 N. Philadelphia #102

IQ Credit Union staff with pumpkins
IQ Credit Union
Oregonians Credit Union staff with pumpkins
Oregonians Credit Union
Reggie Guyton of State Farm Insurance
Reggie Guyton State Farm Insurance
A Nice Lady in St. Johns
A Nice Lady in St Johns

How to Participate:

  1. Pick up a pumpkin at participating businesses between October 1-October 31st (while supplies last!)
  2. Decorate them at home – carve, paint, decorate however you like!
  3. Post a public photo to Instagram using the hashtag #stjohnsboo and tag the business where you got the pumpkin.
  4. On October 31st, winners will be selected and receive prizes from A Nice Lady in St Johns!
St. Johns Boo-sters Pumpkin Giveaway Poster
St Johns Boo-sters Pumpkin Giveaway Poster

Thank you to Venture Portland for choosing our business association to be a part of the Catalytic Investment Initiative Grant and supporting events such as this one!

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September Events 2021

We find ourselves in year two of a holiday season in the pandemic, but it can’t dampen the strong community spirit in St. Johns. We have some really fun things planned! Here is what is happening in September.

Mike Bennett Art Crypto-Zoo

Crypto-Zoo Museum of Mystery
Crypto-Zoo Museum of Mystery by Mike Bennett

You may have heard the buzz about artist Mike Bennett‘s latest (and biggest!) project, the Crypto-Zoo: Museum of Mystery in St. Johns! Last year he created his Crypto-Zoo, releasing the name and lore of a different Cryptid each day. This year he will be releasing new Cryptids which you can along with the originals in a pop-up “museum” that Mike created in the currently unoccupied former bank building at 7410 N. Chicago Street (at Lombard). We are so thrilled that Mike chose St. Johns and that it’s in the heart of our downtown business district! Thank you to Debbie Thomas Real Estate for coordinating so seamlessly and generously with us and with Mike.

Hundreds of volunteers stepped up to help prepare the project, including a lot of students and staff at Wayfinding Academy (think of them when you see the crows!), and IQ Credit Union stepped in as a sponsor, so we are proud of how our community has showed up for this effort. On our part, we hired our landscaper Ernest Brown, and his team did a great job preparing the outdoor space for opening day.

Check out Mike and his neighbors at See See Coffee on the news!

Mike Bennett on KGW News

Details:

September 20 through November 5

Open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Family-Friendly and Free!

Walk through the immersive Museum of Mystery, filled with 26 life-size Cryptids, Monsters and Mythical Beasts! Play games, win prizes and lookout for surprise guests!

Masks required. Admittance limited for social distancing.

Stay tuned to a fun Halloween event that we are planning to tie in to the Crypto-Zoo. Details soon!

St Johns Bites

St. Johns Bites Poster

Get ready to get a bite of St. Johns, starting September 20! 🍽 Participate in St Johns Bites and be Entered to Win a Weekly $50 Gift Card! 


HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Visit any restaurant, cafe, bar, or food truck in St. Johns between Sept 20-Oct 20, 2021. Be sure to follow each business’s safety guidelines! 
📷 Take a picture of your order. It can be consumed there, or it can be takeout or delivery.
Post your photo to your Instagram account with the hashtag #stjohnsbites
Be sure it’s a public photo and remember to tag and/or name the business!
3 winners will be selected on Tuesdays starting Sept 28. Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to the business in their photo. Winners will be notified via Instagram messages.

Some winning photos from Spring 2021

We can’t wait to see your photos on Instagram!

Thank you to the generosity of Venture Portland for sponsoring this event through the Catalytic Investment Initiative grant.

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Getting St. Johns on the Map

The St. Johns Boosters are creating a district map for the first time in 11 years!

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St Johns Bites: Spring 2021

Event dates: April 20 – May 20, 2021

We launched our online version of St. Johns Bites last September and it had a great response with almost 100 entries, so we’re bringing it back for Spring as well as Fall.

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2020 — What A Year!

Boosters 2020 Year-End Report and Events Roundup

Our small business owners experienced a year of unfathomable challenges – from a global pandemic, to toxic smoke, to civil unrest, to our houseless crisis – yet though it all, they faced it with resilience, creativity, and compassion.  We could not wish for a better and more supportive community than St Johns.  For all of the hardship this past year, there were moments of gratitude and joy that will not be forgotten, and we will carry this strength into the coming years as we rebuild and re-emerge stronger than ever. 

The theme that kept us going was “St Johns Together” #stjohnstogether

As the Boosters, we were challenged to put on our creative hats as well. In March, we shifted our monthly membership meetings to Zoom and hosted guest speakers including Prosper Portland, OSHA, PBOT, The Talented X, IRCO, and Do Good Multnomah. We created a St Johns Business Owners Forum on Facebook, a private group where business owners ask each other questions and share resources. We created a “live listing” of all businesses updated with their hours, links and special services, and sent out a mailer with a list of open businesses to remind the community to support local. We created graphics that our retail businesses could post to communicate safety measures to customers as they navigated limited opening protocols.

Thank you to all of our volunteers this past year – we could not have done all of this without you! 


I Am a Small Business on Instagram Live!

Watch Liz Smith interview Annalisa Romano owner of RoM Shoes.

Liz Smith and ROM Shoes

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.


James John School StoryWalk®:

Began December 7, 2020

St. Johns Story Walk Poster
St. Johns Story Walk Book

From James John PTA

Join us for our first StoryWalk®!

You can start the book Moon Rope (in Spanish and in English) Monday, December 7th and the pages will be up in the business windows until January 7th so no rush to get through it. Two Rivers Bookstore and Revolutions Bookshop both have copies of the book at their location so if you’d like to purchase it please check with those stores while on your walk! Spread the word to your friends in the area so they have something fun to do with their kids!

Abajo en español

Únete a nosotros en nuestro primer StoryWalk ®!

Puede comenzar el libro Moon Rope (en español e inglés) el lunes 7 de diciembre y las páginas estarán en las ventanas comerciales hasta el 7 de enero, por lo que no hay prisa. Two Rivers Books y Revolutions Bookshop tienen copias del libro en su ubicación, así que si quieres comprarlo, por favor, compruébalo con esas tiendas mientras estás de paseo! Pasa la voz a tus amigos en el área para que tengan algo divertido que hacer con sus hijos!

Participating businesses:


Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays St. Johns, Oregon
Show the Love Shop Small pdx
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is, Shop Local
Small Business Saturday poster

We can do this, St. Johns! Your support means everything to your local small businesses, especially right now.

Check out our St. Johns Business Listings to see how easy it is to eat, shop, and get services, often without having to leave your home!

Here is what you can do:

  • Shop online and choose pickup, delivery or shipping
  • Call in and order takeout directly
  • Prepay now for future purchases
  • Engage on social media and review sites
  • Have patience and respect business protocols.

Deanna Cantrell Photography

Buy Native

Support for Small Business in Portland:

Venture Portland
Here For Portland
Prosper Portland‘s Shop Small PDX
PDXSOS
Bricks Need Mortar
Mercatus PDX
Indigenous Marketplace
Travel Portland
Blackpdx.com
St Johns Center for Opportunity


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.

Christmas Tree with lights in the St. Johns Plaza
St. Johns lights up for the holidays!
Decorate the Tree poster
Gift Bag

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 info@stjohnsboosters.org


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 our young people!

Peninsula Optimist Club Tree Lot
Peninsula Optimist Club Tree Lot
Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Pack 52 Wreath Fundraiser
Roosevelt Supporter Club
Roosevelt Supporter Club Gear

Lunch & Learn Series *NEW*

Navigating PUA Applications

Screen recording of the December 16th Lunch & Learn on Zoom

Thank you to member Carol Tricoche for a great presentation! There is a link to the slide deck in the YouTube video description. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified when we have new content!

Learn more about Carol and her business Carol’s Escapes Travel here.

We would like to make this a monthly series!  Let us know if you have a skill or topic to share with our business community by emailing info@stjohnsboosters.org with the subject “Lunch and Learn”.


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:

Began October 19th, 2021

2020 Champion Pumpkin Decorating Contest
St. Johns pumpkins poster
St. Johns Boosters Pumpkin Giveaway and Decorating Contest
Pick Up Locations for pumpkins

In the early 1990s, 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:

  1. Pick up a pumpkin at participating businesses between October 19-October 31st (while supplies last!)
  2. Decorate them at home – carve, paint, decorate however you like!
  3. Post a public photo to Instagram using the hashtag #stjohnsboo and tag the business where you got the pumpkin.
  4. On October 31st, winners will be selected and receive prizes!

Thank you to our donors!

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!

Pumpkin Pickup Locations

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
IQ Credit Union 8191 N. Lombard #102, hours: M-F 9:30a – 5:30p
A Nice Lady in St. Johns 7227 N. Philadelphia #102, hours: M-F 10:00a – to 6:00p,  Sat 10:00a – 1:00pm

  • Mike Johnson with pumpkins
  • Pumpkins lined up on a bench
  • Reggie Guyton with wheelbarrow of pumpkins
  • Pumpkins on a truck

Scavenger Hunt: October 29th – November 1st

Halloween Scavenger Hunt Poster

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!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt poster
Scavenger Hunt game
Scavenger Hunt Entry Sheet

The contest begins at the start of business on Thursday 10/29 and goes until 11/1, 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.

  1. Print out the scavenger hunt sheet, or pick it up at one of the participating businesses.
  2. 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!)
  3. Answer the questions on the scavenger hunt sheet.  Don’t forget to check the back for a fun puzzle!
  4. 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:

Scavenger Hunt Sheet Page 1, 1-page PDF
Scavenger Hunt Sheet Page 2, Witches Hat 1-page PDF

Participating Businesses

Good luck, be safe and have fun!!


St. Johns Bites:

September 15th – October 15th

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:

St. Johns Bites poster by Alshiref Design
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 info@stjohnsboosters.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 info@stjohnsboosters.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.

I Am A Small Business poster

Thank you to residents for supporting your business community during this time. We’ll get through this together, St. Johns!


#stjohnstogether

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:

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!

#stjohnstogether graphic by the Wayfinding Academy

(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.

Complete the English version of the form and let us know how we can help you.

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.

Formulario en Español 

Virtual Marketing Squad