We’ve taken something that you’ve known and loved – the AREA 506 Vendor Village – and turned it into an amazing experience on the Saint John waterfront.
In June 2022, we premiered the full waterfront experience with a diverse collection of retail shops, a performance space, a Waterfront Container Lounge, food trucks, public art and pop-up activities. All wrapped up in more than 60 shipping containers, celebrating everything that’s cool about being a Port City.
Nearly 40 vendors bring this innovative space to life for six months and create memorable experiences for the close to 500,000 visitors who pass through the gates.
The gates have closed on another incredible season at 85 Water Street in Saint John, and we’d like to thank everyone who has visited the Village over the past two years. We couldn’t do any of this without you.
We’d also like to highlight all of our vendor partners who come together to bring this Village to life. You can see them listed below — check their websites and social media channels to find out what they are up to in the off-season.
Stay tuned to see what’s coming for 2024, and if you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list to get sneak peeks and exclusive offers from AREA 506 and some of our favourite partners.
- the AREA 506 Team
Some other things you might be asking yourself:
Standard hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11AM to 7PM, with extended hours when a cruise ship is in port. You’ll also find any special hours posted at the top of the website or check our Google listing.
Of course! There’s never a charge to visit the vendors in the Container Village. You can shop, grab some lunch at a food truck, a beverage at The Docks Container Lounge and enjoy it from the top level of the viewing deck. (seriously, you have to see the view from up there!)
The only time you’d need a ticket is if there was a special event or a band or whatever on the stage and you wanted to stick around to see the show. And even then, the shopping side would still be free to browse.
We love dogs! Of course, any furry/fluffy/feathered/scaly friends will need to be on a leash and on their best behaviour, but they’re welcome to browse the Vendor Village with you.
The exception is for ticketed events in the stage area, we’d suggest you leave them at home for those.
Exciting! We want to hear more, so you should download the Request for Expressions of Interest documents, give them a read and then tell us a bit about your business. Expressions of interest will be reviewed as they come in, but we’re looking for new vendors to reach out by December 15, 2023 to be considered for the 2024 season.
We’ve focused interest in the Village into a few categories to help us curate a well-rounded group of vendors and to satisfy demand from cruise passengers, local residents and regional tourists:
National Retail Brands
Local Gifts & Art
Food & Beverage
We have two options:
1. A 40’ container with two retail spaces.
2. A 20’ container with one retail space.
Each retail shop will include a garage door and a person-door to ensure retailers have options depending on how beautiful a day it is.
The insides of the containers? At the end of the day, those will look however the individual vendors decide to deck them out and bring the space to life!
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