St Thomas Downtown VIBE June 2022

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JUNE 2022 EDITION

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ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO

A Truly #stthomasproud Experience It’s hard to believe that we are about to have our 8th Nostalgia Nights car show put on by the St. Thomas Downtown Development Board. If you missed last year’s event, you missed possibly the largest one-night event in our downtown’s history! by Rob Burns A estimated 1,800 to 2,000 special interest vehicles jammed into every available parking space along with thousands of spectators who enjoyed the evening.

This year you can purchase an opportunity to hit a DONATED CAR for Serenity Hospice House! Renamed this year to Business on Track, on the east side of walking path beside our train.

When we started this event it was stressed that it had to be FREE for all to attend. Bring your family for a night’s entertainment and leave with a smile.

Again this year, you will find the band Busker playing in front of Hepburn Park where you can visit the artisan’s displays. Winding your way through the vintage cars lining Talbot St. you can view a display from the library as well. If your favourite restaurant is full, please try one of the food trucks on White St. Across from the City Hall. Songs of the 50’s and 60’s can be heard from another live band and, between sets, our DJ will pick up the pace. At the L&PS station, please enjoy a FREE ride on the PSTR train made possible by local business sponsors who cover the expense.

Local starter businesses can be found demonstrating their services on Mondamin Street, next to the City Hall. Many more local services and groups can be found throughout the event.

Hope to see you Saturday July 9th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

Message from DDB by Earl Taylor Chair, Downtown Development Board Summer has arrived in Downtown St. Thomas and we are ready for you to come for a stroll and check out the many unique shops, services and restaurants. We are confident that you will be pleased with your experience. After missing our blossom baskets for the last two years due to COVID, the colourful flowers are now back in place for the summer. You will also notice our 27 flower planters located throughout the Downtown, and for a burst of colour, check

out the three new red planters in front of The Holy Angels Church! To help promote our businesses who struggled but persevered through two years of COVID challenges, we have installed a new set of unique business banners on the lamp poles throughout our Downtown. Thanks to the

City of St. Thomas, we now have a new supply of garbage / recycle bins. But, the biggest event happening this July 9th, is our 8th Nostalgia Nights Car Show and train rides. For more information, please read the Nostalgia Nights article in this issue or visit nostalgianights.ca. We look forward to seeing you Downtown, especially on July 9th.


Those Who Create the Vibe

Angry Bear Barbershop; the Cutting Edge of Tradition

Back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the barbershop was the hub — the warm social heart of every town and city. a twist: the edgy, tattooed vibe of a new generation.

It was the place to get the latest news and gossip while a master of the craft expertly trimmed, shaved, and shaped your visage. In that worn leather chair, you were the most important person. Welcome to the new tradition. Welcome to the Angry Bear! Owner Scott Dubb hails from a long line of barbers, bringing all the knowledge and passion of the 1950s when his family ran one of the first barbershops in St. Thomas. Today, Scott and his team bring

While honouring the classic barbershop, the Angry Bear crew are artisans of the craft and well-versed in the latest styles and cuts. That balance allows them to serve a broad range of clients, male and female, from two to 92. So, when you’re ready to reset and recharge with a hot towel shave, fade, undercut, or runway-inspired coif, come hang out in the newest hub in town with some of the freshest people you’ll meet. Your leather throne awaits.

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Those Who Create the Vibe

Your Creative Expression is Limitless

Art comes in many forms, but none more popular these days than body art; the tattoo. It is a statement, a connection to a time, place, or person, or the expression of a personal belief through an art form that dates back to the Bronze Age. Sometimes, a tattoo is simply a fun design — something that resonates. Whatever your motivation, the artists at Limitless Tattoo Studio will work with you to create your

custom masterpiece from idea to work-ofart. Owners Jason and Susan Boldt, active community supporters, work hard to build trusted and lasting client relationships. Their accessible studio at 529 Talbot Street is open and bright and exceeds all health, safety, and hygiene standards. This familyfriendly environment caters to anyone over the age of 16.

A professional tattoo artist for the past 16 years, Jason finds large-scale work most rewarding. “Taking an idea or theme through the stages of design and multiple sessions is super satisfying.” He encourages all Limitless artists to push themselves with additional training to stay on the leading edge of the industry and feed their passion and drive for creating tattoos.

Intrigued? Your journey in creative self-expression begins right here! limitlesstattoo.com

Photo Contest Winner! Congratulations to Steve Anderson for winning our Photo Contest and 1,000 Downtown Dollars redeemable at most stores in Downtown St. Thomas. Frank Pelscoczi won two categories and 500 Downtown Dollars. Becky Matthews, Keenan Beauchamp and Philip Bell won single categories and 250 Downtown Dollars each. To see all the winning photographs, please visit @TheDowntownVibe on Facebook. Thanks to all the local photographers who participated.


Long-time Merchants From the Vines: a Taste Vacation Are you looking for something different to experience? Take your palate for a ride, a journey of taste and texture. From the Vines is a delicious adventure of discovery in wine tasting and fine charcuterie pairings. including on-site appetizer creations for the perfect wine pairing.

Located at 168 Curtis Street, this premiere wine tasting bar offers an experience unlike any other in the area.

From the Vines might just be the perfect taste vacation for two or several people. And with dine-in, patio, and curbside options, your only real choice is who you’re going to take with you!

Owner Angela Player handpicks wine and beer from around the world with a focus on quality, offering distinctive viniferous selections you will not find anywhere else. “We’ve designed the experience to be elegant, yet personal.” Says Angela. “Our passion is reflected in our service, and our reward is seeing our clients’ satisfaction and enjoyment in their time with us.” If you’re unfamiliar with wine regions or beer styles, Angela has you covered by offering sample flights to let your taste buds decide. To accompany the high-quality wine of your choosing, From the Vines offers several world-flavour food selections,

Resilience and Resolution - St. Thomas Proud What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger is a common expression coined first by German Philosopher, Fredrich Nietszche and it speaks to resilience and affirmation in the face of adversity. Over the past two years, we have faced adversity on a global, national and local level that has tested our spirit. by Steve Bond

BScPhm, RPh, CDE, FASCP Yurek Pharmacy 519 Talbot Street

Over the past two years, we have faced adversity on a global, national and local level that has tested our spirit. Dealing with infection personally and amongst family friends and neighbours has been challenging. So too, mitigation strategies like physical distancing, masking and closures have taken their toll on our community emotionally and financially. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel and for the first time in a while, it’s not the light of an oncoming freight train. Far be it from me to say that COVID is a thing of the past; as I write this, we have 89 ongoing cases including 21 new infections in our Southwest Public Health Region. It is with cautious optimism that I say that

things are looking better. Our community is strong and resilient, and it feels like we are now waking from a two-year slumber. One doesn’t have to look any further than our own Railway City Tourism events page to see our resolution. Events like the St. Anne’s fair and home show have returned.

These iconic events are and have been mainstays in our community for some time. I have fond memories of attending the fair as a child, a teen and then later as a father. The sounds and smells still resonate in my memory and bring me joy. Local theatre has also returned as our hometown thespians

prepare to make us laugh and cry as they take the stages. Fields and diamonds are filled with young and not-so-young players eager to get back to the summer sports that they love and have missed. Local breweries are hosting music nights and our downtown patios are filling up with folks ready to mingle and socialize again. We have seen many changes due to Covid-19. Some will likely remain such as virtual appointments and enhanced use of technology, which was necessary to provide services when face-to-face wasn’t possible. Some things will never change — like the resilience we see in our local businesses and citizens. So, I still caution to be careful, stay home if you are ill; this virus isn’t gone yet. When it is possible, however, try to enjoy all the great events our community has to offer. Take care of yourselves and each other.


Maintaining the Vibe A TASTE OF DOWNTOWN

St. Thomas

by Sarah Noble from the Elgin/ St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre

@SBECinnovation Horton is a producerbased market focusing on locally grown and produced foods and artisan goods. Vendors are welcomed from a radius of 60km to support keeping dollars local. The vendors are small business people and farmers - no resellers here.

While there are a number of vendors who attend the market every week, there is always something new to discover, be it seasonal produce coming on - early spring boasts asparagus and rhubarb while the fall offers squash and apples - or those who pop up at the market occasionally. Attending the market each Saturday can always be a fresh experience. For me, The Horton Farmers’ Market became a part of my summer routine a few years ago - When dollars were tight, I’d bring my $20 budget and spread it around as much as possible each week in order to sample EVERYTHING - because it truly is tough to make choices sometimes when you face so much fresh and delicious food.

Bringing the farm to the heart of the city since 1878, The Horton Farmers’ Market is a vibrant weekly market open from May through October in Downtown St. Thomas.

From staples like Lotus Thai and new vendors like Plaza Sushi or breakfast options from The Ice Box - there are options to eat on-site enjoying a bite at one of the stunning new picnic tables - each painted by a different artist. Bountiful produce options offer faithful favourites and the opportunity to discover fruits and vegetables that might be new to you. A benefit of shopping at a farmers’ market is the chance to chat with the growers to learn more about the produce available and they can often share recipe ideas to get you started. Market highlights include grabbing a coffee from Streamliners at the market to sip while you stroll the aisles, a pastry from La Houlette Da Vie (the wait is worth it), Whole Grain Hearth or The Welsh Baker, and veggies from Our Fields. We opted for a cool-down treat from Paleta Passion which offers a variety of both milk and water-based flavours of traditional Mexican Style popsicles. This week also had me BBQing Uncle Dad’s Pizza and sniffing Lilacs from Harris Flower Farm. The hard salami from B&C Farms is a household favourite and your lactoseintolerant friends will thank you for a visit to Great Lakes Goat Dairy. This is just scratching the surface of what can be discovered each week from berries to cherries, new potatoes to peas, craft beer to canned goods, the list goes on.

St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston June has arrived! This month we honour our fathers on Father’s Day. I would like to wish all men a happy Father’s Day! Don’t forget to pick up something local for your Dad. Summer 2022 will see some exciting events in Downtown St. Thomas. From Music Nights with Caps Off to Nostalgia Nights Car Show on July 9th and the Track to the Future Mural Festival on July 16th. Downtown St. Thomas will once again be alive with festivals, fun and friends!

The market is rain or shine with vendors under pavilions or indoors to protect them and shoppers both - the market team also activates the morning with live music and familyfriendly activities each week. Circle Saturday Mornings from 8am - Noon until October 29 this year to make the Horton Farmers’ Market a regular part of your weekend routine! The Horton Farmers’ Market is located at 10 Manitoba St. 1/2 block North of Talbot. There is parking available onsite and on the street. Follow along on social media or sign up for the Horton Newsletter for regular updates about what’s happening each weekend at hortonfarmersmarket.ca

I would also like to remind anyone that if you are experiencing any issues relating to City Services, please reach out to our Corporate Customer Service Department. Customer Service can be reached by email at customerservice@ stthomas.ca, by phone at 519.631.1680 ext. 0 or you can complete an online form at www.stthomas.ca/living_here/customer_service


The Art of the Community The Track to the Future Mural Festival is Coming Your Way July 16th! Centered in downtown St. Thomas, you can watch live as murals come to life. Discover pop-up events, explore over 20 existing murals, check out local artisans, local food & drink, or attend a free downtown street concert!

From the Horton Farmers’ Market to the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre, the downtown will be filled with life, art and creativity! Fun for kids with Splash’N Boots kicking of the street party and closing with the Caverners Beatles Tribute! Get your digital passport to explore the different sites, installations, and win prizes. All downtown on July 16th.

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