About Bridge Street

The section of Bridge St. between Main and Lorne Streets is the heart of downtown Sackville. A real old time small town downtown street with a cosmopolitan flair, featuring a wonderful variety of restaurants, public art, an arts gallery, a vintage cinema, and charming boutique shopping.

What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it? :

  • In 2015 this street was the recipient of a million dollar makeover, which included new lighting, benches, a complete overhaul of the street’s infrastructure, the installation of a public art piece, and other upgrades
  • Entering the street from the Main St end, one sees a gentle downward slope framed on either side by majestic buildings mainly built in the early part of the 20th Century
  • It is said of this street that it has the right proportions – the height of the buildings correspond well to the width of the street. Along the newly widened and re-landscaped sidewalks sit three outdoor terraces on one side of the street, and two on the other
  • The right side of the street starts with the retro Downtown Diner which features outdoor music and a charming patio
  • A little further down the street is a real gem – a 1940s era art deco cinema which boasts state of the art digital projection equipment
  • Next door is a unique shop consisting of The Crofter, a heritage Sackville business specializing in gifts, and Tidewater Books, the only independent bookstore east of Montreal
  • The next part of this side of the street contains examples of local foods being used in delicious ways
  • The Black Duck Café is a favorite for Mount Allison students and locals alike, while “The Coy Wolf” offers an exceptional fine dining experience. A charming “local”, the Thunder and Lightning Pub, sits beside the two restaurants and offers outdoor seating
  • This side of the street finishes with two classic small town businesses – a locally owned garage, and a flooring store
  • Coming down the other side of the street immediately people are struck by a charming sculpture by artist Kip Jackson commemorating Harold Geddes, an ordinary Sackville citizen who was a fixture in the downtown, doing anything he could to help make Sackville a great place to live in
  • Down the street one passes the patio of the local pub, Ducky’s, a new stone fired pizza restaurant, Napoli, and one of the Town’s central hangouts, the Bridge St Café
  • Beside the café is another of Sackville’s culinary delights, Song’s Chopsticks, and the Woodblock, as this section of the street is known, ends with Fog Forest Gallery, which is one of the Maritime’s finest small independent art galleries
  • The final building on this side of the block holds a new bar and grill, The Painted Pony, which offers a mix of excellent dining and quality entertainment
  • The final business on the block is our local Salvation Army, another small town staple
  • The street ends the same way it began, with a public art piece: “Heron’s Watch” by noted artist Christian Toth features a heron and two ducks in a marsh-like setting. A fitting tribute to the Town and the marsh that makes up such an important part of it, the sculpture was commissioned as part of the recent street makeover

Events and Festivals:

  • Midnight Madness annual holiday themed family event including sleigh rides, carolling, outdoor vendors and many other activities for families. Held twice annually in November and December
  • The street is closed annually for three days for the celebration of Sappyfest, one of Canada’s finest small independent music festivals
  • A significant part of the Town’s annual Culture Days takes place on this street
  • The street has also been used for other celebrations including the Town’s annual Fall Fair and is equipped with bollards at both ends to allow it to be closed for special occasions
  • The Town’s annual Bordertown Festival is centred on this portion of the street and sees most of the businesses on it presenting arts and culture events during a three day period in May

Economic and Retail Activities:

  • Please see the above description for an outline of the streets shops and retail spaces. In addition, the street also has a Royal Bank at one end and a Scotiabank midway down one side. A prominent local lawyer also has a storefront office on the street

Historic or Heritage Features:

  • The street is in the Town of Sackville’s Heritage District, a portion of the town that has special status and where heritage permits are required to alter the exterior of a building
  • All of the buildings on the street have heritage value. Three that are especially worthy noting are the Woodblock, the Vogue Cinema, and Mel’s Diner
    • The Woodblock is a very large building built in 1914
    • The lower floor is now home to three restaurants, a pub, and an art gallery. The upper floor consists of the shell of a 1200 seat vaudeville era theatre space. The theatre space is currently used for small and alternative art performances
    • Mel’s diner was founded in the 1945 and still maintains much of its authentic vibe from that period. Everyone who has a connection to Sackville has a connection to Mel’s, and it’s even been mentioned in stories in Stuart MacLean’s “Vinyl Cafe”
    • The Vogue Cinema is a 1940s era art deco theatre with state of the art digital equipment. Once a common type of theatre in small towns, the Vogue is a classic and fully functional reminder of a bygone age

Memorable or unique characteristic(s):

  • Please see the description above for memorable and unique characteristics

Development:

  • Please see the description above for details on the development of the street

Quick Facts

Map: http://bit.ly/2dFVDaq

Submitted By: Ron Kelly Spurles

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