Top 9 of 2017

Since we started St Catharines Street back in August, we have been scouring the Niagara Region for the best places to shop, eat, and drink, and things to do. Here's our 2017 top 9.

What an awesome year it has been! In August 2017 we started the St Catharines Street blog after moving to St Catharines, Canada, from Australia. You can read more about that on the About us page. However, for now, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has followed along either via the blog or on social media.

As always I have big plans for the New Year, and in 2018 they include St Catharines Street. I also look forward to chatting with you on social media in the year ahead about the beautiful Niagara Region and all it has to offer.

So, without further ado, here is your (and my) favourite SCS articles of 2017.

9. Pocket Change

Handcrafted soaps at Pocket Change

Pocket Change is a hidden gem where you can find unique homewares and gifts. It arrived in 2017 and is located in downtown St Catharines at the other end of St Paul Street to where most of the newest stores are popping up. It is all good vibes here with a percentage of proceeds from the store going to four local charities that support education, health and wellbeing in the community.

8. Garden City Essentials


I think many people, just like me, were excited to see Jolene Antle open her beautiful self-care store in downtown St Catharines in 2017. Jolene’s own line of Garden City Essential products include facial treatments and skin care products, deodorant, perfumes, gorgeous nourishing soap bars, lip conditioners, candles and more.

7. The Diner House 29

Diner House 29

Fabulous food, friendly service, and a 1950’s style interior that must be experienced, The Diner House 29 is a much-loved local brunch spot located just out of downtown by an old gas station. It is my favourite quirky find of 2017.

6. Bistro Mirepoix

Bistro Mirepoix St Catharines

Another wonderful new addition to St Catharines in 2017, Bistro Mirepoix is the sweetest little spot to indulge in a beautiful brunch made with locally sourced ingredients. If you haven’t discovered it yet, I would highly recommend an outing here.

5. Warehouse Concert Hall


The Warehouse post was obviously popular because, well, who doesn’t love great live music?! The Warehouse is a unique downtown St Catharines music venue with a stellar selection of acts. Check out their Winter line-up!

4. Everlove Design


Luckily for us another lovingly curated home decor store opened in downtown St Catharines in 2017. Interior Design Consultant Heather Rusk brought her experience and style to this sweet hole-in-the-wall location, and it looks like many of you were keen to know more.

3. MEET Sarah Jarvis


This article was the first in our new series titled “MEET”, in which we interview the Niagara Region’s inspiring entrepreneurs who have big ideas and are making cool things happen. So far Sarah has brought great espresso to downtown St Catharines and provided local artisans with a hip place to stock their wares. Next on her to-do list is opening an underground bar in downtown. She is definitely someone to meet!

2. keepgood co.


This was one of the first stores I explored when I moved to St Catharines, and I was so excited to find such a gorgeously curated home and lifestyle store in downtown St Catharines. If you love Scandinavian design or just beautiful home interiors, you have to check this place out.

1. MEET Justin Duc and Scott White

justin-duc-scott-white-oddbirdI am not surprised this article took the number one spot! Just like me, you were keen to know more about the talented duo behind downtown St Catharines’ hip new restaurant, oddBird. Justin and Scott are doing an awesome job of bring something different to the Niagara Region, and were generous with their time and totally candid in their interview. It’s a refreshing insight into the work life of two young entrepreneurs.

Happy New Year! Jessie x

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