'Twas the Month Before Christmas in Downtown Fredericton

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‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all thro’ downtown,

The shoppers were frantic and on a countdown.

The season had started and wish lists were written,

But to wrap it all up, the pace really must quicken.

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So lacing our boots, Downtown Dollars in hand,

My friend and I set out, just as we’d planned.

First stop - a sweet-tooth & hot caffeine boost,

So up on The Donut’s Bar’s stools we did roost.

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We could linger no longer - no time for leisure,

Now pepped up & eager to hunt Xmas treasure;

In search of things cosy, cute, tasty or shiny,

Large things or medium, small things or tiny.

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City Hall was a beauty, decked out for the season,

If you weren’t in a great mood, there must be good reason.

Festive décor lined the way from Church to Smythe Streets;

Lamp wreaths & Nutcrackers made it complete. 

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At Radical Edge we met a cute “Tigger,”

Saw snowshoes and socks for the small & the bigger.

On to Tony’s Music Box for our pick of guitars,  

Then “oohs” over Eloise’s coats, gloves & scarves.

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Urban Almanac had truffles and red & white straws,

That make great stocking stuffers from Ol’ Santa Claus.

Then ‘round the world quickly through Cultures’ door,

For artisan ornaments, crafts, hand-knits, and more.

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Elle Mio for housecoats, pjs and lace,

Stockings and lingerie – all in good taste!

Onto Paradise Imports’ for jewelry galore,

With Jonnie Java’s coffee beans - roasted in store.

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To Robert Simmonds to find that finishing touch,

For shirts, cufflinks, slippers, purses and such.

De Gantz was replete with authentic Mexican “bling”,

So many beautiful bracelets & silver earrings.

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A hop over to Kings place – was a great place to go,

For stylish outfits at Envy and Samuel & Co.  

Then Westminster on King was the place we did find,

Books for all ages – food for the mind!

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On to elegant comfort & Scandimodern décor,

‘Marimekko’ tea towels, tapers, and more.

The Palate for lunch and a break from our haste;

We enjoyed every bite, every sip, every taste!

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Urban Threadz we went next, for all things together,

Fabulous accessories & clothes for sun, rain, or snow weather.

Then Art Jewel Designs for the last word,

For jewelry, brooches & funky glass birds.

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A dash to Botinicals for artisan treasures,

In silk, wood, ceramic & wool, for good measure.

To Sequoia for vegan & cruelty-free,

Beauty and shaving kits under the tree.

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Wasted Fashion for our girls -those spiffy trend setters,

With pleated, bell-sleeved & XOX cozy knit sweaters.

Then crafters’ collective at Artful Persuasion,

Boasted cute handmade creations for every occasion.

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From gadgets to pjs, it was Room 2 Remember,

For bed, bath and kitchen - all year or December.

Next, Re-imagine for much needed copper mule mugs,

All things baby & home decor (like cozy throw rugs).

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Endeavours & Think Play for art goods & toys,

With a mailbox to Santa for all good girls & boys.

Fine artwork we discovered at Gallery on Queen,

From painting to sculpture & all in-between.

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Upstairs to Bellwether - for a step back in time,

Macramé, vintage capes; well worth the climb.

We peeked into Back Street Records for vinyl,

Reminiscing with fondness of our fav’rite teen idol.

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Down the stairs we descended - ‘twas the end of our day,

Then a sweet vision appeared just ‘cross the way.

“To Chess Piece,” I shouted, for almond croissants,

And specialty coffee - that’s all that we want!”

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We sprang to the car - the trunk was jam-packed,

Resembling Santa’s gi-normous toy sack.

A great day Downtown - we’d found everything here.

“Merry Christmas to us, and we’ll do it next year!”

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Downtown Dollars

Downtown Dollars are an ideal gift to treat anyone on your list. They can be purchased at the Downtown Fredericton Inc. office at 349 King St., Suite 1. Click on the photo below for a direct link to more information!

Hot Spot App.

Seriously, if I can upload this app. & use it - you can! You are going to love this convenient way to pay for parking and top up your time by using your cell phone. It’s brilliant! Click on the Hot Spot icon above for more information. Sign up and never worry if you have enough change in the car! It’s so easy! Follow Downtown Fredericton on FaceBook & Twitter for information on Free Parking Days for app. users.

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Kindness Meters

Downtown Kindness Change Meters are a wonderful way to give back. They are making a difference and now you can also donate to this initiative through use of your Hotspot mobile parking app. too! ‘Tis the season to think of those less fortunate. Know that 100% of monies collected supports the Fredericton Homeless Shelters and Fredericton Community Kitchen. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

This post was sponsored by Downtown Fredericton, Inc.; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The places and spaces mentioned are ones I have frequented and is not at all meant to be an extensive or inclusive exploration of all of Downtown Fredericton. Please check out the direct link to Downtown Fredericton above for much more information on all shops, restaurants, family activities, and special events. Follow them on FaceBook, Instagram & Twitter. For more Maritimes Maven stories see and/or subscribe to: www.maritimesmaven.com You can also follow me on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest. I would like to extend a special thank you to my good friend Julie Maston, a great shopping partner and the best rhymester support a girl could ask for! Happy Holidays Everyone!

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