I was wondering how people liked the "new" jump up. was it better than normal, busier than normal
Poor. I missed the street vendors. Not very Christmas like. It looked like the Grinch had planned it. I saw about 1/2 to 2/3 the amount of people.
How was it supposed to be "new"?
Isn't this Jump Up usually the most attended of the year?
Darn, we missed it and usually attend....it would have been fun to see 'people' in a ghost town.
The street vendors were all set up in the market square by the post office - and I don't think that was advertised well. I spoke to some of them and they were very disappointed with the turn out - most people didn't know they were there. I don't think that was a wise decision. It was the least festive Thanksgiving Jump Up I've seen. I think it would be better the way it used to be with street vendors on the streets. I know some merchants complained about the vendors being by their stores then put them in front of empty stores (there's plenty of those).
Our group of friends didn't like it---especially location of street vendors----------NOT IN STREETS IN NORMAL LOCATIONS.
Seemed less alive as a jump up----more designed for shopping the stores.Ok for the early crowds of jump up at 1000AM, but not for those attending for the partying Jump Up we are used to; crowds, street vendors,
I spoke to some of the street vendors who were very disappointed in sales--------and like I, told them the location they were placed made it inconvenient for their regular customers. Lots of food left over, which means less profits and a few stated if the setup remains the same in the future, they wont be doing Jump Up as a vendor.
Police presence was outstanding, and the police did a nice job.
If they intend to keep the vendors in an out of the way place they at least need to advertise it and make it inviting instead of having to walk down a mostly dark street to get there. I just think it was a really bad decision.
wow sorry to hear that. i had high hopes as it was advertised really well on the radio.
Everyone was looking for the vendors.
Better when on the street.
More parking meant less people.
Boasted about Jump Up...........had guests in for the week. they enjoyed it, but, I was disappointed. Could not find rising stars and vendors that were always there that did not disappoint. PERHAPS a map or more public knowledge would be good.
I saw in the paper today that there were two satellite parking sites and that Sweeney Tours was taxiing people back and forth. Does anyone know where these parking sites were?
Count me as another person that was not impressed by the lack of vendors spread throughout downtown, but I managed to have a great time anyway.
Part of the fun has always been stopping at this table or that one, getting another drink or snack or such, looking at the things for sale etc., as we walked around, going in some shops as well...if I have to go way up to MS to get something, I'll likely not...moving them not a good plan to me. BUT I can understand the restaurants and shops not wanting a competitor standing outside drawing business that might have come inside...especially since their organization is sponsoring the whole thing. Places like Bacchus used to deal with it by setting up outside their own place, and I'd stop and get a wine from them since I knew it would be something decent...
Although my group had fun, the Jump Up seemed to attract less people. I missed the street vendors and never knew there were vendors at the market by the post office which seemed a stupid, out of the way place for them. I also though the Passport idea was a total failure. The passports were poorly made and looked cheap and cheesy. We couldn't be bothered to jump through the hoops to get them stamped and such. I'm certain that the organizers hoped some of their tweaks would improve the experience, but some things that worked well were missing and should be restored..
Anyone know who or what group is responsible for changing Jump-up this time? I would assume it is a committee rather than an individual. Please post who we can lobby to return it to the former, fun evening it used to be.
I believe it is the Christiansted Restaurant & Retail Association.
Yes, them, I think also Krewe de Croix as well. I think there maybe different sponsors or co-sponsors for each Jump Up.
If it is the C'sted Restaurant And Retail Assn., does anyone have an email address for them?
I found that email address on their Facebook page.
it was not the people that normally do jump ups, i think that is what i heard.
I'm so disconnected from the east end these days. West end jumps pretty good most nights though. I can't wait until the next Jazz night.
One of the things we really miss about STX is jump ups. Hope to make it for one this season.
"Susan Wall and Nina York, Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association members, organized the passport project to attract people to town. The passports are only available at jump ups.Sue Victor, owner of Cache of the Day, said the passport is a good incentive to get people to come back to town to shop. If the book is stamped on jump up night, the offer is valid until the next jump up."
"Jump up sponsors include the V.I. Department of Tourism, Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association, WJKC Isle 95, J. Benton Construction and others."