I was wondering how people liked the "new" jump up. was it better than normal, busier than normal
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.
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..
"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."