Container Village

We’ve taken something that you’ve known and loved – the AREA 506 Vendor Village – and turned it into an amazing experience on the Saint John waterfront. 

In June 2022, we opened the full waterfront experience with a diverse collection of retail shops, a performance space, a waterfront Container Lounge, food trucks, public art and pop-up activities. All wrapped up in more than 60 shipping containers, celebrating everything that’s cool about our identity as a Port City.

Wondering who you can find featured in the Container Village? 

We’ve curated an amazing array of vendors to kick this thing off.

AREA 506
| BeaverTails | Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream | Boatique | Bruce County Nut & Fudge | Candy World | Cannabis NB | The Donut Bar | East Coast Lifestyle | El Patron Taco Truck | Epoch Chemistry Coffee House | Explore NB | Gahan House Port City | Harbourview Emporium | Kennedy Maple Farms | Mint Rentals | The NB Box | NB Museum | Noble Exotic | The Port Pod | The Saint John Region Welcome Centre | Saint John Sea Dogs Hockey Club | SJTL | The Sugar Spider | Together Designs | UNESCO Stonehammer Geopark | The Vagabond Studios |

Regular hours in the Container Village are Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm with extended hours for cruise ships and special events — check our social channels for the most up-to-date info.


What does it look like? Here’s the idea.

  1. Retail Space: Modified shipping containers designed for vendors to showcase the best of NB goods.
  2. Graffiti Alley:120 foot-long, 20 foot-high feature of mural and graffiti work from local and international artists.
  3. Crew Lounge: A space to allow our friends and staff from the many visiting cruise ships to catch up and put their feet up.
  4. Stage: The stage will be set for great entertainment all season, from extending the crowd-pleaser Waterfront Concert Series to other entertainment — all summer long!
  5. Waterfront Container Lounge: Three levels of patio creating the best views of the Bay, and an incredible view of the AREA 506 stage!
How can I get involved?

Well, that depends. Involved how? If you’re a potential volunteer, sponsor, musician or performance artist, hit us up using the form on our CONTACT page and the appropriate team member will get back to you.

If you’re a vendor and looking to get involved, here are a few things to keep in mind:

We’ve focused interest in the Village into five categories to help us curate a well-rounded group of vendors and to satisfy interest and demand from cruise passengers, residents and regional tourists:

  • Local Products
  • National Retail Brands
  • Services
  • Local Art & Gifts
  • Food & Beverage

If you’d like more information on the Expression of Interest (EOI) Process, submit your interest using this form.

How do I know if you got my information request?

Once you’ve filled out the form, you will receive an email from us containing the formal EOI documentation, as well as an offer to organize a call or video conference to discuss the details.

What are the options for retail space in the Village?

We have two options:

1. A 40’ container with two retail spaces.

40' Retail Space diagram

2. A 20’ container with one retail space.

20' Retail Space diagram

Each retail shop will include a garage door and a person-door to ensure retailers have options depending on how beautiful a day it is.

The insides of the containers? At the end of the day, those will look however the individual vendors decide to deck them out and bring the space to life!