Souper Saturday

If You have never been to Souper Saturday on Canal Street you have no idea what you have been missing.  Why not take a break from preparing for your super bowl party to join us on the street and sample the best soups in town? Get your tickets now, as this event always sells out.

The 4th Annual First Saturday Soup Sampler on Canal Street, Downtown New Smyrna Beach. The event is presented by CSHD and Marc Monteson Promotions ( ) and will take place during Super Bowl weekend, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm. Enjoy sampling soups from a dozen restaurants, and coffee shops in the Historic District.

Tickets are $10 through February 2 and $15 the day of the event at the information booth only. You may purchase your tickets now at   Southern Trends Home Furnishings 334 Canal St.; Julie’s 231 Canal St.; Butterfly Kisses for Kids at 207 Live Oak St. as well as at Publix Liquor on the beachside. You may also purchase tickets online for $11 with PAYPAL at

Judges will pick the top three soups plus there will be a Peoples’ Choice Award for the favorite soup.  Ballots may be picked up at the information booth, corner of Canal and Live Oak Street the day of the event.

The event is part of First Saturday on Canal Street that also includes Art Stroll, Gallery Walk and The Craft Beer Walk.

For more information on the sampler call 386-423-9760.

Message from CSHD President



To all of you,

Another year has come and gone with 2018 full of exciting and fun filled events on Canal Street like Springfest, Blocktoberfest and Christmas On Canal, just to mention a few. We were recently featured as one of 11 Mainstreets in Florida that are pure magic during Christmastime. Canal Street was also chosen as the News Journal Star of the South Best Mainstreet.

We’ve been busy all year updating our social media and hope that you’ve had a chance to look at our new, website where you can find information on upcoming events, members and a map to find local businesses. Check out our blog to read about what’s currently happening in the district. Be sure to Like us on Facebook, and by all means, please share us with your friends.

I wish to sincerely thank the members and volunteers who work so tirelessly on the many events and activities. We have members who work behind the scenes daily. These dedicated few, (and you know who you are), are invaluable! It takes an amazing amount of time and energy to plan and execute these ongoing events.

Our local small businesses and their treasured customers and clients are the reason that our historic district is thriving.

We truly love our charming Canal Street Historic District and our lovely town of New Smyrna Beach, which by the way just turned 250 years old and look forward to another year of fun, friendship and prosperity.


Liz Jones, President

Canal Street Historic District







Canal Street Historic District is honor to present This year’s Christmas Bed & Breakfast tour. This is a family friendly free annual event. The B&B tour is taking place this Sunday December 16th from 2 – 4 pm.  Each Inn will be accompanied by a local business to provide you with a Tour and Taste of New Smyrna Beach.  You are welcome to start your tour at any of the participating Inn’s.  This year’s tour take you from the beach and through the historic down town.  Look for signage for parking locations.

Anchor Inn NSB- Featuring Lost Lagoon

The Night Swan – Featuring Riverpark Terrace

Inn on the Avenue – Featuring Mon Delice

Salty Mermaid Hotel – Featuring The Bake Shop

The Inn’s our asking you to help support a local ministry, Under the Stars Hot Meal Program.   Their volunteers gather every Tuesday and Thursday to feed 100’s of local people lunch.  Your cash donation goes toward buying discounted food, bread, drinks, plates, napkins, silverware, cups and all the supplies needed to prepare meals. Each of our patriating Inn’s will have a donation box contently located for your generous donations.

Don’t forget to start or end your day with a stroll down Canal Street, as shops will be open from 11am – 6pm.

Wow! Girls Night Out was the Highlight of the season!


Canal Street Historic District members, hope you enjoy this very merry evening of, spirited shopping, food and celebration.  It made our heart glad to see so many of you laughing with friends as you danced down the street checking off your Christmas list. Many of the things we buy in life are soon forgotten but, the memories like the ones we saw being made will live on forever.  Mothers, Daughters and Grandmothers, the reunions with childhood friends, and strangers all sharing a Christmas moment.  This is the reason we go out of our way to provide you with a festive and joy filled shopping atmosphere.  We truly hope we hit the mark for you personally and that you had as much fun as we need.

We look forward to this event all year, beginning our planning in July.  Your patronage to this event, provides so many of the free events throughout this season and the year.  As a result of this year’s great sponsor’s we were able to provide you with a little additional fun like the bingo cards, gift baskets, and golf carts.  Canal Street Historic District would like to sincerely thank each of them for their support.  The Cork Screw, Southern Trends, WSBB 106.9 FM, fbc Mortgage, Rosedale Properties, First International Title, The Galley, Pink Flamingo at Petals, Total Vision, State Farm, Beach Vision, Gage Publishing, NSB Antique Mall, Tidal Pilates, The Posh Pineapple and Salty rentals. We also want to applaud the hard work of the Thursday morning events committee, and all the committees that come together to make this event such a success.

Most importantly the Canal Street Historic District wants to say thank you, our customers for shopping small and supporting your neighbors in their business it means the world to each of us!  We look forward to seeing you next year!

The 10th Annual Girls Night Out Shopping Event



Ladies, if you haven’t attended a girl’s night out on Historic Canal Street, as well as all its side streets, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.   It is the ultimate girls holiday shopping event.  Bring your Christmas list and knock it out in just a few hours, in the most fun and festive atmosphere. The street and shops are decked out for the holiday.  Stroll down the street while listening to music. Stop in the shops for a food and wine tasting.  All the while supporting your neighbor’s small business. The best part you can have all your gifts wrapped for you.  Your donation will be used to support local charities.

Upgrade to VIP stats to start your shopping early.  Plus, a bonus ticket for the gift basket drawing, while having your packages carried for you.

This year Canal Street Historic District has added the use of golf charts graciously provided by Salty Mermaid rentals.   They will safely get you for one end of the street to the other, and all destinations in between. Ensuring you can fill your bingo card and receive additional gift just for you.

Don’t forget to buy a few tickets to win the gift baskets provided by CSHD members. These baskets are always well worth the cost of a few tickets.  They add excitement that brings our evet to a close. Remember you must be present at Christmas Park between 8:45 -9 pm to win.


Spark the Spirit and Coast Christmas Market

If you in the need of some holiday spirit New Smyrna Beach is the place to be this holiday season. Canal street is rank in the top ten main streets in Florida for Christmas. If you looking to start a family tradition with memories to last the ages look no further then Spark the Spirit held Nov 23rd. Why go out into the craziness of Black Friday? When you can enjoy Christmas Carols, Hot Chocolate, a visit with Santa and the excitement of lighting the towns Christmas tree. This is what the season is all about. Be sure to look up, and thank the city, as the lights are back in the palm trees by popular demand.
Coastal Christmas Market held Nov 24th is one of the best ways to shop local and support small business. Make a day of it and Shop, Dine, Stroll and Celebrate the season. Make new family memories with a visit to Santa’s house in Christmas Park. Stop and enjoy the music of the season on the street provided by Canal Street Historic District. What better way to enjoy the season than stopping for lunch at one of our great restaurants.

Take your Girls Out & Paint Canal Street Pink!

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Canal Street, NSB all month-long culminating in a special celebration Oct 25,2018 activities start at 5pm and end with a special after party at River Park Terrace.
* Shopping all day with special deals
* Get pampered at local salons
* Pink Drinks and Snacks
* 5:45 Fashion Show in Christmas Park all models are cancer survivors.
* Music by Christie Beu, in Christmas Park
* All proceeds and donations to Benefit women in need at Heart Strings: Breast Care & Women’s Boutique.

Blocktoberfest October 6th

Join in the fun on Saturday, October 6th by celebrating Blocktoberfest on beautiful Canal Street. This family friendly event provides fun for everyone all day long.

• Pooch Parade and Contest: Check in will begin at 9:00 am with the Parade starting at 10:30 am. You can pre- register your fur baby in to and one of six categories under the events tab on this website. There is a $10 registration per dog, profits will be used to support Sophie’s Circle. Presentation of prizes will take place a 11:45am. Prizes awarded for best costume in both size categories small, medium, and large; along with natural and costume. Stick around for a special performance by Obedience Club of Daytona at noon

• Beer Garden (Canal Street) will be presented by New Smyrna Beach Brewery and Authentic German Bratwurt “brats” served by New Smyrna Beach American Legion Post 17 . If not for our wonderful weather one might even believe your in Germany.

• Public Power Day: We never want to leave the kids with nothing to do so join the Utilities Commission of NSB for Public Power Day form 10am -1pm in front of the Utilities Commission building. The family will get an opportunity to meet our Lineman, check out the bucket Trucks and play in the kid’s inflatable play area.

• 1st Saturday Events: If that is not enough of a reason to hit the street, we always have 1st Saturday music, art stroll, and the very popular craft beer walk.

I look forward to seeing you on Canal street where you can always Shop, Dine, Stroll and Celebrate in the best New Smyrna Beach fashion.

Bringing Canal Street to Life with Music!



The Canal Street Historic District music scene kicks –off a new season with The 18th Annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival September 20-23. The Ray Guiser Volusia Sax Quartet will have a concert September 20, 2018. Jazz After Dark will feature seven acts at various venues throughout the New Smyrna Beach Historic District starting at 6pm until 10:30pm. If you would like additional information please check out the website.

The annual Blocktoberfest event takes place Saturday October 6, featuring 3 groups, Ron & Jim, The Ben Wilkins Duo and Smokehouse.
Paint Canal Pink on October 25 will headline local entertainer Christie Beu.

The 1st Saturday Antique and Vintage Fair November 3 will also feature music, stay tuned for more information on who will be performing.

Spark The Spirit November 23 is part of Christmas on Canal and music will be provided at the main stage by the Dave Capp Project featuring France Neil. Also appearing will be the Southeast Volusia Community Choir,  and The Daytona Carolers. Coastal Market on Canal St. November 24 will also bring the street to life with additional groups .  For Girls Night Out December 6, Alex and Jenny return for an encore show and will also feature Matt Duarte on a separate stage.

Music is always heard at the 1st Saturday Art Stroll with musicians playing at the corner of Christmas Park, in front of the HUB and at Arts on Douglas.

The HUB on Canal has a Music Night the 2nd Friday of every month and a Slo Jam takes place the 3rd Thursday of the month. Harmonica Jam will be presented at the HUB on Saturday, October 20 from 7 to 9pm. Other highlights at the HUB include A Patriotic Salute to our Veterans November 9 as well as the popular Mary and Gina Cuchetti Christmas Show December 14, for these events check out the HUB on canal website.

Several venues have live music throughout the months of September through December.
Watch for our next report on the music scene downtown, January – April.

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade is coming up on Canal Street it is time to get your fur baby registered.  Make sure you come out for all the great family events during this years Blocktober fest.  October 6th.