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Above: Judith Mackin, second from left, and her team at Tuck Studio.

Judith Mackin is building a design empire in uptown Saint John. The entrepreneur owns Tuck Studio, a design and décor shop on Prince William Street; and Tuck Interiors, a design and décor consulting company specializing in residential and commercial design, opening soon on Grannan Lane.

“Our goal is to have the most beautiful store in Canada. We ask ourselves: how do we compare on a national, or even global level? When visitors enter our store, do they immediately feel like they could be anywhere? If the answer is yes, then we’ve achieved what we set out to do,” says Mackin.

Mackin says city cores are attracting entrepreneurial businesses and customers interested in their stories, and in supporting local.

“Successful boutique businesses are the cornerstone of a healthy retail sector,” she says. “Without small businesses moving into heritage downtown spaces and creating retail clusters, we will never attract larger chain stores. I saw a prime example of this recently when I visited Portland, Maine. All the small shops that moved into the downtown waterfront area encouraged large retail outlets like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters to follow in their footsteps.”

Mackin is proud to be a small, yet consistent player in the growth and vitality of Saint John.

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