Uptown Saint John – 2010 . a look back…

New Businesses Uptown:

Cottage Craft Woolens – City Market

ArtsLink NB – Saint John Arts centre

Bourbon Quarter – 112 Prince William Street

Magnolia Cafe – 114 Prince William Street

Peel Pub – Union Street

The Brickhouse – 30 Water Street

Union Station Lounge – 198 Union Street

Envy – One Market Square

Element 5 Spa – One Market Square

Fishy Chores – 116 Prince William Street

The Canterbury Lounge – 47 Canterbury Street

Scores Grill – 43 Princess Street

Rowena's – 97 Prince William Street

Silver Daisy Designs – 80 King Street

Moon Garden – 105 Princess Street

Britt's Pub & Eatery – 42 Princess Street

Relish – 26 Germain Street
Blessed Fingers – 145 Union Street

Flirty Fashions – 88 King Street

The Black Dog Boutique – 24 Germain Street
Olsen Europe – Brunswick Square

Decimal 81 – 81 Princess Street

Significant Times:

PlanSJ

PlanSJ was launched; a unique opportunity for citizens of Saint John to get involved in developing a municipal plan for how this city will grow over the next 25 years.

SJ225 . January-December

2010 was a very significant year for Saint John as we celebrated our 225th birthday with grand events and productions all throughout the year. Four major festivals were held, as well as many other smaller, but equally impressive shows and affairs. The first was an unveiling of a grand clock, a generous donation to the city from the Irving family, along with “Making History, an Original City Production” which took place at Harbour Station. Reunion 2010 was a grand music festival which took place at long warf and Fort Latour, as well as spin off performances throughout an entire weekend. Culture Fest 225 took place in July and The SJ225 First Nations Festival took place in September. A 'Special Speaker' series was offered to the public to enhance knowledge in various areas; as well as many many other performances, initiatives, and events associated with SJ225.

Genesys Expansion . February

The Genesys Expansion at Market Square saw completion. Genesys became public in 1997 and is now an Alcatel-Lucent company, though currently remains Genesys Plus at the Saint John location, and we are extremely delighted to have this cutting edge business uptown.

Chinese New Year . February
Uptown Saint John assisted the Chinese and Multicultural Associations in the planning organizing of this grand celebration which took place at the Delta.

Uptown Explorer Map . May

Once again, Explorer Maps were updated and distributed to Cruise Ship Crew and Passengers, Tourist Information Centres, and various uptown businesses. This map is very user-friendly is excellent promotion for uptown businesses.

Cruise Symposium Session . June

The 2010 New England Cruise Symposium was hosted and held in uptown Saint John. This event brought names and companies in the cruise industry, such as representatives from Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, etc, to our great city.

Sandra's Fashions reaches a milestone . June

Sandra's Fashions, a fine womens clothing boutique located at 94 Germain Street, celebrated 20 years in uptown Saint John.

Pink Busses touring uptown . June

2010 saw the launch of Ambassatours Gray Line 'pink bus' tours. Catering to the cruise passengers, it was a wonderful and common occurrence to see these unique, authentic double deckers winding their way through the streets of uptown.

Uptown Geocoins . June

Uptown Saint John joined the Geocaching world in 2010. Custom designed 'Uptown Saint John' coins were created and then hidden in the caches uptown for various geo-cachers to seek and find.

Kids 'N' Karts Race . June

A good old fashioned go-cart race took place down King Street, using karts made by hand and then gave peak performances. This was a fascinating event to watch and the spectators were impressed. A couple of the Union groups also gave their all and pulled a city transit bus up King Street. All of this was to raise funds for The Joshua Group, a wonderful organization assisting underprivileged children in Saint John.

Live Life Awards . June

Uptown Saint John Inc. celebrated the growth and vitality of our uptown by presenting awards to businesses and individuals who make the uptown heart beat a little stronger.

Hayward & Warwick turns 155 . July
Hayward & Warwick celebrated 155 years in operation this year. Hayward and Warwick is located at 85 Princess Street and offers the finest in english and imported china, tableware, gifts and souvenirs.

South End Days . July

The 3rd Annual South End Days was again a great success. This 'Neighbourhood Festival' is FREE and is a wonderful community experience. USJI assisted in the planning of this event, as well as volunteering and 'hands on helping' during the event.

Salty Jam Festival . July

Uptown was jammin' to the tunes of Matt Anderson, Ross Nielsen, Melvin Seales & the Jerry Garcia Band with GTB; headliners were Justin Townes Earle and Corb Lund. We're just floating in wait for the 2011 lineup…

Saint John Mill Rats . July

Saint John welcomed the Mill Rats, our new Pro Basketball team. We've already had a taste of the excitement and look forward to more.

Dave Shoots Bookseller celebrates 10 years . August

Dave Shoots Bookseller, located at 40 Coburg Street, specializes in old hardcovers and good old-fashioned service! This is a true authentic independent bookstore and we value them here in uptown Saint John.

Princess Street Block Party . August

This annual summer party uptown is quickly becoming 'the' party not to miss. Once again, terrific time was had on the block, we thank Fusion for hosting, and look forward to next year.

Harvesting the Arts . September
The weather didn't cooperate, but that did not stop this annual arts and cultural event from happening. Artisans, musicians, performers, and craftspeople of all kinds shared their talents with all who love to indulge in such things. Plans are already underway for the 2011 festival.

BYOB Art Contest . September
The Greenfeet Committee of USJI initiated the 2nd Bring Your Own Bag Contest.

Paramount Theatre Project . October

Uptown Saint John Inc. announced the undertaking of a feasibility study into the reuse of the Paramount Theatre, a very important venue in uptown Saint John. This project is one of great importance in keeping the arts and culture district alive in the uptown.

Chop Chop 'Feast'ival for foodies . November

For the second year, the fine uptown dining and lounging establishments treated us to delicious specials during this week dedicated to those of us who enjoy to eat good food! The chefs chopped up special dishes exclusive to this event and we all indulged with smiles.

58th Annual Saint John Santa Claus Parade . November

Santa came to town with a grand reception this year as we enjoyed the parade and all of the sparkling lights uptown.

Uptown Sparkles . November

This was an event-filled weekend uptown, highlighted by the Santa Claus Parade and an old fashioned 'horse-drawn buggy ride' to the various exclusive shoppes and boutiques. Mrs Claus and her elf kept us company, and the saxophone playing Christmas music on the street corner added that extra touch of Christmas in the city. USJI also gave out special holiday chocolates to shoppers uptown.

Uptown Holiday Calendar . November

Stylish calendars with November/December events uptown were printed and distributed to 17,000 via mail drop

happinez wine bar celebrates 5 years . November

This 'little bar with lots of wine' has become a regular stop of many. happinez, located at 42 Princess Street, celebrated a wonderful first five years uptown and look forward to many more.

Other 2010 Happenings:

The City Market gets a facelift with colourful banners at the Germain Street Entrance…depicting what is happening inside.

The USJI Green Feet Committee engages in a Waste Management Survey in efforts to leave a greener footprint uptown.

Four well attended and thoroughly enjoyed uptown Gallery Hops took place. Great evenings out uptown.

The Chinese New Year was celebrated with a diverse show of talent on February 13, 2010

Dr. Randall Miller, NBM Geology Curator received the 'Distinguished Scientist Award' (Gesner Medal) from the Atlantic Geoscioence Society.

The Delta Brunswick received the Humanitarian Award from the Hotel Association of Canada for community leadership.

The SJ225 Mascot, 'Art' was spotted at various occasions and events throughout the year…always with a colourful smile.

Work began on Phase One of the Peel Development on Hazen Avenue

Fundy Food Festival took place at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal…delicious event.

IWK Telethon for Children happened as usual at Market Square

'The Originals' Awards were presented out to outstanding arts and culture recipients. This was a 'wow' red carpet gala event at The Imperial Theatre.

Canada Day was celebrated in a BIG way in uptown Saint John, USJI assisted with the planning and 'hands on' the day of.

A Facade Funding Program was initiated by USJI to assist financially with upgrades to the outside of buildings in areas outside of the Heritage Preservation Area.

Weekly Live Entertainment at the Saint John City Market during summer months with the 'Summer Music Showcase.'

Multicultural BBQ in King Square in August

Germain Street Open is an annual fundraiser where a golf game, though somewhat unconventional, is enjoyed in a very unserious fashion, with team get-ups and very creative holes played throughout the day on Germain Street. All in support of The Children's Wish Foundation.

Stonehammer – Saint John was given official distinction of being one of Geoparks internationally.

We thank everyone for being involved in making uptown Saint John the vibrant city core that it is as we look forward to even more growth and excitement in 2011.

Keep your eyes on our website for what's up uptown…

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