#SIPSAHOY IS HERE! SHOW US YOUR DRINKS THIS WEEKEND AND WIN!

In celebration of the Festival of Sail this weekend, we are encouraging people to order up some tall drinks at our popular watering holes.  Some of our uptown restaurants and bars have created special concoctions, just for this weekend!  See the #SipsAhoy drinks below, go grab one or a few, share your photo with the hashtag #SipsAhoy, and be entered into a draw to win a $200 Uptown Shopping Spree and some popular Uptown Saint John swag!

Here are the drinks:

Britt’s Pub and Eatery

 

 

Decimal 81

 

 

East Coast Bistro

 

 

Hopscotch Whisky Bar

 

 

Port City Royal

 

Rocky’s Sports Bar

 

 

Thandi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overnight Parking On-Street is now a thing!

We now have more options when out on the town during the weekend.

The area these rules apply to is bounded by King Street & Duke Street, and Water Street and Charlotte Street.  Specifically this allows for overnight parking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from May 1 – October 31.  

Please note, daytime parking rules still apply as usual.

We salute our 2017 Uptown Ambassadors – Allie Ruigrok and Rory Shepherd

It continues to be a super fun summer uptown, and we have two rock star students helping us out: Allie Ruigrok and Rory Shepherd.

This will be Allie’s third summer with our BIA, and she is happy to share her talents with photography, graphic design, event planning, and organization skills with us.  Our BIA Brochure creation, Courtyard Concerts Poster creation, Uptown Advantage Card, Uptown Mug Shots, and #SipsAhoy campaign, are just a few of the projects she has assisted with in significant ways.   Allie will be returning to the University of Ottawa to continue her studies in biomedical science in the fall.

Rory joined us this year and has helped us with various projects as well, including the Paw Party, Germain Street Fence project, and was wonderful at sharing our weekend events.  Rory has finished up his time with us and is heading to Nova Scotia Community College this fall to take design.

We thank both of these great individuals – their energy has been appreciated, their skills and ideas have been very valuable, and we love the youthful vibe they bring to the office and uptown!

Uptown Mug #72 . Corey Bonnevie

One of those people with a definite ‘it factor,’ Corey Bonnevie is quiet and perhaps a bit elusive, only adding to his captivating nature.  Sometimes behind the counter at Backstreet Records, sometimes jamming on the street, sometimes rockin’ on the road – wherever he is, there is a music vibe and chill undertones.  He’s an original – we admire his talents and salute his efforts in keeping our music scene alive and kicking.

Let’s get to know Corey:

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Saint John and grew up on the outskirts of the Saint John city limits, in a place called Martinon. It was sort of like growing up in a cottage. I spent a lot of time wandering around in the woods. Picture Stand By Me, minus the dead body.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

 I’ve been living uptown, since 2011/12, but I’ve been playing music in the city, since 2008ish. My first experience playing for an actual audience were at all age shows at Stone Church, and Melvin’s Wednesday night series called “Summer-Lovin”.

Now, I play in a couple active bands, Little You Little Me, Tooth & the Fang, ER & The Other. I also run a recording studio/Record Label out of my house called Monopolized, where I mostly deal with regional bands. And to top it off, I’m a founder/organizer of the Quality Block Party

Who do you look to for inspiration?
I have two wonderful folks in my life, that have pushed me to be active in the uptown community. First one is my Backstreet boss, Gord Tufts. He’s been running that business for such a long time, 37 years. Especially dealing in the music industry, record stores aren’t easy to keep going and the fact he’s kept his business open this long, means there’s more to owning a business than profits. He’s shown me that people (well, some people) actually care about creating culture and enabling communities to thrive. My second favourite is Jud Crandall. He’s a big part of me keeping up with playing music and pursing a career in the industry. When I was 16, he encouraged my band to play shows and took us under his wing. My taste in music grew and my inner DIY started to take charge.
Who is your favorite musician?
My favourite musician is easily Adam Kierstead. He’ll hate that I mentioned him, but I’ve watched him perform too many instruments better than anyone. Ever.
What’s your favourite thing about Uptown Saint John?
Backstreet Records – It’s always my first stop, when I walk into the uptown centre. I basically Loitered there, until Gord hired me.
Find all things Corey:

Mondello Salon and Spa

A few months back, Mondello Salon and Spa rolled on up the street to a new location at 105 Charlotte Street.  Hot kids on the block, they are new to King’s Square area, but well known with vast experience and an extensive list of happy clientele.

The beautiful crew include:

Anna Maria Scichilone . Hairstylist and owner.

Maria Scichilone . Aesthetician

Chantal Pelletier . Hairstylist

Don Coholan . Hairstylist

If you are looking for a stylist or aesthetician, they more than welcome you to make an appointment and have a nice visit with them at their salon.

Find Mondello Salon and Spa:
105 Charlotte Street, with convenient parking next door or on-street.
FACEBOOK
INSTAGRAM
PHONE: 642.4060

Pictured below, Maria Scichilone, Aesthetician

Pictured below; Chantal, Don, Maria, and Anna Maria

 

Uptown Mug #71 . Santos Ruyan

‘What you put into the community, you get back.  That’s what keeps me going.’  Santos Ruyan

Santos is a man who, though sometimes seems a bit shy at first, is full of energy and has a beautiful zest for life.  A fixture at Taco Pica since it first opened in 1994, as well as the City Market and the Queen Square Market, Santos adds a fabulous flavour to our uptown.  His smile is brighter than the sun and he is a champion for our city, sharing his distinct love of food, entertainment, and life, as only he can.

Let’s get to know Santos,

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Guatemala.

 

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I’ve been with Taco Pica since it opened in 1994, right here at 96 Germain Street.

 

What’s your favourite snack food?

I like wood fired pizza, like the kind you get at the Queen Square Market.  I love it with mushrooms, green pepper and pepperoni – a good Canadian pizza!
Coffee, tea or other?
Back in Guatemala, we used to grow citron and camomile, and that tea was good – but not like in the coffee shops here.  I love Jasmine tea.  It smells like a lady and it goes to my brain.  Coffee, I’ll drink with milk and sugar.  At Taco Pica, I love the Tropicana – blended with different flavours and rum added for a smooth taste.  The Lime Margarita is also good, on the rocks with crushed ice.
Do you have any pets?
I don’t have any pets because in Canada, I don’t have any time.  I love pets though.  When I was growing up in Guatemala, my mother loved animals and we had a farm with cats, cows, horses, ducks, and turkeys.  I also like plants and I try to grow them, like wild blueberries and mayflowers, but the deer also like them. 
What kind of music do you like?
I like Canadian and North American style of music – that’s why I get the kids to come play at Taco Pica so often.  But, I also like Latino/Salsa/Tango/Samba type of music, and we do have that when we have our Salsa Dance Nights.  The atmosphere is so energetic and passionate.  Exotic.  Sometimes we have people come here from other countries, all dressed up in fancy clothes and it’s like another world.  Sometimes, I like to dance with the ladies.  The feeling during these nights is something to experience.  Sometimes it shakes the floor.  I like it.
What’s your favourite thing about Uptown Saint John?
It’s beautiful.  It’s just very beautiful.  You feel the history in the streets.  It’s like Boston, and New York, and Montreal and Quebec.  It’s a nice feeling.  I also like it because it is slower paced.  People don’t walk on you or push you.  People are friendly here.
Find Santos at Taco Pica at 96 Germain Street or in the City Market during lunch, and representing Taco Pica at the Queen Square Market.
Phone:  633.8492
On Facebook:  Taco Pica

On Twitter:  @tacopica

 

Uptown Mug #70 . Litsa Daeres

A true ambassador and ambitious lady with a genuine passion for our uptown community, Litsa Daeres is the driving force behind many of the developments and upgrades uptown.  A lifelong resident, and active in community, she always has a beautiful smile on her face and a good word to share about urban living and the fun it can be.  She is a prime example of a millennial, loving life in Uptown Saint John!  Keep your eyes on Germain Street – new, mod, high end apartments are in the works, thanks to Litsa!

 

Let’s get to know Litsa,

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Born and raised in Saint John, lived on Germain Street for 26years. My parents are actually going on 50 years there.

 

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I’ve been apart of the uptown scene my entire life 🙂 born, raised and worked uptown.

 

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I would have to say my father inspires me, I’ve never seen anybody work harder than him. He landed here from Greece when he was 23 without knowing the language and  couple of dollars, everything he has he’s done himself by working day and night. 
What is your favourite season?
Summer…I love all the flowers.
What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 
 I love when the cruise ships are in. There’s nothing better than seeing all the people walking the streets, eating at our restaurants and shopping at our local stores. It Makes our city seem so alive and vibrant, I would love to see our city like that all the time. Sometimes I drive down the streets and think to myself…”why don’t more people live here? It’s so pretty.”   

Uptown Mug #69 . Cait Milberry

Blue hair, don’t care.  Cait is a regular all over the uptown scene.  Full of spitfire, positive vibes and a wonderful creative spirit, Cait is a good friend and blessing to many and style icon to those who admire her from afar.
Let’s get to know Cait:

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born here in Saint John and grew up in and around the outskirts and surrounding areas. St Martins, Deer Island. Always close to the water. Currently living with Historica in the Canterbury Carpark.

 

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

I have been living uptown since I was 13.

 

Any Pets?

Pet- Herb just turned 11 last month. He has been the one constant in my life. He is definitely my north star and keeps me aligned and healthy. Uptown folks know him well #herblife.

 

Favorite Musician?

Steely Dan, Les Claypool, Tool

 

Ultimate Favorite Snack Food?

Garlic Cheese Toast forever! On Repeat! ​

 

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I have been looking up to people who challenge me and make me want to leave the comfort zone and try new things.
Monica Adair and Cherise Letson are now 2 of my closest friends, mentors and biggest influences in my life right now. 
Both of them challenge me to learn and explore, be more confident and to ultimately be a better Cait.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Favorite spots in uptown:
Treats- I love their soup. They also have frozen dishes all homemade for 2$ to take home, and the city’s best chocolate chip cookies. The view is incredible too. 
Five and Dime- Literally my favourite spot. Superb vinyl collection, great people, drinks, atmosphere, location, everything about this place is phenomenal and the first spot I bring people. 

Favorite thing about uptown?

There are equal amounts of effort being put into what seems every area for people to enjoy. New businesses, art, and generally the way I am watching people enjoy the Uptown area, all different times of the day. My window faces Canterbury and I love now seeing people I don’t know walking by, knowing they made the trip to come uptown.

Find Cait:

At work:  ICS Creative Agency
On Twitter:  @CaitMilberry
On Instagram:  @caitmilberry

Courtyard Concerts – Uptown Summer Music Series

It’s summer in the city, that means – free noon hour music uptown!
Every Tuesday and Thursday in CentreBeam Courtyard from noon-1pm
Every Saturday in King’s Square from noon-2pm
Enjoy listening to local, talented musicians while you sip on a cold slushy or have a picnic, through July and August.

Rain location will be the Saint John City Market.

Schedule:

Saturday, July 1       noon-2pm      King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 4        noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Jaclyn Reinhart
Thursday, July 6      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Ian MacDonald
Saturday, July 8       noon-2pm     King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 11       noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Shamper’s Bluff
Thursday, July 13    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Matthew Martin
Saturday, July 15     noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Don’t Tell Roy
Tuesday, July 18      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Mary Beth Marks
Thursday, July 20   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      InterAction Students
Saturday, July 22    noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Rock n Roll Cowgirl
Tuesday, July 25     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Corey Bourque
Thursday, July 27   noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Country Fuel
Saturday, July 29    noon-2pm      King’s Square                        Sorcha’s Gunn

Tuesday, August 1     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Frank James
Thursday, August 3   noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard       Joyce Boone
Saturday, August 5    noon-2pm     King’s Square                        David Mudge
Tuesday, August 8     noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Verdell Finnamore
Thursday, August 10  noon-1pm    CentreBeam Courtyard        Kylie Fox
Saturday, August 12   noon-2pm    King’s Square                         Bonnett House
Tuesday, August 15    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Marissa Sollows
Thursday, August 17  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Rick Watters
Saturday, August 19   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         PenaltyBox
Tuesday, August 22    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Paul Evans
Thursday, August 24  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Luc & Maddy Poirier
Saturday, August 26   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         Burgandy Drive
Tuesday, August 29    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Marvin Rathburn
Thursday, August 31   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Chris Daigle

*schedule is subject to change

Thanks to our valued sponsors:
Uptown Saint John Inc.
The City of Saint John
The Saint John City Market
97.3 The Wave

Courtyard Concerts Summer Music Series

Join us three times each week during July and August for FREE Summer Concerts.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon – 1pm in the CentreBeam Courtyard and on Saturdays between noon – 2pm in King’s Square, come out and enjoy our local talented musicians present outdoor all-ages shows.

What a better way to enjoy your summer noon hours in the city!  Bring a picnic while you soak up some sun and tunes.

Rain location will be the Saint John City Market.

Schedule:

Saturday, July 1       noon-2pm      King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 4        noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Jaclyn Reinhart
Thursday, July 6      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Ian MacDonald
Saturday, July 8       noon-2pm     King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 11       noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Shamper’s Bluff
Thursday, July 13    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Matthew Martin
Saturday, July 15     noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Don’t Tell Roy
Tuesday, July 18      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Mary Beth Marks
Thursday, July 20   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      InterAction Students
Saturday, July 22    noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Rock n Roll Cowgirl
Tuesday, July 25     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Corey Bourque
Thursday, July 27   noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Country Fuel
Saturday, July 29    noon-2pm      King’s Square                        Sorcha’s Gunn

Tuesday, August 1     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Frank James
Thursday, August 3   noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard       Joyce Boone
Saturday, August 5    noon-2pm     King’s Square                        David Mudge
Tuesday, August 8     noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Verdell Finnamore
Thursday, August 10  noon-1pm    CentreBeam Courtyard        Kylie Fox
Saturday, August 12   noon-2pm    King’s Square                         Bonnett House
Tuesday, August 15    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Marissa Sollows
Thursday, August 17  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Rick Watters
Saturday, August 19   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         PenaltyBox
Tuesday, August 22    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Paul Evans
Thursday, August 24  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Luc & Maddy Poirier
Saturday, August 26   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         Burgandy Drive
Tuesday, August 29    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Marvin Rathburn
Thursday, August 31   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Chris Daigle

*schedule is subject to change

Thanks to our valued sponsors:
Uptown Saint John Inc.
The City of Saint John
The Saint John City Market
97.3 The Wave