Uptown Mug #64 . Kelly Lawson

Sugar and spice and everything nice…and a little bit rock and roll.  She’s one of our sweet spitfires uptown, a professional photographer, a successful entrepreneur, and one of the coolest moms out there.  Kelly Lawson is the woman behind ‘Ella’ the Shop at 101 Prince William Street and ‘Shop our Closets,’ the online app that connects women who wish to buy and sell pre-owned fashion and accessories.  Kelly also is a huge cheerleader for uptown and does a fantastic job adding a real positive vibe to our city by sharing fun blogs and promoting her fellow shop owners.  We are proud to have her uptown and love how she shows us off, with style.

Let’s chat with Kelly..

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Antigonish Nova Scotia, and I grew up on the outskirts of New Glasgow Nova Scotia. Bubbles’ (from Trailer Park Boys) Mom Sheila, was my outdoor supervisor grades 2 through 9.

 

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

I moved uptown after 1.5 years in Moncton in 2007. I joined the board of FusionSJ the following year and spent 5 great years dedicated to all things Fusion. My son was born during my time as “Past Chair,” that was 4 years ago. 

 

Any pets?

I went to the Animal Rescue League once, just to have a “look.” I fell immediately in love with a super sweet, crazy intelligent, submissive docile 6 month old supermutt without a name. I took her home, named her Apple and she has been in our lives for 9 amazing years now. She lays with our 4 year old son Jude every night until he falls asleep. 

 

Most guilty pleasure?

I drink a beer everyday before dinner at 6pm. A cold beer has so much nostalgia for me: a drink my Dad enjoys, a drink I have on a hot summer day, a drink I have while on vacation, a drink enjoyed during social times with friends. Can drinking a beer be a form of meditation? Yes, yes it can. I just made it one.

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

I eat a Taco Bowl from Toro Taco AT LEAST once a week. I eat the whole thing. It is worth every indulgent calorie! 

 

Find Kelly and Ella, The Shop:

On the street:  110 Prince William Street
Phone:  657.3552
Ella, the App:  http://app.thisisella.com
Facebook:  @theshopbyella
Twitter:  @thisisellaapp
Online:  thisisella.com

Uptown Mugs #63 . Charles ‘Chuck’ Healy

Chuck is one of those people who we love to show off.  On point with style, class, professionalism, and a kind word for everyone, Chuck is widely known and respected.  Affectionately known as Chuck, he lives, works and plays uptown, and truly walks his talk on the merits of uptown urban living.  Chuck is an Account Executive at TELUS and has been working internally for the past year and half to get a TELUS store location in the Uptown area especially to service Uptown businesses.  He has disclosed to us that a location will be announced very soon.  So exciting!

Wearing another hat, you can sometimes find Chuck working the turntables at Five and Dime, spinning a few of his favourites.  He’s one of our uptown poster-boys, enjoying and adding to our arts, culture, and social scene – and his charisma lends a definite extra bit to our uptown essence.

Let’s get to know Charles:

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Halifax, however I grew up in Saint John.  I moved away in 1986 for University.  After graduating, I lived in Halifax and Toronto. I moved back to Saint John in 2013.

 

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

When I moved back to Saint John in 2013, I knew immediately that my only choice would be Uptown living.  It has so much to offer and I wanted to be part of it.  After a brief stay with my Mom on the west side, I discovered Historica Developments.  Their loft style designs highly appealed to my own sense of style.

 

Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?

I get inspired daily by my son Andrew and daughter Caroline.

 

What is your favourite season, and why?

I love the beach, camping, hiking, motorcycles, and BBQ’s so it’s clear I think.  😉

 

 

What is your ultimate favourite snack food?

Hickory Sticks.  I’m all about the savory vs sugar.

 

Coffee, tea, or other?

Nothing like a cup of coffee in the morning, and wine in the evening.  But I only drink wine with others or when I’m by myself ;).

 

Any pets?

Not currently, but I can be a crazy cat lady in short order.

 

Most guilty pleasure?

Listening to vinyl every night.

 

Worst habit?
Listening to vinyl every night.

 

Favorite Musician?

I really have too many to mention.  I’m a vinyl collector and I would say 2/3rds of the records are from the 70’s.  I’m a big fan of the singer/songwriter. I  do really like Neil Diamond.  Named my daughter Caroline – I guess I really like him.
What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

We have incredible architecture in the streets of uptown.  I love just grabbing a coffee and walking all over the uptown area and finding great photo ops, and then boasting about our beauty through my social media channels.  We need to show off our beauty and the amazing lifestyle we enjoy in living life uptown.

 

An Infusion Of Artistic Energy Now On Water Street

Saint John is fortunate that artist, Cliff Turner, chooses to call Saint John home, and now, share his talents with art enthusiasts.  Cliff is internationally respected and has works in various galleries, both local and abroad.  The wonderful thing is, we have a wealth to learn from this man and he is happy to share.  Recently, Cliff opened ‘The Artists Project,’ located at 42 Water Street and is opening eyes to practicing budding artists, and the community as we peek in while walking or driving by.  The full window is like an ever-changing canvas itself, providing a beautiful vision of artists at work and masterpieces being created.

Cliff has various classes at present, and will be starting fresh ones in the near future.  If you would like to take on a fun and rewarding artistic project, and have some guidance from one of the best, you should touch base with Cliff.  It looks like the works are by experts, however all are welcome, especially beginners. The quality supplies are provided, you only need to attend with your own keen fervor, and enjoy!

Student pieces at various stages of completion.

Artist and instructor, Cliff Turner, in front of one of his pieces, still in the works.

 

Another of Cliff’s awesome pieces.

Tools of the trade.

 

Find ‘The Artists Project’ at 42 Water Street
Facebook:  The Artists Project

 

Locavore – Newest Trendy Coffeeshop/ Café Uptown

Locavore Café at 34 Canterbury Street is already one of the most popular places to tuck into and relax with one of the best coffees and espressos in town.  Complimentary wi-fi, healthy snacks and meals and a very easy cross over with neighbour Picaroon’s General Store, is making this space a popular gathering spot.  Find local products and edibles made for convenient take out (and ready to cook at home) or let the experts prepare something fresh for you while you enjoy the Canterbury Street vibe.  Very special and unique flavour, Locavore serves and sells quality coffee from The Whitney Coffee Company, a craft coffee roasting company, bringing us a unique ‘Uptown Blonde’ and ‘Port City Dark’ made exclusively for our discerning uptown clientele.

Welcome uptown, Locavore Café, we love you already!

  

Find Locavore at 34 Canterbury Street
Phone:  648.0888
Facebook:  @locavorecafesj
Please note, Locavore Café opens at 10am

Very Hip New ‘Art Collective’ Gallery Now Open at 162 Union Street

What do you get when you put 4 talented individuals together under one roof to make art and share their works?  ..You get a space overflowing with both differing and complimentary visual art pieces and a vibe that is sensually enthralling.  The Art Collective recently opened their doors at 162 Union Street, and if you are looking for something maybe a little different and gritty/fine, do stop by.  The four artists who share this space are Chad Beddow, Justin Beddow, Alison (Allie) Davidson, and Austin Holland, and they invite you to visit, view their art and have a coffee and chat with them.  If you are lucky, you may find them in creation mode, each utilizing their own studio room in house as well.  Also lending another unique energy to this space is portrait artist/sculptor Majed Abies.

We welcome this wonderful gallery and look forward to enjoying their talents uptown!

 

Justin Beddow in his studio.

Austin Holland in his studio.

    

 

Find The Art Collective on FACEBOOK (@unionstreetartcollective) or stop by 162 Union Street and enjoy!
Phone:  663.9976

KickBasics Kickboxing . 24 Coburg Street

24 Coburg Street is now home to a great new space, KickBasics Kickboxing.  Experienced instructor, Amanda Ryall, has the expertise and enthusiasm to help people of all levels reach their goals and feel confident and great.  Classes are offered to women, men and kids, and there is even a play area for parents who want to do the class and take advantage of being able to bring their child while they work out.

Check out the Facebook Page or give Amanda a call to inquire about classes.  It’s a perfect time to warm up from the winter chill!

Find KickBasics Kickboxing at 24 Coburg (go in the front door of the Chinese Commerce/Cultural Centre/Kent Theatre)
Phone:  643.1898
Facebook:  KickBasics Kickboxing

Uptown Mugs #62 . John Thomson

It’s almost impossible to imagine the uptown scene without John Thomson.  John lives, works, and plays uptown, and can often be found serving up pleasures at Britt’s Pub and Eatery, out for a run, keeping up to his lovely’s dance moves, or slugging down a brew somewhere.  We dare you to stump him on any ale trivia, this guy knows his stuff – a beer connoisseur, if you will.

John is an important piece of our uptown personality – a man of few words with a smile to charm your socks off.  We raise a glass to him today!

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Montreal and grew up in Baie d’Urfe on the West Island.

 

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

I’ve enjoyed the uptown scene since 1987

 

Name one or two people who inspire you?

My two grandfathers inspire me.

 

Coffee, tea or other?

Coffee then Britt’s Brew!

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

I think everyone can remember the first time they entered Backstreet Records!

 

 

 

LUNA Belly Dance – Now Open Uptown

Look good, feel great, have fun at the new Belly Dance Studio, LUNA Belly Dance, now open at 162 Union Street.

Owner/Instructor, Kaleena Lawless and Instructor, Sara Scales, invite you to join them and beat the winter blues.  All ages and body types are welcome and no experience is required.

 

 

 

Find LUNA Belly Dance at 162 Union Street
Phone:  506.607.2257
Online:  lunabellydance.com
Facebook:  LUNA Belly Dance

New to Germain Street, Italian By Night. Benvenuto!

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Germain Street now has even more flavour with a new neighbour, Italian By Night.  After extensive renovations to the renowned Bustin’s Furniture building, the space is now warm and inviting, emanating the most tantalizing aromas on the block.  The owners of Italian By Night have kept the charming historic elements of this historic space, while adding a touch of new with colourful details and unique decor.  Gather with friends in the open dining area, or for a more intimate dinner sit in the cozy nook or at the bar.  Authenticity, quality, impeccable service and indescribable delicious, that is Italian By Night.  Make a reservation today!

Currently, they are open ‘by night,’ but plan to offer the dining for private lunch functions for groups of 25 or more, so keep posted.

 

Owners, Elizabeth Rowe, Gord Hewitt, and Michelle Hooton welcome you to Italian By Night!

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Find Italian By Night:

On the Street:  97 Germain Street
Phone:  506.214.8259
Online:  italianbynight.com
Facebook:  Italian by Night
Twitter:  @ItalianbyNight
Instagram:  @italianbynight