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
Facebook:  LUNA Belly Dance

New to Germain Street, Italian By Night. Benvenuto!


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!







Find Italian By Night:

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

Toro Taco and Barred Rock Chicken – The New ‘Food to Go’


The two familiar faces behind these delicious stops, Peter and Jesse, offering us a couple new delicious take-out options.  Grab a quick and tasty dinner to take home, or sit in the comfortable food area in the Market Square Atrium.  Either way, you’ve got to try both of these unique and delicious spots!


Find Toro Taco and Barred Rock Chicken in the Market Square Atrium.
Facebook:  ToroTaco  Barred Rock Chicken

Twitter:   @torotaco_nb     @barredrock_nb


Phone:  638.9378

Uptown Events Grant Application

Uptown Events Grant


As part of our mission to enhance the value and vitality of Uptown Saint John, the not for profit association offers sponsorships for events & festivals within the Business Improvement area.


Purpose of the Sponsorships

Sponsorships are intended to support the marketing or programming of an event, project or program in the Uptown area that meets the Eligibility Requirements below; funds are directly from the membership levy.


Eligibility Requirements


  • Applicant may be a for-profit business or nonprofit corporation and must show joint registry stock documents
  • Applicants are to be events located in the USJI business improvement area. (see attached map)



Review Criteria

The below criteria will be used by USJI as a guide for reviewing and ranking applications.


USJI reserves the right to deny any application for any reason.



  • Proportion of sponsorship request to overall budget must be submitted


Impact to Uptown:

  • Duration and timing of event (how long often will the even benefit the Uptown?)
  • Number of estimated attendees
  • The ability of the event to enhance the Uptown Saint John experience
  • Opportunities for attendees/participants to shop/patronize other Uptown organizations/businesses etc.
  • Ability of the event to increase awareness and participation at the local, regional and national level.


Capacity of Organization:

  • Established organization/event with track record of success
  • Sound marketing plan for the event



  • Number of partners present and/or ability to garner partnerships
  • Ability of event to help unify arts/cultural community


Quality Event Criteria:

  • Does the event utilize parks, plazas and other alternate spaces rather than relying on street closures?
  • Does the event promote Saint John’s unique charm and character?
  • Does the event encourage a safe family atmosphere?
  • Is the event free (or low-cost) and open to the public and provide accessibility?
  • Is the event programmed at a time of year and during times of the day when there are no or few other events of significance already scheduled?
  • Does the event take advantage of public and alternative transportation?
  • Does the event promote visitation to Uptown by tourists and visitors from outlying areas?
  • Ability to support USJI’s Strategic Priorities



USJI will assume no responsibility for, and the applicant will indemnify USJI for and defend USJI against, any liabilities, costs or claims incurred by USJI as a result of the USJI co-sponsorship of a project under this program.



Uptown Saint John Inc. at 506 633 9797 with any inquiries.


The sponsorship grant application deadline is due by March 01, 2017 at 3pm.  Notification will be given in writing to the successful applicant(s) by March 31, 2017.

All funds will be disbursed according to the completion of the event/project/program.




Five and Dime – Newest Uptown Night Spot

Welcome uptown to the new trendy vinyl record and craft beer bar.  Located in a snug corner on Grannan Lane, the space is intimate, cozy and inviting.  A stage is available for live performances but the turntable area tends to draw attention on most nights.  One notes an extensive collection of oldschool vinyl on the shelves, ready to receive a renewed appreciation.  The bar is full of comfortable corners to snuggle into, a warm charm, and the unique soft ambient melody from vinyl playing in the background.

Owners, Jody and Brian, welcome you to stop by and have a drink anytime.  You won’t want to leave!


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Lovely tribute to Jody’s dad, Mark Lee, a legendary Saint John DJ and broadcaster, is rightfully a part of the scene.


Find Five and Dime at 34 Grannan Lane, Saint John
Phone:  898.0020
Facebook:  fiveanddimesj
Twitter:  @fiveanddimesj
Instagram:  @fiveanddimesj