Uptown Mug #68 . Sandy Teed

There is something special about the third level of Brunswick Square and the little fashion boutique called Baubles.  As you walk down the hall and peek around the corner into the shop, you will know why.  The genuine smile and wave from owner Sandy Teed always adds a little something to ones day and more often than not, is an undeniable invitation to come in and see what’s new in her shop.

Baubles is a fashionista’s dream.  With trendy clothes, jewelry, hosiery, hats, and all things to – not only make your look complete – but to step it up and show your personality through your outfit.  Sandy is a beautiful, timeless lady who we are lucky to have grace our uptown and lend her talents to all who are love style and fashion.

 

Let’s chat with Sandy.

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

 I was born in Saint John.  I grew up and currently live in the Kennebecasis Valley.

 

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

I have been part of the uptown scene for 8 years.

 

What is your favorite season?

My favourite season is Fall.  I love the weather and of course the Fall fashions.  Cozy Sweaters, rich fabrics and textures.

 

Any Pets?

I have two cats.  Tigger and Oliver.  

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Harbour Passage!  There is nothing better than going for a walk along Harbour Passage on a beautiful sunny afternoon.  We are so fortunate to have it!

 

Find Sandy at Baubles
Brunswick Square, Level 3
Phone:  652.7808
Online:  Baubles in Brunswick Square
Facebook:  Baubles
Twitter:  sjBaubles
Instagram:  sjBaubles

Canada 150 – Uptown Window Decorating Contest

We are getting close to the launch of the Countdown to Canada Day, as well as celebrating all year long the birth of our nation – Canada 150.

If you are not yet aware, we have an inclusive website dedicated to showcasing all celebrations related to Canada Day and Canada Day 150 events.  Please feel free to check it regularly and not miss any of the fantastic events this year.  www.sjcanadaday.ca

Also, if you happen to be hosting and event or know of an event that you would like included on this website, please contact Jill Hamer from The Hardman Group – jhamer@hardmangroup.ca  or 658.3600.
To help celebrate, we are hosting a ‘Canada 150 Window Decorating Contest.’  If you are an uptown business and would like to be in the running for a grand prize basket of goodies, please register with admin@uptownsj.com or 633.9797 prior to June 15, 2017.  Winner will be announced on June 22, 2017.  Let’s show off our pride and splash up the red and white!

Uptown Mugs #67 . Dave Shoots

We have a few distinctive characters uptown, and sometimes they are so full of intrigue and captivating nature, it is difficult to grab it all and adequately relate it.  Dave Shoots is the owner of Dave Shoots, Bookseller, who, along with his daughter Wendy, manages one of the most fascinating book stores in these parts.  The bookstore, in and of itself, is extraordinary – from the grand, curved and cut glass entrance door to the chock-full space with bookshelves and nooks and crannies all housing treasures and stories ready to be revisited.  Dave’s office is a cozy room in the front of the bookstore, and the office itself seems to have a personality.  One can feel the essence of the man in the decor – in the books, photos and memorabilia all in its carefully-placed position.

Well, this valiant but feeble attempt to share Dave Shoots with everyone is the best we can do.  However, you are cordially invited to meet Dave at the Open House being held to celebrate his 80th birthday!  Check the FACEBOOK event and come out and wish him a very happy birthday on May 27!

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I am from Central Ohio.  We moved to Canada in 1969.

 

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

I’ve been part of the uptown 17 years in August.

 

What is your favorite season?

I love the Fall.  The Fall colors are beautiful and the temperatures are not too hot, not too cold.

 

What’s your favorite snack food?

Wendy’s cookies!  Especially, the oatmeal cookies.

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

I love the old buildings uptown and the character of this historic city centre.  I also appreciate the friendliness of the people.

 

Find Dave and Dave Shoots, Bookseller:
On the street:  40 Coburg Street
Phone:  693-7758
Online:   daveshootsbookseller.com
Facebook:  Dave Shoots, Bookseller

Uptown Businesses Celebrate Years Uptown

As is the tradition now, we appreciate the opportunity to recognize businesses who have been uptown for a number of years at our Annual General Meeting.  This year we awarded Certificates of Recognition, from The City of Saint John, to uptown businesses who are celebrating an anniversary on the 5 year marks in 2017.

Recipients are as follows, presented by USJI Director and Councillor Donna Reardon

Celebrating 5 Years Uptown

The Corn Crib (Melanie McLaughlin)

Exchange on Germain (Lisa Oland)

The Yoga Co-Op (Jackie Fitzpatrick)

Heartbreak Boutique (Pamela Wheaton)

Inspire Collections (Denise Gallant)

Italian By Night (Gord Hewitt, Michelle Hooton, and Elizabeth Rowe)

Also celebrating 5 years, but absent for photo; East Coast Bistro, The Butcher’s Daughter.

 

Celebrating 10 Years Uptown

Scheherazade Books & Music (Teresa Jennings)

Print Three (Mike Plourde)

Also celebrating 10 years, but absent for photo – Encore Interactive

 

Celebrating 15 Years Uptown

Absent for photo; McGill’s, Pulse Communications

 

Celebrating 20 Years Uptown

Absent for photo; The Wild Carrot Café

 

Celebrating 30 Years Uptown

On & Off Court (Sue Bishop)

Also celebrating 30 years uptown, but absent for photo, O’Leary’s Pub

 

Celebrating 40 Years Uptown

Brunswick Square (Debbie Johansen)

 

Celebrating an Incredible 140 Years Uptown!

Flewwelling Press (Ron Stewart)

 

UPTOWN SAINT JOHN REVEALS NEW BRAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

UPTOWN SAINT JOHN REVEALS A NEW IMAGE

 

Uptown Saint John Inc. is the Business Improvement Association for our city core and our mission ‘supports and empowers businesses in our community to thrive.’  We strive to continue growing in unity with those we support and work alongside daily.   In keeping with all other BIA’s/BID’s, locally and internationally, we have moved our brand forward – now more exclusive to us, as a not-for-profit organization, reflecting the synergies and harmonies with our community.

 

We enlisted the expertise of Alex Weaver Crawford (Crawford Weaver Creative), who led us to a brand that represents us visually.  It is modern and casual with a gritty urbanity synonymous with the city we represent.  The colors are simple and reminiscent of the historic, brick and mortar tones which are our intrinsic uptown backdrop.

 

Our tagline/hashtag is also receiving a refresh.  We are moving from ‘Live Life Uptown’ to the more inclusive ‘Love Life Uptown.’  This embodies our desire to share energies and emotions with all who love every aspect of our uptown – living, playing, shopping, eating, socializing, loving life uptown!

 

 

 

Uptown Mugs #66 . Fran Menton

Chances are, you have met Fran at some event or happening uptown.  She is synonymous with urban living and has lent her talents, abilities and enthusiasm to various restaurants, retail events, functions, and uptown initiatives.  Fran is an active member on our USJI Marketing and Events committee and is a valuable part of the Acadia Broadcasting team.  Everyone who knows Fran knows she rocks style, is culture smart, and has an infallible soft spot for animals, leading the way with various SPCA fundraisers and such. We all know and love her, and uptown would not be the same without the lovely Fran Menton.

Let’s chat with Fran!

Where were you born? Where are you from?

I was born in Guelph, Ontario but we didn’t stay there long. Only three years.
We moved a lot when I was young and I had the chance to experience many different countries and cultures growing up. Eventually we ended up moving to St. Andrews, New Brunswick but that didn’t stop me from continuing to move.  I am now glad to call Saint John my home.

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

I became involved with the Urban Deli on King Street when I was completing my marketing courses at UNB in 2009.  I decided to take an internship with the company when I graduated because I enjoyed it so much. It really was an exciting experience.  I quickly fell in love with our uptown, especially the people and became involved with as many initiatives as possible.  

When I first moved here I was going through a difficult time.  So many people were quick to give me their support. There really is a wonderful sense of community here and that is what made me want to invest myself in this place.  Now I work with Acadia Broadcasting Limited as an Advertising Consultant.  I have the most amazing clients and my co-workers are like family.   

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

My dad.  He used to frustrate me so much when I was younger but now I really admire him.  I often find myself passing on his wise words to close friends.  
I am incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful family.  We are very tight and I can rely on them at any time.
Another important person in my life is Elizabeth Rowe, one of the owners of Urban Deli and Italian By Night.  I remember when I first moved here I was working a double shift at the restaurant and during my break my car died in the middle of an intersection.  When I got back to work I told Elizabeth what happened.  Without hesitating she threw me her car keys.  I couldn’t believe it!  I mean, she barely knew me and here she was giving me her car for the week!!
Elizabeth really played a big role during my first few years in Saint John.  She has high expectations and she really challenges you to be the best that you can be.  I have so much admiration for the strong entrepreneurial woman that she is and I still to this day I still go to her for advice.
Her business partner Gord Hewitt has also been inspirational.  He has a huge heart and he also challenges me to strive to be a stronger person.
I have to mention one more because there are just too many wonderful people in my life.  Sandra Bain, or The Bain as I like to call her.  I met her one afternoon with my mom at the Hilton.  It was Canada Day and we were on the patio when it started to rain.  She wasn’t under an umbrella so we invited her to join us.  We had our menus over our heads so that the rain coming down off the umbrella wouldn’t soak our backs.  We hit it off right away and had the best afternoon.  The weather didn’t phase us as all.  She inspires me to always acknowledge the good around me.  To see the positive in every situation and to enjoy life.

Coffee, tea, or other?

Wine. I prefer red but in the morning I like to have a coffee from Urban Deli.  I run over to the restaurant almost every morning to get a mug of their custom blend.

Any pets?

We have an adorable calico named Coco. She came into my life exactly five years ago along with her brother who is a serial cuddler named Booboo. They were adopted from the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue
Three years ago we decided to adopt one more. We have a cat ‘dog’ named Noah. He thinks he is part dog and loves to play fetch and gets excited when we have other dogs visit our home. 

Most guilty pleasure?

Sipping bubbly at Italian By Night. Heels. Dresses. Cuddling animals. Especially baby animals. I love being around them. I was actually thrilled when Tracy was about to take my photo and my friend Greg appeared with his girlfriend’s puppy, I had to include him in the photo.  

Worst habit?

There are so many but I like to pretend that I am perfect (which is really not true at all). At least I tell Curtis (my boyfriend) that I’m perfect and he pretends to believe me.
What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
In the summer you have to have a glass of wine on the Happinez patio (Hapito) or enjoy one on the Hilton patio overlooking the water during sunset.
If you want to have a drink and be surrounded by pups you have to check out Picaroons General Store.  You can bring your dog with you but they have to be on their best behaviour.
Be sure to try a spicy & smoky caesar at the Hopscotch Whiskey Bar.
Port City Royal for tasty apps and creative cocktails.
Best place for breakfast is Britt’s Pub. They make their hollandaise from scratch. Need I say more
Favourite vegan option is the channa masala from Thandi.
Go to En Sushi and get their butterfish sushi.
The best hummus can be found at Taste of Egypt.
Pizza, check out Vito’s. They even have thin crust and gluten free options. Also get a delicious slice of Italian by Night’s pizza while listening to vinyls and drinking craft beer at the Five and Dime.
Best gnocci can be found at East Coast Bistro and Italian By Night.
Get tableside caesar salad at Grannan’s.
Dessert, don’t try the lemon sour-cream pie at Urban Deli.  You will become addicted.  So don’t do it 😉
Best place to find the perfect heels are Manchester Shoe Salon and The Urban Shoe Myth. They know how to complete your closet.
Lordon and Ella are also great places for retail therapy.
City Market for fresh food. I go there once a week to pick up organic salmon and homemade salad dressings. On Saturday’s you can find amazing Turkish food. You can even sample everything before buying.
On Sunday check out the Queen Square Market – this is a seasonal market.
Boardwalk for music and entertainment.
Yuk Yuk’s for a good laugh.
The Gallery Hop is a must. It only happens three times a year and you get to see all the amazing artists in our city. Especially attend the one that happens the same time as THIRD SHIFT.

This list can go on forever. I just love our uptown and everything that it has to offer so be sure to visit or consider living here!

 

Uptown Clean Sweep – Happy Earth Day!

Uptown Saint John celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 21st, by hosting our 3rd Annual Uptown Clean Sweep – Clean to the Core event.  Several dedicated uptown businesses and citizens gathered at Loyalist Plaza, geared up with clean up essentials and hit their target area to sweep and pick up a whole lot of garbage.  In all, approximately 32 bags of garbage were gathered from the uptown core of the city.

Thanks to all of the enthusiastic teams who made the event fun while showing unity and civic pride.  Also, a big thank you to Uptown Saint John Inc. for organizing, the City of Saint John for use of the Green Machine, Hilton Saint John for providing coffee and breakfast goodies, Market Square for assistance in access to the Boardwalk and Loyalist Plaza.

The Green Machine, a vehicle full of all necessities for clean up – brooms, rakes, gloves, garbage bags, etc., is available for use from the City of Saint John.  To book it for your neighbourhood clean up, check here.

 

The team from Acadia Broadcasting.

Executive Director of Uptown Saint John, Nancy Tissington and Mark Bujold


These dedicated uptown residents pitched in to help.

Nancy Tissington, Dermot Collins, and Greg Cutler

The Angus Miller team

ICS, Presponse, and Five and Dime team

The Commercial Properties team

The Hilton team

The Salesforce team

The Saint John Ale House team

Five and Dime

Thanks again to everyone who helped – every little big counts.  Happy Earth Day!

Uptown Mugs #65 . Karen Riley

Once in awhile, you notice someone on the street who just emits an urban aura.  Karen is just that.  Full of grace and style, she’s a lovely representative for uptown living and perfect face for her successful annual event, ‘It’s a Girl Thing!’

‘It’s a Girl Thing’ is in it’s 15th year uptown, and it is always a sign that spring is here and all of the ladies who attend get a taste of feminine indulgences and treats, as well as valuable spirit building and well-being growth.

Let’s get to know the woman behind this wonderful event and important fundraiser:

 

Where were you born? Where are you from?

I was born here in Saint John at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in the heart of the city.  I grew up with four brothers & two sisters so needless to say never a dull moment!  They are my “great big fat Irish family”.

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

I have been a part of the Uptown scene pretty much always.  I work with businesses “Uptown” & have witnessed Saint John evolve to be recognized as a vibrant architectural gem.  I have great memories as a young girl growing up & travelling to Uptown from the west side of the city called Lancaster.  Our family watched the Santa Claus parade from my Dad’s office window uptown.  We would go uptown with Mom to shop in some great department stores that were here at that time such as Scovil’s,  Calp’s  &  MRA’s.  I am an active volunteer with the Chamber so have  an up close perception of some of our City’s best movers & shakers.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

I thought of so many Uptown Insider tips I don’t know where to begin!  Favourite pastimes include brunch with friends at the City Market, the free summer series of concerts at King Square & Market Square & strolling through the Farmer’s Market at Queen’s Square.  Other weekend favourites are the curiosity shops like Loyalist Coin Shop which includes patting the owner’s two gorgeous Chow dogs.  A walk along Germain Street & you can find some hip women’s clothing boutiques which are on point as any you could find in Montreal or New York!  Our multi-cultural restaurants, friendly café’s , art galleries & Imperial Theatre are treasures.  There are wonderful yoga classes, the Harbour Passage  & New Brunswick Museum which are all situated  in the whole Uptown area…

It’s a Girl Thing the Original Since 2003

Calling Everyone of the, Shall we say Emotionally Advanced Gender!  What a Fun Chance to Connect or Re-Connect with the Special Females In your circle Tag your sister, Aunt, Grammy, Daughter, Mama & BFF & Enjoy some “we time” Catching Up & Yes Men can come too!

With Mother’s day around he corner shop some unique gift ideas.

Renew your spirit and capture your imagination by attending “It’s a Girl Thing the Original Since 2003”. Receive tips on everything from skincare, interior decorating, makeup, purses, jewelry, fitness, de-cluttering techniques, fashion, cooking & much more!
This event features a walk around fashion show , live music, door prizes, information, food & drink samplings & so much more!

Sunday April 23rd   1-4

20 Peel Plaza (across for the Police Justice Department)
$6.00 Cover Charge goes to
Romero House & Saint John Outflow Food Bank & Outreach Programs
Find out more about ‘It’s a Girl Thing!’
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Over 8k Presented to Lunch Connection From Chop Chop Winter Restaurants

Uptown Saint John and the restaurants who participated in our Chop Chop Winter Restaurant Week were thrilled this afternoon to present a cheque for $8,221 to Lunch Connection.  This amount represents $1 per every Chop Chop dish sold by all restaurants during our recent winter restaurant week this past February.

For Lunch Connection, each dollar provides one meal for a child through this program.  They are very appreciative, once again, of this significant and generous donation.  Find out more about Lunch Connection here.

Thank you to our event sponsors, Uptown Saint John Inc., 97.3 The Wave, Country 94, Picaroons, Mirage Foods.

Thank you to the uptown restaurants and chefs who always present us with delicious and unique Chop Chop offerings.

BIG thank you to everyone who ate out during Chop Chop Winter Restaurant Week.  Know that your indulgence during the week is helping to bring satisfied and full bellies to some very deserving kids.

 

 

Pictured above:  Santos Ruyan Juarez (Taco Pica), Michelle Hooton (Italian By Night), Erin Hodge (Inner City Youth Ministry, Lunch Connection), Roy Scribner (Britt’s Pub & Eatery), Glen Hussey (Britt’s Pub & Eatery), Brian Earle (Lunch Connection), Nancy Tissington (Uptown Saint John Inc., Executive Director)

 

Counting Down To Canada Day!

June 16-July 1, 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s oldest incorporated city – Saint John, New Brunswick!

The city will be bursting with special events and family-friendly activities, including FREE live performances and a spectacular firework show – you won’t want to miss them!

For all of Saint Awesome’s Canada 150th birthday celebrations, visit www.sjcanadaday.ca

For all of the events throughout 2017 celebrating Canada 150, visit www.discoversaintjohn.com/canada150