New Gateway Signs Welcome Folks Uptown

New ‘Welcome . Bienvenue’ signs now greet those entering the ‘Uptown’ of our city, compliments of your Business Improvement Association, Uptown Saint John Inc.

Three custom made gateway signs, crafted locally, show off the new ‘Love Life Uptown’ branding so popular with those who frequent uptown.  The signs are installed at three entry points to the uptown peninsula; the corner of Main St. and Union St., Somerset Street, and Crown Street.  The Uptown Saint John Urban Design & Development Committee lead this vision, including consultation with Saint John Energy, The City of Saint John, and various other stakeholders – always keeping in mind and the importance in staying consistent with the existing Neighbourhood Plan.

‘Our uptown core is alive and thriving, and we have a different look and feel, as urban centres do,’ said Nancy Tissington, Executive Director with Uptown Saint John Inc.  ‘We thought it important to not only welcome people to our community and home, but also to frame the boundaries with these ‘place making’ signs.’

Also of note, the first installation of our newly branded light-post banners are now installed.  Modern, with a slight gritty edge, the message is to “Love Life Uptown,” whether it be while living, working, shopping, playing, or enjoying from afar – it encompasses the overall feeling that this population is embracing and truly loving our uptown core.  Love of place is undeniable, and we are happy to support it in this visual way.

Watch for these banners and the new gateway signs, and feel pride with us as a community!

Executive Director, Nancy Tissington, with new gateway sign on Somerset Street.

Uptown Mug #73 . Betty MacMillan

Saint John wouldn’t be Saint John with out Betty MacMillan.  Betty is the Manager of Cruise Development for the Port of Saint John, and she is a rock star for sure.  Integral from the very beginning in bringing cruise ships to our city, Betty was one of the key players involved in assisting the first ship, seeking refuge from hurricane Gabrielle in 1989, to dock in uptown Saint John.  She has been with the Port for 33 years, to date and has had her hand in bringing 2.5 million cruise passengers to our city, by the end of this cruise season.

It is more than apparent that Betty loves her job and finds it easy to ‘sell’ Saint John and the beautiful Bay of Fundy.  Her beautiful smile and confidence through valuable experience tell it all.


Let’s get to know Betty!


Where were you born/Where are you from? 

I’m a Saint Johnner.. lived here all my life.  I was a Garnett from Garnett Settlement –  one of 5 children.  I’ve travelled extensively but I’m always happy to come home to Saint John.


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

I have worked uptown for over 30 years – actually lived uptown for 8 years back in the 90’s.  I’m thinking it might be time to move back (I live west!).   Always have to be around the beautiful Bay of Fundy!  

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

I’ve worked hard through my life to surround myself with positive and energetic people –  funny as this may sound, my daughter has been a great inspiration.  She can always find the opportunity – she is always amazing me!    My sons Peter and Dr. Bill are also my rocks… extremely hard working and accomplished and so fun to be around.    They make me so proud!  


What is your favorite season, and why?     

Why cruise season, of course.   I would have to say fall,  not only are the temperatures wonderful and the leaves beautiful – but it is the busy cruise ship season.  I love seeing all of the tourists walking around and enjoying our uptown!   We keep improving with each and every year!  


Coffee, tea, or other? 

Java Moose,  foghorn – Black!   


Any pets? 

I have two cats…  inherited them both.   Louis II was my daughter Cayman Grants, and Zoe was my son Dr. William Huttges.  Definitely never lonely when they are around!  


Most guilty pleasure?      

Bragging about my beautiful grandchildren.  I have 7 now,  I am truly blessed!   Wanna see the pictures?? 😉
Worst habit?   

My desk is a mess… 



What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

I fell in love with Sean Yoro (Hula)  when he was here –   really love his mural and the wonderful video he put together on Saint John and the Bay of Fundy.    We really have become #Saint Awesome.   I love the hashtag because it stresses that the SAINT is spelled out, and people are really catching on to the hashtag…  we are AWESOME!

I also love Britts Pub + Eatery –  their Huttges Bangers and Mash is to DIE for and their MyJam video’s on Friday evening are so much fun!   Also, Happinez Wine Bar –  and it is conveniently located just below Britts.   😉

Find and follow Betty

Twitter @bemacmillan

Instagram  bettymacmillan


Rogue Coffee, Our Newest Cozy Coffeeshop

So, if you haven’t already heard, uptown Saint John is now home to a pretty incredible little coffeeshop, Rogue Coffee.  Tucked into a quaint little nook off Grannan Alley, Rogue fits like it was meant to be there all along, bringing us specialty coffee in a cozy space.  Time stands seems to still as you sit and sip.

Located at 36 Grannan Street, here you will find solace amid the permeating aromas of all things coffee. The space has been tastefully decorated, keeping the exposed brick and beams and industrial feel with soft touches of wild flower bouquets and a more contemporary coffee bar counter.

The coffee, espresso and various brews are impressive, utilizing the first Mod Bar in Atlantic Canada. Rogue also serves Kombucha on tap, Prosecco on tap, and nitro-infused cold brew.  Watching the baristas prepare your drink is watching an artist, and be sure to grab a handmade treat, freshly made by their neighbours Port City Royal.  Rogue plans to host musicians in the adjoining alley at times, and offer ‘cake and prosecco’ nights as well as various other events for coffee connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Be sure to stop by and follow them online;

Facebook – Rogue Coffee

Twitter – @RogueCoffeeSJ

Instagram – @roguecoffeesj

And below, presenting the lovely owners; Mike and Vanessa, a dynamic duo – ambitious, charming and fun!   Stop by the coffeeshop to see them for real, and grab a Rogue coffee while you’re there!


Courtyard Concerts Artist Appreciation Night at McGills

As we look back on our uptown summer music series, Courtyard Concerts, we reflect on 28 shows highlighting our superb local musicians.  These free all-ages shows took place in the CenterBeam Courtyard, King’s Square, and the Saint John City Market during July and August.

Last night, Uptown Saint John Inc. hosted an artist appreciation jam at McGill’s, showing our gratitude to the artists and sponsors who helped make this event, once again, super successful.  Thank you to everyone who participated and all who came out to en our talented musicians uptown!  Here’s to a great year, as we look forward to the next.

Below are some photos from last night, as well as a small sampling of photos from the summer months.

Thanks again to our sponsors; 97.3 The Wave, Commercial Properties, and The Saint John City Market.


New To Prince William Street, Refresh Wellness Studio

Uptown is now home to a special oasis on Prince William Street.  Formerly Adica Health Center at 98 Prince William Street, Refresh Wellness Studio is here to help you treat your body well.

Refresh Wellness Studio offers Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology and various Esthetics Services.  Step into the calm and refresh after a busy day at work at this convenient and welcoming space.

New owner and manager, Leah Ross, invites existing and new clients to stop by and treat yourself to a deserved treat!


Find Refresh Wellness Studio:

On the street:  98 Prince William Street
Phone:  642.9001
Facebook:  Refresh Wellness Studio
Instagram:  @RefreshStudioSJ

John Mallory Fitness – Welcome to Germain Street!

Now located in the Fairweather Building at 86 Germain Street is the new John Mallory Fitness Studio.

Owned by John Mallory, a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo, John Mallory Fitness Studio helps you take steps towards achieving your fitness goals.

Services offered at John Mallory Fitness include:

-Group Circuit Training
-One-on-one Training
-Women’s Self Defense and Personal Protection Classes

Along with these services John also runs Kamiza Judo as a branch of John Mallory Fitness.  Kamiza offers programs for the young, the old and everyone in between.

Recently renovated, with most of the woodwork done by the owner, John, himself, the studio has convenient non hour Core Conditioning classes.

Stop by to have a chat with John and visit with his lovable canines Storm and Bear, or give John a call, and you’ll be on your way to a new and improved you!



Find John Mallory Fitness:

On the street:  86 Germain Street
Phone:  506.645.8085
Facebook:  John Mallory Fitness

Foundations – New After Hours Bar Uptown

Uptown Saint John is now home to a unique after hours dance club, Foundations.   Located at 9 Sydney Street, this performance and event venue is open from 1am – 5am.  Foundations is a cool place to go in the wee hours, specializing in house music, dancing and pro DJ’s, sometimes local and sometimes brought in from other cities.  The bar is dry, selling soft drinks, water, Red Bull, etc., but is alcohol free.  Sometimes, there is pizza in the parking lot, and always, it is a lot of fun.  This venue, many may remember in it’s various previous well known bar days – it still carries that great vibe and the history adds to it’s glory.  Stop by – if you’re a night owl, or after the other clubs close, for something energetic and different.

Find Foundations:
On the Street at 9 Sydney Street
Phone:  654.9153


Photography Flewwelling Moves To Princess Street

Uptown Saint John has been home to Photography Flewwelling since 1976, and we are very fortunate to have Martin and his team as an important piece of our city and uptown.  Recently, after many years on Prince William Street, Photography Flewwelling moved their office and studio to 85 Princess Street.  Sometimes a change proves best, and their new space is lovely, bright and welcoming.

Photography Flewwelling specializes in all styles of photography; portraits, commercial, and fine art, as well as an extensive framing space, with the ability to mount any type of photo or object with care and expertise.  Martin has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions, including the prestigious Yousaf Karsh Award.

Welcome to Princess Street, Martin, Cynthia, Tim, Jackie, Monique, Kelly and Logan!


Find Photography Flewwelling:

On the Street:  85 Princess Street
Phone:  633.0045
Facebook:  Photography Flewwelling

We welcome Kelsey Ingersoll to our Uptown Saint John office!

We would like to announce a new member of our team here at our Business Improvement Association. Kelsey Ingersoll recently did her work co-op term here in our office and we liked her so much, we asked her to stay!  Kelsey graduated from the NBCC Marketing program, with honours in June 2017.  She also received the Academic Excellence Award, quite a distinction.  No wonder we wanted to keep her!  She will be our new Operations Manager, and she already fits in just perfectly.

Kelsey lives and now works uptown, and has a passion for urban living and the lifestyle it affords.  She enjoys music, cosmetology, traveling & attending local events.  There is no doubt you will see and hear from her more in the days to come. Feel free to stop by our office at 17 Canterbury Street and say hi!

Welcome, Kelsey, we are looking forward to the days and years ahead!