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.

 

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

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!

 

 

 

Yuk Yuk’s, We Are So Happy To Have You! Welcome to Saint John!

Yuk Yuk’s, Canada’s National Stand-Up Comedy Club now has a home in Saint John.  We are on the map for comedy and you can come out to enjoy it every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in Uptown Saint John.

Steve Barnes, owner of the club, has pulled out all stops in creating the mother of unique and comfortable spaces for comedians to show off their stuff.  Yuk Yuk’s is high calibre and we are thrilled to now have it in our neighbourhood.

Cozy atmosphere, a fully stocked bar, and an impressive green room for the comedians, all lend to a enormity of fun to be had right here in this corner of Saint John.

To find out about the shows, go to yukyuks.com and click, you guessed it, ‘Saint John.’  See you there!

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Something VERY cool – the walls in the green room have just started to fill with comedians signatures.  Who knows who we may be entertaining, while they are entertaining us!
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Welcome to Uptown, Steve, and Yuk Yuk’s!

Find Yuk Yuk’s at 32 Grannan Street
Phone  658.2568
Find Yuk Yuk’s on FACEBOOK

Welcome uptown to Amber Room Saint John

Nestled into a cozy upper floor on Prince William Street, you can find a warm and inviting space with a plethora of Amber jewels in various forms.  From elegant necklaces and unique bracelets and earrings, to special pendants, there is something for everyone.  Amber is known to have calming and anti-inflammatory effects to those who wear it, as well as it’s absolute natural beauty.

Owners, Elena and Andrei have moved to Saint John from Russia, and bring this treasure with them to share with Saint John.  Feel free to stop by and treat yourself or a loved one to one of these timeless treasures.

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Find Amber Room Saint John at 94 Prince William Street, Suite 305 (3rd Floor)
Phone  506.650.4943
Facebook:  AmberRoomSaintJohn
Instagram:  @AmberRoomSaintJohn

#30IN30 – DAY #12 – Manchester Shoes

I went to Market Square this weekend to snap some photos for Manchester’s #30in30 post. I had no sooner stepped inside the store … when I spotted the most beautiful Steve Madden brown boot. Fringe on the side. Perfect heel (you know the one – not too short, not too tall). It was love at first sight.

And to be honest – I think I could say that about almost every shoe, boot and handbag in Cathy’s shop.

Take a peek below at some of my favourite picks for the Christmas season.

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To sweeten the Christmas shopping deal, or maybe to buy yourself a pair of winter boots (FYI, the selection of Sorel boots is drool worthy), Manchester Shoe Salon is offering 20% off your regular priced shoe, boot or handbag purchase from now until Christmas Eve!

*But note, size selection is decreasing all of the time so don’t delay!

And of course – what would #30in30 be without a giveaway??

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 – DAY #8 – Market Square

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Market Square has Christmas on point – and Santa is in the house. Specifically, every Saturday between now and Christmas.

Market Square houses some of my very favourite shops in Saint John as well as my current and future favourite restaurants (hellloooo Taro Taco!). Envy, Samuel & Co., the New Brunswick Museum Gift Shop, Element5, Manchester Shoes – the list goes on (and on!)*.

*For a full list of shops – click here. For restaurants – click here.

In addition to the amazing shopping and eating you can do – Market Square looks after the very best of entertainment for the Boardwalk.

This New Years Eve – spend it with Matt Mays, Christina Martin, +++. (Click here for the Facebook Event)

And you know, that’s not even all of it. Shop at Market Square leading up to Christmas and be entered to win one of their coveted $500 gift certificates through their Five Festive Fridays promotion.

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Market Square has offered 4 $30 gift certificates to lucky #30in30 readers. Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

Uptown Mug #60 . Peter Stoddart

Uptown Saint John would not be the uptown we know without Peter Stoddart.  Peter is proprietor extraordinaire of the Saint John Ale House, and most recently the new Toro Taco in Market Square.  Peter knows his stuff in regards to food and drink, and also is a huge cheerleader for all happenings uptown and in Saint John.  Catch him weekly with his informative, and sometimes cheeky, recaps of what’s going on around town with the Ale House TV segments.  Despite being a super busy man, he can often be found at the SJAH restaurant, with a friendly smile and always a few words of welcome.  This guy goes the extra mile, and we appreciate beyond words what he adds to our uptown.

 

Let’s chat with Peter…

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Born in Mississauga March 16, 1976…moved quickly to Fredericton for a few years and have been in SJ since I was 3..I grew up on Windsor St on the west side of Saint John.

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

I got my first job at King Square Cinema when I was 16 and worked there til I hit university..and became a Bartender, then it was working various places uptown until I opened Cougars in 2002.  SJAH opened in 2004, couple new concepts coming this fall/winter..stay tuned.

Name one or two people who you find inspirational? 

Paul Grannan was a big influence in my hospitality/business career, I started working with him in March of 1999.  I helped open and manage several of the restaurants in the Grannan Group back then and it really gave me a great understanding of the industry.  He never got to see me open any of my projects, but I feel he would be proud.

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Charcuterie and any number of Cheeses (Blue, Brie, Gouda, Cheddar etc…) and of course sweet pickles and crispy crackers.

Any pets?

I have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Jil, A Brittany named Brooke (Both hunting dogs) a black and white cat named Guinness…and three Barred Rock Chickens, which have influenced the next project we are working on..and will be revealed soon!

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Parking in Market Square underground heated and walking to anywhere..Harbour Station, Aquatic Centre, City Market, Hilton, Delta, Brunswick Square or even Saint John Ale House – The Pedway system is a dream we take for granted as many cities don’t offer this same great treat!!

 

Find Peter and the Saint John Ale House:
One Market Square
Phone:  657.2377
Online:  SaintJohnAlehouse.com
Facebook (SJAH):  SaintJohnAleHouse
Facebook (Toro Taco):  Toro Taco
Twitter @SJAH_NB