Uptown Dollars Are Here!

Have you ever wanted to give a friend or colleague a ‘gift card’ for uptown?  Well, now you can.  Uptown Saint John Inc., uptown’s Business Improvement Association, is launching a new program – ‘Uptown Dollars,’ which can be purchased and used like cash at participating uptown businesses.

Uptown Dollars will be available to purchase at face value, year around, at the Uptown Saint John BIA office location, 17 Canterbury Street.


Participating Merchants:

Apparel & Accessories

Bentley, Brunswick Square
Colwell’s (Men)
Colwell’s (Women)
Ella The Shop
Envy, Market Square
Heartbreak Boutique
Inspire Collections
Manchester Shoe Salon
Samuel & Co, Market Square
Strong & Free
The Urban Shoe Myth
Walsh Luggage
W Smith & Co. Fine Jewelers

Food & Drink

Barred Rock Chicken
Big Tide Brewing Co.
Billy’s Seafood
Britt’s Pub & Eatery, Princess Street
Cask and Kettle Irish Gastropub
Church Street Steakhouse
Churchill’s Pub
Cora’s, Brunswick Square
Dean’s Meats
Decimal 81
Five & Dime
Freddie’s Pizza & Donair
Gahan House
Grannan’s Seafood & Grill
Happinez Wine Bar
Hopscotch Whisky Bar
Java Moose, Prince William Street
Java Moose, Saint John City Market
Kebab House
Lemongrass Thai Fare/Pepper’s Pub
Marjorie’s Cafe
North Market Seafood
Piece O’Cake
Picaroon’s General Store
Port City Royal
Rocky’s Sports Bar
Rogue Coffee
Ryan Duffy’s
Saint John Ale House
Second Cup, King Street
Slocum & Ferris
Subway, King Street
Taco Pica
Taste of Egypt
Thai Pho, Union Street
The Baking Stone
The Infusion Tea Room
Toro Taco

Specialty Stores & Boutiques

Backstreet Records
Buckland Merrifield Gallery
Cobalt Art Gallery
Dave Shoots, Bookseller
Doyle & Day Design
Dr. Brown & Associates
Eastward Sales
Element5 Spa
Freak Lunchbox
Fundy Bay Organics
Good Fibrations
Handworks Gallery
Heroes’ Beacon
Keirstead’s Flower Shop
Kim Jakobsen Design Presents …Creative Collab
Land & Sea Apparel
New Brunswick Museum Shop
On & Off Court
Paddington Station
Pat’s Secret Garden
Perfume’s Plus
Pete’s Frootique
Scheherazade Books & Music
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Corn Crib
The Feel Good Store
Trinity Galleries
Tuck Studio
Vogue Optical, King Street


Element5 Spa
Freedom Tours
iNk Graphic Design Service Corp.
New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Sports Massage Clinic
Refresh Wellness Studio
Saint John Theatre Company
Saint John Tool Library
The Yoga Co-Op


Chipman Hill Suites

Shop The Block

Shopping Uptown is about experience and we are celebrating our urban retail district with a day of shopping on Saturday, March 24th, ‘Shop The Block.’

Uptown, we are unique.  One can walk our beautiful streets and stop into various boutiques and shops as well as stroll from Market Square to Brunswick Square and all the way through to the historic City Market.  During our inaugural ‘Shop The Block’ event, you will enjoy the natural unique uptown shopping experience, but also be treated to special tastes, demos, sights, sounds, and indulgences along the way.

This is a perfect occasion to get some friends together and make a day of it.  Shop, take some photos, eat and sip, perhaps even take in some nightlife and stay the evening, enjoying a nice Sunday breakfast uptown.  It’s all up to you.

Forget the box, come out and ‘Shop The Block!’

Follow the event on FACEBOOK, and invite your friends!


Below is a listing of participating businesses and what they are treating you to during ‘Shop The Block.’


King Street

The Corn Crib
88 King Street

Enjoy tax free deal on our luxury make-up line, AnneMarie Borlind during Shop The Block!




Handworks Gallery
12 King Street

Light refreshments, and giving away earlier editions of Arabella Magazine with purchases.  Also, chef Lebebidi Syrian Delicacies will be in house for a Sankara Pop-up and some extra treats.




20 King Street


Tax free and we’ll have Marjorie’s on site providing small pastries and coffee.








Pristine Life
56 King Street

During Shop The Block we will have 25% off storewide, a SUPER NINTENDO gaming station, and a professional photographer on site snapping portraits of the happy shoppers!




Second Cup
16 King Street

Pink Berry Yogurt any size buy 1 get 1.






The Urban Shoe Myth
78 King Street

Join us in celebrating ‘Shop the Block’ and our One-Year expansion that day.  So the entire store will be tax free (excludes Blundstones), and we will have treats and beverages.





Vogue Optical
75 King Street

$100 off for ‘Shop The Block,’  along with treats and refreshments.



Coburg Street

Dave Shoots Bookseller
40 Coburg Street

10% off all books (except consignment items), and serving Wendy’s famous brownies all day.  (fruit available as well)



Prince William Street








Java Moose
84 Prince William Street


Stay tuned!










Craftology SJ
177 Prince William Street


Craftology will be offering refreshments and nibbles!  As well as having a basket to give away full of goodies from many of our vendors within the shop!

Ella The Shop

101 Prince William Street

Personal styling session, mini make-over, and photo-shoot!  *Free with purchase.










Piece O’Cake Custom Creations
91 Prince William Street


Stay tuned!






Scheherazade Books & Music
97 Prince William Street


Stop in for complimentary refreshments to boost you shopping stamina, while quantities last.




Water Street









Doyle & Day Design
44 Water Street


Stop in for some Fine Chocolate and a Fine Art Sale.








Fundy Bay Organics
38 Water Street


Stop in for some light refreshments and a free $5 gift with purchases over $50





One Princess
Strong & Free
1 Princess Street

Tax Free for the day!  Open 12pm-5pm



Canterbury Street




Buckland Merrifield Gallery
36 Canterbury Street

Stay tuned!









On and Off Court
49 Canterbury Street

Step inside and upstairs of this historic building to meet Susan and enjoy some finger foods and treats while checking out her smart selection of sporting goods.


Germain Street












88 Germain Street

We will be having instore promotions, door prize draws and gift with purchase.





Creative Collab presents: Volume 1 – Art + Design… quit hiding your magic.
122 Germain Street

Stop into this Creative Collaborative Pop-Up and enjoy a fusion of art from, perhaps unexpected, local artists and enthusiasts.








Dr. Brown & Associates Optometrists
101 Germain Street

Offering discounts that day 20% of 1st pair and 35% off second and a draw for a pair of sunglasses.












The Feel Good Store
89 Germain Street


A complimentary package of ‘Hope Seed’ flower seeds will be given to the first 50 customers!





Good Fibrations
90 Germain Street



10% off all Good Fibrations products (includes hand dyed yarn, finished woven and knitted products). Get a Good Fibrations pin with every purchase!







Heartbreak Boutique
94 Germain Street

Always fun at Heartbreak Boutique!  Stop in today to pop a ballon to reveal discount or prize & enjoy some treats.












The Yoga Co-Op
82 Germain Street

On the hour, beginning at 1pm we will be offering 15-minute demonstrations of the various styles of Yoga we offer at the Co-op. You can take part in any or all of the demonstration, free of charge and have your name put in for a draw immediately after the demo. We’ll be drawing for complimentary class cards, our tank tops and handmade malas.
We are launching a 20 class card for $200, this is the first day it will be on sale!
With any purchase of one of our cards, you will receive 2 complimentary class passes, bring a friend or two to classes with you!
One of our teachers, Allison Thorn will have her hand-made jewellery on sale; inspired by Yoga, handmade with love. https://tuskandcrown.com
We’ll have some tea on hand if you want to take a tour and talk with our teachers!
Here is our schedule of demo classes:
1pm: Vinyasa Yoga with Allison
2pm: Yin Yoga with Melissa
3pm: Hatha Yoga with Jackie P
4pm: Restorative Yoga with Sarah
All demonstrations are 15 minutes in length.
Please visit our website for detailed description of the Yoga styles: www.yogacoop.ca



Sheila Howell Art Studio
146 Germain Street

Artist, Sheila Howell will be serving her famous Mimosas and have tea and coffee available for those not interested in imbibing the sparkling cocktails!
Tour an artist’s studio/gallery and view the work of up and coming artist, Sheila Howell at her studio, 146 Germain Street.



Charlotte Street


The Butcher’s Daughter
The Saint John City Market, 47 Charlotte Street

Tax free all day!  (excludes layaways, gift certificates, and special orders)











Heroes’ Beacon
25 Charlotte Street

Tax free on everything in store for the day.


Grannan Street






Rogue Coffee
36 Grannan Street


Rogue will offer a special drink for the day at a discounted price and we will have lots of treats on hand as always.





Brunswick Square





Brunswick Square
30 King Street

Stay tuned!

Brunswick Square, Level 3


Tax Free all day for the event.



Coldwell’s (Women)
Brunswick Square, Level 2

 Shop at Coldwell’s and be eligible to enter a draw for a $100.00 gift certificate.

As well we will have nibbles in the way of cheese + fruit.





Cricket Cove
Brunswick Square, Level 2


Enter name for draw to win $100 Cricket Cove Gift Certificate.
Also March Madness Sale, Regis Pairfect Sock Yarn,  Buy 2 Get1





Decor8 Finishing Touches
Brunswick Square, Level 1

Tax free for the day!



Lawtons Drugs
Brunswick Square, Level 1


Have your make-up done, complimentary.








Brunswick Square, Level 2

Stop by during Shop The Block – We will have tea and treats, also special in-store promotions.









Paddington Station
Brunswick Square, Level 2

Free Face Painting with ‘Fantasy Faces by Kadi,‘ 11am-3pm
Free Easter Craft for kids, 12pm-3pm
Treats all day!
Special discounts and giveaways all day!










Perfumes Plus
Brunswick Square, Level 1

Stop by our ‘Love Your Lips’ event, featuring new lipsticks and glosses from CHANEL.

W. Smith & Co. Fine Jewellers
Brunswick Square, Level 2

Stay tuned!



Market Square




Market Square
1 Market Square

Shop the Block at Market Square March 24th 10am-5pm!

Spring is in the air as the shoppes and restaurants celebrate the coming season with sales, specials and promotions – TODAY ONLY!

Join us for #free live entertainment, giveaways, live models, light refreshments and a unique shopping experience at Market Square!



1 Market Square

Tax Free all day!










Element5 Spa
1 Market Square, Level 2


We’re going to have live in-store demos of some of our favourite Aveda products and for everyone who purchases something they’ll be getting a sweet treat! With every retail purchase we’re giving away a voucher for 15%off their next aesthetic service or retail purchase on another day. When you spend $50 in retail you get a goodie bag full of Aveda swag, spend $100 in retail and receive a full 125ml limited edition Aveda Candrima Body Cleanser (value $37)!








Grannan’s Seafood & Grill
1 Market Square

Come for a Buck A Shuck during Shop The Block –  $1 oysters from 3-6pm.


Inspire Collections
1 Market Square, Level 1

For ‘Shop The Block,’ Inspire Collections will be giving a FREE gift with purchase!  Also, scarves $5.00, 60% off Winter clothing and save the tax on new Spring clothing!








Manchester Shoe Salon
1 Market Square, Level 2


Steve Madden spring styles 20% off.
Spring collections 10% off!









New Brunswick Museum
1 Market Square

24 March Saturday 10am-5pmIndulge in Special Offers at the New Brunswick Museum Shop! As part of Uptown Saint John’s first ‘Shop The Block, an epic spring shopping event, join the Museum Shop for a day of shopping splendor! Special exclusive offers in store include: tax free on all sale items! Spend $75 or more and receive a free copy of the Great Canadian Masters Cookbook featuring recipes by top Canadian chefs inspired by paintings from across Canada’s museums and galleries including the New Brunswick Museum. These books are specially autographed for you by Top Chef Canada All Stars contestant Chef Jesse Vergen, whose culinary creation is featured in this book, inspired by New Brunswick artist Marion Elizabeth Jack’s painting Birches and Maples at Rothesay Park on display in the NBM’s NB Art Gallery. Fill your Easter baskets with beautiful products that will please everyone!   



Samuel & Company
1 Market Square

Tax free all day!






Walsh Luggage
1 Market Square

Get set for a Saint John Summer with:

Joules rain boots and jackets – selected styles up to 50% off

Check out the Summer Hat Sale – up to 50% off

Selected Guess purses up to 50% off



Sydney Street



Princess Street


Elwood’s Wood Lab
91 Princess Street


30% or more off all items in the store.


Duke Street


NWH Modelling
35 Duke Street

Lorraine Peters of NWH Modelling is offering Complimentary Mini Style and Body shape assessments. These simple assessments help Women shop for clothing and accessories that are flattering for their body shape, and will encourage Women to leave the ill fitting  items on the shelf. Knowing how to shop for your body type will save you money!



A Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Week in Uptown Saint John!

Love is in the air, and there is no better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day, than Uptown Saint John!

Here is a sampling of ideas. (please do make reservations where applicable)


Billy’s Seafood











Chipman Hill Suites

















Church Street Steakhouse

























Club Rewind presents Soul Train 3 at Kent Theatre






















Decimal 81














Element5 Spa

First, enjoy a $99 Chocolate manicure & Chocolate pedicure package ONLY available for the month of February. It comes with a glass of wine too!

Our gift cards make great Valentine’s gifts, we’ll even gift wrap 🙂
Aveda just launched a new long wear lipstick line that we have in store now, a new hair colour line AND we have the new OPI Lisbon polish collection!











Gahan House Port City

Set menu from 5pm-9pm
2 course for $45 per person
“Double Date” Special – tables of 4 ppl get a complimentary anti-pasta platter


Grannan’s Seafood & Grill














Kebab House





Also, from Lolë, free heart focused yoga Meet Up on the 17th at 10am.



Manchester Shoe Salon











Come out and see the new Spring Arrivals!  Use your Uptown Advantage Card and save 10%.



MIX Resto|Bar






New Brunswick Museum


7-14 February: A Valentine’s Day Sale! Visit the NBM Shop on February 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 14 to find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift including locally made jewellery, soaps, and Valentine cards. During this period take advantage of the Frequent Shopper Bonus Points at the New Brunswick Museum Shop! From Feb 7 to 14, receive double points on everything in the Shop!



NWH Modelling and Self Improvement

















Piece O’Cake




























Ryan Duffy’s



























Sankara Cuisine at Five and Dime




Taco Pica




























The Urban Shoe Myth














York Bistro/Saint John Hilton


Love Life Uptown – Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Uptown Lover on Your List

Just in time for Christmas – get your uptown ‘swag’ for that special someone!  Available now from our Uptown Saint John office at 17 Canterbury Street.  Cash and Credit Card accepted.











Charcoal Fleece Hoodie Sweatshirt   $50

Black Long Sleeve T -Shirt  $30

Charcoal Long Sleeve T-Shirt  $30

Love Life Uptown Toque  $15

Uptown Coffee Mug  $10

Charcoal Crew T-Shirt   $20

Black Crew T-Shirt   $20

Black V-Neck T-Shirt   $20

Black Baseball Hat   $20






FREE Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides Around King’s Square




“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas”

Add to your holiday experience by a shopping day in our quaint and charming city centre.  There is nothing quite like the seasonal trimmings uptown – the lights, the shop windows and the holiday feel of the city at Christmas.

Uptown Saint John Inc. and the Saint John City Market have partnered to offer FREE Horse Drawn Trolley rides around King’s Square every Saturday in December, leading up to Christmas, between 1-3pm.  The trolley stops on King Square North – so gather the kids, bring your date, or venture out on your own to enjoy a nostalgic ride around the decked out King’s Square.



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!


Get Your Uptown Advantage Card For All-Year Food & Retail Savings!

Have no fear, the 2017 Uptown Advantage Card is here! Stop by our office or any one of the 29 participating businesses (yes that’s right, 29!) and purchase a $5 Advantage Card. Show your card while shopping or dining at one of the 29 local businesses to receive some amazing savings and discounts!

Advantage Card Participants

Decor8 – 10% discount on regular priced items

New Brunswick Museum – 5% off admission, 5% off gift shop purchase (some exceptions)

Dave Shoots Bookseller – 10% discount

Saint John Art Club Gallery – 10% discount

Element5 Spa – 10% off facials, body treatments & regular priced retail items

Lole – 10% off regular priced Lole products

Paddington Station – 10% discount

Je Suis Prest – 10% discount

Heartbreak Boutique – 10% discount on regular priced items (excluding consignment items)

Inspire Collections – Save the tax on all regular priced clothing

Pristine – 15% discount

Heroes’ Beacon – 10% off new comics, 20% off back issue comics

Good Fibrations – 10% off all Good Fibrations products

Corn Crib – FREE product with every $50 purchase

Running Room – 10% off regular priced products (excluding sale products & electronics)

Mondello Salon and Spa – 15% off regular priced aesthetics services with Maria

Kickbasics KickBoxing – Buy 2 months, get the 3rd month FREE

On and Off Court – 10% discount

Manchester Shoe Salon – 10% discount

Canada Games Aquatic Centre – 25% off birthday party bookings


Cora’s – FREE fruit cocktail breakfast drink

Subway – Enjoy a $5 foot-long sandwich (only certain classic menu sandwiches @ the King St location, limit of 2 per customer)

Vito’s – 15% discount (not combined with any other promotion)

Jeremiah Deli – Buy one sandwich and receive a small ice cream or dessert of your choice

Taco Pica – 15% discount

Decimal 81 – 15% off regular items (excluding alcohol)

Taste of Egypt – 10% off regular priced menu items

York Bistro – 15% discount

Rocky’s – 20% off regular menu food items (excluding daily specials/alcohol)


***Not combined with any other offers. Card must be presented to cashier prior to payment. Card is valid until August 1st, 2018.

Uptown Mug #71 . Santos Ruyan

‘What you put into the community, you get back.  That’s what keeps me going.’  Santos Ruyan

Santos is a man who, though sometimes seems a bit shy at first, is full of energy and has a beautiful zest for life.  A fixture at Taco Pica since it first opened in 1994, as well as the City Market and the Queen Square Market, Santos adds a fabulous flavour to our uptown.  His smile is brighter than the sun and he is a champion for our city, sharing his distinct love of food, entertainment, and life, as only he can.

Let’s get to know Santos,


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Guatemala.


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

I’ve been with Taco Pica since it opened in 1994, right here at 96 Germain Street.


What’s your favourite snack food?

I like wood fired pizza, like the kind you get at the Queen Square Market.  I love it with mushrooms, green pepper and pepperoni – a good Canadian pizza!
Coffee, tea or other?
Back in Guatemala, we used to grow citron and camomile, and that tea was good – but not like in the coffee shops here.  I love Jasmine tea.  It smells like a lady and it goes to my brain.  Coffee, I’ll drink with milk and sugar.  At Taco Pica, I love the Tropicana – blended with different flavours and rum added for a smooth taste.  The Lime Margarita is also good, on the rocks with crushed ice.
Do you have any pets?
I don’t have any pets because in Canada, I don’t have any time.  I love pets though.  When I was growing up in Guatemala, my mother loved animals and we had a farm with cats, cows, horses, ducks, and turkeys.  I also like plants and I try to grow them, like wild blueberries and mayflowers, but the deer also like them. 
What kind of music do you like?
I like Canadian and North American style of music – that’s why I get the kids to come play at Taco Pica so often.  But, I also like Latino/Salsa/Tango/Samba type of music, and we do have that when we have our Salsa Dance Nights.  The atmosphere is so energetic and passionate.  Exotic.  Sometimes we have people come here from other countries, all dressed up in fancy clothes and it’s like another world.  Sometimes, I like to dance with the ladies.  The feeling during these nights is something to experience.  Sometimes it shakes the floor.  I like it.
What’s your favourite thing about Uptown Saint John?
It’s beautiful.  It’s just very beautiful.  You feel the history in the streets.  It’s like Boston, and New York, and Montreal and Quebec.  It’s a nice feeling.  I also like it because it is slower paced.  People don’t walk on you or push you.  People are friendly here.
Find Santos at Taco Pica at 96 Germain Street or in the City Market during lunch, and representing Taco Pica at the Queen Square Market.
Phone:  633.8492
On Facebook:  Taco Pica

On Twitter:  @tacopica