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

Retail:
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

 

Food:
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

 

Uptown Events This Weekend! (July 14th-16th)

Featured Event

 

Buskers on the Bay Festival

All Weekend @ Various Market Square Locations


Friday, July 14th:

 

Conversations en français

12pm @ Saint John Free Public Library

 

T.G.I.F. Party With Del

10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

 

FM Berlin + The Royal Volts

11pm @ Peppers Pub


Saturday, July 15th:

 

Astound Art Pop-Up Shop

8am @ Saint John City Market

 

Modere New Brunswick Launch Party

11am @ Connexion Works

 

Courtyard Concerts Featuring Don’t Tell Roy

12pm @ King’s Square

 

Photography Club 

1pm @ Saint John Free Public Library

 

Dance Party Saturday Night

10pm @ Callahan’s Pub


Sunday, July 16th:

 

Sax on the Boardwalk

12pm @ Market Square Boardwalk

 

Talk with Holistic Nutritionist Caitlin Iles

2pm @ Saint John Free Public Library

 

Drive-In Classics (Freaks)

8pm @ Market Square Boardwalk

 

QBP Presents: Butcher | Right Shitty | Thirsty Camel

8pm @ Taco Pica


 

Courtyard Concerts Summer Music Series

Join us three times each week during July and August for FREE Summer Concerts.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays between noon – 1pm in the CentreBeam Courtyard and on Saturdays between noon – 2pm in King’s Square, come out and enjoy our local talented musicians present outdoor all-ages shows.

What a better way to enjoy your summer noon hours in the city!  Bring a picnic while you soak up some sun and tunes.

Rain location will be the Saint John City Market.

Schedule:

Saturday, July 1       noon-2pm      King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 4        noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Jaclyn Reinhart
Thursday, July 6      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Ian MacDonald
Saturday, July 8       noon-2pm     King’s Square                       McKinley Morrison Collective
Tuesday, July 11       noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Shamper’s Bluff
Thursday, July 13    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Matthew Martin
Saturday, July 15     noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Don’t Tell Roy
Tuesday, July 18      noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      Mary Beth Marks
Thursday, July 20   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard      InterAction Students
Saturday, July 22    noon-2pm      King’s Square                       Rock n Roll Cowgirl
Tuesday, July 25     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Corey Bourque
Thursday, July 27   noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Country Fuel
Saturday, July 29    noon-2pm      King’s Square                        Sorcha’s Gunn

Tuesday, August 1     noon-1pm       CentreBeam Courtyard      Frank James
Thursday, August 3   noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard       Joyce Boone
Saturday, August 5    noon-2pm     King’s Square                        David Mudge
Tuesday, August 8     noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Verdell Finnamore
Thursday, August 10  noon-1pm    CentreBeam Courtyard        Kylie Fox
Saturday, August 12   noon-2pm    King’s Square                         Bonnett House
Tuesday, August 15    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Marissa Sollows
Thursday, August 17  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Rick Watters
Saturday, August 19   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         PenaltyBox
Tuesday, August 22    noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Paul Evans
Thursday, August 24  noon-1pm     CentreBeam Courtyard        Luc & Maddy Poirier
Saturday, August 26   noon-2pm     King’s Square                         Burgandy Drive
Tuesday, August 29    noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Marvin Rathburn
Thursday, August 31   noon-1pm      CentreBeam Courtyard       Chris Daigle

*schedule is subject to change

Thanks to our valued sponsors:
Uptown Saint John Inc.
The City of Saint John
The Saint John City Market
97.3 The Wave