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

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 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!

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

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!