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!






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!
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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

#30IN30 – DAY #3 – Heroes’ Beacon

I might be the last person to get the memo re: board games – but I’m there. Memo received.

I’ve recently been introduced to the very fun, challenging and co-operative world of gaming.

I was eased in with a simple 2 player tile game called Patchwork. Amy was able to explain this game to me while we played. I was then introduced to a hilarious drawing game called Looney Quest. In a nutshell, you draw blindly on a clear piece of plastic and cross your fingers that when you place it on the game piece – you didn’t draw on top of a bomb. Next came a quick and easy card game called Colorfox. I LOVED this game – because there is a winner. And I won.

I was then thrown to the deep end with a “cooperative game of terror and adventure” called Eldritch Horror. My pal Matt actually said the following to me – “we’ll need a bowl for the monsters”. Uuuhhh… OK.

Since starting to play – I’m in love. I was so excited when Heroes’ Beacon invited me to drop by and check out their shop on Charlotte Street. I was even more excited when they told me about their giveaway… Can I enter this one?

I asked Chris and Steve to suggest games that might appeal to a first or early “gamer” and this is what they came up with (with a few choice sentences about each from Boardgame Geek).

Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads …

Munchkin – Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Back-stab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.


7 Wonders Duel – Over three ages players acquire cards that provide resources or advance their military or scientific development in order to develop a civilization and complete wonders.

In Ghost Blitz, five wooden items sit on the table waiting to be caught: a white ghost, a green bottle, a cute grey mouse, a blue book, and a comfortable red chair. Each card in the deck shows pictures of two objects, with one or both objects colored the wrong way. With all players playing at the same time, someone reveals a card, then players grab for the “right” object – but which object is right?

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the Werewolves, a Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf….

**I have played this game a number of times over the past month or so and it’s HILARIOUS. I would recommend it to anyone heading to a friends house over the holidays that needs a hostess gift! 

Heroes’ Beacon has a HUGE selection of games available for purchase. I highly recommend you drop by to check them out. The guys have n problem talking your ear off about games to play for different occasions or ways to add to games you already play… (I had no idea so many expansion packs exist!)

I addition to board games, Heroes’ Beacon has a large collection of graphic novels and comics!

I was also extremely pumped while browsing their gift-ware section – socks (ankle, short and tall), umbrellas, mugs, cups and action figures!

The giveaway that Heroes’ Beacon has offered is FUN. A Family Game night complete with Ticket to Ride, snacks and a fun card game!

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!


Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail

A very sweet holiday tradition uptown awaits your pleasure.  Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail is a sugar coated, delicious trail of gingerbread creations and is viewable at various uptown locations from November 25 – December 23, 2016.


Stop by and feast your eyes on these unique gingerbread pieces and share your photos online #LiveLifeUptown #GingerbreadTrail

#30in30 – Day #2 – ECMAs

The Saint John City streets will come alive from April 26th to 30th, 2017, when Saint John hosts Atlantic Canada’s biggest celebration of music – The East Coast Music Awards.

This is a good lead up post for the next couple of days – when I’ll feature my favourite record shop in the City, Backstreet Records. 

Tickets, wristbands and weekend passes are on sale now for the 2017 event. (Click here for more information)

A wristband or pass is the best – and most affordable – way to experience the ECMAs. Over 500 musicians will play at over 50 events and venues in five days. Having a wristband or a pass will allow you to hop from venue to venue to take in as much live music as possible.


I’ve always wanted to go to a live music award show – bands playing between prizes, all of my favourite musicians lined up and down the aisles waiting to hear if their name is called. My hope is that somehow I can swing a +1 to sit with Wintersleep – think that’s doable? 🙂

Lisa Gribbons, the ECMA Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair, has provided an AMAZING prize for #30in30 – 2 tickets to the ECMA Songwriter’s Tour at the Imperial Theatre on February 15 as well as some sweet SWAG – including an ECMA fleece and some CDs!

Enter below!
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See you tomorrow!

For more information on the 2017 ECMAs, go to www.ecma.com.