#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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

See you tomorrow!

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

#30in30 – Day #1 – Lolë

Christmas is COMING. The Santa Clause Parade Saturday night, the frost on my windshield this morning and the eggnog latte in my hands has me in the Christmas spirit. I’m so thrilled to be sharing gift ideas from Uptown Saint John shops and businesses – thanks for following along! You will not be disappointed.

I visited Lolë last week* – located on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square.

*the last week part isn’t necessary, they are my go-to for workout wear, headbands and outerwear.

I went with #30in30 in mind and came out with a new coffee mug and a pair of gym pants.

Take a peek below at the beautiful pieces to add to your winter wardrobe, your gym routine or your every day!

I have been trying to reconcile my love of outerwear with my … lack of love … for colder weather. The scarves, hats, jackets and mittens available at Lolë are beautiful.

The cross stitch print of this top had me – I was taken.

I am obsessed with this hoodie. I love the leatherette details on the pouch and the almost-cowl-like neckline.

Hint – someone get this for me for Christmas.

When browsing the shop – I couldn’t help but see my entire winter wardrobe in front of me. The sweaters, tops and pants are perfect for Saturday errands (and in some cases) Monday work meetings. Plus – I can’t handle how much I love the colour palette this Fall.

Since discovering the manduka headbands, I think I’ve purchased one in every colour. Not only do they stay put on my head during burpees, weights, stretching and running (I wore one during my Marathon by the Sea 10 k!), but they’re $5! What a steal.

Lolë carries quite a bit of the manduka line – foam blocks, yoga mats (cloth and foam) as well as various straps and yoga gear.

The girls at Lolë have a great giveaway in store for you – the LILY tote, a GLOW mat and a S’Well bottle in Birchwood!


Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See you tomorrow!

#30in30 – 30 Giveaways in 30 Days kicks off TODAY!


Welcome back to #30in30!

My oh my – where has the time gone? After a brief pause, I’m so pleased to partner with Uptown Saint John this holiday season to bring #30in30 back!

If you’re new to #30in30 – here’s what you need to know…

Over the next 30 days I’ll be making use of Uptown Saint John’s web space to post 30 giveaways to Uptown businesses – and believe me, the giveaways are good.

You want to win, right? (of course you do).

Every giveaway will have a rafflecopter widget loaded into the post. Login with your Facebook or e-mail address, click the buttons when you’ve liked, tweeted and posted and you’re all set! (see below for an example)


Although not required, you’ll find that you get the most entries to the giveaways by following each participant on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’ll get bonus entries if you share the giveaway on social media and sign up for newsletters. You’ll get EVEN MORE bonus entries if you visit the participating store and snap a photo of yourself there or refer friends to the giveaway.

Giveaways will last about 5 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your entries in.

Everything kicks off TOMORROW – so warm up, start your Christmas shopping lists and see you then!

Uptown Mugs #59 . James Walsh

We all know and appreciate the beauty of the city and most likely have been wowed by images from one of our local photographer rockstars, James Walsh.  James is part of the impressive team at Rod Stears Photography.  From sports events, tourism promos, photography instruction, videos and drone work, all the way to wedding photography and taking pictures just for fun, James knows his stuff.  Uptown Saint John recently installed in their office space, a large mural of King’s Square at night taken by James.  Feel free to stop in and have a look.  Keep your eyes out for his talented perspective through his beautiful photography.


Let’s get to know James…


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Saint John & grew up in GrandBay-Westfield.
How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?

Ive been working in Saint John since May 2013 & have no plans to leave.  I have dedicated my time here to do my part in SJ & to grow the Rod Stears Photography name.  Its important to grow the company to provide more work for us & grow in the future.
Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?

Rod Stears the owner of the company because he has given me a chance to work right out of school & teach me about the business. Not very many people in SJ have the opportunity that I have had.
What is your favourite season, and why?

Summer – it’s our busiest time for business & I’m happy to make a difference & provide a service to the city.
What is your ultimate favourite snack food?

Lays Chips
Coffee, tea, or other?

We have a coffee Machine in the office that never takes time off.
Any pets?

No pets at the moment, But my girlfriend has 2 cats that I always have to feed & look after when she is out of town.

Worst habit?

Being to organized, trying to get to much done in short time.
Favorite Musician?

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. There’s a lot to the music industry which you can apply to your business.  I use a lot of his approaches to the things he does to work with here.
What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

I love walking up the streets of SJ to see the beauty that we have here.  Being in the uptown core provides me with this everyday. We take advantage of the restaurants here, so far the best service & food is Ryan Duffy’s.

Find James Walsh and Rod Stears Photography..

On the Street:  1 Market Square

FACEBOOK:  Rod Stears Photography

Uptown Mugs #58 . Enchan & Melissa

Enchan and Melissa are truly one of our uptown power couples!  Both unique, both super talented, and both lending a wonderful, contagious positive energy to our uptown scene – and both with such genuine smiles, it makes ones day better to even experience a ‘hi’ from them when passing on the street.  Enchan and Melissa share their expertise and skill at EN Sushi Bar on Canterbury Street, where the sushi is fresh and created care and pride.  This sushi is not only beautiful, as good sushi should be, it also is a truly divine tasting experience.  Unique to the restaurant, is also the display of incredible art by Enchan, one of the most brilliant and humble artists in the city.


Let’s chat with Enchan and Melissa..

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Enchan:  Fukuoka, Japan

Melissa:  Saint John, NB, Canada



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

Enchan: Since 2004. I began my journey here as a dishwasher. This was my first introduction to Saint John’s restaurant scene.

Melissa: I would say since 2004 after returning from Japan with Enchan & our daughter. This is when I finally began to feel a part of this city because I was now looking at it from a different perspective. I left originally in 1993 for Vancouver (5yrs), came home for 1 year then promptly left again for another 5yrs to Tokyo. Returning with a family and a partner who was both looking at the city for the first time & Canada gave me a sense of wanting to rediscover what my home town was and meant as “Home”. I am glad to say we now both Feel that sense of “Home”.


What is your favorite season, and why?
Enchan & Melissa:  Summer! The heat, the colors, the smiles & more street conversations.


What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Enchan:  Korean Nori

Melissa:  I’ll second that



Coffee, tea, or other?

Enchan: White wine

Melissa: Red wine


Any pets?

Yes, 2 Cats living and one in ghost form


Most guilty pleasure?

Melissa:  Beef Vindaloo 10X spicy cooked by our friend Guljar at Thandi’s



Favorite Musician?

Enchan:  Michael Jackson

Melissa:  Nina Simone



What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Our insider tip…. blink: the artists’ free space!

This Space is devoted to exhibition and encouragement of local creativity.  FREE of charge to local artists open to all creative artist and skill levels.

Located street level at 96 Princess, you can also follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blinkbyink/

Uptown Mugs #57 . Nichi McInroy

Nichi is one of those ‘uptown rockstars,’ literally and in all ways.  She is a pro stylist at Salon DC (36 Sydney Street), a mom, friend, model and vocalist with the popular band, WTFunk.  We are happy to show off this stylin’ gal, and point the spotlight her way – it is well deserved.


Let’s chat with Nichi..

Where were you born/Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Midwestern US: St. Louis, Missouri.  I moved to Saint John in 2002.

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

Went to school and worked uptown off and on since 2004.  Just recently returned from maternity leave to work at Salon DC.

Favourite musician?

My best-friend, Lisa McLaggan of Tomato/Tomato.. and Adele.

What is your ultimate favourite snack food?

Cereal.  Especially sugary, really unhealthy cereal.  Ever since I was a kid this has been my automatic go to.  I have tried to refine my taste to more sophisticated, adult cereals… but you can’t beat a good ol’ bowl of Fruit Loops.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Tuck Studio‘s new uptown location provides a fun way to explore the great stuff that Tuck offers.  Judith has been involved in a lot of the recent indoor uptown make-overs and it’s really refreshing to be able to browse an in-real-life retail location that has so many unique pieces and ideas.



Contact Information for Nichi:

Salon DC
36 Sydney Street

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nichimcinroy/


Instagram: @NichiMc

Website: nichi.ca

Welcome Uptown to Ella!

We know and love Ella as the cool new fashion app where you can snap, sell and shop for top fashions and accessories.  We all should have and utilize this new way of shopping.  But, it doesn’t stop there.  Ella now has a shop on Prince William Street.  Here, you can find new and gently used on trend clothes, jewellery and other gift items.  Stop by this beautiful boutique and treat yourself to a charming uptown shopping experience.  Welcome uptown, Ella (and Kelly, the lovely proprietor extraordinaire) – you add a touch of class to our historic Prince William Street and we look forward to enjoying all you have to offer.


































Find Ella Online


Ella, The Shop, is located at 101 Prince William Street.

Uptown Mugs #55 – Bernard Cormier


It is difficult to walk an uptown street or attend a city function without seeing this very familiar and amiable face.  Bernard is always sharply dressed, composed, charming, and affectionately witty – we all appreciate Bernie and his important place in our community.

He is valued part of our landscape, a very important piece of our cultural fabric, a friend to many and a wealth of information, as well…often has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Let’s get to know this man about town…


Where were you born/Where are you from?
Born, raised, educated, and always worked in Saint John.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
I’ve been part of the uptown scene all my life. As a child a grew up in the city centre.  I graduated from St. Malachy’s High School and always worked uptown.

Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?
Other than my parents, I was inspired by one of my elementary school teachers, the late Sister Rosalie (a.k.a Sister Helen O’Neill).   She believed in my artistic abilities and entered one of my artworks in a national competition in Toronto and I won first prize from over 10,000 entries.

The other person who had a profound influence in my life was the late Dr. Thomas J. Condon, former Vice-President of UNB Saint John.  We became close friends in the early 1980’s and worked together on so many great projects including the Canada Summer Games, Festival by the Sea, and the Imperial Theatre, among others.   He was a true gentleman and never distanced himself from anyone.
What is your favorite season, and why?
I find beauty and enjoyment in every season. Each brings its own characteristics, holidays, and delights.
What is your ultimate favorite snack food?
Buttered popcorn (but it must be real butter).
Coffee, tea, or other?
I love my cup of tea with toast, muffin, or cookies.  Also enjoy a glass of wine with my dinner.
Any pets?
Yes. A 5-year old American Bombay cat named Merlin, which we rescued from being euthanized.  He is the boss in our household.
Most guilty pleasure?
Listening to Lounge music.

Worst habit?
Sharing my puns, one-liners, and groaners.
Favorite Musician?
There are so many fine local musicians to choose from that I find this extremely difficult to answer.  Saint John is blessed with talented artists in all genres of music.  I’ll keep my favourite a secret!
What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
The uptown offers something for all the senses.  My top tip would be…take time to savour the walkability of our urban core.  Explore the architecture and history of the city.  Enjoy the flower arrangements, public art, and monuments.  Take in a performance or visit one of the many galleries or museums.  Relax using retail therapy and the abundance of dining experiences offered.  I am fortunate to live uptown and can do this daily, and never tire of it.


You can find Bernard most days, out and about in the city. Otherwise, he also has a strong social media presence, and is an excellent account to follow to keep up on what’s going on in the city.

Twitter:  @EventsSaintJohn