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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!

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