Uptown Mug #73 . Betty MacMillan

Saint John wouldn’t be Saint John with out Betty MacMillan.  Betty is the Manager of Cruise Development for the Port of Saint John, and she is a rock star for sure.  Integral from the very beginning in bringing cruise ships to our city, Betty was one of the key players involved in assisting the first ship, seeking refuge from hurricane Gabrielle in 1989, to dock in uptown Saint John.  She has been with the Port for 33 years, to date and has had her hand in bringing 2.5 million cruise passengers to our city, by the end of this cruise season.

It is more than apparent that Betty loves her job and finds it easy to ‘sell’ Saint John and the beautiful Bay of Fundy.  Her beautiful smile and confidence through valuable experience tell it all.

 

Let’s get to know Betty!

 

Where were you born/Where are you from? 

I’m a Saint Johnner.. lived here all my life.  I was a Garnett from Garnett Settlement –  one of 5 children.  I’ve travelled extensively but I’m always happy to come home to Saint John.

    

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

I have worked uptown for over 30 years – actually lived uptown for 8 years back in the 90’s.  I’m thinking it might be time to move back (I live west!).   Always have to be around the beautiful Bay of Fundy!  

Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration? 

I’ve worked hard through my life to surround myself with positive and energetic people –  funny as this may sound, my daughter has been a great inspiration.  She can always find the opportunity – she is always amazing me!    My sons Peter and Dr. Bill are also my rocks… extremely hard working and accomplished and so fun to be around.    They make me so proud!  

 

What is your favorite season, and why?     

Why cruise season, of course.   I would have to say fall,  not only are the temperatures wonderful and the leaves beautiful – but it is the busy cruise ship season.  I love seeing all of the tourists walking around and enjoying our uptown!   We keep improving with each and every year!  

 

Coffee, tea, or other? 

Java Moose,  foghorn – Black!   

 

Any pets? 

I have two cats…  inherited them both.   Louis II was my daughter Cayman Grants, and Zoe was my son Dr. William Huttges.  Definitely never lonely when they are around!  

 

Most guilty pleasure?      

Bragging about my beautiful grandchildren.  I have 7 now,  I am truly blessed!   Wanna see the pictures?? 😉
Worst habit?   

My desk is a mess… 

 

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

I fell in love with Sean Yoro (Hula)  when he was here –   really love his mural and the wonderful video he put together on Saint John and the Bay of Fundy.    We really have become #Saint Awesome.   I love the hashtag because it stresses that the SAINT is spelled out, and people are really catching on to the hashtag…  we are AWESOME!

I also love Britts Pub + Eatery –  their Huttges Bangers and Mash is to DIE for and their MyJam video’s on Friday evening are so much fun!   Also, Happinez Wine Bar –  and it is conveniently located just below Britts.   😉

 
Find and follow Betty

Twitter @bemacmillan

Instagram  bettymacmillan

 

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 Mug #70 . Litsa Daeres

A true ambassador and ambitious lady with a genuine passion for our uptown community, Litsa Daeres is the driving force behind many of the developments and upgrades uptown.  A lifelong resident, and active in community, she always has a beautiful smile on her face and a good word to share about urban living and the fun it can be.  She is a prime example of a millennial, loving life in Uptown Saint John!  Keep your eyes on Germain Street – new, mod, high end apartments are in the works, thanks to Litsa!

 

Let’s get to know Litsa,

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Born and raised in Saint John, lived on Germain Street for 26years. My parents are actually going on 50 years there.

 

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

I’ve been apart of the uptown scene my entire life 🙂 born, raised and worked uptown.

 

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I would have to say my father inspires me, I’ve never seen anybody work harder than him. He landed here from Greece when he was 23 without knowing the language and  couple of dollars, everything he has he’s done himself by working day and night. 
What is your favourite season?
Summer…I love all the flowers.
What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 
 I love when the cruise ships are in. There’s nothing better than seeing all the people walking the streets, eating at our restaurants and shopping at our local stores. It Makes our city seem so alive and vibrant, I would love to see our city like that all the time. Sometimes I drive down the streets and think to myself…”why don’t more people live here? It’s so pretty.”   

Uptown Mug #69 . Cait Milberry

Blue hair, don’t care.  Cait is a regular all over the uptown scene.  Full of spitfire, positive vibes and a wonderful creative spirit, Cait is a good friend and blessing to many and style icon to those who admire her from afar.
Let’s get to know Cait:

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born here in Saint John and grew up in and around the outskirts and surrounding areas. St Martins, Deer Island. Always close to the water. Currently living with Historica in the Canterbury Carpark.

 

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

I have been living uptown since I was 13.

 

Any Pets?

Pet- Herb just turned 11 last month. He has been the one constant in my life. He is definitely my north star and keeps me aligned and healthy. Uptown folks know him well #herblife.

 

Favorite Musician?

Steely Dan, Les Claypool, Tool

 

Ultimate Favorite Snack Food?

Garlic Cheese Toast forever! On Repeat! ​

 

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I have been looking up to people who challenge me and make me want to leave the comfort zone and try new things.
Monica Adair and Cherise Letson are now 2 of my closest friends, mentors and biggest influences in my life right now. 
Both of them challenge me to learn and explore, be more confident and to ultimately be a better Cait.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Favorite spots in uptown:
Treats- I love their soup. They also have frozen dishes all homemade for 2$ to take home, and the city’s best chocolate chip cookies. The view is incredible too. 
Five and Dime- Literally my favourite spot. Superb vinyl collection, great people, drinks, atmosphere, location, everything about this place is phenomenal and the first spot I bring people. 

Favorite thing about uptown?

There are equal amounts of effort being put into what seems every area for people to enjoy. New businesses, art, and generally the way I am watching people enjoy the Uptown area, all different times of the day. My window faces Canterbury and I love now seeing people I don’t know walking by, knowing they made the trip to come uptown.

Find Cait:

At work:  ICS Creative Agency
On Twitter:  @CaitMilberry
On Instagram:  @caitmilberry

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 #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.

 

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!

 

 

 

Uptown Mugs #61 . Patricia Gallagher

 

 

Patricia is a lady who seems to be everywhere and involved with everything.  From retail, events and fundraisers, the Arts & Culture scene, to owning and operating one of our city’s best AirBnB’s at One Princess, she is definitely one of the people who help put us on the map!  We are happy to show off this important lady and the corner of the city she calls home.

Let’s chat with Patricia..

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Born in Montreal, raised in beautiful Burlington Ontario.  I came to the Saint John area 16 years ago to set-up call centers in the region!  I loved it so much I decided to stay… It was such a wonderful pace and way of life and a perfect place to raise my daughter.

 

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

Three years ago we moved from the Valley to Uptown Saint John to follow our dream of having a home and small business all in the same place.  I have always dreamed of owning a BnB and OnePrincess has allowed me to do that! We have been loving every minute of life uptown! In the short time we have been here we have seen the entertainment and restaurant scene explode. It’s an amazing time to be part of such a positive trend, there is definitely excitement in the air and we look forward to more of our friends joining us uptown!

 

Name one or two people who you find your design inspiration? 

It’s not hard to be charmed and motivated by those who have gone before me, spending time with friends In their beautifully curated uptown homes has been inspiring in itself! The art housed in these beautiful century homes is swoon worthy alone, not to mention the beautiful laid out parlours and 14 foot ceiling! And no one is afraid to play with colour, it’s fantastic! I also read every home decor magazine in print and am constantly inspired by the way the designers can leverage the beauty of our surroundings to create an atmosphere of beauty, comfort and relaxation in our home.  I’m absolutely consumed with it and enjoy sharing the charm of our historic building with guests and visitors. To have two suites to furnish and decorate has been thrilling, they are both very different but both are equally loved by guests.. I’m already dreaming of their makeovers!

 

What is your favorite season?

I love them all, but summer is my favorite time of the year.  It is our busiest season with Cruise Ship Passengers in the Shop and AirBnB guests in our suites.  Although this keeps us hopping we still find time to relax on the balcony overlooking the beautiful Harbourfront and steal away to our RV Seasonal Site at Rockwood Park complete with our own “She-Shed”. There is nothing like a dip in Lily Lake, followed by a BBQ and Bonfire on a hot summer’s night.

 

 

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Poutine! Just ask any uptown restaurant that we frequent! It’s a problem. I’m currently on the hunt for truffle fries if you happen to know anyone who’s dabbling in them! I’m definitely a carbavour, and prefer savoury snacks to sweet.

 

Coffee, tea, or other?

I do love a good Manhattan!

 

Any pets?

Oh yes, Mr Buddy and Ms Sugar, two of the most adorable and best dressed minituare blond poodles uptown they even have there own #hashtag They are king and queen on the castle at One Princess!

 

Most guilty pleasure? 

Pouring through my decor magazines on Sunday morning with coffee and Baileys overlooking the ocean! Honestly I have 6-8 magazines on the go at any time!

 

What is your worst habit?

Leaving the kitchen cupboard doors open…

 

Favorite Musician?

STING had got to be my favorite musician of all time, without a doubt! But my favorite Canadian songstress is the beautiful and uber talented Jann Arden her songs all tell a story and touch my heart, every single one of them and she is a wonderful human!

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

One of my favorite parts about hosting out of town guests is being able to provide them with so much variety in the restaurant/bar scene.  We keep an ever changing list of our favorite go to spots in each genre of cuisine and restaurant style! Its really very impressive! I have yet to have a guest who is craving something delightful and not be able to point them in the perfect direction to exceed their expectation! How lucky are we that our dining repertoire is so diverse! Now I’m hungry!

 

 

Find Patricia and One Princess, AirBnB
On the street:  1 Princess Street
Online:  One Princess Air BnB
Facebook:  One Princess
Twitter:  @OnePrincessSJ
Instagram:  oneprincess_shopstayplay
Email: oneprincesssaintjohn@gmail.com

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
1(506)652-1317
http://www.rodstears.com
http://vimeo.com/user11239455/demoreel

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/