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/

Uptown Mugs #55 – Bernard Cormier

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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

Uptown Mugs #54 . Kate Thompson

When one thinks of fashion uptown, Kate always comes to mind. With an impeccable eye for style and always on the cutting edge of the latest trends, Kate is the model proprietor of one of our smartest fashion boutiques uptown – Lordon, located at 20 King Street.  Lordon combines classic and contemporary styles with upbeat designs, as well find chic accessories and unique gift items.

 

Let’s get to know Kate:

Where were you born/Where are you from? I’m actually a Newfie, I was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland however, I have spent the better part of 26 years living here!

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
A little over 6 years and loving every single minute of it! There has been so much positive change in the past few years and it’s so exciting to be a part of.


What is your favorite season, and why?
Fall- the weather and the fashion.

 

Coffee, tea, or other?
I love both but I do prefer an iced coffee in the summer over anything hot.

Any pets?
Yes! If my husband would let me I would have a lot more but we currently have two dogs- a ten year old Westie named Pixie and a five month old NewfiePoo named Chesley, a one-eyed cat named Salem, and four year old miniature African frog who’s name is too embarrassing to mention.


What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
I just discovered this but the most delicious sandwiches and salads are at Real Food Connections…the also carry PEI Cow’s chocolate covered potato chips…yum.

Find Kate and Lordon:
On the Street:  20 King Street
Phone:  696-9266
Facebook:  Lordon
Twitter:  @shopLORDON
Instagram:  @shoplordon
Online:  www.shoplordon.com

Uptown Mugs #53 – Emily McCumber

Emily is a juried member of the NB Crafts Council and has worked uptown at Good Fibrations for two years, and we are lucky to have her talent and presence uptown!  She has recently won two awards – the Professional Artist Fund award through the SJ arts centre and the NB museum and the Nel Oudemans award through the Sheila Hugh MacKay foundation.  You can find Emily and her work at Good Fibrations, 90 Germain Street and at these upcoming events: Etsy Made in Canada sale in Sussex on September 24th and the NB Crafts Council Show, December 2-4 at the Marco Polo Cruise Ship Terminal.

Let’s get to know Emily!

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Newcastle, NB but grew up in Long Reach, NB on the beautiful  Kingston Peninsula.

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

I moved uptown after finishing university in 2008.  I lived uptown for 4 years before moving out of the city and going back to school.  Now I’m back and working at Good Fibrations on Germain St.

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

All Dressed Ruffles chips dipped in plain yogurt. 

Coffee or Tea?

Both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

There are some pretty incredible local artists showcased in a variety of stores uptown. If you’re looking for a one of a kind, quality, handmade gift – from art to pottery to jewellery to textiles – check out Buckland Merrifield Gallery on Canterbury St, Handworks Gallery on King St, The Butcher’s Daughter in the City Market and of course Good Fibrations on Germain St, as well as the variety of art galleries in the uptown. New Brunswick has some pretty incredible makers. Support local!

Find Emily:

Online:  www.thespinnerweaver.ca

Facebook and Etsy:  The Spinner Weaver

Instagram:  @thespinnerweaver

Uptown Mugs #52 – Sarah Rankin

Chances are, if there is something theatre related happening uptown, Sarah is involved.  This energetic beauty not only works behind the scene at Saint John Theatre Company and as Festival Director for the Fundy Fringe Festival, she is a talented lady on stage as well.  She can often be found on the scene uptown, at Picaroon’s General Store, and soon will be running at full steam during the Fundy Fringe Festival, August 16-21st.

Let’s get to know Sarah…

 

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born and raised in St. Stephen (Chocolate Capital of Canada!). 

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

I moved to Saint John in October of 2010 to be closer to my boyfriend (now husband), Rob. We’ve lived Uptown the whole time! First Peter Street, then Princess, and then finally bought a home on Duke St. I threw myself into the Uptown arts scene as soon as I could by acting in shows with the Saint John Theatre Company. From there, I was afforded the opportunity to help shape and run the Fundy Fringe Festival. I’m so happy that Saint John has embraced it, and sees the value in it. Our volunteers are the best too! I’ve never met a more dedicated group of people in my life. Getting to know all of them, and the artists and audience, I feel like I’ve been living here my whole life, despite having only lived here for 6 years.

What is your favorite season, and why?

Summer! There are so many exciting events that take place Uptown in the summer! We’ve got Fundy Fringe Festival, Third Shift, Area 506, Loyalist City Shakespeare, Buskers. Not to mention patios are open!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Guacamole and chips

Any pets?

My 15 month old Siberian Husky, Watson. He’s an Uptown pooch. It’s amazing how many store are dog friendly. It’s a good feeling, knowing he can come with me when I’m running around, rather than being stuck at home. I also have two very needy lap cats, Jett and Schrodinger.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Lunch at Real Food Connection/Picaroons! Real Food Connection makes the best sandwiches, and they pair perfectly with a Picaroons brew. Picaroons is also dog friendly, which means Watson gets to be my lunch date.

Find Sarah and all of the details on Fundy Fringe Festival:

Online:  Fundy Fringe Festival

Facebook:  Fundy Fringe Festival

Twitter:  @FundyFringeFest