Welcome Uptown to The Casper Agency

The Casper Agency open for business in Uptown Saint John


The Casper Agency has chosen Uptown as its home to kick off a new writing firm. Based out of ConnexionWorks, the two-man team consists of Daniel Mark Wheaton, an entrepreneur and writer, and Ben Silcox, a journalist and editor.

The duo partners with local businesses and individuals with writing needs, offering everything from website copy and blog posts to editing and cover letter/resumé writing. (They also have a knack for repairing antique typewriters.)


Uptown is the perfect fit for their style – friendly and laid back, with a wealth of local knowledge.


Working out of ConnexionWorks’ communal office places them side-by-side with other Saint John businesses such as Cardinal Path and iSpire. The Casper Agency embraces the opportunity to be a part of this community and to make connections with small businesses across the Uptown area.


Drop by, send them an e-mail, give them a call or connect with them on social media to say hi and welcome them to Uptown Saint John.


Find The Casper Agency:


ConnexionWorks: 300 Germain Street, Suite 300

Phone: 506.638.9149

E-mail: write@thecasperagency.com

Online: www.thecasperagency.com


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Uptown Mug #77 . Denise Gallant

If there ever was an uptown Saint John cheerleader, it is Denise!  This personable lady knows where the action is and where to find the best of the best in value and quality uptown.  Denise lives and works uptown and is an avid ‘tweeter,’ always sharing via twitter where she enjoys dining, shopping, and spending her leisure time.  If you are on Twitter and don’t already follow her, you should @DGallant1965.  She has a wonderful energetic spirit and keeps all of us updated on what’s happening – and we love her for it!

Let’s get to know Denise

Where were you born/Where are you from?

That’s actually a funny story, as I was born in Saint John  but only lived my first year here. (neither of my parents are native to here either) My father was then transferred to Moncton and I lived there  for 50 years.


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

So in July of 2016, after a year off from my banking career, my friend Marilyn Robinson, owner of Inspire Collections offered me the job of taking over management at her Market Square location.  It meant leaving the comforts of the only home I ever knew which was not something I was ever planning but the opportunity seemed too great. So I packed up a bag and took the plunge.  Since I now needed to pay for parking for work, I opted to take an apartment  in uptown so I could walk to work, and that became the GREATEST decision ever, as it’s what brought me to this lifestyle that I adore!   I now am part of a community that I like to call more than just friends, but family.  

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

Without  naming names,  I look to the women who have, like me, been dealt a blow or more in life, but picked up the pieces and have moved on to shine even brighter  than before.   With their courage, strength and determination, they didn’t give up, they smiled when they wanted to cry and had faith that life could be beautiful again.  As I admire and am inspired by their story, I hope that others who are struggling can also look at my story and be inspired as well.  

What is your favorite season, and why?

I love heat so naturally my first instinct is to say Summer, but Spring has always been my ‘season of hope’.   All that was dead becomes alive again!  We feel that thrill of sitting outside for the first time in months, basking in the sunlight,  or walking, listening to nature’s sounds…ahhhh… coming soon I hope!!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Let’s put it this way:  I would give up chocolate WAY before I would give up cheese!!   Of  course if you ask the chefs at the Ale House, they’d probably say cheese cake!


Coffee, tea, or other?

Every morning, the ritual is the same:  coffee.   Then later a treat would be a tea from the Feel  Good Store!


Any pets?


My sweet  dog Jasper!  He’s embraced the uptown life too!  His favorite spots are Java Moose on Prince William, or Picaroon’s on Canterbury.  I’m sure the treats have nothing to do with it haha.


Most guilty pleasure?


During the Summer months, there is a pure delight in enjoying some patio time uptown!  Sometimes by myself in late afternoon with a book, or after work with my friends.  A very simple activity that packs a lot of soul recharging punch!


What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 


My tip would be to dive right into the life that is offered here and REALLY live it.  My passion and sparkle is a direct reflection of what uptown gives me!  I not only live and work here but I shop, eat and play here.   I support a lot of the merchants in the City Market, and in the Summer , The Queen Square Market which is an activity all on its own.  I support our great locally owned restaurants/pubs/coffee shops that bring a unique charm to the experience.  Our social circle might take us to Happinez, Picaroons, the York Bistro or Hopscotch, just to name a few, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Saint John Ale House who consistently treat me like family.  I also traded in my Wildcat Jersey for a Sea Dog one.  The pedway system makes it easy for me to go and enjoy a great night.   The beauty of the historical properties, the scenic view from Harbour Passage and the parks and green spaces all make my outdoor time amazing.  The community here is ready to embrace you, all you need to do is step out and say hi.

Find Denise on Twitter:  @DGallant1965


Uptown Mug #76 . Kim Jacobsen

It is our pleasure to recognize a lady who uptown is very proud to call ‘ours.’  Kim Jacobsen is an established Interior Designer and is very talented in creating  a perfect space, whether commercial or residential, to meet your needs and innate desires.  Well travelled, intelligent, social and cultured, Kim is the perfect combination of country soft and city sharp.  Her business, Kim Jakobsen Design, is located on Prince William Street, and she often brings her canine companion, Oscar to work with her.  If you see her out walking, often with Oscar, you will notice her.  She has an unmatched presence, subtle but distinct.  Humble just enough to be intriguing, and confident in the most charming way.  Not many can pull that off, but Kim does.  Without even trying. 🙂

Let’s chat with Kim:


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was physically born in Edmonton, Alberta …but my spirit came alive on  Quadra Island BC.


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

Joined Heather Kamerman  in 2008  to start an  interior design business  “Design 4 Space inc. ”  We won best new business at the Uptown Live Life Awards 2010. Life changed in 2013 went solo with my current business KIM JAKOBSEN DESIGN…we have made our home in the Creative Soup building working alongside the talented Hemming’s House team. Have had the most amazing time living and working in SJ!! 


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

French designer Phillipe Starck &  local SJ  artist and BF Elma Johnston McKay.


What is your favorite season, and why?     

I love all the seasons ..they give us ever changing scenery, light, color, flora, temperatures…  and the way we  experience them …inspiration for design.


Most favorite snack food?      

Smoked oysters out of the can with crackers and vino … ultimately while  on the beach or in the woods with my friend El.


Coffee, tea, or other?

Cappuccino am / honey+ lemon+ cinnamon stick pm.


Any pets?

My shadow, Oscar… a  b/w  Jackshitz who gives me a reason to walk every day.


Most guilty pleasure? 

Recently a croissant and cappuccino  @ Rogue coffee made by the talented and lovely Kim Steel of East Coast Bistro.


Favorite Musician? 

I love loads of artists… but David Gilmore, Sting and Sigur Ros are always in the queue.


What is your Design philosophy?

When I work with public spaces its all about emotion and experience…I have to tell a story and print the strongest memory of the spirit of the place on everyone who visits, to wake them up and provoke them and give them energy.

The opposite is for the private space…I must be humble almost silent. I have to be a good friend who listens and helps people to build there own home and life. Then I must disappear. In private space my role is to protect the energy and love of the couple or family. Their job is to get on with their life.



What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Food.. its a place off the beaten path but worth the walk..Thai Pho love the curry’s and Pad Thai + black thai rice desert omg!   View.. love to take Oscar for a walk to Tin can beach to chill ….and take in nature plus all the  activity of the SJ harbor.

Find Kim:

On FACEBOOK @kimjakobsendesign

Online:   kimjakobsendesign.com

Published in East Coast living magazine:  http://eastcoastliving.ca/2017/10/saint-john-love-nest/



Uptown Mug #75 . Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne Tucker is a trailblazer in life and a bundle of positive, creative energy and unmatched attitude.  Suzanne is the owner of Fundy Bay Organics, recently relocated to 38 Water Street, as well as a professor at UNB, a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee at Uptown Saint John, Inc., a biker, an uptown enthusiast and a role model and inspiration to many.  Suzanne clearly has a huge appreciation for health and well being, as well as a responsibility and care for our environment, demonstrated in her high quality products.  The personal care products she sells at Fundy Bay Organics are largely organic, GMO free, and lavish and lush in the ‘indulge yourself’ department.

Suzanne and Fundy Bay Organics compliment our uptown and we love her energy as she digs in and does things, because she can!

Let’s get to know Suzanne:


Where were you born/Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Newfoundland.  Yes b’ye.


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

We have been part of the Uptown scene as business owners for just over a year, but we have lived in the Uptown since 2005.


What is your favorite season, and why?     

My favourite season is summer – I am a sunflower, not a snowflake.  Love summer because all my favourite activities are summer in nature (golf, walks in the park, motorcycling, drinking on the Boardwalk…)


Most guilty pleasure?      

Most guilty pleasure – french fries.  I love french fries.



What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Lemongrass has the best pad thai I have ever eaten. 



Find Suzanne and Fundy Bay Organics:

On the street – 38 Water Street

Facebook – Fundy Bay Organics

Online – fundybayorganics.com

Twitter – @fundybayorganic

Instagram – @fundybay_organics

Uptown Mug #74 . Sgt. David Hartley-Brown and Cst. Duane Squires

We love our uptown boys in blue, Sgt David Hartley-Brown and Cst Duane Squires.  These two gents can often be seen out and about our uptown core, protecting and serving.  Whether it be on 4 wheels, 2 wheels, or beating the street by feet, Sgt David and Cst Duane have become familiar faces and we appreciate their presence always, assuring our safety and keeping things in line where and when needed.


So, let’s get some inside info on these two gents..


Where were you born/Where are you from? 

(Duane)  I was born in St. John’s Newfoundland and grew up just outside in Mount Pearl. I graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy PEI in 2006 and Saint John has been my home ever since. When I first moved to SJ I lived lower west, then Forest Hills and last year moved to Millidgeville.

(David) I was born in Saint John, NB.


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

(Duane)  I’ve worked uptown uniform patrol with SJPF for 9 years, This past January I had the opportunity to join our Community Response Unit in the Waterloo Village / Uptown Area. The more time I spend uptown walking the beat, riding the bike and just meeting the people, the more I like it.

(David) I’ve been working in the uptown for 35 years.


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

(David)  There are too many to name, just anyone who shares a passion to make a positive change in our community, province , country, world!


What is your ultimate favorite snack food? 

(Duane)  Of course as a Police Officer most of you would think I would say donuts and who doesn’t like donuts right? But I would have say chips are a weakness (Lays Ketchup & Doritos Intense Pickle)


Do you have any pets?

(Duane) I have a seven year old Golden Retriever named Bella. 
What is your most guilty pleasure? 

(Duane) I have to admit…. I binge watch Netflix

(David) JU JUBES from the Bulk Barn before I go see a movie.



What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

(Duane)  Uptown is unique! In the nice weather was have a beautiful Harbour Passage, in winter the pedway which is amazing because you can travel quite a distance without having to go outside in the weather. But if people ask about food I send them to Churchills and recommend the char crust!

(David)  That’s easy, Freak Lunchbox!! lol.


Sgt David and Cst Duane would like to emphasize that if any citizen sees something of a concerning matter, to contact the Saint John City Police non-emergency number, 648.3333.  If an emergency, call 911.

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