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.

Tops Gets a Facelift

Since 1989, Tops Family Diner at 215 Union Street has been serving up home-made delicious and is clearly a favourite with the locals. Friendly staff address patrons by name with a smile and ease that has been earned over many hot, tasty meals.  Tops is a family business and pride in good service and exceptional food is apparent in this sunny, comfortable atmosphere.  In August, Tops received a bit of a make-over with new paint, upholstery, lighting, countertop and various other special touches.  We are showing Tops off here, but encourage you to go out for a unique dining experience, yourself.  They are more than just pizza…though that is super delicious.  Tops offers all-day breakfast, is open 7 days a week, 7am-9pm, and also offer take-out.









tops10  tops11Pictured here, Litsa and her mom, Debbie.  Missing from the photo is Paul, affectionately known as ‘Papou.’
Stop in for a good meal and enjoy the company as well.
Phone:  634-0505

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

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

Welcome uptown, The Pridham Group!

We are thrilled to have Mark Pridham, and The Pridham Group back uptown!  The Pridham Group is a Creative Agency located in the heart of Saint John at 55 Canterbury Street.  Owned by local entrepreneur Mark Pridham, The Pridham Group has been in business since 2004.


Serving both local and International clients, The Pridham Group offers Mobile Friendly Website Design and Development, Graphic Design, Social Media Strategy and Corporate Photography.
The Pridham Group can be found on the web at http://thepridhamgroup.com.




Find The Pridham Group at 55 Canterbury Street, Suite 106
phone:  506.639.3420
email:  mark@thepridhamgroup.com
online:  thepridhamgroup.com
facebook:  ThePridhamGroup
twitter:  @thepridhamgroup
instagram:  markpridham