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 #57 . Nichi McInroy

Nichi is one of those ‘uptown rockstars,’ literally and in all ways.  She is a pro stylist at Salon DC (36 Sydney Street), a mom, friend, model and vocalist with the popular band, WTFunk.  We are happy to show off this stylin’ gal, and point the spotlight her way – it is well deserved.


Let’s chat with Nichi..

Where were you born/Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Midwestern US: St. Louis, Missouri.  I moved to Saint John in 2002.

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

Went to school and worked uptown off and on since 2004.  Just recently returned from maternity leave to work at Salon DC.

Favourite musician?

My best-friend, Lisa McLaggan of Tomato/Tomato.. and Adele.

What is your ultimate favourite snack food?

Cereal.  Especially sugary, really unhealthy cereal.  Ever since I was a kid this has been my automatic go to.  I have tried to refine my taste to more sophisticated, adult cereals… but you can’t beat a good ol’ bowl of Fruit Loops.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Tuck Studio‘s new uptown location provides a fun way to explore the great stuff that Tuck offers.  Judith has been involved in a lot of the recent indoor uptown make-overs and it’s really refreshing to be able to browse an in-real-life retail location that has so many unique pieces and ideas.



Contact Information for Nichi:

Salon DC
36 Sydney Street

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nichimcinroy/


Instagram: @NichiMc

Website: nichi.ca

Uptown Mugs #56 . Denise Dow

Denise is well known uptown and, like her building at One Princess Street, is a pillar in our community.  Always involved in various functions and fundraisers, she is a living example of being ‘Strong & Free,’ her company brand and lifestyle mantra, if you will.

Let’s get to know Denise..

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Saint John is my hometown, I worked for awhile in Montreal and California and came home to raise a family. There is no place like home.


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

I fell in love with One Princess and watched it for three years until it became mine in Dec 2013.  It was the perfect building to become the Strong & Free Headquarters and to be the showcase for Strong & Free products along with the consignment of other lines from local entrepreneurs. Converting the second and third floors to AirBnB apartments has turned the building into a home based business and allowed me to ramp down from a full time IT job to part time consulting.  Life is good!


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

My parents inspired me to work hard and believe that you can be anything you wish to be … I guess that means I am stubborn!


What is your favorite season, and why?

Summer, summer and more summer.  I am light activated I love the sun, swimming and bonfires with guitars on warm starry nights.


What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Give me all your chocolate and nobody gets hurt!


Coffee, tea, or other? 

Coffee starts my motor in the morning, there is no better way to start the day for us than a hot cup of Java on the balcony overlooking the SJ Harbour.   On Saturdays and Sundays we add a magazine to the mix.


Any pets?

We have two mini-poodles; Buddy who thinks you can’t see him if he’s not looking at you and Sugar who thinks she is a person and Buddy is a great chew toy.


Most guilty pleasure?

I love to jump in the Strong & Free RV, just get on the road and see where it takes us.  I do the driving Patricia makes the snacks and sandwiches while snapchatting, instagramming and twittering our our way around Canada!


Worst habit?

I am told that I can be too serious… Seriously???


Favorite Musician?

Male – Paul McCartney I am a huge Beatle fan

Female – Stevie Nicks I love her and Fleetwood Mac


What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

When I moved Uptown I had fun finding all kinds of ways to get from one place to another in the pedways and passages.  I love taking along my bag and getting all the goodies I need without ever getting in a car.  It’s become a bit of a game kind of like Uptown Pokemon Go gets groceries!

I am sincerely grateful for all those who support Strong & Free, it has become my life’s passion and I truly enjoy sharing it with Canadians near and far as we set an example for the world about integrity and the importance of human rights.  2017 is Canada’s 150, I can’t wait to be part of the celebration of this great country!


This is from the Canadian Bill of Rights and is on the wall in our store.


Find Strong & Free on the street at One Princess Street
Online:  StrongandFreeApparrel.com,   strongandfreeemblem.com
Facebook:  Canada Strong & Free – Fort et Libre
Twitter:  @StrongandFreeEm
Instagram:  @strongandfreecanada,

Hopscotch Whisky Bar

45 Canterbury Street is now home to a posh new Whisky Bar, Hopscotch.  With an impressive selection of whiskys, premium beers, wines and cocktails, guaranteed to go down smooth as you enjoy the comfortable space at the bar or upstairs lounge.  Be sure to check out the unique, custom made Jackalope and it’s interesting significance.  Stop by after work, with some friends or a pre or post date drink – a fabulous way to perfect your night.










Find Hopscotch on the street at 45 Canterbury Street
Phone:  642.3371
Online:  hopscotchbar.ca
Facebook:  hopscotchwhiskybar
Twitter:  @hopscotchbarsj


Creative Connections Gets Creative on Prince William Street

When you walk by the big window at 95 Prince William Street, you will be treated to a the splendour of beautifully created visuals on display.   Currently, we can feast our eyes on the bright, vibrant fall colours as seen and expressed by many talented artists and members of L’Arche Saint John.  Creative Connections is a space where creativity is encouraged through visual arts and wonderfully talented individuals have a safe and comfortable space to show off their ideas, perspectives and talents.

Many of the attendees are members of L’Arche Saint John, but Creative Connections is open to anyone who would like to join them in their activities.  Find out more about the organization here, larchesaintjohn.org or on Facebook.

We are fortunate to have Creative Connections uptown and look forward to enjoying their various window displays and themes to come.






Instructors Alisha and Gray encourage and applaud the wonderful works by their enthusiastic members.

Be sure to stop by the Creative Connections Open House on Thursday, October 6th 11am-1pm.

The Franklin Exploration

On-going: Franklin Museum Network Pop-Up Exhibit – The Franklin Exploration at the New Brunswick Museum.
Led by Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum, the Franklin Exploration Pop-up Exhibit highlights the story of the expedition as well as the discovery of HMS Erebus. This three year national project will share the story of the Franklin Expedition and its discovery through displays, video and public programmes.
The Franklin Expedition has fascinated generations of Canadians. Last seen entering Baffin Bay in August 1845, the disappearance of the Franklin Expedition’s two ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror remains one of Canada’s greatest mysteries 170 years later.

October 3rd – October 31st

9:00am – 5:00pm

To learn more about what’s going on at the New Brunswick Museum visit their WEBSITE!

Always Loved, Never Forgotten: Death and Mourning in Acadia

Until January 9, 2017: Always Loved, Never Forgotten: Death and Mourning in Acadia exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum.
This exhibition was produced by Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton. Curated by Deborah Robichaud, the exhibition traces the evolution of popular traditions and religious practices surrounding death in Acadia mid 19th-20th century.

October 3rd, 2016 – January 9th, 2017

9:00am – 5:00pm

To learn more about what’s going on at the New Brunswick Museum visit their WEBSITE!

Marie Hélène Allain – Imagerie de l’héritière

Until 30 October 2016: Marie Hélène Allain – Imagerie de l’héritière exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum.
Marie Hélène Allain from Sainte-Marie-de-Kent is one of New Brunswick’s most acclaimed artists. Allain’s installation, Imagerie de l’héritière, is the culmination of forty-five years of creativity and is an evocative statement about belonging. Imagerie de l’héritière is arranged in three interrelated sections: an upturned tree trunk with a mass of natural and sculpted stones; a pair of tabletop works; and a grouping of seven separate tree trunk and stone sculptures.

October 3rd – October 30th

9:00am – 5:00pm

To learn more about what’s going on at the New Brunswick Museum visit their WEBSITE!

Nurses Association of New Brunswick – 1916-2016 – One Hundred Years of Progress

Ongoing: Nurses Association of New Brunswick – 1916-2016 – One Hundred Years of Progress exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum.
The Nurses Association of New Brunswick marks its centennial this year. Discover the impact the Association has had on the profession in New Brunswick through this exhibition. Artifacts and photographs spanning one hundred years portray change and development in the nursing field, and the personal stories of those who worked in it.

October 3rd – October 30th

9:00am – 5:00pm

To learn more about what’s going on at the New Brunswick Museum visit their WEBSITE!