#30IN30 – DAY #9 – ICS Creative Agency

Feels like Christmas time now doesn’t it?

It’s my favourite time of year – snow has started falling. Mustaches have been shaved off after Movember. Advent calendars have started.

And Sea Dogs Hockey is in full swing.

ICS Creative Agency – located at 32 King Street – is a full service graphic design, video production, creative briefing, branding, photography, e-commerce solutions, social media marketing, content creation and SEO management team.


They also have a sweet, sweet section at Harbour Station and have offered #30in30 followers a chance to bring 9 of their friends to the game with them. Comfortable seats, all you can eat popcorn and a sweet view of the game.

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

Suzanne Hill: Singular

Until 16 April 2017: Suzanne Hill: Singular exhibition at the New Brunswick Museum.
Produced by the New Brunswick Museum, the exhibition includes mixed media works and installations. Through the artwork, Hill presents a thought-provoking interpretation of the singularity of the life of human beings. At the same time, the exhibition is complemented by responses from contemporary literature and dance, highlighting the interconnectivity of cultural forms, in art and everyday life. Five installations, like the fingers on a single hand, express Suzanne Hill’s exploration of the idea of existing apart from others. “We are all islands” is the premise around which Suzanne Hill centres her most recent body of work, Singular. Rather than focus on the interconnection of all humanity, Hill proposes that each of us is defined as being clearly separate, the cumulative result of uniquely personal experiences as well as our particular actions and the decisions that we alone make. Thus while we may live in social situations and may interact, to lesser or great degrees with others, ultimately, we remain as parallel singularities delineated by the borders of our own perception and will.

#30IN30 – DAY #8 – Market Square

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Market Square has Christmas on point – and Santa is in the house. Specifically, every Saturday between now and Christmas.

Market Square houses some of my very favourite shops in Saint John as well as my current and future favourite restaurants (hellloooo Taro Taco!). Envy, Samuel & Co., the New Brunswick Museum Gift Shop, Element5, Manchester Shoes – the list goes on (and on!)*.

*For a full list of shops – click here. For restaurants – click here.

In addition to the amazing shopping and eating you can do – Market Square looks after the very best of entertainment for the Boardwalk.

This New Years Eve – spend it with Matt Mays, Christina Martin, +++. (Click here for the Facebook Event)

And you know, that’s not even all of it. Shop at Market Square leading up to Christmas and be entered to win one of their coveted $500 gift certificates through their Five Festive Fridays promotion.

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Market Square has offered 4 $30 gift certificates to lucky #30in30 readers. Enter below!

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#30IN30 – DAY #7 – LORDON

I’ve been joking with Kate that LORDON is Silver Daisy’s older, cooler and more sophisticated sister.

The boutique opened in August at the corner of Canterbury Street and King Street – an ideal location to drool over their latest tops, dresses and accessories while on route to Second Cup (in one direction) and Picaroon’s (in the other).

I’m normally already aware of their latest wares – as I’m obsessed with watching their Instagram Stories and looking through their feed.

Within moments of stopping in last week – I had already picked out Christmas gifts for a few of my girlfriends. Blankets, scarves, soaps, candles, socks, jewelry and sweaters – look below, you’ll see what I mean.


The Round Towel – use it as a towel, throw blanket, yoga mat, shawl, or a rug!

(I’m partial to the rug option)

LORDON has started carrying Smith and Cult – eyes, lashes, cheeks and nail… Awesome packaging and a great price point.

At the LORDON opening in August – I bought a pair of Wolf Circus earrings. Money well spent – as they did not leave my ears for months.

Apologies in advance to all of the friends I’m going to offend over the next year. hehe

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I love everything. And now – so can you!

Kate and her team at LORDON have offered up – what I have dubbed – Christmas in a box. Honestly – you could wrap everything individually and have some very excited friends and co-workers. OR – you can sit on your new beautiful blanket scarf by the fire in your new socks painting your nails with a candle burning.

Enter below!

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#30IN30 – DAY #6 – Backstreet Records

When I think about Backstreet Records – I can’t help but smile. Gordie Tufts has got to be the most genuine man in the City. Kind, interested, involved and extremely active in the local music community. (At 60 – Gordie goes to more late night rock shows that I do!)

Over the past couple years, I have really gotten into listening to music on vinyl.

In about… 2007… I remember my pal Chris looking through my iPod and scolding me for not having full albums.

“I can’t believe you only have one track by of Montreal!” he’d scoff, before unplugging my iPod and plugging in his.

Since then, I have really taken the intentional route when buying and listening to music. While I might enjoy the jams of an album single, I do love listening to an entire album front to back. I love having to go back into the living room and flipping an album.

Take a look below at some of my favourite records leading into the Christmas Season. I will always accept a record as a gift, and apologies in advance if I buy one for you. Well, , sorry not sorry.

The ALVVAYS album has been a favourite since … oh, 2014 or so. Super poppy. Polaris Prize shortlist. Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island artists.

Wintersleep *heart eyes emoji*

Angel Olsen wins the “Barb Crawford Award for Best Album of 2016”.

(I stole this photo from the Bad People Facebook page)

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30 giveaways in 30 days – Godie has offered up a $30 gift certificate to purchase some VINYL!

Thanks Gordie!

Enter below (you might have the click the link)

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#30IN30 – DAY #5 – the Butcher’s Daughter

A gift giving staple for me has always been a mug – (giving or receiving, for the record). I use a mug for everything – coffee, tea, wine, beer (I know) – so getting a new one to add to the collection is a welcome addition.

Butcher’s Daughter, located at the top of the City Market, has a wonderful collection of local, regional, maritime and Canadian artists. Mugs, yes, but also jewelry, cards, soaps, pottery, paintings, sketches and much more.

When I dropped by earlier this week I fell in LOVE with quite a few items. I have some gift giving ideas for you below – but feel free to drop by today (or any day)!

I was TAKEN with these mugs by artist Therese Bombardier. I kept going back and looking at them over and over again. There’s something about straight lines and gold leaf on black and white mugs. This is where I’d insert the emoji with hearts for eyes. 

I love these tight top mugs from Monique Duclos Pottery. She also has pottery travel mugs that (1) fit in your cars cup holders and (2) have cork tops!

The SJ cityscape series from Maru Pottery is fantastic. I love the bright colours and carved scenes around the tops. Look closely – you’ll see something you recognize! #3Sisters

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And now for everyone’s favourite part!

I know you saw something above that you did a double take at – I also know that when you visit them week to get your extra 5 entries, you’ll see something else you like.

The Butcher’s Daughter has offered a $50 gift certificate to help you with your local Holiday Shopping! Fantastic!

Enter below!

(Click the link to go to the Rafflecopter page – thanks!!)

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Uptown Mug #60 . Peter Stoddart

Uptown Saint John would not be the uptown we know without Peter Stoddart.  Peter is proprietor extraordinaire of the Saint John Ale House, and most recently the new Toro Taco in Market Square.  Peter knows his stuff in regards to food and drink, and also is a huge cheerleader for all happenings uptown and in Saint John.  Catch him weekly with his informative, and sometimes cheeky, recaps of what’s going on around town with the Ale House TV segments.  Despite being a super busy man, he can often be found at the SJAH restaurant, with a friendly smile and always a few words of welcome.  This guy goes the extra mile, and we appreciate beyond words what he adds to our uptown.


Let’s chat with Peter…


Where were you born/Where are you from?

Born in Mississauga March 16, 1976…moved quickly to Fredericton for a few years and have been in SJ since I was 3..I grew up on Windsor St on the west side of Saint John.

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

I got my first job at King Square Cinema when I was 16 and worked there til I hit university..and became a Bartender, then it was working various places uptown until I opened Cougars in 2002.  SJAH opened in 2004, couple new concepts coming this fall/winter..stay tuned.

Name one or two people who you find inspirational? 

Paul Grannan was a big influence in my hospitality/business career, I started working with him in March of 1999.  I helped open and manage several of the restaurants in the Grannan Group back then and it really gave me a great understanding of the industry.  He never got to see me open any of my projects, but I feel he would be proud.

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Charcuterie and any number of Cheeses (Blue, Brie, Gouda, Cheddar etc…) and of course sweet pickles and crispy crackers.

Any pets?

I have a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Jil, A Brittany named Brooke (Both hunting dogs) a black and white cat named Guinness…and three Barred Rock Chickens, which have influenced the next project we are working on..and will be revealed soon!

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Parking in Market Square underground heated and walking to anywhere..Harbour Station, Aquatic Centre, City Market, Hilton, Delta, Brunswick Square or even Saint John Ale House – The Pedway system is a dream we take for granted as many cities don’t offer this same great treat!!


Find Peter and the Saint John Ale House:
One Market Square
Phone:  657.2377
Online:  SaintJohnAlehouse.com
Facebook (SJAH):  SaintJohnAleHouse
Facebook (Toro Taco):  Toro Taco
Twitter @SJAH_NB

#30IN30 – DAY #4 – Heartbreak Boutique

Every time I drop in to Heartbreak Boutique – I’m reminded that none of my clothing is awesome. I don’t mean that my current wardrobe is bad, I mean that I do not have a single cat on any of my sweaters. None of my gym tanks tops say that I “WISH YOU WERE BEER”. My Christmas dress does not have a fox on it*

*I’m going to be able to help you with that one.

Heartbreak Boutique is my go to for fun birthday gifts, stocking stuffers, (eventually when I get some guts) Roller Derby gear and T-Shirts.

Take a peek below at the items that caught my eye when I popped in this week!


Loving the jewels on this crop top.

The selection of cards and goodies that Pam has is extensive – featuring local artists and those from away.

She has quite a selection of prints, tees and cards from Saint John artist turned Halifax resident, Geordan Moore.

Do you need a new pair of whimsical socks? Pam has you covered. Every time I wear my “Cats with Umbrellas” socks to the gym – they get many compliments. I’m sure the Dinosaur/Taco will get similar compliments.


I addition to Pam’s great Boutique on Germain Street – she also has a large heart.

This holiday season, Pam Wheaton and Kelly Morrell have started what they’re calling A Code Red Christmas.

After seeing a video online about the struggle to find feminine hygiene products as a homeless person who menstruates, Pam and Kelly began a group they now call Code Red.

The goal of their group is to create period packs and distribute them monthly to locations where they can be picked up by those who cannot afford to purchase these “luxuries” each month.

This holiday season, Heartbreak Boutique will serve as a drop off location for donations of pads,tampons and sanitary wipes. The team will assemble the items into packs and will distribute to various locations throughout the city.

Fantastic. Thank you girls for bringing attention to this.


Pam has offered up any Holiday Dress in store as a giveaway diring #30in30!

Want to win? Enter below!

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#30IN30 – DAY #3 – Heroes’ Beacon

I might be the last person to get the memo re: board games – but I’m there. Memo received.

I’ve recently been introduced to the very fun, challenging and co-operative world of gaming.

I was eased in with a simple 2 player tile game called Patchwork. Amy was able to explain this game to me while we played. I was then introduced to a hilarious drawing game called Looney Quest. In a nutshell, you draw blindly on a clear piece of plastic and cross your fingers that when you place it on the game piece – you didn’t draw on top of a bomb. Next came a quick and easy card game called Colorfox. I LOVED this game – because there is a winner. And I won.

I was then thrown to the deep end with a “cooperative game of terror and adventure” called Eldritch Horror. My pal Matt actually said the following to me – “we’ll need a bowl for the monsters”. Uuuhhh… OK.

Since starting to play – I’m in love. I was so excited when Heroes’ Beacon invited me to drop by and check out their shop on Charlotte Street. I was even more excited when they told me about their giveaway… Can I enter this one?

I asked Chris and Steve to suggest games that might appeal to a first or early “gamer” and this is what they came up with (with a few choice sentences about each from Boardgame Geek).

Carcassonne is a tile-placement game in which the players draw and place a tile with a piece of southern French landscape on it. The tile might feature a city, a road, a cloister, grassland or some combination thereof, and it must be placed adjacent to tiles that have already been played, in such a way that cities are connected to cities, roads to roads …

Munchkin – Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Back-stab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.


7 Wonders Duel – Over three ages players acquire cards that provide resources or advance their military or scientific development in order to develop a civilization and complete wonders.

In Ghost Blitz, five wooden items sit on the table waiting to be caught: a white ghost, a green bottle, a cute grey mouse, a blue book, and a comfortable red chair. Each card in the deck shows pictures of two objects, with one or both objects colored the wrong way. With all players playing at the same time, someone reveals a card, then players grab for the “right” object – but which object is right?

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the Werewolves, a Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf….

**I have played this game a number of times over the past month or so and it’s HILARIOUS. I would recommend it to anyone heading to a friends house over the holidays that needs a hostess gift! 

Heroes’ Beacon has a HUGE selection of games available for purchase. I highly recommend you drop by to check them out. The guys have n problem talking your ear off about games to play for different occasions or ways to add to games you already play… (I had no idea so many expansion packs exist!)

I addition to board games, Heroes’ Beacon has a large collection of graphic novels and comics!

I was also extremely pumped while browsing their gift-ware section – socks (ankle, short and tall), umbrellas, mugs, cups and action figures!

The giveaway that Heroes’ Beacon has offered is FUN. A Family Game night complete with Ticket to Ride, snacks and a fun card game!

Enter below!

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Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail

A very sweet holiday tradition uptown awaits your pleasure.  Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail is a sugar coated, delicious trail of gingerbread creations and is viewable at various uptown locations from November 25 – December 23, 2016.


Stop by and feast your eyes on these unique gingerbread pieces and share your photos online #LiveLifeUptown #GingerbreadTrail