Uptown Mugs #65 . Karen Riley

Once in awhile, you notice someone on the street who just emits an urban aura.  Karen is just that.  Full of grace and style, she’s a lovely representative for uptown living and perfect face for her successful annual event, ‘It’s a Girl Thing!’

‘It’s a Girl Thing’ is in it’s 15th year uptown, and it is always a sign that spring is here and all of the ladies who attend get a taste of feminine indulgences and treats, as well as valuable spirit building and well-being growth.

Let’s get to know the woman behind this wonderful event and important fundraiser:


Where were you born? Where are you from?

I was born here in Saint John at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in the heart of the city.  I grew up with four brothers & two sisters so needless to say never a dull moment!  They are my “great big fat Irish family”.

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

I have been a part of the Uptown scene pretty much always.  I work with businesses “Uptown” & have witnessed Saint John evolve to be recognized as a vibrant architectural gem.  I have great memories as a young girl growing up & travelling to Uptown from the west side of the city called Lancaster.  Our family watched the Santa Claus parade from my Dad’s office window uptown.  We would go uptown with Mom to shop in some great department stores that were here at that time such as Scovil’s,  Calp’s  &  MRA’s.  I am an active volunteer with the Chamber so have  an up close perception of some of our City’s best movers & shakers.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

I thought of so many Uptown Insider tips I don’t know where to begin!  Favourite pastimes include brunch with friends at the City Market, the free summer series of concerts at King Square & Market Square & strolling through the Farmer’s Market at Queen’s Square.  Other weekend favourites are the curiosity shops like Loyalist Coin Shop which includes patting the owner’s two gorgeous Chow dogs.  A walk along Germain Street & you can find some hip women’s clothing boutiques which are on point as any you could find in Montreal or New York!  Our multi-cultural restaurants, friendly café’s , art galleries & Imperial Theatre are treasures.  There are wonderful yoga classes, the Harbour Passage  & New Brunswick Museum which are all situated  in the whole Uptown area…

It’s a Girl Thing the Original Since 2003

Calling Everyone of the, Shall we say Emotionally Advanced Gender!  What a Fun Chance to Connect or Re-Connect with the Special Females In your circle Tag your sister, Aunt, Grammy, Daughter, Mama & BFF & Enjoy some “we time” Catching Up & Yes Men can come too!

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Renew your spirit and capture your imagination by attending “It’s a Girl Thing the Original Since 2003”. Receive tips on everything from skincare, interior decorating, makeup, purses, jewelry, fitness, de-cluttering techniques, fashion, cooking & much more!
This event features a walk around fashion show , live music, door prizes, information, food & drink samplings & so much more!

Sunday April 23rd   1-4

20 Peel Plaza (across for the Police Justice Department)
$6.00 Cover Charge goes to
Romero House & Saint John Outflow Food Bank & Outreach Programs
Find out more about ‘It’s a Girl Thing!’

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