Uptown Events This Weekend! (September 29th – October 1st)

Featured Event:

Fog Lit Festival
All Weekend @ Various Locations

Friday, September 29th:

Artist Talk with Andrew Reed Miller
5:30pm @ ArtsLink NB

Soiree Poésie with Jesse Mea & Roland Bourgeois
7pm @ Five & Dime

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Sugar Bomb – Motown Tribute
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, September 30th:

Culture Days 2017
10am @ New Brunswick Museum

Science Literacy Month
10am @ New Brunswick Museum

7pm @ Blackbox Studio Theatre

Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre: Re-Quickening
7:30pm @ Imperial Theatre

The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Dance Party Saturday Night
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Sunday, October 1st:

Queen Square Farmers Market
9am @ Queen Square

CIBC Run for the Cure
11am @ Marco Polo Cruise Terminal

Roast Battle – Quarterfinals!
4pm @ McGill’s

New Gateway Signs Welcome Folks Uptown

New ‘Welcome . Bienvenue’ signs now greet those entering the ‘Uptown’ of our city, compliments of your Business Improvement Association, Uptown Saint John Inc.

Three custom made gateway signs, crafted locally, show off the new ‘Love Life Uptown’ branding so popular with those who frequent uptown.  The signs are installed at three entry points to the uptown peninsula; the corner of Main St. and Union St., Somerset Street, and Crown Street.  The Uptown Saint John Urban Design & Development Committee lead this vision, including consultation with Saint John Energy, The City of Saint John, and various other stakeholders – always keeping in mind and the importance in staying consistent with the existing Neighbourhood Plan.

‘Our uptown core is alive and thriving, and we have a different look and feel, as urban centres do,’ said Nancy Tissington, Executive Director with Uptown Saint John Inc.  ‘We thought it important to not only welcome people to our community and home, but also to frame the boundaries with these ‘place making’ signs.’

Also of note, the first installation of our newly branded light-post banners are now installed.  Modern, with a slight gritty edge, the message is to “Love Life Uptown,” whether it be while living, working, shopping, playing, or enjoying from afar – it encompasses the overall feeling that this population is embracing and truly loving our uptown core.  Love of place is undeniable, and we are happy to support it in this visual way.

Watch for these banners and the new gateway signs, and feel pride with us as a community!

Executive Director, Nancy Tissington, with new gateway sign on Somerset Street.

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


Rogue Coffee, Our Newest Cozy Coffeeshop

So, if you haven’t already heard, uptown Saint John is now home to a pretty incredible little coffeeshop, Rogue Coffee.  Tucked into a quaint little nook off Grannan Alley, Rogue fits like it was meant to be there all along, bringing us specialty coffee in a cozy space.  Time stands seems to still as you sit and sip.

Located at 36 Grannan Street, here you will find solace amid the permeating aromas of all things coffee. The space has been tastefully decorated, keeping the exposed brick and beams and industrial feel with soft touches of wild flower bouquets and a more contemporary coffee bar counter.

The coffee, espresso and various brews are impressive, utilizing the first Mod Bar in Atlantic Canada. Rogue also serves Kombucha on tap, Prosecco on tap, and nitro-infused cold brew.  Watching the baristas prepare your drink is watching an artist, and be sure to grab a handmade treat, freshly made by their neighbours Port City Royal.  Rogue plans to host musicians in the adjoining alley at times, and offer ‘cake and prosecco’ nights as well as various other events for coffee connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Be sure to stop by and follow them online;

Facebook – Rogue Coffee

Twitter – @RogueCoffeeSJ

Instagram – @roguecoffeesj

And below, presenting the lovely owners; Mike and Vanessa, a dynamic duo – ambitious, charming and fun!   Stop by the coffeeshop to see them for real, and grab a Rogue coffee while you’re there!


Uptown Events This Weekend! (September 22nd-24th)

Friday, September 22nd:

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10pm @ Callahans Pub

Foodland + Adam Washburn + Guests
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Saturday, September 23rd:

Science Literacy Month
10am @ New Brunswick Museum

Saint John Seadogs vs. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
7pm @ Harbour Station

Nothing But a Necktie
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Dance Party Saturday Night
10pm @ Callahans Pub

Fiesta Latina
10pm @ Taco Pica

Sunday, September 24th:

Queen Square Farmers Market
9am @ Queen Square

Drama and More Drama
2pm @ Saint John Arts Centre

Courtyard Concerts Artist Appreciation Night at McGills

As we look back on our uptown summer music series, Courtyard Concerts, we reflect on 28 shows highlighting our superb local musicians.  These free all-ages shows took place in the CenterBeam Courtyard, King’s Square, and the Saint John City Market during July and August.

Last night, Uptown Saint John Inc. hosted an artist appreciation jam at McGill’s, showing our gratitude to the artists and sponsors who helped make this event, once again, super successful.  Thank you to everyone who participated and all who came out to en our talented musicians uptown!  Here’s to a great year, as we look forward to the next.

Below are some photos from last night, as well as a small sampling of photos from the summer months.

Thanks again to our sponsors; 97.3 The Wave, Commercial Properties, and The Saint John City Market.


New To Prince William Street, Refresh Wellness Studio

Uptown is now home to a special oasis on Prince William Street.  Formerly Adica Health Center at 98 Prince William Street, Refresh Wellness Studio is here to help you treat your body well.

Refresh Wellness Studio offers Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology and various Esthetics Services.  Step into the calm and refresh after a busy day at work at this convenient and welcoming space.

New owner and manager, Leah Ross, invites existing and new clients to stop by and treat yourself to a deserved treat!


Find Refresh Wellness Studio:

On the street:  98 Prince William Street
Phone:  642.9001
Website:  refreshwellnessstudio.com
Facebook:  Refresh Wellness Studio
Instagram:  @RefreshStudioSJ

Uptown Events This Weekend! (September 15th-17th)

Featured Event:

XOSecret Theatre: Landline
All Weekend @ Imperial Theatre

Friday, September 15th:

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Saturday, September 16th:

Touch a Truck
10am @ Long Wharf

Science Literacy Month
10am @ New Brunswick Museum

Dive Into Fitness Day
12pm @ Canada Games Aquatic Centre

Intro to Wheel Spinning
12:30pm @ Good Fibrations

Rocmaura Gala 150
5pm @ Trade and Convention Centre

DFO + Electric Spoonful + Lionsault
9pm @ Peppers Pub

Barbra Lica Live
9pm @ Five and Dime

L3D’s DJ’s
9pm @ CLUB Rewind

Dance Party Saturday Night
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Sunday, September 17th:

Queen Square Farmers Market
9am @ Queen Square


John Mallory Fitness – Welcome to Germain Street!

Now located in the Fairweather Building at 86 Germain Street is the new John Mallory Fitness Studio.

Owned by John Mallory, a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo, John Mallory Fitness Studio helps you take steps towards achieving your fitness goals.

Services offered at John Mallory Fitness include:

-Group Circuit Training
-One-on-one Training
-Women’s Self Defense and Personal Protection Classes

Along with these services John also runs Kamiza Judo as a branch of John Mallory Fitness.  Kamiza offers programs for the young, the old and everyone in between.

Recently renovated, with most of the woodwork done by the owner, John, himself, the studio has convenient non hour Core Conditioning classes.

Stop by to have a chat with John and visit with his lovable canines Storm and Bear, or give John a call, and you’ll be on your way to a new and improved you!



Find John Mallory Fitness:

On the street:  86 Germain Street
Phone:  506.645.8085
Facebook:  John Mallory Fitness
Website:  jmfitness.ca

Uptown Events This Weekend! (September 8th-10th)

Friday, September 8th:

Wartime Saint John by Night
8pm @ Former Hayward and Warwick Building Beside Elwood’s Wood Lab

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Saturday, September 9th:

Walk of Life 2017
8am @ Market Square Atrium

Astound Art Pop Up Shop
8am @ Saint John City Market

Science Literacy Month
10am @ New Brunswick Museum

Saint John SuperWalk
12pm @ King’s Square

Local-FM School Kickoff #3: Burgundy Drive/TODDLER/Subtle
10pm @ Taco Pica

Sound Drown + Melonvine
10pm @ Peppers Pub

Dance Party Saturday Night
10pm @ Callahan’s Pub

Sunday, September 10th:

Queen Square Farmers Market
9am @ Queen Square

Roast Battle – Round 2
4pm @ McGill’s