Paw Party 2019

This years Paw Party was a HUGE success! We loved celebrating International Dog Day with all kinds of dogs and their friendly owners! Thank you to the SPCA, Global Pet Foods, Saint Martins Dog Boarding Kennels/ABC Dog Training, Saint John Seadogs, 97.3 the wave and Counselor David Hickey for leading our dog parade! We can’t wait to see all the dogs and owners again next year to celebrate International Dog Day with us at our Paw Party for 2020!

Welcome Offline Board Game Cafe!

What strikes you most upon entering Offline Board Game Cafe is the feeling of camaraderie and fun in the air. The first establishment of its kind in Saint John, the cafe offers guests the opportunity to play any of 1500 different board games while enjoying a drink or a snack.  If stopping by on a night out isn’t your cup of tea, the cafe offers parties, board game rentals, jumbo games for events, Canada-wide game subscriptions, and also sells new games.

Owner Susan Pass previously worked as a designer before starting the Board Game Cafe, and purchased the Prince William Street location over a year ago. Now, she says that she loves being able to spend time with her four children while she’s at work. Since moving to 98 Prince William, she says the community’s support has been overwhelming. Offline has partnered with the school board to develop an index of games that meet curriculum goals for different grades, and Pass plans to run a lunch program for high-school students come fall. She hopes that the cafe will become a place where students find community and mentorship, while eating healthy low-cost food.

Offline is fully licensed and offers a variety of local brews (think Picaroons, Moosehead and Gahan), inventive cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for all to enjoy. Snacks available on-site range from gummy bears (fresh from Freak Lunchbox) to spinach dip, while food and desert menus round out the offerings for hungry gamers. On weekends, stop by for all-day breakfast!

Oversized game pieces are handed to players upon entering the cafe – turning the green side out shows staff you would like help or service, while the red side asks that your table be left alone to play. At the time of publishing, it cost just $5, $3 and $3 tax incl. for adult admission, children and seniors, respectively (so there’s no reason not to stop by and check it out for yourself today)!


Find Offline Board Game Cafe:

Location: 98 Prince William Street, Saint John NB (wheelchair-accessible)

Phone: (506) 631-3333




Monday to Thursday 10AM – 10PM

Friday 10AM – midnight

Saturday 9AM – midnight

Sunday 9AM – 10PM


Check out the new space below!


Uptown Advantage Cards 2019

Get your Uptown Advantage Card today! For just $5 you will be treated to specials and discounts at participating stores and restaurants uptown all year long. The Uptown Advantage Card is a great way to support local business, offering discounts for kids, teens, adults or even gifts! Pick yours up at any participating business or at the Uptown Saint John office, 17 Canterbury Street.

2019 Offers:


Boutique Zekara: 15% off regular price items
Bubbles & Balms: 15% off Bubbles & Balms products
Corn Crib: 10% off supplements
Dave Shoots Bookseller: 10% off books (except consignment items)
Decor8: 10% off regular price items
Dr. Brown & Associates: $50 off sunglasses or glasses
Element5 Spa: 10% off all aesthetic services and & regular priced items
Good Fibrations: 10% off Good Fibrations brand only
Heartbreak Boutique: 10% off one regular priced item per order
Lolë: 10% off regular priced Lolë products
New Brunswick Museum: 10% off admissions, 10% off gift shop purchases (exceptions apply)
On & Off Court: 10% off
Paddington Station: 10% off
Pristine: 20% off any regular price item

Food & drink
Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream: Free homemade waffle cone
Jeremiah’s Deli: Buy a sandwich, get a dessert free
Pete’s Frootique: 10% discount on purchases over $10
Picaroons General Store: 15% off Picaroons beer-to-go & merchandise
Sagrati’s: 10% discount (excl. phone/catering orders)
Rogue Coffee: 10% off regular price 340g bags of coffee
Taco Pica: 15% off
Taste of Egypt: 10% discount on regular priced items
The Original Uptown Donuts: 10% discount
Vito’s: 15% off
Wild Flours Sweets & Treats: 10% off a single cupcake, 6 pack, or dozen
Wild Carrot: 10% off

Uptown Weekend Events: August 8th-August 11th 2019!

Thursday, August 8th 2019 

Bay of Fundy Seafood Tasting Tour

11:00AM @ Saint John City Market

Saint John Night Market

5:00PM @ South Market Street

Golden Dog Beer Tours

6:00PM @ Picaroons General Store

Big Tide Joggers and Lagers

6:00PM @ Big Tide Brewing

Live Music at O’Leary’s

7:00PM @ O’Learys Pub

Country Star Kickoff

8:00PM @ Market Square Boardwalk

Nick Gay

10:00PM @ O’Leary’s Pub

Friday, August 9th 2019

Bay of Fundy Seafood Tasting Tour

11:00AM @ Saint John City Market

Gallery Hop at the NBM

4:00PM @ NBM

Gallery Hop 2019

5:00Pm @ Buckland Merrifield Gallery

Saint John Pride Professionals Networking Event

5:00PM @ Happinez Wine Bar

David R Elliott / Sadie

6:00PM @ Rogue Coffee

Golden Dog Beer Tours

6:00PM @ Picaroons General Store

Live Music at O’Leary’s

7:00PM @ O’Learys Pub

Chillteens / Steven Lambke / Little Coyote

8:00PM @ Saint John Tool Library

Saint John Pride Drag Showcase

8:45PM @ Market Square

Like a Motorcycle / Little You Little Me / Dearly Beloved / After Surf

9:30PM @ Callie’s Pub

Janowskii / Young Satan in Love / Tooth & the Fang

10:00PM @ Taco Pica



10:00PM @ Callie’s Pub

Saint John Pride Drag Bingo

10:30PM @ the Trade and Convention Centre

Saturday, August 10th 2019

Quality Kids Songwriting Session with Jill Wong

10:00AM @ Saint John Tool Library

Bay of Fundy Seafood Tasting Tour

11:00AM @ Saint John City Market

Quality Block Party at BMG

1:00PM @ Buckland Merrifield Gallery

Quality Block Party Free Show

3:00PM @ Saint John City Market

Bad Ideas Forever Pop Up with Sebastian Fleet

5PM @ Visitors Shop + Gallery

Golden Dog Beer Tours

6:00PM @ Picaroons General Store

Diamondtown / Klarka Weinwurm / Gavin Downes

7:00PM @ Callie’s Pub

Live Music at O’Leary’s

7:00PM @ O’Learys Pub

Saint John Pride Parade 2019

8:45PM @ King’s Square

Quality Tool Time 2.0

9:00PM @ Saint John Tool Library

Into the Night 5km Run

9:40PM @ Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal


Botfly / RIVAL / Crossed Wires / Grosse Bouche

10:00PM @ Taco Pica


10:00PM @ Callie’s Pub

Sunday, August 11th 2019 

Marathon, Half Marathon & 5km Run

8:00AM @ Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal

Queen Square Farmers Market

9:00AM @ Queen Square

Bay of Fundy Seafood Tasting Tour

11:00AM @ Saint John City Market

AASSE VI: The Undiscovered Country

3:00PM @ Taco Pica

Golden Dog Beer Tours

6:00PM @ Picaroons General Store

Sunday Jazz Night!

8:00PM @ Market Square Boardwalk

The Hypochondriacs (Trio) / Catriona Sturton

8:30PM @ Five and Dime


Saint John Pride Parade Week Events 2019!

Tuesday, August 6th 2019 

8:00AM – Flag Raising, HMCS Brunswicker, 160 Chelsey Drive

12:00PM – Flag Raising, Saint John City Hall, 15 Market Square

4:30PM – All Ages Pride Kickoff, Java Moose, 84 Prince William Street

6:30PM – “Queers Eye View” Art Show Opening, Cobalt Gallery, 111 Prince William Street

9:00PM – Variety Show, BMO Theatre, 112 Princess Street, $15

Wednesday, August 7th 2019 

7:00 PM – LGBTQ+ Healthcare Panel, Mary Oland Theatre, New Brunswick Museum, 1 Market Square

Thursday, August 8th 2019 

5:00PM – Professionals Networking Event, Happinez Wine Bar, 42 Princess Street

7:00PM – Youth and Adult Jump Night, Oasis Trampoline Park, Parkway Mall, $13

Friday, August 9th 2019 

5:00PM – SJ Pride Blows the 5 o’clock Work Whistle, Market Square Boardwalk

7:00PM – Peptides, 9 piece funk band from Ottawa, Market Square Boardwalk

8:00PM -Peptides, 9 piece funk band from Ottawa, Market Square Boardwalk

9:00 PM – Drag Showcase hosted by Normani, Market Square Boardwalk

10:00PM – Drag Bingo hosted by Kristi Davidson & Justin Toodeep, Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, 1 Market Square, $15 in ADV, $20 Door

 Saturday, August 10th 2019 

11:00AM – Yoga in the Park, Saint John Yoga Co-op, Queen Square

1:00PM – Drag King / Queen Storytime, All Ages, Saint John Free Public Library, 1 Market Square

8:45PM – Saint John Pride Parade, King Square North, King Street, 1 Market Square

9:15PM – Post Parade Community Gathering, Market Square Boardwalk

10:00PM – Happy Hour, McGills, Market Square Boardwalk

11:00PM – Big Gay Dance Party 2019 w/ DJ Molex, McGill’s, Market Square Boardwalk, $10

Sunday, August 11th 2019 

10:00AM – Pride Church Service, St Andrew St David, 72 Charlotte Street

12:00PM – Drag Branch, Pub Down Under, 400 Main Street


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Welcome Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream!

Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream is Saint John’s newest, hippest spot to grab a homemade shake, scoop, or pint to go. Since their Mother’s Day opening, customers have been attracted to delicious scents wafting out the door and onto Germain Street. The family-owned-and-operated homemade ice cream shop’s name pays homage to owner Derek Billingsley’s late grandmother Isabella – his three daughters serve up scoops under a neon sign bearing her name.

Stocking reusable jars, compostable bowls and lids, paper straws and wooden spoons, Bella’s tries to reduce their environmental footprint wherever possible. Compost bins, glass serving dishes and plants dotted throughout the space underline the shop’s Earth-friendly design. Pints in glass jars can be taken home with a $1 deposit, returned to you when you bring the jar back clean (although we recommend refilling them with more of Bella’s delicious ice cream).

The family is constantly experimenting, so you will find new flavours on the menu every time you stop by. We tried the chocolate milkshake and vegan mango strawberry ice cream (in a homemade waffle cone), and we would HIGHLY recommend stopping by this summer to give Bella’s a taste!

Find out more, and keep up with Bella’s:

In Uptown Saint John: 87 Germain Street, open noon ’till 9pm, Monday through Sunday

Facebook: Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream

Instagram: @bellastraditional

Twitter: @bellastradition


Check out some photos of the gorgeous new space below:

All photos by Allie Ruigrok