Welcome Uptown to Sweet! Boutique

Perhaps you have noticed, the corner of Charlotte and King Square South is looking very sweet!  That beautiful corner in the Admiral Beatty Building is now home to Sweet! Boutique, and we are thrilled to welcome this fabulous gift shop.  This is the second location for Sweet! Boutique, the first being in Rothesay.  Wendy and her staff invite you to stop in and shop the several ladies clothing lines…tops and sweaters, winter coats and jackets, and capes..boots, handbags and hats scarves and gloves.  Below are a few photos, but you must stop in to fully appreciate the wonderful clothing and giftware available, just in time for holiday shopping!

Welcome to uptown, Sweet! Boutique!

Owner, Wendy Gallant

Find Sweet! Boutique at King’s Square South
Facebook: @SweetBoutiqueNB

 

Congrats To Our Very Own OBA Winners!

The Saint John Region Chamber recently hosted their annual Outstanding Business Awards event recognizing those in our community who have made remarkable business strides.  Uptown Saint John Inc, the Business Improvement Association for uptown Saint John, is super proud to congratulate three of our very own members for winning in their categories.

Taste of Egypt – Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Congratulations Paula and Ehab Radwan, Taste of Egypt

 

Historica Developments – Development Award

Congratulations, Keith Brideau and all of your Historica Developments team!

 

Acadia Broadcasting (CHSJ and The Wave) – Big Heart Award

Congratulations to all of the Big Hearts at Acadia Broadcasting!

 

Thank you to The Saint John Region Chamber for recognizing the businesses and people who are helping move our city forward.  Congratulations to all of the recipients!

#LoveLifeUptown

Uptown Mug #82 . Kyla Chung

Perhaps you have noticed Kyla practicing her talent and creating beautiful paintings just inside the window of Trinity Galleries at 128 Germain Street.  There, in the warm sunlight or cozy and safe from the weather outside, Kyla looks comfortable and at ease composing the most impressive paintings.  Many of her pieces will touch those who love uptown as they are depictions of the very buildings and streetscapes that no doubt inspire her from where she sits. Kyla Chung is the Artist in Residence at Trinity Galleries and we are fortunate to have her in our city and right under our nose, blessing us with her talents daily.  Kyla is fairly new to uptown, but she is loving it and we certainly love her being here.

Kyle will be having a show on November 2nd at the Saint John Arts Centre, until December 21st, an opportunity she earned along with a Saint John Arts Centre Grant last May. This show is about her ‘study’ paintings for her next big project.  (She is studying how to paint cityscapes, Saint John buildings, streets, and the mood of Saint John – quite interesting and very rich subject matter indeed.)  Kyla will be creating a current Saint John scene combined with destroyed heritage buildings which undoubtably will be emotional, moving and beautiful.

Meanwhile, please stop by to see Kyla at the Trinity Galleries in Germain Street. There is also a cute little dog, Henry.

Let’s get to know Kyla..

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in South Korea, Seoul. I moved to Canada, New Brunswick in 2007 with my family. So it’s been about 11 years now.

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

It has been only about 10 months. My family lives in Quispamsis and I didn’t have much chance to go uptown when I was in high school. Even for about 6 months after I graduated and got back from OCAD University in Toronto, I had absolutely no idea how artistic this city is. Thankfully, Mike Wennberg who is a friend of my parents, and who is on the Board of Directors of ArtsLinkNB, told me about everything about Uptown Saint John and helped me to get in touch with many art people in this town.

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

Francis Bacon, the Artist. When I was a second-year student at OCAD University, I had a chance to go to see Francis Bacon exhibition at AGO. As soon as I saw his artwork, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, I fell in love with his use of colour, figures, themes, scale, and everything. My artworks have been hugely influenced and changed from that point of the time. Every time I experience a slump, I search for his artworks.

And it is hard to say as an inspiration, though, Beth, the owner of the Trinity Galleries. I want to have my own gallery someday in the future and I am learning a lot from her. I like how she makes decisions without any hesitation. See how she created this ‘Artist in Residence’ job and hiring me who just got graduated from an art school!

Any pets?

I can see my future as a crazy cat lady. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a pet in my life. I will get cats once I have my own safe house with enough money to take care of my cats that I’ve already named.

What is your worst habit?

I need to sleep a lot. If I feel tired, I can sleep all day, literally like 24 hours. But I want to be a morning person.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

I don’t really have an Insider Tip, yet. However, I’ve been stoking the Heartbreak Boutique store on my way to work every day. Never had a chance to go in because they close earlier than our gallery. I love their unique style. Oh, and when sunset, the view from the law court/ Saint John Arts Centre is amazing. I tried to depict that beautiful colour in one of my paintings.

 

Find Kyla at work right inside the front window of Trinity Galleries on the corner of Germain and Princess St,  Tuesday-Saturday, until December.

Online:  kylachung.com

Trinity Galleries Link:  trinitygalleries.com

Instagram:  @kylachung

Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail

Crosby’s Gingerbread Trail has become a very special holiday tradition uptown.  Between November 26th and December 24th, view hand-made gingerbread creations at various businesses uptown.  Perhaps try to see every one and pick your favorite!  This is a perfect time to enjoy a relaxing day uptown with all of the seasonal sights and sounds.  Be sure to stop for hot chocolate and a Christmas Cookie!

List of participants to come!

Welcome to Wild Flours Sweets and Treats!

We all appreciate a good sweet treat and Prince William Street now has the perfect sweet spot.  Previously Piece O’Cake Custom Creations, Wild Flours Sweets and Treats owner Sarah McNulty wants to continue the quality customers have come to know, but change the game a bit by adding other types of goodies including delightful and delicious cupcakes, cheesecake, cookies, cinnamon buns, chocolate covered cherries and more.   As well, the space is now accommodating, inviting seating for those who want to escape into taste temptation bliss and enjoy their purchase with a cup of coffee or tea.

Stop by if you are having that incessant sugar craving, if you are looking for a new spot to meet with a friend or colleague or if you want to surprise someone with a truly delightful surprise.  Sarah is also continuing the tradition of creating custom order cakes for birthdays and such.  Gluten Free is available.

Welcome Sarah and all of your team at Wild Flours Sweets and Treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Wild Flours Sweets and Treats

On the street:  91 Prince William Street
Online: wildflours.ca
Facebook:  @WildFloursSweetsandTreats
Phone:  506.696.7622
Instagram: @wildflourssweets

 

Welcome Uptown to The Original Uptown Donuts

We are thrilled to welcome a new treat spot uptown – The Original Uptown Donuts.

We are absolutely drooling daily over these donuts beyond typical donuts from The Original Uptown Donuts, now located in the City Market.  They are original, but more than grandma’s original.  These are epic.  Loaded with These tantalizing morsels of decadence are baked daily and are sure to impress as a special treat for any occasion, or no occasion at all.  Get there early for best selections.  These things go like hotcakes!

Congratulations to Melissa Whiting and her team, and thank you for making all of our lives a lot sweeter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find The Original Uptown Donuts:

On the street:  The Saint John City Market, 47 Charlotte Street
Facebook:  @UptownDonutsSJ
Instagram:  @UptownDonutsSJ

Weekend Events, September 21-23

Friday, September 21

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John

10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Halifax

7:00 pm @ Harbour Station

Rufus Wainwright with Stewart Legere

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm @ Imperial Theatre

Uncorked Saint John Tour – Early Edition!

10:00 am @ various Uptown locations

Shameless 

10:00 pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Golden Dog Beer Tasting Tour

1:30 & 6:00 pm @ Picaroons General Store

Seafood City Tour

2:30 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm @King’s Square and more

Discover Uptown Saint John Walking Tour

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm @ the New Brunswick Museum

Live Stand-Up Comedy, featuring Andrew Barr

8:00 pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

TGIF Party with Del

10:00 pm @ Callie’s Pub

Friday Night Live with Bailebail

11:00 pm @ McGill’s

Hammond River Collective / Sleepy PUNK

11:00 pm – 2:00 am @ Pepper’s Pub

Karaoke & Game Night

10:00 pm – 2:00 am @ Foundations

 

Saturday, September 22

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John BBQ & Closing Ceremonies

BBQ, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Closing Ceremonies, 1:00 pm

Music at the City Market, featuring Chris Daigle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dinner Theatre – ‘Wife Goes On’

6:30 pm @ Waterstreet Dinner Theatre

Live Stand-Up Comedy, featuring Andrew Barr

8:00 pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Shameless 

10:00 pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Steven MacDougall

11:00 pm @ Pepper’s Pub

DJ Randinger

9:30 pm – 1:00 am @ Five and Dime

Meet an Architect! 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ the New Brunswick Museum

Dockside Scavenger Hunt with Theodore Tugboat

10:00 am – 4:30 pm @ 55 Water Street

Uncorked Saint John Tour – Early Edition!

10:00 am @ various Uptown locations

Golden Dog Beer Tasting Tour

1:30 & 6:00 pm @ Picaroons General Store

Seafood City Tour

2:30 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uptown Saint John Brewery Tour

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm @King’s Square and more

Live at the Matinee Open Mic

4:00 pm @ O’Leary’s

Ten Mile House performing LIVE

10:30 pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Live Music

10:00 pm @ McGill’s

Dance Party Saturday Night

10:00 pm @ Callie’s Pub

 

Sunday, September 23

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

 

Queen Square Farmer’s Market

9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Queen’s Square

Science in the Square

11:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Queen’s Square

Dockside Scavenger Hunt with Theodore Tugboat

10:00 am – 4:30 pm @ 55 Water Street

Frank James on the Market Square Boardwalk Stage

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm @ The Market Square Boardwalk

Saint John Sea Dogs vs. Moncton Wildcats

2:00 pm @ Harbour Station

Beer-unch!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Big Tide Brewing Co.

Beer Tasting Tours

1:30pm – 4:00 pm @ Picaroon’s

Welcome Uptown to TELUS!

 

Pictured above; Emily Weaver – Store Manager, Chuck Healy – TELUS Account Executive, Paul MacLennan – GM Highland Cellular.  Missing from the photo, Roberto Mosca – Business Solutions Executive

 

TELUS has been working on finding the right location in Uptown Saint John for the past two and a half years.  It opened on Sept 6th in Market Square and we are very happy to welcome them!

Chuck Healy, TELUS Account Executive who lives uptown, has been a driving force in making sure a store would be located in the Uptown area. “There are a number of factors the drove our decision to have a location Uptown” says Healy. “First and foremost, we needed a location to support our business customers. Secondly, we wanted to have a meeting place for our community investment work where charities and non-profits can have use of the boardroom. We do a lot of grass roots type community work, and with a store uptown it can play a huge role in expanding our reach with our volunteer work and grants we give out.” “TELUS’s philosophy is Give Where We Live;  we work to make a positive and lasting difference in our communities.”

And finally says Healy, “We are thrilled to play a role in the resurgence that has been happening Uptown  for the past few years. It’s an exciting time in Uptown Saint John  and we’re happy that our TELUS Authorized Dealer Partner, Highland Cellular saw this as a great opportunity to fill a gap in the market since there is no other Telecom store front Uptown,” says Healy.

Highland owners, Mark Worth and Tim Mahoney are excited to open their 8th TELUS location, and their first in New Brunswick. They have locations in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The store will employ up to 6 people including  store Manager Emily Weaver along with Business Solutions Executive Roberto Mosca.

Find out more about TELUS Community Grants here.

Feel free to stop by the new TELUS location on the second level of Market Square and welcome them to uptown.  Also, The TELUS team will be hosting a Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Thursday Oct 4, 4pm – 7pm as part of their grand opening.

Uptown Saint John, Business Improvement Association (BIA) Welcomes A New Tool To Help Beautify Our City Streets

Actualizing one of the priorities of the Neighborhood Plan, Uptown Saint John Board of Directors approves the purchase of the first Sidewalk Sweeper to clean our 26 blocks of the Business Improvement Area. The machine will be on the sidewalks 5 days a week until the end of October, 2018, then back out in early May next year.  The machine is owned and operated by the BIA, consistent with one of the association’s primary mandates – providing clean and safe streets for our businesses to operate and subsequently for our citizens and patrons to our district.

 

Through surveys completed in the past, the businesses in the uptown have acknowledged that beautification and cleanliness is at the top of their list.  Nancy Tissington, Executive Director of Uptown Saint John Inc. is pleased with the purchase of the machine and looks forward to augmenting the services of the local municipality, together we can make an impact.  We are stepping up the game of cleanliness & we need our citizens to continue to make every effort to pick up after their pets and other litter on the city streets.

 

Thank you our supplier, Tennant, and to the Saint John Parking Commission and Saint John City Transit for assisting in the logistics around storage of the sweeper.  Please join us in celebrating our civic pride as we help to realize the beauty of our unique urban community and continue to Love Life Uptown.

Weekend Events September 14-16

Friday, September 14

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John

10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Recovery Day Saint John 2018

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ King’s Square

Steve Gaudet’s & Matt’s Birthday Bash

9:00 pm – 2:00 am @ First City Brewery

Uncorked Saint John Tour – Early Edition!

10:00 am @ various Uptown locations

Aryelle Morrison LIVE on the Boardwalk Stage

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm @ Market Square

Golden Dog Beer Tasting Tour

1:30 & 6:00 pm @ Picaroons General Store

Seafood City Tour

2:30 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm @King’s Square and more

Discover Uptown Saint John Walking Tour

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm @ the New Brunswick Museum

Yuk Yuk’s presents Hunter Collins

8:00 pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

TGIF Party with Del

10:00 pm @ Callie’s Pub

Friday Night Live with Bailebail

11:00 pm @ McGill’s

Ten Mile House performing LIVE

10:30 pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Karaoke Night

10:00 pm – 2:00 am @ Foundations

 

Saturday, September 15

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John

10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Under The Bridge Music Fest

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ Station Street

Yuk Yuk’s presents Hunter Collins

10:00 pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Masons Tender Already Gone Official Release

9:00 pm @ Five and Dime

Saturdays at the NBM

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ the New Brunswick Museum

Dockside Scavenger Hunt with Theodore Tugboat

10:00 am – 4:30 pm @ 55 Water Street

Uncorked Saint John Tour – Early Edition!

10:00 am @ various Uptown locations

Golden Dog Beer Tasting Tour

1:30 & 6:00 pm @ Picaroons General Store

Seafood City Tour

2:30 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uptown Saint John Brewery Tour

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ the Saint John City Market

Uncork Saint John Food & Drink Tour

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm @King’s Square and more

Live at the Matinee Open Mic

4:00 pm @ O’Leary’s

Ten Mile House performing LIVE

10:30 pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Live Music

10:00 pm @ McGill’s

Dance Party Saturday Night

10:00 pm @ Callie’s Pub

 

Sunday, September 16

Theodore Tugboat Tours

10:00 am – 4:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Sculpture Saint John

10:00 am – 6:00 pm @ Pugsley Slip

Queen Square Farmer’s Market

9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Queen’s Square

Dockside Scavenger Hunt with Theodore Tugboat

10:00 am – 4:30 pm @ 55 Water Street

Beer-unch!

11:00 am – 1:00 pm @ Big Tide Brewing Co.

Beer Tasting Tours

1:30pm – 4:00 pm @ Picaroon’s