Uptown Mug #78 . Cherise Letson

Cherise Letson is most likely a name you are familiar with if you follow intelligent uptown conversation and/or hang out at trendy uptown locales.  She is often on the scene as associate editor of Huddle, an online business publication that covers New Brunswick and the East Coast, as well is noticeably on point and current, utilizing various social media channels.  As co-host/co-founder of Strange Grooves, a podcast and online community for vinyl/music lovers, she gets to share her talents for one of her passions, music.

Cherise is definitely one of our bright and beautiful personalities uptown who adds a special vibrancy to our scene.  Let’s get to know Cherise..

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in Saint John.

How long have you been part of the uptown scene?

I went to high school uptown, so I guess the area has felt like home to me for a while, even though I grew up on the east side. But I didn’t start living and working uptown until 2014, after I moved back to Saint John after I graduated university.

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I guess Huddle founders Allan Gates and Lise Hansen are the first people who pop into my mind. I wouldn’t be doing all that I’m doing now without their constant support and encouragement.
There’s also my long-time mentor Lisa Hrabluk, who has helped me so much both personally and professionally over the past four years. That woman is a damn visionary, seriously.
Of course, I can’t forget my Strange Grooves co-host and dear friend Cait Milberry. She has such an amazing drive and is always looking for new ways to elevate others. She rules.

Favorite Musician?

Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Five & Dime! It’s my absolute favorite bar in the whole city. Great people, great vinyl, great atmosphere, what more could you want? I just love being there.
The Cask & Kettle‘s breakfast poutine is to die for.
MIX Resto Bar has a really nice view. A lot of people don’t think to go there because it’s at the top of Brunswick Square by the Delta Marriott. They have great drinks and food too!

Old School Barber at New Location, Union Street. Welcome to Maritime Cuts Barbers

There’s nothing like an old fashioned hot towel shave or other classic barber service and the boys at Maritime Cuts are old school pro with a modern edge.  Jose, Chris, and Josh have opened shop at 139 Union Street and welcome new clients.  Check them out at their shop, on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM (@MaritimeCutsSJ), or give them a call at 214.8668 and book yourself a treat.

 

 

 

 

Uptown Dollars Are Here!

Have you ever wanted to give a friend or colleague a ‘gift card’ for uptown?  Well, now you can.  Uptown Saint John Inc., uptown’s Business Improvement Association, is launching a new program – ‘Uptown Dollars’ – which can be purchased and used like cash at participating uptown businesses.

Uptown Dollars will be available to purchase at face value, year around, at the Uptown Saint John BIA office location, 17 Canterbury Street.

 

Participating Merchants:

Apparel & Accessories

Baubles
Bentley, Brunswick Square
Colwell’s (Men)
Colwell’s (Women)
Ella The Shop
Envy, Market Square
Heartbreak Boutique
Inspire Collections
Lordon
Manchester Shoe Salon
Pristine
Samuel & Co, Market Square
Strong & Free
The Urban Shoe Myth
Walsh Luggage
W Smith & Co. Fine Jewelers

Food & Drink

Barred Rock Chicken
Big Tide Brewing Co.
Billy’s Seafood
Britt’s Pub & Eatery, Princess Street
Cask and Kettle Irish Gastropub
Church Street Steakhouse
Churchill’s Pub
Cora’s, Brunswick Square
Dean’s Meats
Decimal 81
Five & Dime
Freddie’s Pizza & Donair
Gahan House
Grannan’s Seafood & Grill
Happinez Wine Bar
Hopscotch Whisky Bar
Java Moose, Prince William Street
Java Moose, Saint John City Market
Jeremiah’s
Kebab House
Lemongrass Thai Fare/Pepper’s Pub
Marjorie’s Cafe
McGill’s
North Market Seafood
Piece O’Cake
Picaroon’s General Store
Port City Royal
Rocky’s Sports Bar
Rogue Coffee
Ryan Duffy’s
Saint John Ale House
Second Cup, King Street
Slocum & Ferris
Subway, King Street
Taco Pica
Taste of Egypt
Thai Pho, Union Street
Thandi
The Baking Stone
The Infusion Tea Room
Toro Taco

Specialty Stores & Boutiques

Backstreet Records
Buckland Merrifield Gallery
Cobalt Art Gallery
Craftology
Dave Shoots, Bookseller
Decor8
Doyle & Day Design
Dr. Brown & Associates
Eastward Sales
Element5 Spa
Freak Lunchbox
Fundy Bay Organics
Good Fibrations
Handworks Gallery
Heroes’ Beacon
Keirstead’s Flower Shop
Kim Jakobsen Design Presents …Creative Collab
Land & Sea Apparel
New Brunswick Museum Shop
On & Off Court
Paddington Station
Pat’s Secret Garden
Perfume’s Plus
Pete’s Frootique
Scheherazade Books & Music
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Corn Crib
The Feel Good Store
Trinity Galleries
Tuck Studio
Vogue Optical, King Street

Services

Element5 Spa
Freedom Tours
iNk Graphic Design Service Corp.
New Brunswick Museum
New Brunswick Sports Massage Clinic
Refresh Wellness Studio
Saint John Theatre Company
Saint John Tool Library
The Yoga Co-Op

Accommodations

Chipman Hill Suites

Uptown Events This Weekend – March 9-11

Friday, March 9

Powerful Pollinators
9am-5pm @ The New Brunswick Museum

Yuk Yuk’s Presents Matt Richardson
8pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Spoutnique & Jaguar Knight
10pm-2am @ Pepper’s Pub

Meet a Sloth! Saint John – Diversity of Living Things!
10am-5pm @ Saint John Trade & Convention Centre

On the Main Stage – Signal Hill
10:30pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Friday Night Entertainment
7:00-9:30pm @ Grannan’s Seafood

Friday Night Live with Bailey Bail
11:00pm @ McGill’s

Lionsault/Butcher/Spirit of the Wildfire/Moonlight Project
9:30pm @ Taco Pica

Sea Dogs vs. Acadie-Bathurst
7pm @ Harbour Station

Scrabble Fridays
1:30pm-4pm @ Saint John Free Public Library

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10:00pm @ Callahan’s Pub

 

 

 


Saturday, March 10

 

Powerful Pollinators
10am-4pm @ The New Brunswick Museum

Yuk Yuk’s Presents Matt Richardson
8pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Dapper Dan and the Drive-In Classics
11pm-2am @ Pepper’s Pub

Meet a Sloth! Saint John – Diversity of Living Things!
10am-5pm @ Saint John Trade & Convention Centre

On the Main Stage – Signal Hill
10:30pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Jon McKiel/Construction & Destruction/Julie Doiron/ WROTE
9:30pm-1am @ Taco Pica

Sea Dogs vs. Moncton
7pm @ Harbour Station

Author Visit – Nancy Ouellet
12pm-5pm @ The Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square

Rock it with Del ‘live on stage’ Dance Party
10:00pm @ Callahan’s pub

Live at the Matinee – Open Mic
4pm-8pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Stephen MacDougall of Slowcoaster
12pm-2pm @ Saint John City Market

 

 

 


Sunday, March 11

March Break at the NB Museum
12pm-5pm @ The New Brunswick Museum

Riptide vs. Cape Breton
1pm @ Harbour Station

Sunday Movie Matinee
2pm-4pm @ The Saint John Free Public Library

Irish Whisky Tasting
5pm-8pm @ Hopscotch Whisky Bar

Welcome Uptown to The Casper Agency

The Casper Agency open for business in Uptown Saint John

 

The Casper Agency has chosen Uptown as its home to kick off a new writing firm. Based out of ConnexionWorks, the two-man team consists of Daniel Mark Wheaton, an entrepreneur and writer, and Ben Silcox, a journalist and editor.

The duo partners with local businesses and individuals with writing needs, offering everything from website copy and blog posts to editing and cover letter/resumé writing. (They also have a knack for repairing antique typewriters.)

 

Uptown is the perfect fit for their style – friendly and laid back, with a wealth of local knowledge.

 

Working out of ConnexionWorks’ communal office places them side-by-side with other Saint John businesses such as Cardinal Path and iSpire. The Casper Agency embraces the opportunity to be a part of this community and to make connections with small businesses across the Uptown area.

 

Drop by, send them an e-mail, give them a call or connect with them on social media to say hi and welcome them to Uptown Saint John.

 

Find The Casper Agency:

 

ConnexionWorks: 300 Germain Street, Suite 300

Phone: 506.638.9149

E-mail: write@thecasperagency.com

Online: www.thecasperagency.com

 

Get Social:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/thecasperagency

Twitter: twitter.com/thecasperagency

Instagram: instagram.com/thecasperagency

 

Shop The Block

Shopping Uptown is about experience and we are celebrating our urban retail district with a day of shopping on Saturday, March 24th, ‘Shop The Block.’

Uptown, we are unique.  One can walk our beautiful streets and stop into various boutiques and shops as well as stroll from Market Square to Brunswick Square and all the way through to the historic City Market.  During our inaugural ‘Shop The Block’ event, you will enjoy the natural unique uptown shopping experience, but also be treated to special tastes, demos, sights, sounds, and indulgences along the way.

This is a perfect occasion to get some friends together and make a day of it.  Shop, take some photos, eat and sip, perhaps even take in some nightlife and stay the evening, enjoying a nice Sunday breakfast uptown.  It’s all up to you.

Forget the box, come out and ‘Shop The Block!’

Follow the event on FACEBOOK, and invite your friends!

 

Below is a listing of participating businesses and what they are treating you to during ‘Shop The Block.’

 


King Street


The Corn Crib
88 King Street
642.2729

Enjoy tax free deal on our luxury make-up line, AnneMarie Borlind during Shop The Block!

 

 

 

Handworks Gallery
12 King Street
632.7626

Light refreshments, and giving away earlier editions of Arabella Magazine with purchases.  Also, chef Lebebidi Syrian Delicacies will be in house for a Sankara Pop-up and some extra treats.

 

 

 

Lordon
20 King Street
696.9266

 

Tax free and we’ll have Marjorie’s on site providing small pastries and coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pristine Life
56 King Street
638.8248

During Shop The Block we will have 25% off storewide, a SUPER NINTENDO gaming station, and a professional photographer on site snapping portraits of the happy shoppers!

 

 

 

Second Cup
16 King Street
642.9671

Pink Berry Yogurt any size buy 1 get 1.

 

 

 

 

 

The Urban Shoe Myth
78 King Street
642.4222

Join us in celebrating ‘Shop the Block’ and our One-Year expansion that day.  So the entire store will be tax free (excludes Blundstones), and we will have treats and beverages.

 

 

 

 

Vogue Optical
75 King Street
634.7292

$100 off for ‘Shop The Block,’  along with treats and refreshments.

 

 


Coburg Street


Dave Shoots Bookseller
40 Coburg Street
693.7758

10% off all books (except consignment items), and serving Wendy’s famous brownies all day.  (fruit available as well)

 

 


Prince William Street


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Java Moose
84 Prince William Street
634.7441

 

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craftology SJ
177 Prince William Street
646.0921

 

Craftology will be offering refreshments and nibbles!  As well as having a basket to give away full of goodies from many of our vendors within the shop!

Ella The Shop

101 Prince William Street
657.3552

Personal styling session, mini make-over, and photo-shoot!  *Free with purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piece O’Cake Custom Creations
91 Prince William Street
696.7622

 

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

Scheherazade Books & Music
97 Prince William Street
693.9948

 

Stop in for complimentary refreshments to boost you shopping stamina, while quantities last.

 

 

 


Water Street


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doyle & Day Design
44 Water Street

 

Stop in for some Fine Chocolate and a Fine Art Sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundy Bay Organics
38 Water Street
642.7955

 

Stop in for some light refreshments and a free $5 gift with purchases over $50

 

 

 

 

One Princess
&
Strong & Free
1 Princess Street

Tax Free for the day!  Open 12pm-5pm

 

 


Canterbury Street


 

 

 

Buckland Merrifield Gallery
36 Canterbury Street
693.9721

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On and Off Court
49 Canterbury Street
632.6005

Step inside and upstairs of this historic building to meet Susan and enjoy some finger foods and treats while checking out her smart selection of sporting goods.

 


Germain Street


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collectables
88 Germain Street
693.3001

We will be having instore promotions, door prize draws and gift with purchase.

 

 

 

 

Creative Collab presents: Volume 1 – Art + Design… quit hiding your magic.
122 Germain Street

Stop into this Creative Collaborative Pop-Up and enjoy a fusion of art from, perhaps unexpected, local artists and enthusiasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Brown & Associates Optometrists
101 Germain Street
634.8882

Offering discounts that day 20% of 1st pair and 35% off second and a draw for a pair of sunglasses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Feel Good Store
89 Germain Street
657-6249

 

A complimentary package of ‘Hope Seed’ flower seeds will be given to the first 50 customers!

 

 

 

 

Good Fibrations
90 Germain Street
608.3650

 

 

10% off all Good Fibrations products (includes hand dyed yarn, finished woven and knitted products). Get a Good Fibrations pin with every purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heartbreak Boutique
94 Germain Street
214.5900

Always fun at Heartbreak Boutique!  Stop in today to pop a ballon to reveal discount or prize & enjoy some treats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yoga Co-Op
82 Germain Street
333.9595

On the hour, beginning at 1pm we will be offering 15-minute demonstrations of the various styles of Yoga we offer at the Co-op. You can take part in any or all of the demonstration, free of charge and have your name put in for a draw immediately after the demo. We’ll be drawing for complimentary class cards, our tank tops and handmade malas.
We are launching a 20 class card for $200, this is the first day it will be on sale!
With any purchase of one of our cards, you will receive 2 complimentary class passes, bring a friend or two to classes with you!
One of our teachers, Allison Thorn will have her hand-made jewellery on sale; inspired by Yoga, handmade with love. https://tuskandcrown.com
We’ll have some tea on hand if you want to take a tour and talk with our teachers!
Here is our schedule of demo classes:
1pm: Vinyasa Yoga with Allison
2pm: Yin Yoga with Melissa
3pm: Hatha Yoga with Jackie P
4pm: Restorative Yoga with Sarah
All demonstrations are 15 minutes in length.
Please visit our website for detailed description of the Yoga styles: www.yogacoop.ca

 

 

Sheila Howell Art Studio
146 Germain Street

Artist, Sheila Howell will be serving her famous Mimosas and have tea and coffee available for those not interested in imbibing the sparkling cocktails!
Tour an artist’s studio/gallery and view the work of up and coming artist, Sheila Howell at her studio, 146 Germain Street.

 

 


Charlotte Street


 

The Butcher’s Daughter
The Saint John City Market, 47 Charlotte Street
648.9512

Tax free all day!  (excludes layaways, gift certificates, and special orders)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heroes’ Beacon
25 Charlotte Street
214.5755

Tax free on everything in store for the day.

 


Grannan Street


 

 

 

 

 

Rogue Coffee
36 Grannan Street

 

Rogue will offer a special drink for the day at a discounted price and we will have lots of treats on hand as always.

 

 

 

 


Brunswick Square


 

 

 

 

Brunswick Square
30 King Street
658.1000

Stay tuned!

Baubles
Brunswick Square, Level 3
652.7808

 

Tax Free all day for the event.

 

 

Coldwell’s (Women)
Brunswick Square, Level 2
634.2025

 Shop at Coldwell’s and be eligible to enter a draw for a $100.00 gift certificate.

As well we will have nibbles in the way of cheese + fruit.

 

 

 

 

Cricket Cove
Brunswick Square, Level 2
456.3897

 

Enter name for draw to win $100 Cricket Cove Gift Certificate.
Also March Madness Sale, Regis Pairfect Sock Yarn,  Buy 2 Get1

 

 

 

 

Decor8 Finishing Touches
Brunswick Square, Level 1
652.8880

Tax free for the day!

 

 

Lawtons Drugs
Brunswick Square, Level 1
634.1422

 

Have your make-up done, complimentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lolë
Brunswick Square, Level 2
643.1746

Stop by during Shop The Block – We will have tea and treats, also special in-store promotions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paddington Station
Brunswick Square, Level 2
635.8106

Free Face Painting with ‘Fantasy Faces by Kadi,‘ 11am-3pm
Free Easter Craft for kids, 12pm-3pm
Treats all day!
Special discounts and giveaways all day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfumes Plus
Brunswick Square, Level 1
633.0074

Stop by our ‘Love Your Lips’ event, featuring new lipsticks and glosses from CHANEL.

W. Smith & Co. Fine Jewellers
Brunswick Square, Level 2
652.5675

Stay tuned!

 

 


Market Square


 

 

 

Market Square
1 Market Square
658.3600

Shop the Block at Market Square March 24th 10am-5pm!

Spring is in the air as the shoppes and restaurants celebrate the coming season with sales, specials and promotions – TODAY ONLY!

Join us for #free live entertainment, giveaways, live models, light refreshments and a unique shopping experience at Market Square!

 

 

Envy
1 Market Square
214.3504

Tax Free all day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element5 Spa
1 Market Square, Level 2
642.7725

 

We’re going to have live in-store demos of some of our favourite Aveda products and for everyone who purchases something they’ll be getting a sweet treat! With every retail purchase we’re giving away a voucher for 15%off their next aesthetic service or retail purchase on another day. When you spend $50 in retail you get a goodie bag full of Aveda swag, spend $100 in retail and receive a full 125ml limited edition Aveda Candrima Body Cleanser (value $37)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grannan’s Seafood & Grill
1 Market Square
634.1555

Come for a Buck A Shuck during Shop The Block –  $1 oysters from 3-6pm.

 

Inspire Collections
1 Market Square, Level 1
634.2629

For ‘Shop The Block,’ Inspire Collections will be giving a FREE gift with purchase!  Also, scarves $5.00, 60% off Winter clothing and save the tax on new Spring clothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester Shoe Salon
1 Market Square, Level 2

633.7463

Steve Madden spring styles 20% off.
Spring collections 10% off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Brunswick Museum
1 Market Square
643.2300

24 March Saturday 10am-5pmIndulge in Special Offers at the New Brunswick Museum Shop! As part of Uptown Saint John’s first ‘Shop The Block, an epic spring shopping event, join the Museum Shop for a day of shopping splendor! Special exclusive offers in store include: tax free on all sale items! Spend $75 or more and receive a free copy of the Great Canadian Masters Cookbook featuring recipes by top Canadian chefs inspired by paintings from across Canada’s museums and galleries including the New Brunswick Museum. These books are specially autographed for you by Top Chef Canada All Stars contestant Chef Jesse Vergen, whose culinary creation is featured in this book, inspired by New Brunswick artist Marion Elizabeth Jack’s painting Birches and Maples at Rothesay Park on display in the NBM’s NB Art Gallery. Fill your Easter baskets with beautiful products that will please everyone!   

 

 

Samuel & Company
1 Market Square
693.8973

Tax free all day!

 

 

 

 

 

Walsh Luggage
1 Market Square
658.1091

Get set for a Saint John Summer with:

Joules rain boots and jackets – selected styles up to 50% off

Check out the Summer Hat Sale – up to 50% off

Selected Guess purses up to 50% off

 

 


Sydney Street


 

 


Princess Street


 

Elwood’s Wood Lab
91 Princess Street
333.3517

 

30% or more off all items in the store.

 


Duke Street


 

NWH Modelling
35 Duke Street
639.5858

Lorraine Peters of NWH Modelling is offering Complimentary Mini Style and Body shape assessments. These simple assessments help Women shop for clothing and accessories that are flattering for their body shape, and will encourage Women to leave the ill fitting  items on the shelf. Knowing how to shop for your body type will save you money!

 

 

Welcome to The Chapman Group, Now Located on Germain Street

The Chapman Group has been part of uptown for five years, however they have recently moved to 115-117 Germain Street and are sharing with us their fine sense of design through their storefront windows.  The Chapman Group is an established Boutique Management Consulting Company managed by four skilled ladies – Tanya Chapman, Maureen Olsen, Judy Van Tassel, and Jackie Sullivan, who embrace our urban style and support local artists and the quality product we have in our city.  This is evident by their unique office space and the warm and welcoming feel as soon as one steps in the door.

We are thrilled to enjoy The Chapman Group team in a more visual way now – stop by and say hi the next time you are walking down Germain Street.  Or feel free to contact them to chat about any of your HR needs including; HR Management, HR Consulting, Leadership Development, and Operational Effectiveness.

Find The Chapman Group:

On the street:  115-117 Germain Street, Unit 2
Phone:  506.343.3920
Online:  chapmangroupcan.ca
Facebook:  @TheChapmanGroupCan
Twitter:  @TChapmanConsult

Good Coffee, Fine Pastries and More at Marjorie’s, Now Open!

Grannan Lane is now home to another super cool space to enjoy fine pastries and good coffee – Marjorie’s.  Located at 45 Grannan Street, Marjorie’s is the result of a passion to bring us quality food by Chef, Jakob Lutes  and Baristas; Tom Spencer and Charlie Conn.  Now serving freshly baked Croissants, Scones, and breakfast sandwiches, you can enjoy this comfy space while you sip a rich coffee and edible.  Soon, quick lunches will be available, with the same attention to serving up exceptional tastes.

Stop by Marjorie’s at 8am (9am on Saturday and Sunday), for fresh pastries daily.  Stay and enjoy with a french press coffee or other breakfast drink that suits your pleasure, or grab and go.  Do mornings right in uptown!

Pictured below, freshly baked bread.

Pictured  below, delicious Rhubarb Scones.

Custom designed take-out cups by local artist, Molly McNaughton

 

Find Marjorie’s at 45 Grannan Street and be sure to follow their awesome Instagram @marjoriescafe.

 

Uptown Events This Weekend – February 23-25

Friday, February 23

Art Exhibit/Sale at The Collective
6:30pm @ The Art Collective, 162 Union Street

Yuk Yuk’s Presents Adrienne Fish
8pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Lungs
7:30pm @ BMO Studio Theatre

Call Mr. Robeson – A life with songs
7:30pm @ Imperial Theatre

On the Main Stage – Shaydid
10:30pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Friday Night Entertainment
7:00-9:30pm @ Grannan’s Seafood

Friday Night Live with Bailey Bail
11:00pm @ McGill’s

Pegasus
7pm-9pm @ Taco Pica

NBIAA Finals
6:30pm @ Harbour Station

Scrabble Fridays
1:30pm-4pm @ Saint John Free Public Library

T.G.I.F Party with Del
10:00pm @ Callahan’s Pub

 

 

 


Saturday, February 24

 

2018 Faces of Fusion Awards Gala, presented by Cox & Palmer
7:30pm-11pm @ Trade & Convention Centre

Hammond River Collective
11pm-2am @ Pepper’s Pub

Yuk Yuk’s Presents Adrienne Fish
8pm @ Yuk Yuk’s

Lungs
7:30pm @ BMO Studio Theatre

Heritage NOW
10am-4pm @ New Brunswick Museum

Coldest Night of the Year
4pm @ Market Square Atrium

Lemon Bucket Orkestra
7:30pm @ Imperial Theatre

On the Main Stage – Shaydid
10:30pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

Ian MacDonald
7pm-9pm @ Taco Pica

NBIAA Finals
1pm @ Harbour Station

Newcomers Saturday Social
2pm-4pm @ The Saint John Free Public Library, Market Square

Rock it with Del ‘live on stage’ Dance Party
10:00pm @ Callahan’s pub

Live at the Matinee – Open Mic
4pm-8pm @ O’Leary’s Pub

 

 


Sunday, February 25

Youthful Romance Concert
2pm – 3:30pm @ Saint John Arts Centre

The Monarch – An Amazing Butterfly Story
2pm – 3pm @ New Brunswick Museum

Sunday Movie Matinee
2pm-4pm @ The Saint John Free Public Library

 

Uptown Mug #77 . Denise Gallant

If there ever was an uptown Saint John cheerleader, it is Denise!  This personable lady knows where the action is and where to find the best of the best in value and quality uptown.  Denise lives and works uptown and is an avid ‘tweeter,’ always sharing via twitter where she enjoys dining, shopping, and spending her leisure time.  If you are on Twitter and don’t already follow her, you should @DGallant1965.  She has a wonderful energetic spirit and keeps all of us updated on what’s happening – and we love her for it!

Let’s get to know Denise

Where were you born/Where are you from?

That’s actually a funny story, as I was born in Saint John  but only lived my first year here. (neither of my parents are native to here either) My father was then transferred to Moncton and I lived there  for 50 years.

 

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


So in July of 2016, after a year off from my banking career, my friend Marilyn Robinson, owner of Inspire Collections offered me the job of taking over management at her Market Square location.  It meant leaving the comforts of the only home I ever knew which was not something I was ever planning but the opportunity seemed too great. So I packed up a bag and took the plunge.  Since I now needed to pay for parking for work, I opted to take an apartment  in uptown so I could walk to work, and that became the GREATEST decision ever, as it’s what brought me to this lifestyle that I adore!   I now am part of a community that I like to call more than just friends, but family.  

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

Without  naming names,  I look to the women who have, like me, been dealt a blow or more in life, but picked up the pieces and have moved on to shine even brighter  than before.   With their courage, strength and determination, they didn’t give up, they smiled when they wanted to cry and had faith that life could be beautiful again.  As I admire and am inspired by their story, I hope that others who are struggling can also look at my story and be inspired as well.  

What is your favorite season, and why?

I love heat so naturally my first instinct is to say Summer, but Spring has always been my ‘season of hope’.   All that was dead becomes alive again!  We feel that thrill of sitting outside for the first time in months, basking in the sunlight,  or walking, listening to nature’s sounds…ahhhh… coming soon I hope!!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

Let’s put it this way:  I would give up chocolate WAY before I would give up cheese!!   Of  course if you ask the chefs at the Ale House, they’d probably say cheese cake!

 

Coffee, tea, or other?

Every morning, the ritual is the same:  coffee.   Then later a treat would be a tea from the Feel  Good Store!

 

Any pets?

 

My sweet  dog Jasper!  He’s embraced the uptown life too!  His favorite spots are Java Moose on Prince William, or Picaroon’s on Canterbury.  I’m sure the treats have nothing to do with it haha.

 

Most guilty pleasure?

 

During the Summer months, there is a pure delight in enjoying some patio time uptown!  Sometimes by myself in late afternoon with a book, or after work with my friends.  A very simple activity that packs a lot of soul recharging punch!

 

What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

 

My tip would be to dive right into the life that is offered here and REALLY live it.  My passion and sparkle is a direct reflection of what uptown gives me!  I not only live and work here but I shop, eat and play here.   I support a lot of the merchants in the City Market, and in the Summer , The Queen Square Market which is an activity all on its own.  I support our great locally owned restaurants/pubs/coffee shops that bring a unique charm to the experience.  Our social circle might take us to Happinez, Picaroons, the York Bistro or Hopscotch, just to name a few, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Saint John Ale House who consistently treat me like family.  I also traded in my Wildcat Jersey for a Sea Dog one.  The pedway system makes it easy for me to go and enjoy a great night.   The beauty of the historical properties, the scenic view from Harbour Passage and the parks and green spaces all make my outdoor time amazing.  The community here is ready to embrace you, all you need to do is step out and say hi.

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