Uptown Mugs #48 . Chris and Steve

Our uptown heroes, Chris and Steve can be found at 25 Charlotte Street. ?They have one of the most fun stores in our entire uptown, dare we say, city. ?Just walk in the door and you see action heroes, gaming supplies, comic books, and all things intelligently amusing. ?

At Heroes' Beacon, play space is available for?tabletop or card games, organized tournaments and don't miss the?Friday?Night Magic! ?Check out their website?for their monthly schedule and all products available. ?

An important note, FREE COMIC BOOK Day is coming up, the first Saturday of May (May 7th). ?Heroes' Beacon will be THE place to be. ?Check with the store regarding any related specials and events. ?

Let's chat with Chris and Steve!

Where were you born/Where are you from?
Both of us were born and raised in Saint John.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
Both of us have worked uptown for more than a decade.? Having worked at Read's Bookstore for a long time before opening Heroes' Beacon almost 3 years ago.

What is your favorite season?
Steve: ?I enjoy spring most. ?It makes for a great time to walk the Harbour Passage.

Coffee/Tea, or other?
Coffee! We both enjoy our coffee. Steve especially loves Java Moose.

What is your 'uptown insider tip?'
Chris: ?Best place for breakfast is Britt's Pub & Eatery! ?The French Toast is amazing!

Find Chris and Steve at Heroes' Beacon:

On the Street: ?25 Charlotte Street
Phone: ?506.214.5755
Email: ?heroes@heroesbeacon.com
Online: ?heroesbeacon.com
Facebook: ?Heroes' Beacon
Twitter: ?@HeroesBeacon


Welcome Uptown – TUCK Studio

After three and a half years of a successful operation out of Level Zero of Judith Mackin's north end home, TUCK (Furniture + Decor Store) has relocated to Uptown Saint John!?

Now located in the historic Palatine building at 122 Prince William Street, TUCK — which is proud to announce it's now the exclusive outlet in the province for two of Canada's leading manufacturers of quality furniture,?GUS* Modern and EQ3 — has everything you need for the home and office, with a complete range of beautiful lighting options, locally-produced art and decorative items for the home (TUCK is also the exclusive distributor for Umbra Shift).?The team at TUCK is anxious to welcome you to its new uptown store and to help you choose the perfect item, from a small gift or new sofa. And of course, they're still the city's best source for interior design services (both residential and commercial).? Come see what's in store for you!


Pics attached: ?Photo credit Sean McGrath
Find TUCK Studio:

122 Prince William Street




Facebook: ?TUCK Studio

Twitter: ?@TUCKStudio

Instagram: ?@tuckstudio

Uptown Cleans Up on Earth Day!

Today, uptown businesses and friends joined forces and cleaned, swept, and collected garbage during the 2nd Annual 'Uptown Clean Sweep,' hosted by the Business Improvement Association, Uptown Saint John. ?About 60 people turned out to lend a hand during this gorgeous, sunny morning and 32 garbage bags of rubbish were collected, along with some larger, more interesting pieces.

Big thanks to everyone who helped out and our fabulous sponsors; ?Acadia Broadcasting (Country 94 and 97.3 The Wave), Hilton Saint John, Market Square, The City of Saint John and the Green Machine, ICS Creative Agency and InColor Printing. ?Thanks also to all of the businesses who donated prizes for the event.

Chop Chop Winter – Presentation to Lunch Connection

Receiving, representing the Lunch Connection organization, Mark Slader, Bonnie Hunt and Brian Earle. ?Presenting, representing the Uptown Restaurants, Nancy Tissington, Executive Director of Uptown Saint John Inc.


Today, we were thrilled to present a cheque to Lunch Connection in the amount of $5,917.00 This amount reflects a $1 donation for every Chop Chop dish sold during our recent Chop Chop Winter Restaurant Week. Each dollar feeds one child a healthy lunch and our uptown restaurants are more than happy to give back in this way.  The more patrons enjoy eating out during Chop Chop, the more healthy meals can be provided.


We would like to thank the valued sponsors of Chop Chop Winter Restaurant Week:

97.3 The Wave
Country 94
Mirage Foods
Discover Saint John
Uptown Saint John Inc.

Big thanks also to all of the chefs and restaurant staff who really treat us well during Chop Chop, and to all of the foodies who indulged during the week, making this nice donation total possible.

The next Chop Chop Restaurant Week is planned for October 31-November 6, 2016


Picaroons General Store Opens In Uptown Saint John

Saint John has been thirsty for Picaroons?ever since we heard they were opening uptown! ?

Their doors are now open, and it's proving to be totally worth the wait. ?Located in the recently renovated Park Place on Canterbury Street, this unique watering hole has incredible character and unique, cozy ambiance. ?All Picaroons products are sold here…growlers, bottles, swag, and growler refills. ?You won't want to leave though, so order a glass and kick back in this hip brewtique and social space. ?

A bonus – the space is open to another cool location, Real Food Connections, so…that means eats are available too.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday ?10am-10pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday ?10am-11pm
Sunday ?12am-8pm

Manager, Matt, welcomes everyone to stop by for a tall cold one.

Find the Picaroons General Store:

On the street: ?32 Canterbury Street

Online: picaroons.ca

Facebook: Picaroons Traditional Ales

Twitter: @PicsGeneralSJ

Instagram: Picaroons

Work Has Begun – A New look for the Loyalist House

? ?Work has begun on one of Saint John's major historical landmarks, the Loyalist House! On Tuesday, March 15th Black River Woodworking began the process of removing 5 windows for repair. The exterior renovations of the Loyalist House will begin in early April.

? ?Barry Ogden is the organizer of this project and Irving Oil as a major contributor. The work will follow a finely tuned schedule of workers and jobs to be completed.?

? ?Hoping the weather in May will allow for the schedule to run smoothly!

A Unique Talent On Display At Cricket Cove

An uptown artist is currently displaying her unique creations at Cricket Cove?in Brunswick square. ?Tatiana Tarassenko?lovingly creates beautiful dolls, each with their own personality. ?Tatiana paints the dolls faces, styles their hair, makes their clothes, and gives them each their own look and personality. ?These dolls are funky and trendy – definitely not the typical box-store doll, and would make a very sweet Easter gift for someone special. ?Stop by Cricket Cove?yourself to see the display, even more impressive in person. ?Here's a peek…

Find Cricket Cove?on the second level of Brunswick Square, heading toward City Hall, or give them a call at 642.2797, Facebook: Cricket Cove.

Uptown Mugs #47 . Roy Billingsley

Roy Billingsley?is a bit of a Saint John legend and also is a man who wears many hats. ?Owner of Steamers Lobster Company?on Water Street, he is kept busy pumping out the lobsters and seafood in the summer and is it's now home to one of the most epic uptown patios overlooking the bay. Roy also is a bit of a character, and is the talented script writer (and actor) for the various theatrical productions put on by Water Street Dinner Theatre. ?With a natural and unique sense of humour, the shows are typically hysterically funny, though not necessarily suited for those with a discriminating comedic aptitude.

The patio is set to open early May, and a new show, “Bad Medicine” opens April 1st.

Let's have a chat with Roy…

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born at the old General Hospital. ?I'm from Saint John proper. ?Over the last 40 years I've lived in the North End, South End , East Side, West Side, Kennebecasis Valley, Grand Bay Westfield, and Kingston Peninsula


How long have you been part of the uptown scene?

I've been a purveyor of Beer, wine and spirits in uptown Saint John since 2000.

Who do you look to for inspiration? (…by chance, they could be your pets, as well)

My two Labrador Retrievers, Benny & Soul.


Favourite Musician?

My Favourite Musicians have to be the Water Street Dinner Theatre Band. I've seen these folks perform literally thousands of times, yet I am still in awe every time they play.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

The 10oz strip loin, char crust one side from Church St. Steakhouse is a staple in my diet.

I'd recommend it anyone with a meat tooth.?


Find Roy and his uptown establishments:

On the street: ?110 Water Street
Phone: ?648.2325
Online: ?steamerslobstercompany.com
Facebook: ?Steamers Lobster Company,?Water Street Dinner Theatre
Twitter: ?@SteamersLobster?


Uptown Mugs #46 . Tracey Fisher and Ruth Ellen Smith

This is a ?besties? mug, shining the spotlight this time on two unique and inspiring uptown gals.? They are familiar faces to the locals, always out and about enjoying urban living to the fullest.? Tracey is a stylist at Design Freedom and Ruth Ellen is employed with Senior Housing. ?They both stand out as awesome uptown Instagrammers with unique perspectives and richly captured moments which they generously share with the world.? They love to show off our incredible city and they both certainly add a special, beautiful, charismatic energy to the personality of our uptown, every day.?


Let?s chat with Tracey and Ruth Ellen…

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Tracey: ?'I'm from Saint John. ?I grew up on the East Side and went to Simonds High School.'

Ruth Ellen: ?'I was born in England and spent my growing up years in downtown Fredericton.'

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

Tracey: ?'28 years. ?I graduated from ?Rodricks Hairdressing School on Charlotte Street in the '80's. ?I've worked at a number of salons uptown and I've been styling hair with Vicky at Design Freedom on Germain Street now for 6 years.' ?

Ruth Ellen: ?'I've lived uptown for 8 years now. ?My dad, Colin, is an artist with a studio on Germain Street. ?I work at senior watch (a home care company)?and love working in the city. ?I worked on the east side for awhile in the past, but really missed working uptown.'?

Both Tracey and Ruth Ellen live on Princess Street, they met one night during a Gallery Hop over a glass of wine on Princess Street. ?They struck up a conversation and have been good friends ever since. ?Both are raising kids uptown. ?Tracey's daughter, Olivia is in grade 11 at Saint John High School. ?'She moved from a rural school to a city school and transitioned very well. ?She has so many friends and loves living uptown…my house is always full.' ?Tracey speaks with pride about Olivia and a I can only assume Olivia has the same engaging, likeable personality as her mom.

Ruth Ellen's son, Benjamin, is in Kindergarten at St. John the Baptist. ?'He has a very busy social life,' Ruth Ellen notes of her son. ?'He goes to the Boys and Girls Club, swims at the Aquatic Centre, we walk to school and everywhere…it's great!'?

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

Ruth Ellen: ?'My dad. ?Dad introduced me to so many people uptown. ?He is very involved and has a busy lifestyle hanging with his grandson, painting, going to the City Market and Gym. ?I look up to and admire my dad a lot, and he's been very important in my life.'?

Tracey; ?'I would have to say Bonnie, my friend and fellow hairstylist. ?She is a strong, cool, single woman…both fun and responsible. ?She has helped me through some challenging phases in my life. ?We live in a community with many strong female, independent and inspirational women, we're really there for each other.'?

Coffee, tea, or other?

Tracey: ?'Red Wine!'

Ruth Ellen: ?'Red Wine!'

(said in unison with playful, 'inside story' twinkles in their eyes..) ?


Any pets?

Not surprisingly, both Tracey and Ruth Ellen have calico cats; Whiny and Millie


Most guilty pleasure?

'Late nights at Churchills.' ?Both nod. ?'Chicken Pita Nachos and local beer, says Ruth Ellen. Tracy notes that 'every night of the week is a potential late night at Churchills?such a cool gathering place. ?We are smart single moms and it's cheap and cheerful!'

Favorite Musician?

Tracey: ?'Katy Perry, Roar. ?That's my start-over song.' ? ?

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Ruth Ellen: ?'If you like to get your nails done, you must go to 'Nails by Abby' on Union Street. Sisters, Abby and Rachel are the absolute best nail technicians and have the best prices.'

Tracey: ?'My all time favorite place to go is the wharf by Tin Can Beach. ?Not too many people know about this place, I'm a little afraid to reveal the secret, but it is truly magical. ?It is calming and beautiful to see the harbour so up close, with the Cruise Ships in season, the tug boats, Partridge Island and sometimes you even see harbour?porpoises and seals. ?It is a beautiful spot to take photos, read and just unwind…and it is right in our uptown.' ?

You can follow these two uptown girls on Instagram (and we encourage you to, they share beautiful photos, and many of uptown, where they live, work and play).

Tracey: ?@malibuginger

Ruth Ellen: ?@ruthellensmith