Uptown Mug #87 – Jon Wiseman

Uptown Saint John is very lucky to have Jon Wiseman working with us for his Business Administration and Marketing work practicum with NBCC. He is passionate about filmmaking, and in his spare time enjoys providing videography services and watching movies.

Jon has become an integral part of the team during his time at Uptown SJ, and his diverse skill set will be a huge asset to future employers. Let’s get to know him!


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I’m from Kennebecasis Valley

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

I’ve been going Uptown my whole life but have only started truly experiencing the best of Uptown since turning 19.

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

Some people I look up to for inspiration are Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, and Ron Howard who are all movie directors which I aspire to be one day. I also am inspired every day by my mother and father and everything they have done to give me the best life they could.

What is your favorite season, and why?

My favourite season is summer because I get to hang out with my friends the most, have bonfires and enjoy patio season!

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?

My favourite snack food is BBQ chips (even though I feel terrible after I eat them every time).

Any pets?
I have two cats named Pepper and Newt. They are extremely adorable and devilish. Mostly Pepper is the devilish one.

Worst habit? 
My worst habit is procrastination, I am occasionally way too laid back.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

$3.50 highballs at Port City Royal on Saturday nights are the best!


If you want to hear more from Jon, you can find him on:

Instagram: @wisemanjon

YouTube: Jon Wiseman

Email: jon.wiseman28@outlook.com

Uptown Mug #86 . Mike Capson

Mike Capson is one of those guys.  You know, we all have heard of him and see him around, but he has just the right amount of mystery to make us curious.  Mike is one of the cool kids on the block at ICS Creative Agency – but that is just his day job.  He is also a master photographer and philanthropist with a heart to make our community better.

Let’s get to know Mike:


Where were you born/Where are you from?
I was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. I grew up and attended high school in Rothesay. Then after graduating my family moved to East Saint John while I attended UNBSJ.

How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
I’ve been part of the Uptown scene on & off for the past decade or so. I first started to spend a lot of time uptown while I was studying Communications at UNBSJ. I’d take the bus home from school and jump off on King St then head to see some bands. I moved back to Rothesay for a short stint once I graduated. It was during this short period I created ICS Creative Agency with my best friend/business partner Zack Spear. We had an office in Rothesay for close to a year but we both felt something was missing. We were bored in Rothesay. We really missed the liveliness of the city so we picked up shop and moved Uptown Saint John.

Name one or two people who you look too for inspiration?
My Dad is definitely someone I look to for inspiration. He’s the man I always strive to be in life and work. As a fellow entrepreneur I can always relate to him. He is such a hard worker and selfless person. He is always there when I need him and more so when I don’t need him. Over the past month he has finally retired and I couldn’t be happier for him and my Mom. My other source of inspiration comes from my two daughters, Lauren and Aubrey. They provide me with such happiness that even on the worst of days I can think about them smiling and move forward.

What is your favorite season, and why?
My favourite season is definitely Fall. It might be just because I am a photographer but I love the beautiful mix of yellows and oranges during the fall months. They provide an exquisite compliment with uptown Saint John buildings which are mainly brick.

What is your ultimate favorite snack food?
I live for old cheeses and blueberries.

Coffee, tea, or other?
Decaf Coffee with 2 cream, always.

Any pets?
I have one pet. His name is Gus and he is a white pug. He snorts, sneezes, and sheds exponentially.

Most guilty pleasure?
I’ve cut a lot of guilty pleasures out of my life in the past few years. Mainly cigarettes and bread.

Worst habit?
My worst habit has to be biting my nails or possibly how long I take to respond to peoples emails. Is 7 days too long?

Favorite Musician?
My music tastes fluctuate based on the time of the year. At the tail end of the winter I tend to go into a John Mayer period for about a month until spring really surfaces. This usually leads into a heavy binge of Canadian progressive metal bands like “Protest The Hero” & “Intervals.”  Once summer arrives I’ll slip into some Steely Dan, SRV, or Jimi Hendrix. Then in the winter I usually stick with The Beach Boys, and April Wine.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
Kebab House .49 wings from Wednesday to Friday. It’s a low carb paradise.


Find Mike and his team daily at ICS Creative Agency, 41 Princess Street
ICS Facebook
Web mikecapson.com
Instagram @mikecapson

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

Uptown Mug #81 . Lorraine Peters and Darrelyn Masson

Uptown Saint John is on the map in the global fashion industry thanks to NWH Modelling & Self Improvement Agency. Owner, Lorraine Peters was thrilled to recently announce that one of her models – Darrelyn Masson –  has just signed a contract with a modelling agency in Osaka, Japan.  Congratulations to both of these ladies, and best of luck to Darrelyn!

Let’s get to know Lorraine and Darrelyn.

Where were you born/Where are you from?

Lorraine:  I was born in St.Stephen N.B and after returning from Modelling in Toronto 32 years ago I settled in Saint John, N.B.

Darrelyn:  I was born in Saint John, New Brunswick

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

Lorraine:  I have lived and worked in Uptown S.J since 1986

Darrelyn:  As long as I can remember!

What is your favorite season, and why?

Lorraine:  I love Summer in Uptown S.J because there is an ease of movement in the Summer that matches my personality & style.

Darrelyn:  My favourite season is fall because that’s when Halloween is! In Japan, they celebrate Halloween differently than we do. I’ll definitely post a video about it on my YouTube channel (Magical Girl Darrelyn) if I’m not working!

Coffee, Tea or other?

Lorraine:  I LOVE coffee and Saint John has so many amazing ways to indulge. Rogue is my new favorite eye candy and caffeine fix.

Any pets?

Darrelyn:  I have two adorable rescue cats! One is a black cat named Sephora, and the other is a tuxedo cat named Shimo! Shimo means frost in Japanese. I gave him his name because when he was a stray, he got frostbit on his ears and they got scared. You can see pictures of them on my Instagram @magical_girl_darrelyn

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

Lorraine:  Enjoy the moments of your day in Uptown Saint John. Get your coffee, stroll to your meeting, sit for a moment in the park 🙂

Darrelyn:  Go to as many shows uptown as you can, especially the ones at Taco Pica! There are amazing bands that are playing all the time, like Loveover and Thirsty Camel!


Find NWH Modelling & Self Improvement:

Online:  https://nwhmodellingandselfimprovement.weebly.com/
Facebook:  NWH Modelling and Self Improvement
Instagram:  NWH.Modelling
Phone: 506.639.5858

Find and Follow Darrelyn Masson:

Instagram:  magical_girl_darrelyn
Youtube:  Magical Girl Darrelyn
Twitter:  MagicalDarrelyn
Tumblr:  magical-girl-darrelyn


Uptown Mug #80 . Mishelle Carson-Roy

She works in a colorful store, she wears colorful clothes, and ‘she’s a rainbow’ colorful personality.  Mishelle manages Freak Lunchbox on King Street, and she certainly adds a spark to our community.  Always with a huge smile and full of fun, we are lucky to have her as one of our uptown people, and show her off whenever we can.  She is also very talented with the camera – if you are on Instagram, look her up and enjoy life through her eyes.  And, when you’re feeling like some sugar, stop by Freak Lunchbox to pick from a plethora of yummy treats and say hi when you’re there!

Let’s get to know Mishelle!

Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in Saint John and have lived in both Gingerbread Styled Houses and The Jellybean building..I’m just naturally drawn to old architecture and sweets!  I moved to Halifax for college but returned in 2010 to have my son. The saddest part of leaving Halifax was leaving behind my job at Freak Lunchbox, You could imagine my excitement having our Saint John location follow me home a few months after my return.

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

I’ve been working uptown since 2011 and I’ve loved every minute of it. There’s just something about our people here, so many of our regular customers have become friends over the years!

What is your favorite season, and why?

I’m a sucker for our Fall Season. There’s something about watching all of the leaves change colour that just makes you feel warm and cozy.

Any pets?

I have a 20Lb Cat at home named Kevin, and a house trained Lop Rabbit named Waffles.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

My biggest insider tip is to just take yourself on a walk through the streets of uptown and look up. It’s amazing how many tiny details this city has to offer and we miss out on so much. Take the time and see for yourself!

Uptown Mug #79 . Greg Marks

Sometimes we find a person who, though generally they don’t put themselves in the spotlight, they are most deserving. Greg Marks is just that. You most likely have seen him, as he is one of our most sharp dressed men. Or perhaps, you’ve heard him, as there are times when we are lucky to enjoy the sweet, sultry sounds his sax echoing through our city streets. Definitely, he is a mainstay uptown, and is most appreciated and worthy of some unsolicited attention.

Greg is a Registered Music Teacher (member of New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers’ Association). He conscientiously audio and video records all private lessons, for the peace-of-mind of parents and students.  He also offers a discount on instrument repair services to members of the New Brunswick Musicians’ Association (AFM Local 815), and to his students.  Greg is President of the New Brunswick Musicians’ Association (AFM Local 815 – nbmusicians.com – whose office is at 82 Germain St., representing professional musicians throughout New Brunswick) and Sergeant-At-Arms of the Saint John District Labour Council (representing unionized workers in Southern NB).

Greg is currently taking new students and would love to answer your questions regarding his music lessons and services. If you would like to know more, please see his contact information at the end of this post.


Let’s get to know this mysterious man behind the music.


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was born in the Saint John General Hospital, and grew up in St. Martins.

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

I moved to Coburg Street in the summer of 1997 – I was working for NBTel at the time – but didn’t start operating my business from this location until the fall of 2000.

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

Although I only get to drop by rarely, Anne McShane (Feel Good Store) is a perpetual inspiration, not simply because of her delightfully positive attitude, but because she manages to maintain this attitude without willfully disregarding the “negatives” that so many other “positive people” I’ve met would prefer to ignore. She doesn’t just look for the positive in people and situations; she sows and reaps it. Many people try to make lemonade from lemons; Anne plants the lemon seeds, too.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from the strength and creativity of Sarah Jones (Jones Gallery). As an artist, she reinvents herself regularly, but always remains true to her passion. She knows her worth, and chooses not to compromise her vision or value in the pursuit of success, but still remains engaging and connected to her family and her supporters.

What is your worst habit?

I’m something of a hermit! I rarely seem to get out to enjoy all that Saint John has to offer.

What is your Uptown Insider Tip?

There are some wonderful small businesses north of the City Market! Loyalist City Coin, Heroes’ Beacon, Waterton’s Barber & Hair Styling, The Second Shop, Saint John Tool Library, Fluid Audio, ESL Art Supplies, Dave Shoots Bookseller… this area may look a little downtrodden, but it is on the verge of a renaissance!

Contact information:

Greg Marks, B.A. Mus, B.C.S., R.M.T.

Proprietor, Culture Of One Music Services
(506) 693-9279
Twitter: @CultureOfOne

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!

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


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.

Find Denise on Twitter:  @DGallant1965


Uptown Mug #76 . Kim Jacobsen

It is our pleasure to recognize a lady who uptown is very proud to call ‘ours.’  Kim Jacobsen is an established Interior Designer and is very talented in creating  a perfect space, whether commercial or residential, to meet your needs and innate desires.  Well travelled, intelligent, social and cultured, Kim is the perfect combination of country soft and city sharp.  Her business, Kim Jakobsen Design, is located on Prince William Street, and she often brings her canine companion, Oscar to work with her.  If you see her out walking, often with Oscar, you will notice her.  She has an unmatched presence, subtle but distinct.  Humble just enough to be intriguing, and confident in the most charming way.  Not many can pull that off, but Kim does.  Without even trying. 🙂

Let’s chat with Kim:


Where were you born/Where are you from?

I was physically born in Edmonton, Alberta …but my spirit came alive on  Quadra Island BC.


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

Joined Heather Kamerman  in 2008  to start an  interior design business  “Design 4 Space inc. ”  We won best new business at the Uptown Live Life Awards 2010. Life changed in 2013 went solo with my current business KIM JAKOBSEN DESIGN…we have made our home in the Creative Soup building working alongside the talented Hemming’s House team. Have had the most amazing time living and working in SJ!! 


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

French designer Phillipe Starck &  local SJ  artist and BF Elma Johnston McKay.


What is your favorite season, and why?     

I love all the seasons ..they give us ever changing scenery, light, color, flora, temperatures…  and the way we  experience them …inspiration for design.


Most favorite snack food?      

Smoked oysters out of the can with crackers and vino … ultimately while  on the beach or in the woods with my friend El.


Coffee, tea, or other?

Cappuccino am / honey+ lemon+ cinnamon stick pm.


Any pets?

My shadow, Oscar… a  b/w  Jackshitz who gives me a reason to walk every day.


Most guilty pleasure? 

Recently a croissant and cappuccino  @ Rogue coffee made by the talented and lovely Kim Steel of East Coast Bistro.


Favorite Musician? 

I love loads of artists… but David Gilmore, Sting and Sigur Ros are always in the queue.


What is your Design philosophy?

When I work with public spaces its all about emotion and experience…I have to tell a story and print the strongest memory of the spirit of the place on everyone who visits, to wake them up and provoke them and give them energy.

The opposite is for the private space…I must be humble almost silent. I have to be a good friend who listens and helps people to build there own home and life. Then I must disappear. In private space my role is to protect the energy and love of the couple or family. Their job is to get on with their life.



What is your Uptown Insider Tip? 

Food.. its a place off the beaten path but worth the walk..Thai Pho love the curry’s and Pad Thai + black thai rice desert omg!   View.. love to take Oscar for a walk to Tin can beach to chill ….and take in nature plus all the  activity of the SJ harbor.

Find Kim:

On FACEBOOK @kimjakobsendesign

Online:   kimjakobsendesign.com

Published in East Coast living magazine:  http://eastcoastliving.ca/2017/10/saint-john-love-nest/