#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #9 – SECOND SPIN

I am becoming obsessed with listening to my favourite albums on vinyl. It’s now my favourite way to listen to music. It’s so intentional. It’s on purpose.

Adam and I are currently working on our collection, buying records that we have loved and that we know we’ll love. (For example, I have my favourite Snailhouse record on vinyl and I also have St. Vincent’s newest record on vinyl!)

Second Spin is located at Westmorland Place, right across the street from the movie theatres. They carry action figures, CDs & vinyl (new & used), record players, t-shirts, posters… and more!

Mike was awesome in helping me find great gift ideas around the shop. Thanks, Mike!

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I love these figurines from classic horror films. The Halloween figure of Michael Myers is especially creepy.
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Second Spin has a huge collection of used CDs. I’ve found a few hard to find titles there for a great price. He’s pretty picky when buying albums so you don’t need to sift through too much you’re not interested in.

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I’m not sure I can convince anyone that purchasing this doll is a good idea. haha – I actually haven’t seen this movie, but the doll was too creepy not to photograph.

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Here are a few new albums available:

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Don’t have a record player and want one now that you’ve seen those sweet albums above? Second Spin has a good selection of turn tables..

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This Friday at Second Spin – they’re holding their annual Black Friday sale… RSVP and find out more details here.

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When Mike and I were deciding what the Second Spin giveaway would be… I stopped and asked him: “Well, what is the record you think every person should have in their collection?”

He didn’t even flinch. He walked over to a stack of records and pulled out Television’s album Marquee Moon. Not even a second thought.

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So we landed on this for a giveaway:

A copy of Marquee Moon to make sure your record collection wouldn’t be judged too much if Mike was over to visit.
A $30 gift certificate to put toward used vinyl to plump up your collection.
Enter below! Thanks Mike!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #8 – CROSBY’S MOLASSES + GALA BALLET PRODUCTIONS

Today is a special giveaway brought to you by Crosby’s Molasses and Gala Ballet Productions.

A perfect combination of ways to celebrate the Holiday season in Uptown Saint John.

The Gingerbread Trail is happening November 21st into December at various locations in Uptown Saint John.

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ALSO!!

This year marks the 11th Anniversary of Gala Ballet Productions performance of The Nutcracker.

The show takes place December 12th and 13th at 7pm at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

Joining the productions again this year we have Principal Dancers, Yosuke Mino and Alanna McAdie from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Louis-Philippe Dionne from Atlantic Ballet Theatre Company. Dancers of all ages will bring the magic of the traditional story by E.T.A. Hoffman and original music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now at the Imperial Theatre Box Office or by calling (506) 674-4100.

… But, you know how #30in30 works!

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to see the Nutcracker Friday, December 12th at 7pm AND a gift bag from Crosby’s featuring some Molasses, a cookie cutter and a cookbook!

Enter below:

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #7 – READY MAN

If you are a guy in the City of Saint John – you’ve probably noticed over the past 2 years that your clothing options have increased with the opening of Ready Man – a clothing store for men in Brunswick Square that caters to the stylish and trendy guy.

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There is something for every guy in your life at Ready Man – whether you’re shopping for your brother, father, boyfriend or best friend.

I’ve selected some of my favourite items to show you… check them out below!

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Ready Man has a HUGE selection of Ray Ban glasses – from the classic Aviators to the looks-good-on-every-face-ever Wayfarers.

Here are a couple of my favourite pairs:

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The shoe selection at Ready Man isn’t huge – but it’s awesome.

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Stocking stuffers galore:

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My Package underwear

My Package underwear

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Clothing options:

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Locally designed boxer shorts

Locally designed boxer shorts

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Plus some accessories to top off your whole look:

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Kiera and Zoe have a great prize available to be won – check out the giveaway below!

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See you tomorrow,

Thanks for supporting local!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #6 – THE URBAN SHOE MYTH

Locally owned, independent shops are a big part of what makes Uptown Saint John such an incredible place to spend time.

Shelley opened the Urban Shoe Myth on King Street in 2011. She carries HUNTER, FRYE, Steve Madden, Michael Kors, Nine West, Rebecca Minkoff + many more must have brands.

Check out the gift ideas below for that special someone on your list this holiday season. *cough* get me the French Connection heels *cough*

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These lisa b. socks are insanely cute. Also, the thought of having matching mom & baby socks makes me instantly “awwwwwwwwwww!!”.

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To go along with any tall boots you may have for the winter season, Urban Shoe Myth has a great selection of tall boot socks that go all the way to your knee and still have a little bit of slouch.

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I love these Instance socks. The prints on the socks are very cool and unique…

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USM is the only place in town where you can buy Jenny Bird jewelry. It’s very edgy, but still classic. I have a Jenny Bird bracelet I wear quite often, and with everything!

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Love these stackable bracelets – with a magnetic closure!

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Here’s a comprehensive list of all of the shoes and boots I’d like from Urban Shoe Myth this season:
*I’m sure you can find a pair for the lady on your list here, as well. Maybe two.

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Good choices, right?

Here are a few more:

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Including these:

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Plus a few bags for good measure:

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The prize from Urban Shoe Myth up for grabs is lovely. It’s a scarf from Front Row Society – a group in Berlin that works with an open collective of designers who submit artworks to their design challenges. Winning designs are curated into seasonal collections that are sold online and in stores.

The design are incredible – check some of the past competitions and winning designs here.

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Enter below!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #5 – JONES GALLERY

5 days in & we’re just getting started!

Jones Gallery is located at 73 Duke Street in Uptown Saint John. Owned by local artist Sarah Jones, a beautiful painter and incredible supporter of Saint John.

Saint John is my favourite place to be. Sarah has made Saint John her subject and has made a living off of showcasing it in the most interesting and attractive way.

Sarah’s studio is open most days (Monday to Saturday) from 11am to 4pm.

Join Sarah and sculptor Phil Savage on December 6th, 10am to 4pm, as they both interpret things with Wings. This will be such a lovely show. Scroll down for an invitation as well as an example of the pieces you will see.

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I dropped by Jones Gallery this week and snapped some photos of amazing and affordable gift options for people on your Christmas list.

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Cranes & Harbour

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Small Works

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This piece from the “Lines on Duke Street” collection was calling my name from the moment I walked into the studio.

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A was really excited to see a teaser from Sarah & Phil’s show next weekend – this bird carved by Phil Savage is PRECIOUS. Features include: the ability to balance on the edge of a table or ledge. I love it.

*Adds one to my Christmas list*

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Sarah’s been working on her interpretation of “things with wings” – here’s a sneak peek of one of her (unfinished) pieces.

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Sarah is offering a $100 gift certificate to Jones Gallery to one lucky winner!

*Note: The gift certificate cannot be used toward any of Phil Savage’s works.

Enter below!

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #4 – PERFUMES PLUS

Perfumes Plus is located on the 1st floor of Brunswick Square. Their friendly staff is the number one reason I will be a customer for life. That, and the fact that their Chanel manicure is one of the best deals in town.

This Friday they’re hosting a Christmas Open House from 5 to 8 pm.

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Here are a few gift ideas from Perfumes Plus, sure to impress the lady or man in your life this Holiday Season!

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I love this collection – OPI‘s 10 best sellers available in one pack and in mini form!

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1 Million is one of my favourite scents for a male – my BFF Ryan bought it a few years ago at Perfumes Plus and I love that he’s still wearing it years later.

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Perfect red polish for the Christmas season.

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Perfumes Plus is offering up a great prize for #30in30 this year – a $50 gift certificate that can used toward product, services or… CHANEL!

Check out their full range of aesthetic services by clicking here.

Enter the giveaway below!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #3 – EAST SIDE BOARD SUPPLY

I am so, so excited to welcome East Side to the roster of #30in30 shops as one my favourite local businesses.

East Side Shop started in Fredericton and over the past 10 years has expanded to Saint John and to Moncton.

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I love the skateboarding culture in Saint John. I spent a long time this week hanging out with Dan Boyer, Assistant Manager of the Saint John location, learning all about skating in SJ. I loved hearing about the plans for the new indoor skate park, too!

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There are so many great gift ideas at East Side.

They have a huge selection of shoes for men, women and children. Their clothing is definitely catered to guys – t-shirts, hoodies, winter jackets and jeans for both youths and adults. They have a healthy collection of clothing for girls as well.

Take a look at the photos and albums below for some gift ideas!

(And of course, check out the giveaway!)

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Their selection of backpacks is great – loads of Herschel and Fox brand to choose from.

Their shoe collection is crazy. I especially love the vintage looking New Balance and Adidas! I’ve also never seen a collection of TOMS quite so large.

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NIXON watches are so, so stylish. The collection at East Side is huge, well priced and for both men and women.

No board supply shop would be complete without a collection of decks.
*Hint, Hint see below!*

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A few weeks ago Adam bought a Coal hat from East Side and it’s awesome – It’s corduroy and features a RAM and it RULES.

I seriously cannot get enough of these socks. Yes, that is absolutely Larry Bird.

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Check out the Snowboarding gear – Snowboards, Boots and Accessories – plus jackets! (for adults and youths)

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And to top it off – some custom Saint John East Side tees

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Thanks to East Side for being a part of #30in30 this year. Enter below for your chance to win an East Side deck.

Interesting fact: avid skateboarders can replace their decks MONTHLY. This prize might come in handy to your skateboarding brothers or sisters.

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See you tomorrow!

#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #2 – SEAN MCGRATH PHOTOGRAPHY

Sean was one of the first people I interviewed way back in 2011. One of my classic “Hey can I interview you on my blog?” ploys to actually become friends with Saint John celebrities. It worked! I’m so happy that we’ve become friends over the past 4 years.

Sean is an insanely talented photographer. In addition to being a popular wedding photographer, he’s also in demand all over the Province for events, corporate projects and (just recently) family portrait sessions.

This year Sean opened up a Print Shop online where some of his favourite landscape, destination and vacation shots are available to purchase.

Some of my favourite shots from his shop are below and are clickable to his shop where you can order them.

There are great gift ideas for the Saint John lover in your life.

Enjoy!

DSC_0103.NEF. Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).

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DSC_1055.NEF. Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).

DSC_0905.NEF. Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).

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DSC_0201.NEF. Image by Sean McGrath (http://www.seanmcgrath.ca).

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Sean is offering an 8″ x 12″ (Fine Art) print, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, of any of the photographs in his Print Shop. These prints are the best of the best. Photo Rag is the most popular paper chosen by photographers to create high quality fine art prints. It has a fine, smooth surface and the feel of Photo Rag makes the paper very versatile and ideal for printing both black and white and colour photographs and art reproductions with impressive pictorial depth.

The regular price of an 8″ x 12″ (Fine Art) print is $105.

Enter below!

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#30IN30 VERSION 2014 POST #1 – LOCAL 107.3 FM

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thanks to Sean McGrath for the killer photo and to Jud Crandall at Pulp and Paper for the poster design

Hello and welcome to #30in30 Version 2014!

Year after year, I never lose my enthusiasm for this EVENT. Supporting local is something near and dear to my heart, and what better way for me to show that than to post about what my favourite city has to offer?

The giveaways this year are insane! Local businesses, services, artists and shops have got some great gift ideas (and of course, giveaways!) to share with you.

The details are the same as every year – enter at the bottom of each post using the Rafflecopter widget. If, for some reason, it isn’t loading, please click the link that will be there in place of the widget.

Although not required, you’ll find that you get the most entries to the giveaways by following each participant on Twitter, Facebook and maybe Instagram. You’ll get bonus entires if you share the giveaway on social media and sign up for newsletters. You’ll get EVEN MORE bonus entires if you snap a photo of yourself at a location or with an item and tag it with #30in30. Just make sure you click the appropriate button on the widget to make your entries count!

And with that – I will introduce the first giveaway!

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Local 107.3 FM are one of my favourite supporters of the arts & culture community in Saint John.

Local 107.3 FM is Saint John’s only listener-supported campus and community radio station with over 60 different radio programs broadcast by volunteers in the area, along with nationally syndicated shows like the Nardwuar Show and Democracy Now!.

This time last year I posted an interview with their Station Manager, Brian Cleveland. Read it here.

When Brian and I chatted about the giveaway this year, it was clear. What better way to support local than to introduce you to local bands? Most of these artists can be heard by tuning in to Local 107.3 FM on any of the many radio shows. A full schedule is available here.

We’ve put together an amazing prize pack with the help of many local artists (detailed below) as well as Stuart Buckley of Sharktooth Records and Chuck Teed of BBQ Records.

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In this amazing prize pack, you’ll win:

  • A Local 107.3 fm T-Shirt designed by Joe Chamandy and Ilse Kramer
  • Jessica Rhaye Far Gone Lullabies on vinyl
  • CDs from Penny Blacks (the Silver Screen EP and Harbour), Adam Washburn (Beautiful Things), Tomato Tomato (So it Goes), Brent Mason (All the Pretty Horses), Reagan’s Rayguns (Excellent Party @ Reagan’s Rayguns), Bad People (Selftitled), Earthbound Trio (lettuce turnip the beet) and DFO (MCMLXXXVII)
  • Tapes from Learning (Culkin) and Break Your Legs (Ghostcore) + a download code for even more from Sharktooth Records
  • + oldies courtesy of BBQ Records including gems from Ermine, Hilary Branch, Hospital Grade, Clinton Charlton and the Butterfly Effect PLUS 3 compilations of Saint John bands from 1998, 2000 and 2007

It’s a ready made collection of new and classic Saint John albums!

Thanks Local 107.3 FM!

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An Event you could be attending: Trades & Tech Trade Show

A few years ago I was invited to a high school in St. Stephen for a Trades & Tech Gala for Girls. I was able to chat with Grade 12 students about potential careers and even got to pitch my own career to them!

In case I don’t make it obvious – I’m a Civil Engineer. I work for a consulting firm in Saint John. I spend my days with developers – getting plans approved, preparing drawings, costs estimates and specifications. From time to time I get to visit job sites where I confirm the vision I had on paper is translating to real life just as I had imagined.

Events like the Trades & Tech Trade Show make me realize how lucky I am to be in a role where I go to work everyday, get to use my brain, my developed skills and the knowledge gained from Post Secondary Education. I take for granted quite often that I work in a male dominated field (only more obvious as I type this at a Water & Wastewater Conference).

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On November 6th, The New Brunswick Women’s Equality Branch invites you to join them at NBCC Saint John another Trades & Tech show. It’s your opportunity to explore “non-traditional” careers, career changes or opportunities.

Here’s a link to join the event on facebook:

See you soon,

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