You guys… here is Part 2 in my favourite series that I’ve ever done.
If you haven’t read this story, do it. Saint John is full of people that love it as much as I do.
Part 2 – Trent Seely
Your go-to coffee shop (and your order)
Java Moose, Prince William Street (gotta support local). Moose-size Authentic, black.
The place in Saint John where you feel calm, cool and collected
The boardwalk deck near Market Square and the harbour slip. At all times of year, I enjoy looking out at the waves and glancing at port’s large cranes and tankers. Not sure why this place chills me out, but I like the way the harbour hugs the Saint John River.
The one-stop gift shop:
Feel Good Store. I love the Feel Good Store. It isn’t just that the location is charming and the staff is friendly, it is that the products available are so unique and diverse. There are natural remedies, teas and tea holders, spa treatment products, natural toiletries, yoga equipment, spiritual items, baby-friendly products, and more. Plus, Anne is a sweetheart.
The place you celebrate special occasions
The Saint John Ale House, usually. Saint John is lucky to have a number of excellent restaurants, but I tend to gravitate towards the Ale House for the celebration of most special occasions. The food is great, the bar selection is inexpensive, and I really appreciate the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a more adult vibe, and I think that’s what I’m looking for now.
The place that is a solid date night spot:
King Square during a warm summer night. Seriously. Just because you don’t have to pay to be there, doesn’t mean it is any less romantic. The bandstand is usually well-lit and the fountain is constantly running. In addition, strings of lights decorate the center of the square providing just enough mood lighting for a night-time coffee or picnic. Small tables now surround the bandstand in the summer, making the space better for conversations and dining. Try using this spot next summer for a low-key, but romantic outing.
Favorite place to order take-out:
Our taste in take-out food shifts based on what mood we’re in, but Ta-Ke Sushi on King Street is a regular haunt for us. Take-out items are usually well priced and Ta-Ke doesn’t skimp on food. If you’re in the mood for Sushi, but also want to watch Netflix I would advise calling ahead and dropping by.
The best under-the-radar bar
I can’t say that Big Tide is under-the-radar, but it certainly is underrated. Outside of having an extremely affordable food menu, Big Tide has delicious brews made in-house that you can even grab in a take-home 1.89L growler for $10. They also have a points program for every dollar you spend, larger beer mugs that you can lease for a year, a nice gluten-free menu, and regular trivia nights. Like I said, I can’t say they are the best kept secret, but I can say that not enough people check it out.
The place you go for a little bit of culture:
Trinity Royal. You know, because I’m one of those weird people who likes walking around the City and glancing at incredibly old buildings. One of the biggest strengths that Saint John boasts as Canada’s original city is its architectural design. Buildings in the uptown core have a unique vibe to them, and it isn’t uncommon to see somewhat unorthodox designs paired with beautifully intricate wood- and brick-work. Buildings also tend to sport incredibly old and faded product advertisements for tobacco or cola. That characteristic has turned a few of the buildings into living relics, and in some cases the innards have been completely refreshed and modernized to juxtapose the outward appearance. It’s a nice mesh of new and old, and I would argue that is representative of the city itself.
The place you always take your out-of-town guests that wows:
I like to take guests to the City Market. It can be argued that there are more important landmarks in the city, but market’s atmosphere is unique and comforting. It’s always a busy place, and I dig the variety of products. More than that though, this place has a history you can sink your teeth into. It’s the oldest farmer’s market in Canada, has a roof that resembles an inverted ship’s keel, and the floor sloops with the natural grade of the hill it stands on. They say it was built by unemployed ship builders, and even if that isn’t true I like that story and how it ties into Saint John’s ship building heritage.
Where you shop for everyday basics:
Giant Tiger. Say what you will about the shitty kitty, there are name-brand products available and prices that are usually half that of major grocery chains. The place was renovated not that long ago making the shopping experience much cleaner and more organized. I still buy all of my produce elsewhere, but when it comes to picking up basic toiletries or condiments I only go to the GT.
There are more <3
See you tomorrow!