Category Archives: Around Town

Moving To Moncton Monday: Take It Outside (Your Skating That Is)

There is something whimsical about strapping on a pair of skates and taking it outside, isn’t there?  One of my absolute favourite discoveries about Moncton has been the abundance of outdoor skating rinks!  In fact, there’s one just two blocks from my home, in gorgeous Victoria Park.

While weather outside can have so many of us wanting to pull up the covers and zone out to Netflix, outdoor skating has some amazing benefits!  In addition to the calories burned and the balance control, getting outside in the winter also helps with depression.  Seriously, how many people have you ever seen on skates with a frown? (The NHL aside).

Take a drive around the city after school or on the weekend and you’ll see kids & adults alike, gathering to share some winter fun!

So, where are Moncton’s rinks?  According to the City of Moncton, they are in almost every neighborhood:

Outdoor Rinks

Mapleton Place (90 Candlewood Drive)

Prince Edward Park (25 Burlington Avenue)

Sunny Brae Park (45 Centre Street)

Hamilton Heights Playground (120 Evergreen Dr)

Roxborough Park (140 Barrington Crescent)

Other Outdoor Rinks:

Centennial Park Pond
Centennial Park Kaboom Rink
Mapleton Park
City Hall
Victoria Park (Weldon at John Street)

Have you been using any of our city’s outdoor rinks?  Which is your favourite and why?

Moncton Halloweeeeeeen… Twenty Fourteeeeeen!

by: Natalie

Let me preface this post by declaring that I LOVE holidays. LOVE! I love decorating, dressing up, building traditions and having a blast!   So, it should come as no surprise that my family has a jam-packed schedule for the week leading up to Halloween.  As I was planning out our activities, I noticed that there was no list anywhere online with this year’s “MUST-DOs” for Halloween in Moncton.  So, here are mine 🙂

2011-10-28 19.51.59

Yours truly… Halloween 2011.

1. Spirit Halloween Superstore Plaza (Main Street).

Granted, I have not yet tried out the other Halloween stores around town but this place was the bomb! It took 20 minutes for us to even get into the store as my kids toured the very exciting decor display.  We’re talking electrocutions, mad scientists, attack dogs and even a little zombie girl on a swing.  **WARNING** My kids are 6 and loved it but they would have had nightmares if we brought them when they were younger.

2. 131 Broadview (Old West End).

I absolutely the holiday people who go all out (a la Clark Griswold)… whether their thing is Halloween, Christmas, Easter, whatever….  That’s why the people at 131 Broadview probably think that I’m some sort of stalker.  From Oct 1-31,  I try to pass by this fantastic display as often as possible.  On Saturday, they’re hosting a Halloween block party from 3-6pm and will be accepting donations for the local food bank.  I spoke with the resident of this home and he told me that they see 400-500 trick or treaters every year!   We are so sad that this is their last year doing their display.

photo (3)

Photo by me… driving by during daylight to see everything better.


3.  Boo At The Zoo

This will be our first year at Boo At The Zoo and I’m so excited!  Open Sat & Sun from 11am-5pm, they promise inflatable fun as well as a scarier area for the parents.  With admission, you also get to do your rounds of the animal displays.  Be sure to wear a costume… Parents too!  This one’s likely to be my kids’ favourite event.

4. Keillor House Halloween Tour

By far, my favourite event of the season is the Keillor House Tour!   Open Friday and Saturday night from 7-9pm.  Honestly, if you haven’t been, it is a MUST see.  My kids begged to join us this year but there would be way too many nightmares and tears at their age.  As you tour this historic mansion, live actors engage with you and make sure that every person leaves terrified.  Get ready to scream!!

Imagine this place at night, filled with live ghouls and ghosts…

That’s what we’re up to this weekend.  So, Moncton, did I miss any Halloween “MUSTS”?  Tell me… how are you celebrating the spookiest season?

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2013

If you’re like me, you’ve probably always assumed that heels were a slightly uncomfortable, but fashionable way to look a little more like a celebrity. False. According to the ever-so-reliable website, Factual Facts, heels were worn by the Romans to wade through muddy land and by cowboys to keep their feet from sliding through stirrups. On the less practical side, Louis XIV was known for wearing heels up to ten inches high so that entire depict battle scenes could be depicted on his footwear!

Today heels may “solely”  be found in feminine fashion, however, this fall Pierre–and many other men–well be slipping their toes inside a pair of heels in a playful effort to raise awareness and funds for a battle that’s been raging long before the Romans ever dreamed up heels. On October 18th, men from all over the world  will be participating in The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 11.27.05 PM

This Friday night @7 (September 20, 2013), join the Martell team at 191 Amiens Drive (off Ryan Street in Moncton) in raising some funds and awareness for October’s walk.  Bring a donation or register yourself to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes with Pierre!

Rumor has it, after a little of his own practice, Pierre may give a little tutorial on how to walk in high heels! I’m sure you’ll want to be there for that!

Friday evening, let your hair down and have some weekend fun! You may bring your own beverage of choice and we’ll have some munchies compliments of Sobeys Vaughn Harvey store!

Admission is by donation to support the Martell team and YWCA Moncton.

In anticipation of this light-hearted way to raise awareness, here is my selection of the top 5 “manly” heels:

1. There’s a lot revolving around these pumps!

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.51.21 PM


2. I moustache you, when did moustaches become so darn cute?

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.54.08 PM


3. I wonder what it’s like to walk on robots?

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.56.36 PM

4. There’s a lot riding on these!
Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 11.01.53 PM

5. I have never meet a man who didn’t like pie.

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 11.03.17 PM

Which pair would you wear?

Neighborhood Feature: St. Andrews Village at Mountain Woods

Location: St. Andrew’s Village is located just past Crandall University on King’s Bridge Blvd (off of Gorge Rd)–only 2km from the Gorge Rd exit on the Trans Canada! This community is away from the noise of traffic, yet very close to exits & amenities.

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 4.03.39 PM

Image Source: Google Maps

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 12.03.51 PM

Image Source:  123TurntheKey

Welcome to St. Andrew’s Village! This beautiful, new community is the perfect settling place for outdoor lovers! Most new home includes 3 year access to the Magnetic Hill Golf Course! In addition to golf, Mapleton Park is in walking distance! This beautiful park is maintained year round, has a lake/ ice rink, and a lodge.

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 4.15.35 PMImage Source:


K-8: Magnetic Hill School

High School: Harrison Trimble

Kingswood Academy Montessori & Crandall University are located within 3Km of St. Andrew’s Village.


Golf Course Access

Parks: Mapleton, Magnetic Hill Zoo, Magic Mountain (5km).

Amenities: Second Cup, Starbucks, shopping, local shops (McBunn’s, Old Fashioned Meat Market, OMG Market) banking (RBC is 2km), medical centres, concert venues, cinema.

Lot Prices:

Treed: $74,900-$79,900

Treed, Golf Course Estate Lot: $79,900-$99,900

Treed, Golf Course Estate Lot, Water View: $94,900- $114, 900

To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in St. Andrew’s Village, call Pierre today at 506-871-5237 or by email

5 Great Reasons to Live in Miramichi

Miramichi! The city that is super fun to say, semi-fun to spell, and even more fun to visit!  Have you ever considered living in Miramichi? Martell is so proud to be building homes for families in its neighborhood, so we decided to put together what some residents have deemed the top 5 reasons to live in the ‘chi!



photo cred: Anthony Munn, Miramichi Resident

1. Friendly Neighbours

Every single person I talked to said that,  hands down, the top reason to live in Miramichi is the people.

“The people are incredibly nice – more than anywhere else I have lived”-Amy Pike

2. Great food!

While pretty much any city has a wide variety of restaurants, Miramichi boasts some pretty darn delicious local eateries. Sure, they have a few chains like Boston Pizza, Jungle Jim’s, and Mike’s, but they also are home to some “hidden” treasures like Etsy’s Fish & Chips and Cunnard’s Chinese Restaurant. If your more interested in a watering hole, O’Donaghue’s Pub is a local favourite! To top off all the great dining experiences, Patty Cake’s Bakery has some of the tastiest, artsiest, cupcakes around! You’ll never be hungry if your hanging around this city!

3. Cultural Feast

If your taste buds don’t go nuts here, your eyes just might! Miramichi is located right on the riverbank and filled with tons of culture!  Richie Wharf features a wide variety of talent from the area and abroad on a regular basis. Check the schedule right here! The wharf also has a boardwalk with delicious ice cream, gift shops, a fun playground with a splash pad, and even boat rides!

In addition to the wharf, the community has taken it upon themselves to host musicians in their homes! Last week, Jon Bryant-who hails from Halifax-played a house show with 50 in attendance! The hosts had to turn people away for fire regulations!



4. Employment

For those of you already into or starting to get into a trade in agriculture or forestry, Miramichi is one of the top places to find employment. If you Google photos of Miramichi, it won’t be hard to figure out why. The location is right smack in the middle of some amazing ecosystems and lush forests. If forestry is not your thing, there are lots of other types of jobs open at the moment! Take a look right here!

5. A  community of folklore

The Dungarvon Hooper, might scare some people around, but most people find it adds a really unique cultural flare! Legend has it, that a young Irish cook, often referred to as Ryan,  moved to a lumber camp located somewhere along, or very near to, the Dungarvon River, bringing all of his possessions with him, including a money belt. While the lumberjacks were out, Ryan is left alone with the boss of the camp, who murders and robs him. When the crew returns, the boss explains that the cook had taken sick and died suddenly. They then bury the body in the forest some distance from the camp. However, a terrible “whooping” sound keeps the group from falling asleep that night, presumably the ghost of Ryan crying out against the crime of which he was the victim. Scared, the men flee the camp the next morning.dungarvon_whooper


If you’ve been to the city or live there, let us know why you enjoy it!

Know Moncton: OMG Market

Get ready to rethink one-stop shopping! For years, Moncton-North has been enjoying both McBun’s and the Old Fashion Meat Market. The two stores are stocked with fresh products and friendly staff. Nothing beats McBun’s delicious peanut butter oat cakes (SO good!!!)

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 3.42.04 PM BUT it’s way more convenient to head to a one-stop shopping location where some fresh veggies are available alongside baked goods and protein!

In comes the OMG Market. Last summer Shane realized the need for a shop specializing in produce on the North end of Moncton and the location between the meat market and McBun’s seemed like a great opportunity! People in the neighbourhood (or people like me who have to drive across town!) can stop at the Valhalla Plaza and pick up their entire grocery list from local shops! 

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 3.26.09 PM

Shane choose the name “OMG market” after his stepmom Carolyn suggested it. Initially, the name didn’t click, but the more Shane thought about, the more sense it made. He used to work in the Moncton Industrial park and there were many days that he would have to stop at the grocery store to pick up a few items on the way home. He would drive by the Trinity Superstore and forget to stop. Once he realized, he would think, “Oh My Goodness,” I forgot to stop and get the bread, or whatever; and he’d have to turn around and fight the traffic to get back there.

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 3.35.55 PM


The OMG market does their best to bring in as many local products as possible. They focus on fruits and vegetables and have a variety of organic products.

In addition to produce they also carry honey from Allison, NB (near Salisbury); maple products from Elgin; apples, apple cider, jams, and jellies from Memramcook; cheese, tea, and spices from Sussex; Covered Bridge Chips from the Saint John River Valley; Coffee from Saint John; olive oils & balsamic vinegars from Europe via a St. Andrew’s distributor; hot sauce from Cardigan, PEI; and culinary wines from Shediac! They also prepare fresh salads every day at the market!

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 3.31.33 PM


 Over the next five years, Shane would like to see, as a minimum, two other locations open! He plans to start in either Riverview or Dieppe and possibly continue throughout the province! These shops, like the Mountain Road location, will offer a unique blend of local products in a small, cozy atmosphere, with a strong focus on customer service! OMG staff focuses on making sure every customer is welcomed and that all questions are answered before they leave! 

A few fun facts about Shane!

Q. Do you travel? Where have you been?

R. My wife and I have been travelling to the Dominican Republic every year for the last few years. We certainly enjoy our time down there. 

Q. If you could choose one vegetable or fruit that does not grow in NB to grow here, what would it be? 

R. Bananas for sure. They are a favourite of mine. 

Q.What is your favourite vacation spot in the Maritimes? 

R. My favourite vacation spot in the Maritimes has to be PEI. 

Check out the OMG market (and lots of other shops) at 1855 Mountain Rd! Let us know what you think!

Home Buyers Seminar: Sat April 20, 2013


We are so pleased to have been invited by Bernadette Kenny to speak at her upcoming Home Buyers Seminar.  A home buyers seminar is a great opportunity to sit down and let the experts walk you through the steps toward owning your dream home.

Who are the experts?  Bernadette Kenny of The Mortgage Center as well as our own Pierre Martell will walk you through everything from how to obtain a mortgage, to what you need to know when choosing a builder.  Finally, we will be joined by a local lawyer to address questions regarding the legal process of becoming a home owner.

If you’re considering building now, or even further down the road, please come out and join us on Sat, April 20 from 10am-noon at the Chocolate River Station.  RSVP to hold your spot today: 852-8424 or

Thanks!! We can’t wait to see you there.



The Greater Moncton Home Show Recap

I bet most of you–at least those of you from Moncton–were distracted by these little signs plastered around the city.

These signs, and a few billboards, were directing you all to the largest home show in Atlantic Canada! If for some crazy, unexplainable reason you couldn’t make it, here’s a recap of our favorite show! You know those model kitchens and bathrooms at Kent or Home Depot? Imagine that scene at the coliseum and you’ve got the Greater Moncton Home Show! Last weekend, many of you strolled through the doors of the annual show to chat with anyone and everyone in the housing industry!

home show

With the help of our friends at DS&Co., our booth got a major overhaul from last year! It felt like a good ol’ maritime kitchen party as we spent the day chatting with friends-new and old-in our cozy, modern flat!

Picture 4

Picture 5

Picture 6

We also partnered with the Boys&Girls Club to offer you all a coat check and chance to win your dream cottage! Its not too late to buy a ticket! Click here for the dets!

Picture 8

I had the chance to sit in on this seminar and learn some practical tips about building your home with the future in mind. While spiral staircases rock, it may be a bit is way more practical to think about installing a staircase that is compatible with a lift. I definitely wouldn’t have thought of that right of the bat!

Picture 12

We really enjoyed chatting with all the guests, but it was awesome to catch up with some of our partners and friends like the people at Atlantic Home Warranty and artist Matt Leblanc!

Picture 11

There were SO many smiling faces around the coliseum! Bergman Landscaping & Masonry even set up a backyard camp out!  Also, how cool is that hide-a-bed! Who needs a pull-out couch when pull-down bookcases are an option?

Picture 9

Maritime Door & Window and Efficiency NB were right around the corner from us, so we were able to check out all the latest innovations for keeping your house eco-friendly and stylish!

Picture 10

The show was nothing short of chic with many companies showcasing modern lighting, flooring, and countertops! I’ve always had a thing for black countertops, but I think Precision Countertops won my heart with their stone-patterned display model! It seemed so fairy-tale meets HGTV.

Picture 3

If you didn’t make it this year, we hope to see you next year! BUT, if you did make it, what was the highlight for you?

Sea Kelp A.K.A. The best thing ever.

Sea Kelp? Yes, that slimy long, tangly stuff that you try to avoid the entire time you’re looking for a place to lay in the sand. Somehow, the guys at Nova Scotia Fisherman® ( have turned these slippery strands into a line of unbeatable products.

My roommate and I were grocery shopping at the Sobey’s on Elmwood Dr. in Moncton when we found these products on an end-cap by all the vitamins/ organic food. We were both reeled in by the East Coast logo and once we opened up the samples, we were pretty sure we had landed on a beach. There’s not really any other way to describe the scent of these products other than Hawaiian Tropic suncreen in the bay of Fundy.

I bought “Rescue Balm” and my roommate Melissa bought the lip balm, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have all 4 products next time we get groceries.

The “Rescue Balm” literally has nothing “Chemical-like” in it. The ingredients are olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, nova scotia sea kelp, castor oil, rosehip oil, aloe, vitamin E, lavender, tea tree oil, rosemary, geranium, and chamomile oil. I have ridiculously sensitive skin, so I’m generally terrified to put anything new on, but since there was nothing unnatural in this, I put it on my face (yes, my face!!) before bed. I woke up with unbelievable smoother skin and no new breakouts!

The lip balm is probably the best marketed cosmetic I’ve seen. The attention to detail is awesome! The packaging reminded me of a Push Pop, but without the gooey sugar running through the bottom!  If you look at the sample, you might be alarmed by it’s brown colour, but don’t worry! You’re lips stay pink, but turn super moisturized and smell like heaven!

Needless to say, I am hooked on Nova Scotia Fishermans line of gender-neutral products!
Are any of you?

Know Moncton: Clementine

If you can’t make it to Europe and happen to be in Moncton, add a stop at Clementine Café to your to-do list!

This chic café–named after owner Clement Dugas– is located at 62 Elmwood Drive in the Sunny Brae community. With many corporate coffee shops opening in the city (which we all love), Clementine offers a refreshing take on classic café items. The menu is loaded with fresh, local food and beverages ranging  from Chockpish Salad and Paninis to Cranberry-Pear Smoothies and Americanos. They do their best to shop as local and real as possible. While their speciality is espresso drinks, they (debatably) have the best coffee in town. They serve varying roasts of fresh ground, Just Us coffee (check Just Us out on our favourite things list!).

Clementine Café was originally located on St. George street, but due to issues with the building they were forced to leave. The café closed for six months and Clement was beginning to feel that he would not be able to reopen. He and his wife had moved to the Sunny Brae community and saw the potential for community development. When 62 Elmwood Dr. became available, they took a leap of faith and reopened. We’re definitely glad they did!

photo: Clement above, baristas Franca and Sebastian (left), and Chef Sam (right)

Fun Facts about Clement:

Q. If you could open a coffee shop in any city in the world, where would it be?

 A. One time my wife and I were on vacation in Orleans, France. It’s a small city, about 100,000 and I remember thinking it’d be a great place to open a coffee shop.

Q. Do you travel often?

A. I’ve traveled Europe a few times. My wife is from the countryside in France, near Switzerland. It’s a small community, not like Paris or anything. So we always have a home-base there. Once we transformed a work van into a camper and traveled through Europe. We always went to public pools to clean up. It was cool because we were able to see a lot of locals.

Q. What inspired your decor?

A. We wanted to keep the same look we had at St. George, like with the wood panelling, but a lot of the inspiration comes from my travels.