Monica Adair – At Home Here in New Brunswick

Occupation: Architect – founder of Acre Architects *see note of noteworthiness below

Place of Birth: Saint John, NB

Currently Resides: After 15 years away, I find myself back full circle in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Where’s your favourite place in New Brunswick to grab a coffee?

Ever since we moved into the Creative Soup Building in uptown Saint John – the shared kitchen is my go-to coffee stop. Creative Soup is a building of like-minded people under the same roof. If the coffee doesn’t get you going, our neighbours at Revolution Strategies & Hemmings House will.

Where’s your favourite place in New Brunswick to grab a pint?

An ex-Moosehead beer rep and a lover of PICAROONS micro-brewed beer – I find that beer definitely tastes better on a boat anywhere on the Saint John River. But, when it comes to a glass of wine – Happinez Wine Bar in Saint John is a gem, and since arriving back in the city this has been the home of some of my favourite nights with friends.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in New Brunswick ?

Je suis Prest Boutique, Urban Shoe Myth and Handworks Gallery in Saint John, keep me in coloured pants, rugged boots and Jewellery, respectively. At Handworks you can find my favourite jeweller: Jeneca Klausen. Jeneca’s jewels are as raw and real as she is – you have to check out her work.

When it comes to design stores, we’re lucky to have one that rivals the big cities here in Saint John – Tuck Studio showcases local art and contemporary design products that are beautifully curated. Speaking of art – I also love the Atlantic Canadian artists that Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts promotes in her contemporary gallery in Fredericton.

Where in New Brunswick would we stand to see your favourite view?

One of my favourite views that you too can share, is from the top of the Mackay Apple Orchard on the Kingston Peninsula. One view that really sticks with me is this Orchard in the Spring with its dreamlike fields of white apple blossoms leading down to the vast expanse of the Saint John River with the greening hills in the background – pretty unreal.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit New Brunswick:

1. Island Camping with the whales. Not for the faint of heart, camping on the Cliffside edge campground sites on Grand Manan Island are pretty magical.

2. Fly fishing on the Restigouche River. I caught my first salmon on this crystal clear river surrounded by impressive landscapes that resonate with me as reaching the ideal of what it means to be Canadian. I can’t kick this image from my mind when I think about that this experience exists in our province.

Rossmount Inn Restaurant in St. Andrews by-the-Sea3. Eat at the Rossmount Inn Restaurant in St. Andrews by-the-Sea. Chef Chris Aerni delivers inspired local dishes that I am craving just writing this. It was the place I chose for my dinner reservation for the day before our baby was due, and I was not alone, that day there were 3 pregnant ladies having their ‘before the big day’ meals. My particular favourite time to indulge is when tomatoes are in season.

What makes New Brunswick such a special place on earth for you?

I think it is that New Brunswick is still figuring out who it is and therefore is full of potential. It is unique that it doesn’t have one single major city, which makes all the cities and towns of this province strong players in our identity. I also love that we are a culturally bilingual province with some seriously sublime landscapes.

monica home show

SABS On-Line Hook-Ups for Monica Adair

Acre Architects website:

twitter: @monica_acre

instagram: @theacre

* SABS Notes of Noteworthiness...

Monica Adair on Majumder Manor & We Are What We CreateIf you're thinking that Monica looks familiar - it's because she and her partner Stephen Kopp are Shaun Majumder’s architects for MAJUMDER MANOR which airs on the W Network.  Click here to watch full episodes of the show




DON'T MISS THIS... Acre Architects has a contemporary architecture exhibition titled: #BUILDINGEAST – WE ARE WHAT WE CREATE. At the Saint John Arts Centre and runs until March 16, 2013.  For More Information click here


  1. Great interview, Monica!

    Comment by Barb C — February 18, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  2. You have great taste for things NB. Nice dress 🙂

    Comment by Kim McMahon — February 18, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  3. Fantastic read! Your passion comes through so well. I'm definitely going to go camping in Grand Manan this summer, great idea!

    Comment by Marilyn Orr — February 19, 2013 @ 9:07 am

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