ASK GSJ - Martin

ASK GSJ - Martin

Martin lives and works in Greater Saint John


Location: Rothesay Common in Rothesay, New Brunswick
Distance from Uptown: 17 km / 18 minutes driving
Styling: shirt and blazer – Pristine Life men's clothing store


Martin is Co-Owner of Common's Crêperie Café in Rothesay, New Brunswick.

“Now I can see my family every day and spend plenty of time with my sons playing basketball."

Greater Saint John has a history of attracting people like Martin who want to make a new and better life for their families.

We want to show you what it’s like to live and work in Saint John, New Brunswick.


Questions and Answers with Martin


Where are you from?

I'm from Seoul, South Korea. 


Where did you go to school and what did you study?

- I went to Chung-Ang University in Seoul and majored in Applied Statistics (Mathematics). And I went to Soongsil University Graduate School in Seoul and got a master's degree in global business.


When did you move to Saint John? Was it for your present job?

- My wife and I moved to Saint John in 2012. 


Can you please provide a brief overview of your job?

My wife Jenny Lee and I bought Common's Crêperie Café in 2013 - I work for her (: We serve savoury crêpes, sandwiches, sweet crêpes and desserts. 


What’s the best thing about your job?

- The best part about my job is working with our great staff, and meeting friendly customers. 


Why do you choose to live and work in Saint John?

- After I bought my restaurant and got used to running it, everything is so good. Customers are so friendly, and business is growing every year. But for me, it's all about family and my two sons. 

When we lived in South Korea, my wife and I both had to work because the cost of living in Seoul is really high. I had to drop my sons off at my parents' house every Monday morning and then on Friday night we took them back to spend the weekend together - it wasn't good at all. Now I can see my family every day and spend lots of time with my sons playing basketball.


What is the best thing about this city?

- It's the close-knit community. 

I'm in a couple of bands and we're playing for quite a few fundraising events helping people who are in need. Whenever I see the people who are volunteering, it's so awesome and I feel proud that I'm part of it.


What is your favourite restaurant?

- It's Kim's Fry Time in Quispamsis. The Chinese pork cutlet is my favourite menu item there. It's so tasty!


What is your favourite weekend activity? 

- It's playing basketball at the YMCA. Actually, I go there almost every day to play basketball. 


What is something that people from away need to know about Saint John?

- People here are super friendly and you don't need to be afraid to ask for help. Try to get involved in community activities - you can get to know lots of great people!


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