Spotlight on Riverside’s Barefoot Beauty

Barefoot Beauty, 643 Queen Street East, Toronto

Riverside feels like a small town in the heart of a big city. That’s what Barefoot Beauty owner, Emily Stock, has to say from her super cozy eco-friendly mani-pedi salon, which she opened on Queen Street East in 2017. “The sense of community here is wonderful,” she says.

Not your average mani-pedi salon, Barefoot Beauty brings a higher standard to the world of aesthetics by focusing on the health and wellness of both the client and the environment.“Our waterless pedicures are definitely a stand out service,” says Emily. “Our clients love being pampered with the guarantee of having the safest, cleanest service possible without the negative environmental impact of wasting all the water of traditional pedicures. Thanks to Barefoot Beauty’s luxurious hot towel wrap, clients don’t miss the soak one bit!” adds Emily.

Despite being open for just a few years, Emily has seen the fast rate at which the neighbourhood is evolving.

“The neighbourhood seems to be growing every day – new condo developments, exciting new businesses, and lots more foot traffic,” she says.

It is worth noting that the rapid growth, the supportive business owners and the wonderful people who live in this area make Riverside one of the most ideal neighbourhoods for opening up your business.

If you’re looking for a relaxing spa experience in a warm and inviting ambiance that doesn’t compromise on health and is eco-conscious, head over to Barefoot Beauty, and treat your feet to a spa day in Riverside.

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

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