WHAT’S ON for Shop The Neighbourhood, Nov 24th!

To kick off the holiday season, Riverside establishments will be opening their doors and inviting everyone for meet and greets and special happenings on November 24th! A number of fun and festive events will take place throughout the day along Queen Street east from the DVP to Empire Ave, culminating in Light Up Riverside tree lighting and cheer event (5-7pm, 791 Queen E).

Riverside Light Up 2018

Here are some of the special happenings in store – keep checking back – we’re adding more daily to this live blog as we count down the days!

Saturday is also the first day of the Riverside Window Wonderland Contest! Start snapping & sharing your pics for a bigger chance to win!

SWITCHBACK CYCLERY – 651 Queen St E: Get rolling on your holiday shopping! 20% off safety and security items for the cycle enthusiast in your life – including bells, helmets, lights and locks. Bikes from 10-25%. Join us for light refreshments while you browse!

QUINCE FLOWERS – 660 Queen St E: Flower Day! Purchase a $100 Floral Gift Card for just $80

CRY IF I WANT TO –  696 Queen St E: Come by to buy packaging for gift wrapping, cards, custom stationery (on order) as well as offering gift wrapping services.

EASTBOUND BREWING CO – 700 Queen St E: Enjoy a “Crafts & Crafts” Fair inside!

DIMENSIONS CUSTOM FRAMING & GALLERY – 732 Queen St E: Light refreshments and a draw to win $100 toward custom framing. No purchase necessary, just pop by and fill out a ballot!

DRESDEN VISION – 733 Queen St E: Mulled wine and Traditional German cookies… do I need to say anything else for you to pop up there?

OPERA HOUSE GRILL – 735 Queen St E – from 12pm-6pm, purchase any entree and receive a free mini-soup! (Plus come out to Light Up Riverside from 5-7pm and get a comp taste of Chris’ famous chicken noodle – great for kids of all ages!)

BUTCHERS OF DISTINCTION – 738 Queen St E: enjoy a bowl of house-made beef chilli and rice for $5 between 12pm-5pm.

RIVERDALE TRADING CO – 760 Queen St E: 30% off Vinyl Record sale November 23, 24, 25. As well as saving on in-store items.

SAULTER STREET BREWERY – 31 Saulter St, #1: New to the world of beer? Too many different styles and have no idea which one to get? Check them out to try on different beer samples for free!

ARTS MARKET – 790 Queen St E: Get some holiday shopping checked off of your list! Come by our Riverside location to enjoy shopping from local artisans with free gift wrapping available for Arts Market purchases!

Lighting Up Riverside With the Help of Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP

Riverside BIA is pleased to announce that Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP will be partnering alongside co-sponsor Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX again this year to present our annual Light Up Riverside event. The event will take place November 24th from 5-7pm at the Mustard Seed Courtyard where the annual tree lighting will take place, along with live music, crafts and treats.

The Baird MacGregor team celebrates at their ribbon cutting event for extensive building facade improvements, Oct 19/17.

Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP has been a part of the Riverside community for quite some time and last year played a huge role in organizing the annual Light Up. Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP opened up shop at 825 Queen Street East in 1988 and has been an active member of the community ever since. CEO and President of Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP Philomena Comerford is a driven woman and outstanding leader that shows compassion towards everything she does. The brokerage is proud to have many longtime employees who have had the opportunity to have their children work alongside them; in fact, Philomena Comerford now works alongside with her son Dylan Luft.

Light Up Riverside is all about family, fun and warmth, values that Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers deeply believe in. With strong family ties, caring for its clients, and being people persons, they are thrilled to meet all of the Riverside Community at this end of the year event!

We sat down with Philomena Comerford to learn more about her firm partnering up with Riverside BIA for Light Up Riverside.

What are you most looking forward to for this year’s Light Up Riverside event?

Philomena explained that she is really looking forward to the Christmas Tree lighting, listening to the carols, and mingling with the community to kick-start the spirit of the season. Light Up Riverside is a great opportunity to meet all of your neighbours and celebrate the holidays through fun shared activities. 

What does this event mean to you and your business?

This event is a great opportunity to engage with and get to know our neighbours a bit better, in a festive atmosphere. This event is all about family, fun and warmth: virtues that our business values very deeply.

What is your favourite part of the holiday season?

Our favourite part of the holiday season is our staff luncheon when we serve a traditional turkey dinner and sing carols together.  Also, last year Community 55 was thrilled to receive donated children’s gifts for their family Christmas baskets.  Our elves also prepare gift bags to hand out at the Christmas dinner for the Out of the Cold program in the Beach. 

What are some of your favourite things to do in Riverside?

We like to eat!  There are some awesome restaurants in Riverside and love trying them all. 

 

THANK YOU to our 2018 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP & Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard. 

For more information check out Light Up Riverside event page.

Riverside LIGHT UP 2018

Riverside Shines With New Accessibility Ramps!

Today, Riverside received 8 brand new accessibility ramps! Thanks to the partnership between LoyaltyONE and StopGap Foundation, Riverside businesses got the chance to receive a custom-made StopGap ramp for free!

On October 4th, LoyaltyONE were donating a limited amount of ramps to businesses, so we all went to the street looking for businesses owners and managers offering them this great opportunity! We got quite a few members joining and the ramps were delivered today!

 

Check them out… Don’t they look beautiful?

Riverside StopGap Ramp

StopGaps Ramps arriving!!

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Also, many other businesses already have their StopGap ramps that they put out just when in need, in that case, we got stickers to put on the windows, so if someone wants to go in, but your ramp is not outside, they can call you and get assistance with the ramp! If you need one of them, please, just drop by the BIA office to get yours, or email: office@riverside-to.com and we’ll drop it off to you.

Riverside StopGap ramp sticker

Light Up Riverside Gives Back: Welcoming Donations to Mustard Seed!

Light Up Riverside, the Riverside BIA’s annual holiday event, will once again enliven the community with a tree lighting, live choir music, photobooth, hot drinks and lots of cheer! The fun festivities are happening on Saturday, November 24th, from 5pm to 7pm in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

This year, donation items will be welcomed for our host, Mustard Seed, in support of their mission “to be a welcoming space — where your life skills can grow, where your creative energies can be unleashed, where imagination, playfulness, and beauty can be celebrated, where your self-worth, dignity, healing, wholeness and spirituality can flourish, and above all, where community is nourished”.

Mustard Seed runs many different programs and welcomes all the community to be part of it. Some examples of their programs include:

  • Community Kitchen: Delicious, nutritious, affordable meals prepared and shared in the community.
  • Nifty Knitters: Learn to knit and crochet or work on your own project.
  • Crafts and Sewing: Opportunities for creativity; supplies provided.
  • Whimsical Wednesdays for Women: Lunch, crafts, sewing, cards and more.
  • Friday Adult Drop-In: Conversation and games.
  • Saturday Adult Drop-In: Lunch, conversation and games.
  • Spiritual Spas, Special Events and Workshops
  • Community Garden Plots

Everyone is welcome to donate at Light Up Riverside from 5pm-7pm for a chance to win a gift basket donated by Dianna and Patrick from Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX.

Let us know you’re coming to Light Up Riverside!!

A BIG thank you to our 2018 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Baird MacGregor Insurance LP and Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

Riverside Light Up 2018

Lighting Up Riverside With the Help of Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX

On November 24th Riverside BIA and our co-sponsors, Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX & Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP, will be hosting the annual Light Up Riverside holiday event. Light Up Riverside is a free community event that encourages everyone to come out and celebrate the holiday season with live music, photos with Santa, treats and a Christmas tree lighting.

The event will take place from 5-7pm at the Mustard Seed Courtyard (791 Queen Steet E).

Riverside Gillis & Kennedy REMAX

Patrick Gillis and Dianna Kennedy of Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX, Light Up Riverside 2018 Co-sponsors (Photo courtesy of Giancarlo Pawelec | PawelecPHOTO)

With last years event being such a success we are excited to have Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP back as our co-sponsors again this year. Light Up Riverside takes place beside Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and just a short distance away from Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

Patrick Gillis and Dianna Kennedy have been apart of the Riverside community for quite some time now and have been there through all of the changes and enthusiasm that Riverside has to offer. With a combined 50 years of experience in the area’s real estate,  Dianna and Patrick have strong ties to the community. We sat down with Patrick and Dianna to ask them some questions about this year’s Light Up Riverside and their participation in Riverside as a community.

What are you most looking forward to for this year’s Light Up Riverside event?

This year we are very excited to be doing a gift basket giveaway with a value of up to $200! Enter to the draw will be free, however, we encourage donation for the Mustard Seed/Fontbonne Ministries. We love Light Up Riverside because it is a very fun event. Everyone is happy and enjoying themselves and it is a great way to kick off the holiday season. The Light Up is full of energy and we love the Christmas carols and meeting new people. We really encourage people to come out because it is a great way to meet new people in the community.

What does this event mean to you and your business?

This event is really important to us because it allows us to step out of our office and meet the people. It allows people to get to know who we are and gives us the chance to spend time with the community. Our office is right next to the Mustard Seed Courtyard so being able to step outside of the office and hang out with the people of the community through this event is just great.

What is your favourite part of the holiday season?

We just love Christmas! The holiday season is really wonderful because everyone is in the giving mood and it is just a fun time of the year. The carolling is something I really enjoy as well as the gift-giving part (Patrick Gillis). The holidays are great because it gives people the opportunity to get together with people we don’t see as often as we would like and to spend time with friends and family (Dianna Kennedy). 

What are some of your favourite things to do in Riverside?

The list is endless. There are so many fun things to do in Riverside, one thing we both enjoy doing is going for dinner at the Broadview Hotel and hanging out at their rooftop patio. Riverside is great because there is always so many festivals and events that take place. We really enjoyed our time at the Eats and Beats festival and the diversity of the neighbourhood (Dianna Kennedy). All the walks are great, the Public Art Walk and the Culinary one were incredible (Patrick Gillis). The Riverside Community is great because of its diversity and we love how there are always new spots opening up that we can try out. 

THANK YOU to our 2018 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Gillis & Kennedy RE/MAX and Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard. 

For more information check out Light Up Riverside event page.