Here & Now – It’s a been a good ride!

It was June 2002 when Harold Seligman opened Here & Now’s doors for the first time in Riverside. The retail store was one of the first of its kind in the neighbourhood.

Harold has had other clothing stores in the 80s before spending 10 years travelling the world. When he came back in the early 2000’s he decided Riverside was the right place to start fresh.

At first, foot traffic was slow but that didn’t make him give up. Harold said to himself “I’ll try this for a year and see how it goes.” His bet paid off and as the years went on, he upgraded his merchandise, foot traffic increased and finally things went off.

Now he’s glad to see how the neighbourhood changed for the better. Harold understands that this is a new era, where online shopping is taking over the clothing retail market. At the same time, retirement is starting to sound like a good idea. So “there are a lot of signs telling me that is time to stop”, says Harold.

“It’s been a great ride on Queen East and now is time to enjoy the next chapter in my life,” says Harold.

Riverside Here & Now

Here & Now will keep its doors open until the end of June, but Harold alerts he had to restock twice in the past couple of weeks just after he put up the signs. So, this is the time to pay your last visit!

Here & Now
770 Queen St East
Tues-Sat: 11am-6pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm

Riverdale Trading Co – Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverdale Trading Co

Vinyl is back!

“Whatever record you’re looking for, we have it or will find it,” says Riverdale Trading Company manager, Sean.

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And he’s not kidding. With over 18,000 rare and original records in stock, and systems in place track down everything else, this record shop carries every genre of music from you can think of from hip-hop to heavy metal and every genre in between.

With an eye on the potential for Riverside, Riverdale Trading Company opened on Queen Street in 2016. While business was steady, Shawn says sales increased dramatically after The Broadview Hotel opened a year later.

“Since the hotel opened it has been a very diverse group of people,” he says. “Riverside is a fantastic neighbourhood.

In addition to all the vinyl, customers will find a whimsical array of decorative pieces for their home including teak furniture, Buddha statues, and one-of-a-kind wall art. The shop also carries incense and 420 accessories. So next time you’re in the hood, stop in for a visit, flip through some albums, and get your groove on!

 

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: 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.

THANK YOU & PHOTOS RIVERSIDE WINE & CRAFT BEER FEST 2019

RIVERSIDE WINE & CRAFT BEER FEST, IN ITS 5TH YEAR, WAS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS!

  • 20+ events and special promotions via participating restaurants, retailers and community organizations hosting events from April 2nd 6th.
  • 13 wineries & craft breweries took part from diverse parts of Niagara, Prince Edward County, and right here in Riverside!
  • 2,600 people registered throughout the week and more than 1,000 just for the EXPO (!!)
  • $3,200 raised for community programming at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre

This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…

2019 Riverside Wine & Beer

THANK YOU:

ENJOY THE MEMORIES OF SOME OF THE 2019 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS!

(p.s. if you see your photo and would like a high res copy, please email us at marketing@riverside-to.com)

APRIL 2nd – CRAFT BEER TALK & TASTING

Talk hosted by Queen -Saulter Library Branch

 

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April 2nd - Talk & Tasting hosted by Queen/Saulter Library Branch

April 2nd - Talk & Tasting

APRIL 4TH – TASTING NIGHT MARKET

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APRIL 6TH – EXPO

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Thanks to Sponsors! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Lynne welcoming Mayor John Tory at the Expo. (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

 

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – The Lesters Trio (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Grange Winery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Caricature at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – The Lesters Trio (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Sangweech Truck (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Animal Liberation Kitchen (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Saulter St Brewery (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Silent Auction (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – Food Demo by Chef Scott from Toronto Food Tours (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019
Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

Apr 6th Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Expo 2019 – We were full since the very first minute! (photo: PAWELECPhoto)

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest – EXPO 2019!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is an annual week-long celebration of wine and craft beer paired with local food and shopping. Wine and craft beer lovers can delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest’s last event will celebrate all things beer, wine and food with a FREE community EXPO on Saturday, April 6th. The Expo will be hosted at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen Street East, 2nd & 3rd floor) from 2-5pm for everyone to enjoy.

Enjoy an afternoon of local vendors, wineries, live music, and a silent auction. 

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Expo 2018

Beginning at 2pm, the Expo will offer a variety of wine and craft beer tastings,  you will also have the opportunity to connect with local brewers and winemakers across Ontario including Riverside’s own, Eastbound Brewing Co and Saulter Street Brewery

2nd Floor Fun!

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Expo 2018

Be sure to stop by and try some delicious wine and craft beer tasting from wineries and breweries across Ontario. Enjoy a lovely Almanac white and red from Grange of Prince Edward, a family-run winery that began their journey in the Prince Edward County. Other wineries that will be sharing their craft at the Expo include Closson Chase, 3 Dogs Winery, Black Prince and Broken Stone. To learn more about the participating wineries and breweries for Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest read our full blog post here

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest would not be possible without our festival sponsors and partners. Throughout the second floor, you will be able to connect with our sponsors at their booth and learn about their ties to the community. 

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Expo 2018

There will be pop up food vendors at the Expo for the afternoon, Animal Liberation Kitchen (ALK)The Sangweech Truck and Peas and Thank You. They will have a variety of delicious foods available for purchase. The ALK is a recent addition to the neighbourhood with their first brick and mortar shop at 717 1/2 Queen Street E. with great vegan options. The Sangweech truck is a Toronto based food truck that offers artisanal sandwiches focused on local, fresh ingredients and flavours, sourced from the best of Ontario’s farmers and food suppliers. Peas and Thank You is a vegan pop up that offers sweet and savoury treats made from local and sustainable produce. 

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Expo 2018

You will be able to bid on Silent Auction items that have been donated by local businesses throughout Riverside. 

Live music will be performed by The Lesters on the second floor all afternoon. The Lesters are a Toronto based, trio band that creates a blend of folk and pop music that is very pleasant on the ears. So grab a drink and enjoy the music! 

3rd Floor Fun! 

On the third floor of the Ralph Thornton Centre the Expo will have a series of cooking demos and beer talks taking place throughout the afternoon. 

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest – Expo 2018

Check out the schedule for the cooking demos and beer & wine talks! 

2-2:30pm – Chefs Scott Savoie from Toronto Food Tours and Chef Boris from The Peasant Table will be providing a cooking demo

2:40-3:10pm- Beer Talk with brewers from Eastbound and Saulter St Brewery

3:20 -3:50pm- Chefs Scott Savoie from Toronto Food Tours and Chef Boris from The Peasant Table will be providing a cooking demo

4-4:30pm – Lets Talk Wine with Three Dogs Winery

4:40 – 5pm – Chefs Scott Savoie from Toronto Food Tours and Chef Boris from The Peasant Table will be providing a cooking demo

Make sure to check out all the details of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest on our event page and to RSVP on our Eventbrite here!!

While entry to this amazing event is free, there is a suggested donation at the door of $5-$10 in support of Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s children’s programming.

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, sponsored by Hullmark, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Quince Flowers – Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverside Business Profile Series

Quince Flowers

Q is the prettiest letter in the alphabet, according to Rosie Jeffares, and her shop, Quince Flowers, is easily one the prettiest corners in Riverside.

Rosie says she was looking for a flagship store, close to both the highway and Corktown when she discovered Riverside in 1997. The neighbourhood was rough around the edges then, she says but word on the street was good things were on the horizon.

Today Rosie says she couldn’t be happier with her decision.

 

“There also are so many creative people in our neighbourhood beyond just the businesses on Queen Street,” says Rosie. “It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.” As an active member of the Riverside BIA, she strongly recommends all new businesses get involved.

“It’s really more about community and connection and that can’t help but improve your business,” she says.

Whether you’re in the market for floral arrangements for your wedding reception, or a small bouquet to place in your kitchen window, Quince Flowers is worth checking out.

“There is as much value in a single stem as there is in a cup of coffee,” says Rosie. “It doesn’t have to be a big splurge and it feeds the soul.”

 

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: 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.