St. John’s Bakery
Unbeknownst to many locals, St. John’s Bakery on Broadview Ave. is a destination for bread lovers all over Toronto and beyond.
“People drive for miles just to come to our little place.” says bakery manager Shawn Burk. “On a Saturday it’s packed all morning.”
Not only that, but the bakery’s 13 varieties of sourdough bread is sold at over 40 high-end grocery stores across Toronto, including Pusateri’s in Yorkville. St. John’s signature Cilantro Olive Loaf has won numerous awards.
In addition to pumping out fresh organic bread every day, St. John’s Bakery offers paid hands-on training to marginalized individuals in need of both compassion and work experience. The bake shop’s employment success rate is 100 percent.
“We had one guy who was on the street for 25 years,” says Shawn. “By the end of it, he was a lead baker.”
The diversity of the people in Riverside is one of Shawn’s favourite things about living and working here. “It’s a neighbourhood that has every walk of life,” he says. “There’s something different about Riverside and it just feels comfortable.”
Owned and operated by St. John the Compassionate Mission since 2001, the bakery is open five days a week. Any bread that hasn’t sold by the end of the day is donated to the mission which serves over 60,000 meals a year in Riverside.
Such a fantastic time was had on the Riverside Coffee Culture Walk on August 10th! We had an amazing and engaged group of coffee enthusiasts. Thanks to all the Baristas from Merchants of Green Coffee, Tertulia and Boxcar Social! Coffee lovers got full-on demos, pour-overs, talks and tastes of Riverside’s many unique coffee spots.
Special thanks to walk leader Manu for, once again, participating in this walk and sharing his deep coffee knowledge!
Check out upcoming Riverside Walks here
Manu starting off Riverside Coffee Culture Walk 2019
Merchants of Green Coffee and its 101 Coffee Rules.
1st Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Merchants of Green Coffee Demo, from roasting the bean to grinding, brewing and drinking it.
2nd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Tertulia. Learning more about Spanish Latte and drinks with coffee.
Tertulia: George testing attendees’ knowledge with an impromptu coffee test worth a 1lb coffee bag!
3rd Riverside Coffee Walk Stop: Boxcar Social – Getting ready to try Cold Coffee, Cascara tea and more!
Boxcar Social Nitro Cold Coffee
‘Good in the Hood’ Series
LOB is a bar, restaurant, and home to a highly inventive new game called lob. Lob combines bocce with elements of golf. Inspired by the Brooklyn-based bocce field Union Hall paired with a backyard atmosphere, it’s not a traditional game space but is a fun gathering spot in Riverside.
LOB is located at 100 Broadview Ave. (lower level) and features a 9-track bocce-golf course in addition to an 80-seat restaurant and bar. This location is wheelchair accessible and features large-screen TVs and wifi throughout the space. They are open 5 days a week (Tues: 5pm-10:30pm, Wed: 2pm-10:30pm, Thurs/Fri: 2pm-12am, and Sat: 12pm-12am).
Spaces book up fast, book your spot online through the LOB website!
Thank you to the J & C Toronto Real Estate Team for creating ‘Good in the Hood,’ a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. They are a dynamic local husband and wife real estate team that live and work in Toronto’s East End who wanted to put a spotlight on the Riverside/Leslieville businesses they know and love.
Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery
Expect to be inspired when you take your artwork in for framing at Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery in Riverside.
Not only is Dimensions more down to earth and budget-friendly than one might assume, but you’re also guaranteed to walk out with a truly unique frame perfectly designed to accentuate your art.
“We frame for the piece not for the surroundings,” explains artistic director Ellen Davidson who opened Dimensions circa 2000 with the ever so facile framer, Wendy Palmer.
That’s not to say Dimensions won’t consider your space, however, Ellen explains that at the end of the day it’s about capturing a moment, and a custom frame can transform an attractive piece into something astounding. Collect shells? Why not display them as a work of art on your wall. Book covers and tapestries also look fantastic in a frame.
“I love those clients that let me show them something different, someone who allows us to educate them and to see a different way of framing something that they didn’t anticipate,” says Ellen.
In addition to being a custom framing shop, Dimensions is also an expansive and expressive gallery featuring local artists specializing in all genres.
After a few years operating off the beaten track, Ellen and Wendy discovered Riverside, a neighbourhood with a charming businesses district and fabulous people. It wasn’t long before they set up shop in the hood.
“It’s a unique community,” says Ellen. “It’s not The Beach, it’s not Leslieville, it’s Riverside. We’re tiny yet we have a lot of spirit.”
The Riverside neighbourhood is so excited to welcome another fun spot for a night out to the area! The John is the newest bar in the ‘hood. On July 25, 2019, The John opened its doors with a soft launch. Opening parties are to come in the near future so stay tuned!
They have 2 bars right next door to each other at 682 and 686 Queen Street East. With delicious food, 40+ craft beers on tap, pinball machines, darts, music videos, and a massive outdoor patio, it’s easy to come together to create your best night ever at The John.
Make sure you follow them on social media to keep up with all that’s to come!