New Park + New Name = Riverside Common

Riverside Common, Riverside neighbourhood , Toronto

A message from Councillor Paula Fletcher – Ward 14,Toronto-Danforth:

Welcome to Riverside Common!

The new park coming to Riverside Square at 667 Queen St. East was officially named at Toronto & East York Community Council.

While Riverside Common fulfills the parkland requirement for the Riverside Square Development it will function more as a plaza and public space for the neighbourhood with opportunities for many kinds of community uses.

This name recognizes our special east end neighbourhood. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition last year.

Current Timeline: Construction is expected to start this Summer.

Congrats to Nellie’s Coldest Night of the Year Walk in Toronto’s Riverside on $52.7K Raised!!

It’s cold out there and some of the most vulnerable among us experience that more than others.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Riverside neighbourhood took part in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), a nation-wide family-friendly walk to raise money for charities serving hungry, homeless and hurting people in our community.

In Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood, the walk was hosted by Nellie’s Shelter to raise much needed funds.

The event was a huge success with:

*20 Team Captains
*94 Walkers
*43 Volunteers
*7 Sponsors
*9 Goods & Services Sponsors
*$52,000 raised for Nellie’s

We surpassed our goal of $25,000 by 211%. WHOOO HOOOO!

Check out this amazing video of the experience:

Big thanks to local husband and wife real estate team, Jon and Cheryl of J & C Toronto Real Estate Team, for donating their time and skills to produce this incredibly moving video.

Featuring Toronto’s Riverside Business: Bergström Originals

Christina Bergström has built a loyal following since she opened her retro-modern clothing boutique, Bergström Originals, in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood over 15 years ago.

Since 2003, their shop at 781 Queen Street East shop has carried what Christina describes as happy clothing with vibrant colors, bold prints, and sophisticated cuts inspired by her Scandinavian background and love of mid-century design.

“Our customers come to us for our clothing that carries them from work to weekend in stand-out style, all in easy-care and travel-friendly fabrics,” says Christina, who designs and makes all her products in Toronto.

When it came time to open a retail store for her burgeoning Bergström Originals brand, Riverside was an easy choice.

“We felt our aesthetic fit in with all the groovy retro shops that were present at the time,” said Christina noting Riverside also showed a glimmer of hope to become what it is today – a hip, urban environment with an eclectic mix of unique independent businesses.

“The landscape has changed, with many new condos and building projects, yet the beautiful architecture of the area has been preserved,” she said.

There’s a lot that Christina loves about running a business in Riverside but what she enjoys most is her customers.

“We have met so many people over the years and, love to keep seeing them,” she said. “Many are like friends now.”

In addition to one-of-a-kind fashions, including the popular Mrs. Robinson Wrap Dress, now in its 10th year, Bergström Originals also carries a variety of unique accessories and footwear perfect for modern-day women.

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood. 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.


Riverside’s Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio 6th Anniversary Sale

Here’s your chance to become a devote yogi at the newly renovated Chi Junky Yoga and Wellness studio in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood.

In celebration of their 6th anniversary this Riverside gem is holding an awesome sale:

For the month of February become an unlimited member for ONLY $60 for the first month. $150 regular pricing after the first month. Minimum 3 month commitment. Learn more about the perks to the membership. Purchase in studio only. Full offer details here.

At Chi Junky’s full-service yoga studio, members can look forward to organic tea service, towel service, alkaline water and complimentary yoga mats, whilst reaping the benefits of other discounted wellness workshops and services.

ChiJunky Yoga studio| Riverside

Owner and yoga instructor Rachelle Wintzen has selectively crafted her studio to promote healthy healing. Classes are detailed and practiced with wellness in mind.  Through creative yoga sequencing each class is an opportunity to unravel daily stressors.

Known for their impressive playlist and essential oil massage in savansna (corpse pose) the Chi Junky studio is a long-standing local business with a growing yoga community. Take advantage of the discounted membership offer at the Chi Junky Yoga Studio and find your center! Namaste!

Riverside’s Month of Love: Gift Ideas

This is the month of love in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood – located just across the bridge from the downtown core, on Queen Street East. Now that you know where to bring your loved one to celebrate the Month of Love, there is only one more thing you need to make quality time with your loved one even more memorable – gifts!

Luckily, our local Riverside businesses offer one of a kind gifts that will allow you to further show your love and affection!

Quince Flowers, 660 Queen St. East

Missing days when the sun was out and the flowers were in full bloom? Well, reminisce no longer! From its curated selection of flowers and plants, Quince Flowers knows the best way to brighten up you and your partner’s day. Besides, what better way to say “I love you” than with a bouquet of flowers? 

Oreya Studio, 724 Queen St. East

Show your partner how much you love them by treating them (and you) with a relaxing time at Oreya Studio. Whether its to change up your hair color, apply a new set of lashes or feel pampered with relaxing facials, a day at Oreya will never fail to disappoint! Plus, their complimentary bubbly, good tunes and hospitable hair experts are acts of love that will soothe just about anyone.

Dimensions, 732 Queen St. East

Fuel you and your significant other’s creative side with the help of local artists and designers. With Dimensions’ wide array of custom framings and visually appealing art, you will definitely find an original statement piece that you and your partner will resonate with – or bring in your own special piece to custom frame! 

Blackbird Baking Co.,  635 Queen St. East

Staying in for a warm date? Make sure to visit Riverside’s newly opened Blackbird Bakery and indulge in their delicious freshly baked bread and pastries made with local ingredients!

Token Gift Shop, 777 Queen St. East

From cute notebooks and tote bags, all the stationery supplies you can dream of, bundles of dried flowers wrapped with joy and many more. You will surely find a special gift unique to your loved one. Visit Token Gift Shop for sustainable goodies handpicked with love!

Arts Market, 790 Queen St East

Arts Market is your go-to place for local artisan gifts – with 50 vendors you can find everything from amazing hand-made soaps to custom cards, jewellery and vintage pieces. Something specials awaits for your love there, guaranteed 🙂

Barefoot Beauty, 643 Queen St. East

Delve into complete bliss at this all-natural beauty salon and treat your partner to a papering day at the spa. Barefoot Beauty offers a health and eco-concious experience with waterless manicures and 5-free polish. Gift your loved one with a manicure, pedicure and massage with a custom natural lotion.

The Opera House, 735 Queen St. EastOpera house Riverside

The Opera House is a historical Toronto event venue with a unique architectural interior. Hundreds of musical acts from Metallic and Maroon 5 to Eminem have performed at this iconic Riverside venue. This month gift your loved one a unique night out!