Welcome to the Neighbourhood: Barefoot Beauty & East Toronto Foot Care

Barefoot Beauty and East Toronto Foot Care are Riverside’s newest healthcare and wellness spots. They boast two separate businesses offering complimentary services  – conveniently under one roof at 643 Queen Street East!

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At Barefoot Beauty they offer an environment-friendly and healthier alternative to traditional manicure and pedicure salons by swapping out traditional footbaths for luxurious hot towel wraps to soften skin and relax tired feet, using natural/organic care products such as 5-free nail polishes, and cleaning all tools in a medical-grade sterilizing autoclave.

Owner and head chiropodist, Emily Stock, was inspired to offer a safer and cleaner nail service experience after years of seeing patients come in to her clinic with infections picked up from traditional nail salons.  Frustrated with this unnecessary exposure and risk to her patients, Emily set out to create a space that offers luxurious, high quality manicure and pedicure services without the risk of picking up infections or being exposed to toxic ingredients.

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At East Toronto Foot Care, chiropodist Emily Stock offers a wide variety of treatment options to address patient foot care needs. From routine nail and skin care to management of foot pain (i.e., foot mobilization, shoe modifications, custom foot orthotics), they offer numerous solutions to managing patient foot concerns in an effective way that works with the patient’s lifestyle.


“We are so excited to be in the Riverside neighbourhood! We feel so welcomed and part of the community already,” says Emily,  “There aren’t many options for medical foot care in this area of town and we feel honoured to be able to provide that service to our neighbours.”

Stop by their shop at 643 Queen Street East to say hi and check out their wonderful selection of natural care and home products in the retail section. If you feel like pampering yourself, stick around for a Pure Luxe pedicure featuring an invigorating exfoliating scrub, relaxing hot towel wrap, and luxurious extended massage. Finish off with a high shine buff or an application of 5-free Bio Seaweed Gel (a healthier gel option that lasts 2 weeks or more with regular wear) to round out the experience.

Go to www.barefootbeauty.ca to see a full list of their services and prices and be sure to follow them on Instagram @barefootbeautynails and on Facebook to see their latest promotions and products.

Check out www.easttorontofootcare.com or email them at info@easttorontofootcare.com to see how they can help you with all your foot care needs!

Riverside Patio Blog: Where to drink and dine alfresco in Riverside

With 11 restaurant and cafe patios in Toronto’s vibrant Riverside neighbourhood, there is plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors city-slicker style. Whether you’re a night hawk out for a night cap, an early bird after eggs-Benny, a day drinker, day dreamer, vegetarian, meatlover who loves footfall or someone who loves to sip lattes and people watch – this cozy neighbourhood has you made in the shade when it comes to enjoying the city sunny-side up or under an umbrella on a patio.  Riverside offers the very best of Toronto’s food, wine, coffee, and views so get out, grab a refresher and enjoy this heatwave while it lasts.

This blog gives you a sneak peek of each patio – ordered from west to east on the map – and find out what makes each unique. To make for easy reading, what makes each patio unique is summed up in one word, right off the bat. So read on, then go check them out for yourself!


1. Il Ponte / Mediterranean

625 Queen St E. | 416-778-0404 | ilponte.ca


Located at the very western limits of Riverside on the south side of Queen East beside the DVP, Il Ponte boasts a patio worth visiting just to see the sunset. This west facing terrace is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and a Margherita pizza after a long day.

2. Cannonball Coffee and Bar /  Hidden

641 Queen St. E | 416-463-0500 | facebook.com/thecannonball641


Keep your eyes to the sky on the south side of Queen East, just west of Carroll, and you’ll see a quirky white sign featuring a once-bitten slice of bread and a cup of coffee. Past the magazines and laptops in this cozy cafe, you’ll enter an outdoor oasis in the middle of the city. Surrounded by trees and protected by shade, this patio is perfect for afternoon beers and a good book. In the evenings you’ll often find a livelier crowd out back where live music happens after sundown.

3. Dark Horse Espresso Bar / Vibrant

630 Queen St. E | 647-436-3460 | darkhorseespresso.com


If you’d like to take your doggy on a date, head to Dark Horse Espresso Bar at the corner of Queen and Carroll. This vibrant patio makes for a perfect pit-stop to warm up or cool off (or wake up) with a beverage in Riverside, especially if you’ve just walked over the bridge. The spacious east facing patio offers a variety of seating options including a giant bench that begs for company and a couple of pillows.

4. Aft Kitchen + Bar / Woodsy

686 Queen St. E | 647-346-1541 | aftbar.com


Aft’s secluded back patio is where country meets city in Riverside. You’ll find an outdoor bar, a BBQ (usually fired up) and lots of meat on the menu. Located just west of Queen East and Broadview on the north side, it’s an ideal spot to dig into some smoked ribs and catch up on the latest in Toronto sports on a hot summer day.

5. The Broadview Hotel / Views

106 Broadview Ave. | 416-686-9199 | thebroadviewhotel.ca

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The latest and greatest addition to Riverside’s outdoor dining scene is The Broadview Hotel’s stunning rooftop terrace. Located seven stories above Queen East and Broadview, this patio offers one-of-a-kind panoramic views of Toronto all under the sun, the moon and the spell of a soothing botanical vibe.

6. The Opera House Grill & Patio / Sociable!

737 Queen St. E. | 647-343-7022 | theoperahousetoronto.com


A great spot for people-watching and relaxing, the Opera House Grill patio is where to go for Greek poutine and a glass of wine on those summer evenings when you just don’t want to cook. Located at the corner of Queen and Lewis, this patio is super chill, especially on afternoons when you’re just want a latte and free Wifi.

7. Chez Nous Wine Bar / European!

798 Queen St. E | 647-909-7208 | cheznouswinebar.com


Enjoy the rest of Ontario’s summer evenings with the best in Ontario wines on a European style patio at Chez Nous Wine Bar. Located at the corner of Queen East and Boulton, this cozy east-facing patio makes for a perfect date night, especially for sparking, white, red, and rose wine lovers.

8. Boxcar Social / Hip

4 Boulton Ave. | 647-344-4530 | boxcarsocial.ca


While it’s less patio and more two large beautiful benches with an eastern exposure, Boxcar Social’s Boulton Street patio makes for a relaxing place to sit with a cup of coffee and a savoury snack and watch a more residential version of Toronto go by. Dogs definitely welcome.

9. Mazz Japanese Bistro / Cozy

806 Queen St. E | 647-347-8744 | mazzbistro.com


Eat your sushi and sashimi al fresco. You’d never guess that one of the most charming patios in Riverside is located behind the teeny tiny Mazz Japanese Bistro on Queen East near Boulton. From the street, this restaurant comes across sleek and posh but the patio out back has garden party vibes.

10. Tabule / LIVELY

810 Queen St. E | 416-465-2500 | tabule.ca


Located on Queen East just west of De Grassi St, Tabule’s colourful back patio is a summertime hotspot, always packed with a lively crowd, with friendly service and the best middle eastern cuisine in Toronto. The patio is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and late night drinks.

11. Bonjour Brioche /  SHADED

812 Queen St. E. | 416-406-1250 | bonjourbrioche.com

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Located at the corner of Queen East and De Grassi, this french bakery dishes out the best in brunch and a shaded patio perfect for people watching. Covered by trees and offering a nice breeze, you sometimes forget you are in the middle of the city, especially on weekdays. On weekends you may need to stand in line first for a seat. During winter months, the heated patio makes for a cozy spot to enjoy brunch.

Know a great Riverside patio that we’ve missed? Let us know! 

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


Welcome to the Neighbourhood: Genesis Downtown


Walk along Queen Street East near Carroll, just steps west of Broadview, and you’ll find a beautiful new addition: Genesis Downtown, which opened Canada’s first Genesis boutique showroom on May 31, 2017 right here in Riverside. You can’t miss it, they’ve even got a carpet rolled out on the sidewalk for you!


Guests can get an up close and personal introduction to the newest luxury automotive brand at the Genesis Downtown boutique at 630 Queen Street East, or schedule a “Genesis At Home” demonstration and test drive.

General Manager, Sandy Glover, is no stranger to the Riverside neighbourhood – she is also GM of Downtown Hyundai, at Broadview and Eastern, part of the Downtown Automotive Group. Sandy and the team welcome you to drop in and meet Genesis Downtown!


1st Annual Riverside Community Yard Sale and Fair: July 9th

Join in the fun at the 1st Annual Riverside Community Yard Sale & Fair on July 9th in Joel Weeks Park! Put on by Riverside community residents with the support of Councillor Paula Fletcher, TCHC, and the Riverside BIA. Donations are being raised for Kiwanis Boys & Girls programs. Come out and join the fun while supporting the community and getting some shopping in!

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Change is in the Air in Riverside This Summer

Change is always in the air in Riverside, check out some of the big and little changes in the ‘hood this summer!

The Broadview Hotel: Grand Opening Soon!

The biggest and most anticipated change coming to Riverside this summer is the opening of the revitalized Broadview Hotel. Now with a target opening of early July, the hotel has all sorts of hype surrounding what’s inside, from its amazing rooftop space to the lux toiletries (by Riverdale-based Graydon) and vinyl record collections that will be curated for its rooms (by Riverside’s own Tiny Record Shop!). Everyone is so excited to see the Broadview Hotel open its doors and discover what’s inside. Keep an eye out for announcements!

New ‘Riverside Roots Aboriginal Mural’: Coming to 650 Queen St East

Riverside is getting a new mural on the wall of 650 Queen Street East, thanks to support from the Riverside BIA, Canada 150, StreetART Toronto, and Woodgreen Community Services (for providing the wall for the mural). The mural is being completed by Aboriginal artists: Isaac Weber (a well-known street artist), Philip Cote (a veteran Indigenous artist, elder and muralist), and Destiny Rae Wheatley.

We invite you to join in the community consultation happening next week – RSVP at https://riverside2017mural.eventbrite.ca

The mural is anticipated to be completed by early August.


Broadview and Queen Keeps Changing

With the An Sibin Pub and now Dangerous Dan’s closed there is much speculation on what’s going in at either location. It’s top secret at the moment – and no we don’t have the answers – but have only heard that a big tenant has signed a lease at the former An Sibin. We will share any news when we have it.

Caribbean Sunset Opens

Caribbean Sunset opened up on June 15th in 753A Queen East, a space that had sat vacant for some months since vacated by Green Jar and formerly occupied by long time tenant Ambiance Chocolate.  Offering mouth watering fare such as Jerk Chicken, Goat Curry and Oxtail at reasonable prices- you can also get a fresh coconut to sip on! A big welcome to the neighbourhood for owner Douglas and his team!

Queen Garden Centre

They only opened in late May, but the Queen Garden Centre already feels like a fixture in the community. From their contributions to the success of local community events such as the Ralph Thornton Centre’s Spring Affair Fundraiser and Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, to their hard work to beautify this former parking lot, they are an amazing team.  Stop by and say hello, while checking out their great native plants. They should be open three seasons of the year!

Clinique De Mode Opens

Another recently opened business animating a formerly quiet space is Clinique De Mode, a medical skin boutique that opened up in late May in the former Northern Cross Diamonds space at 750 Queen East. Check out their sunny space and see what they have on offer!

Urban House Cafe

Coming soon is the Urban House Cafe, which will occupy a formerly long time vacant space at 718 Queen East. They will be serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks inside and on their outdoor patio space. Read more about them on GOODHOOD.

Riverside Square Full Steam Ahead

After a long hiatus, the Riverside Square development – that will stretch from Queen Street, south to Eastern and west to the East Don Roadway – is full steam ahead. With the crane in place since late March, work is well underway on Riverside Square’s four-level-deep parking garage, which will rise to grade level over the next several months. Following the completion of the project’s first phase, future residential and commercial phases will add even more life to the 4.5 acre site, while a new public park fronting Queen Street will create a new neighbourhood amenity.Read up on the latest from Urban Toronto.

Burger Shoppe/ BQM Getting Licensed

The Burger Shoppe/ BQM is moving forward with getting their liquor license so you can enjoy some brews with your burgers!

Speaking of Brews…Saulter Street Brewery is Opening!

Eastbound Brewing Co. opened up just recently at 700 Queen E to much acclaim, and now Riverside’s second brewery will be opening soon!

Anticipated to be opening in June, the Saulter Street Brewery is going in at 1-31 Saulter St (walk down Strange Street past Stemz to find it), and will be equipped with a 20-hectolitre brewery, a 40-seat tasting room with a retail area to try and take home beer. We look forward to their Riverside Pilsner!!

Check out more news at GOODHOOD and saulterstreetbrewery.com

Genesis Downtown

In late May, Genesis Motors Canada launched its first Canadian retail boutique at 630 Queen Street East in Riverside. “Athletic elegance in design is at the core of Genesis vehicle design for its vehicles, and that inspiration is reflected in Genesis Downtown. With sleek, modern, and rich finishes, this new space sets the brand apart from traditional dealerships with a luxurious, yet welcoming, boutique-style facility for clients.” Read more.

Last for now but certainly not least….

Riverside Celebrates 150 Banners are Up!

Thanks to the Ontario 150 Celebration program for support of Riverside’s festivities in 2017, Riverside now has colourful banners celebrating this special occasion as well as local pride. These special banners will be up until the end of the year to enjoy!