Kitras Art Glass POP UP SHOP in BRIKA

As you may know at BRIKA, is your go-to shop when buying modern craft from highly talented artisans. They search in the market to bring you high-quality, beautiful gifts. Brika’s idea is to be a place for every person who inspires or is inspired by, the power of following your passions. With that said, nothing makes more sense than hosting a popup shop from Kitras Art Glass.

If you’re looking for a unique locally made holiday gift idea, be sure to check out Kitras Art Glass pop up shop in Brika over November and December. Kitras Art Glass is a family run business based out of Fergus, Ontario. They are currently the largest hot glass studio in Canada. Kitras Art Glass specializes in garden art, home decor, and gifts.

Kitras Art Glass is a family run business based out of Fergus, Ontario. They are currently the largest hot glass studio in Canada. They specialize in garden art, home decor, and gifts. Along with creating beautiful art glass pieces, Kitras Art Glass has made it apart of their business to give back to their community by collecting food items for Daily Bread Food Bank.

‘We love celebrating everything handmade and the process that goes into the making of designs and products. BRIKA is all about that and I personally have been following their story ever since their own Pop Up in Hudson’s Bay many years ago, so when I saw that they had a Pop UP opportunity within their shop I jumped on it. It’s the perfect place for us to tell our story with the Riverside community and share our work with Toronto. As we come into a season that has a heavy focus on gift giving we want to promote giving back to the community, which is why we are fundraising for the food bank, as well as the stories behind why people give gifts. We foster the belief that gifts with meaning to connect people together. That moment collected build into stories and that those stories create the Everyday Beautiful. We hope to share some beauty with the community as we Pop Up and meet everyone! … also this year our company is celebrating 30 Years in business. We can’t wait to celebrate with you all and share our work!’ – 

Lucy Kitras

Kitras Art Glass – Creative Director

To learn more about Kitras Art Glass you can check out their website and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Follow also BRIKA on Facebook and Instagram!


Welcome to Riverside Neighbourhood: Dresden Vision

After a couple of months of renovations, and some touch ups still to be finished, Dresden Vision opened on Saturday, October 13th @733 Queen St E! Dresden Vision is an Australian founded, German-inspired optical store and the Riverside location is their second shop in Toronto.

Dresden Riverside

Specializing in interchangeable, durable, lightweight, and recyclable material, Dresden Vision can make your vision come to life in their on-site lab with frames starting at only $49. They have frames made of trash, made of money, and of course, plastic ocean waste!

Dresden Vision offers four frame sizes and four arm lengths to find the perfect fit – all using pre-moulded parts from Australia. Frames are offered in 16 regular colours, with a selection of funky and original experimental colours from their “blackboard menu” created from excess colour wastage.

riverside dresden vision

Dresden Vision Modular Glasses

Finding inspiration through German values of design and manufacturing where there is a central focus on the relationship between product and customer, the vision for Dresden is brought to life – making the glass-wearer the centre of everything. But Dresden not only cares about the customer but also about the environment and the community where it is involved. You can just drop by the shop and talk to Mike Murray, the owner, and you’ll see he’s simply passionate about it.

He is also looking forward to partner with other local businesses, so if you are looking for some collaboration, get in touch!

Dresden Riverside

A Fond Farewell and Welcome

As stated in the last post about the Riverside AGM, the BIA is saying farewell to Jennifer Lay, while she goes into a much deserved 1-year maternity leave to welcome her second child. We wish her the best of luck with the new addition to the family!

While on leave, the BIA welcome Acting Executive Director Lais Fabricio. Lais is in the BIA office since mid-May and has been through a couple of events in the neighbourhood. She looks forward to continuing meeting everyone in the area and helping the thriving neighbourhood with its events, magazine and streetscape.

Riverside Staff


Highlights of 2018 Riverside BIA Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Riverside BIA members and the community attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting.

BIA members and the community enjoyed a meet and greet, learned about and approved the 2019 BIA program and budget, elected the Board of Directors for 2019-22, gave out special awards to outstanding BIA members, took a look back on the highlights of Riverside BIA programs over 2015-18, and learned about the Streetscape Master Plan that will guide BIA investments in future.

Riverside BIA Mitch Korman Chairing the 2018 AGM

Riverside BIA Mitch Korman Chairing the 2018 AGM

PLANT Architect presenting the Riverside BIA Streetscape Master Plan

PLANT Architect presenting the Riverside BIA Streetscape Master Plan

Highlights included:

All current Riverside BIA Board members were nominated and elected again to the Board – a big thanks to Board members for their ongoing commitment, time and care to the success of the Riverside BIA, including:

  • Mitch Korman (Korman & Co), Natasha Varjacic (Real Estate Homeward), Ryan Nelson (Hullmark), Rosie Little (Quince), Dave Watson (Eastbound), Adrienne McRuvie (Oma), Athens Towers (Opera House), and Ellen Davidson (Dimensions)

The Award goes to…

  • Eastbound Brewing Co for their outstanding efforts on BIA events, social media, and promotions that earned them the Riverside BIA Marketing Award for 2018, and
  • Queen Garden Centre who earned the Riverside BIA Streetscape Award for 2018 for their amazing efforts that have beautified and enhanced the streetscape of Queen St East
Executive Director Jennifer lay awarding the 2018 Marketing Award to David Watson owner of Eastbound Brewing and BIA Board Member

Executive Director Jennifer Lay awarding the 2018 Marketing Award to David Watson owner of Eastbound Brewing and BIA Board Member

A Fond Farewell and Welcome:

  • The Board thanked outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Lay, wishing her well on her maternity leave, and welcomed Acting Executive Director Lais Fabricio

    Chair Mitch Korman and Director Ellen Davidson presenting a gift to outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Lay

    Chair Mitch Korman and Director Ellen Davidson presenting a gift to outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Lay

Switchback Cyclery’s 2018 Harvest Ride

Harvest Ride 2018

On September 15th local Riverside business Switchback Cyclery hosted a fundraiser ‘harvest’ ride in support of the non-profit cycling store’s continued operation. The day was a resounding success filled with fantastic weather and no shortage of fun!

Riders had the option of cycling between 15km, 25km, or 70km through the idyllic Northumberland County, followed by a pizza lunch and kid-friendly activities at Headwaters Farm to keep everyone busy!

The 2018 harvest ride resulted in Switchback raising in excess of $20,000 – all of which goes back into the store, community, and allows Switchback to keep operating as a not-for-profit enterprise.

About Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery is a local Riverside cycling store that offers repairs, retail, and accessories, and whose maxim is “propelling community”. Switchback is a non-profit Employment Social Enterprise (ESE), meaning they welcome and employ individuals who have experience with abuse, rejection, and barriers to entry in the mainstream employment market. Through support from Sanctuary Toronto, a charitable Christian organization, Switchback has the opportunity to be community-focused and change-driven.

With fundraisers such as the Harvest Ride, Switchback is able to raise the funds to operate the store as a non-profit ESE and continue to be a proud community support system.

Switchback is still accepting donations towards the Harvest Ride, which can be made by clicking this link.

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