Tertulia – Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverside Business Profile Series

Tertulia

Tertulia opened its doors on Queen Street East in August 2018 with interesting art on the walls, friendly staff, delicious baked goods, and a variety of ways to get your caffeine fix.

When David Kennedy bought the building, he knew he wanted something with a character for it. “I knew when I purchased this building I wanted to bring something really special to the community,” says Kennedy. 

Then the name “Tertulia” came across – a word that that dates back to the 16th century Spain and came with a meaning that resonated.

A tertulia is a gathering place of friends who come together to talk about things like art, culture, books, life – whatever is of interest, it was the perfect name for a coffee shop that values creativity and independent expression.

The community has welcomed and being very receptive to Tertulia into the neighbourhood, the cafe has hosted several successful events at the coffee shop, including a well attended creative thinkers series.

Riverside is evolving but still has that sense of realness. There’s a real authenticity to Riverside.

Located at 711 Queen Street East, Tertulia is open seven days a week from 7 am to 7 pm. With sweets, sandwiches, and savoury coffees, it’s the perfect ways to spend an afternoon in Riverside.

 

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.

The Business of Accessibility Handbook

On April 3rd, OBIAA released its newest handbook “The Business of Accessibility: How to Make Your Main Street Business Accessibility Smart”. This handbook offers no-cost and low-cost ideas, gathered from people with first-hand experience, to inspire businesses to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Riverside Accessibillity handbook
This latest handbook is a companion to OBIAA’s “AODA for BIAs Handbook” released in 2016. “The Business of Accessibility” includes:

  • Low-cost and no-cost tips on how businesses can be more accessible in such areas as lighting, signage, websites, space layout, and more
  • The business case for accessibility and Ontario’s changing demographics
  • A Built Environment Accessibility Checklist
  • Stories of Ontario businesses
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Built Environment Accessibility Resources

 
To get an accessible PDF version of the handbook, visit http://obiaa.com/Accessibility
 
If you would like a print copy of the handbook, please email: accessibility@obiaa.com
 

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.

Riverside Q&A Riverdale Trading Co. (1)

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

 

April 2nd - Talk & Tasting hosted by Queen/Saulter Library BranchApril 2nd – Talk & Tasting with Voula Halliday

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

April 2nd - Talk & Tasting

APRIL 4TH – TASTING NIGHT MARKET

April 4th - Tasting Night
April 4th - Tasting Night April 4th - Tasting Night April 4th - Tasting Night April 4th - Tasting Night April 4th - Tasting Night April 4th - Tasting Night
 

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)