A tremendous thank you to Riverside BIA members and the community for making our 2019 Annual General Meeting a success. Our membership celebrated accomplishments of the past year, approved an ambitious 2020 budget, and discussed issues that are important to Riverside. Read on to get a recap…
As part of the Riverside BIA’s streetscape improvement plan, Riverside-branded hydro pole wraps went up over the past week. These special wraps are a great anti-postering and anti-graffiti solution from Street Graffiti Solutions– which specialized in eradicating vertical litter from pole and street assets. This installation completes the Riverside BIA’s approved capital cost-share project for 2019.
With the addition of these wraps, we are so proud to showcase Riverside and keep cleaner streets, while adding a pop of colour to beautify the neigbouhood!
Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique, 779 Queen Street East, Toronto
Some might argue Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique was, in a way, the start of many great things to happen in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood.
In 2015, the new bridal shop painted its facade white, filled its windows with exquisite gowns, and breathed life into a tired building along Queen Street East near Saulter Street.
“When we first moved in you could see the area was up and coming, with some hot restaurants and bars,” says Veronica Tomik, a sales manager at Sash and Bustle. In fact, Riverside has evolved tremendously since the bridal shop opened.
In 2016, the Riverside Pollinator Mural was completed just west of Sash & Bustle’s location, and shortly after the Queen Garden Centre opened adjacent to that, bringing even more vitality to the neighbourhood. In 2017, The Broadview Hotel building was revitalized and had its grand opening, “some of the brides are hosting their weddings there too!” says Veronica.
There are so many things to love about doing business here, says Veronica, noting working with other Riverside business owners has been a huge plus. “If you want to collaborate on fun events there is always someone to depend on,” she says, “it’s simply the perfect neighbourhood for us.”
Owned by sisters Vanessa and Andrea Dineen, Sash & Bustle offers a personalized and relaxed bridal shopping experience for all brides and bridal parties.
“Our brides are modern women in love!” says Veronica, “They are down to earth, with an urban lifestyle but love to take the time to get back to nature. They also love to shop locally and support small businesses. Our brides want to feel like a bride on their big day, but not necessarily a traditional one.”
The boutique carries a curated collection of gowns, accessories, and giftware that brides and their party can browse and try on in Sash & Bustle’s intimate relaxed boutique setting. At their appointment, brides-to-be are given all the knowledge they need, while having a lot of fun. At the end of their visit, all brides are given swag bags filled with goodies from Riverside merchants.
If you have a big day coming up, make an appointment with Sash & Bustle to get all your needs met, whether it’s your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and wedding bands – or all of the above! Contact Sash & Bustle Bridal Boutique.
Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside Patios, Places to Stay in Riverside, Brunch Spots, Health & Wellness in Riverside, Kid-Friendly Riverside, Event & Catering Spots, Riverside Chefs, Self-Care in Riverside, It’s Easy Being Green in Riverside, The Dirt on Gardening in Riverside, Eat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.
Since our last “Change is in the Air in Riverside” post a couple of months ago a lot has happened! Riverside is ready for the cooler weather with so many and exciting changes!
We welcomed a couple of new businesses and there were local shops moving around in the neighbourhood. So, come along and check them up!!
Pizzaiolo | NOW AT 722 Queen St. E. – Pizzaiolo is another shop that moved within the area, previously at 698 Queen St. E., between Eastbound and Prohibition Gastrohouse, Pizzaiolo now is just east of Broadview Ave. right next to Riverside Market with an all-new updated atmosphere!
Make sure to stop by and check it out!
Broadview Bakery | 728 Queen St. E. – After so many years, 30, to be exact, Broadview Bakery is saying goodbye to Riverside on Sept 20th and we’re sad to see it goes and wish all the best for the future! Now, Riverside looks forward to knowing what comes up next!
ēst Restaurant | 729 Queen St. E. – ēst Restaurant, pronounced “east”, has fully opened in September and is now taking reservations for October! ‘ēst is Riverside’s new tasting menu restaurant, a delicious and perfectly-plated 6-course menu. There are traditional and vegan options and seats must be booked in advance.
You don’t want to miss this experience, book here!
Sotheby’s International Realty | 747 Queen St. E. – Since 1744, Sotheby’s has defined the art of marketing the world’s most cherished valuables. Today, their brand platform elevates its clients’ cherished homes. For Sotheby, luxury is an experience and its commitment is unwavering: exemplary marketing and service to every client, regardless of a home’s neighbourhood or price range.
Meanbao | 753 Queen St. E. – A space that had sat vacant for some months since vacated by Caribbean Sunset is now home to Meanbao which is moving from its Leslieville location at Carlaw. Stop by for delicious bao and dumpling!
Common Sort | NOW AT 760 Queen St. E. – Beloved consignment store, a Buy-Sell-Trade fashion retailer here in Toronto, moved a block west on Queen street from their old location.
BRIKA | 768 Queen St. E. – Earlier in August, we had to say farewell to the craft store, BRIKA. They closed their Riverside location, and we’ll sure miss their delicate, cute and creative finds!
M’eat Resto Butcher | 806 Queen Street East – M’eat has just closed its doors at the end of September. It’s sad to see them go, they smoked some great meat that was brought to you the right way – with respect for the animals and the farmers who feed us. We’re sad to see you go and wish the all the best in the new endeavours!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto’s Riverside BIA Celebrates Local Vitality with Mural Launch and New Pollinator Garden
Toronto, September 23, 2019- The Riverside Business Improvement Area (BIA) launched its newest mural ‘Alquimia’, on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Pizza Nova, 714 Queen Street East, with a public celebration including the planting of a Pollinator Garden in nearby Joel Weeks Park.
“At Pizza Nova one of the core values we strive to honour every day is community. We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful initiative in Riverside, a mural that will showcase the vibrancy and diversity of this great neighbourhood to residents and visitors alike for years to come,” said Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova.
Artist Jacquie Comrie, a multidisciplinary artist and mental health advocate, developed the mural concept by collaborating with local businesses and community members.
The mural, Alquimia (spanish for alchemy), is in a semi-abstract style. Paying homage to the Riverside neighbourhood, the mural is an interpretation of the iconic quote atop the Riverside Bridge/Queen Street Viaduct: “This river I step in is not the river I stand in” that speaks to the inevitable nature of all things: alchemy and change.
The mural moves beyond animating the walls of Pizza Nova’s 714 Queen Street East location:
“As a vibrant and neighbourhood-oriented district, with this mural the Riverside BIA is helping celebrate the change and vitality of the local community,” said Riverside BIA Co-Chair, Rosie Jeffares.
Through the use of vibrant colour palettes, the mural’s aim is to inject light and energy, hoping to make everyone feel welcome and uplifted, while transforming the corner into a space of mental elevation for everyone.
“Everything moves. Everything transforms into something else. The mural is a connection to the past while celebrating the future, progress and growth of the community,” said artist Jacquie Comrie.
As a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Outdoor Mural & Street Art Program grant , “this mural continues the City’s support of vibrant and meaningful public art. It celebrates the positive life and change in Riverside and the east end of Toronto,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth.
To celebrate the official launch of the mural’s completion, the public joined in the outdoor festivities to view the mural and take part in the planting of a Pollinator Garden in nearby Joel Weeks Park with the Pollinator Partnership, while enjoying food from local businesses and project partners Brickworks Ciderhouse and Pizza Nova.
The Pollinator Garden planting was a fitting connection with the mural, as gardening provides both mental health benefits and environmental benefits. Thanks to support from the Pollinator Partnership and local BIA member Brickworks Ciderhouse, the Riverside Community Pollinator Garden contains local native perennial plants that will attract and provide food for pollinators, while helping conserve local genetic diversity. The garden is located within the Riverside Community Garden, a local community space in Joel Weeks Park since 2012. Community Garden members will care for and be stewards of the garden for years to come.
Thanks to the key partners who supported the mural project: City of Toronto, Pizza Nova, and Riverside BIA. Thank you also to the partners of the Pollinator Garden project: Brickworks Ciderhouse, the Pollinator Project, and Riverside Green Initiative.
Learn more about the mural and garden at riverside-to.com
Jennifer Lay, Riverside BIA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-466-8167
About the Mural Artist
mrie is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose vibrant body of work intersects contemporary art and wellness at a global scale, using colour as a medium of social impact and mental health. Whether as murals on buildings, large scale structures, or canvases, her body of work is a dynamic exploration of the science of colour as the universal language of human emotion.
About the Riverside BIA
The Riverside Business Improvement Area (BIA), established in 1980, is one of the first BIAs in Canada. The Riverside BIA is a community-oriented not-for-profit association of local business people, organizations and property owners who work in partnership with the City of Toronto to enhance the Riverside business district, located along Toronto’s Queen Street East from the DVP to Empire Avenue. The BIA’s mandate is to improve, beautify and promote Riverside district through marketing, public programming and streetscape improvements.
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