Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery – Riverside Business Profile Series

Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery

Expect to be inspired when you take your artwork in for framing at Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery in Riverside.

Not only is Dimensions more down to earth and budget-friendly than one might assume, but you’re also guaranteed to walk out with a truly unique frame perfectly designed to accentuate your art. 

“We frame for the piece not for the surroundings,” explains artistic director Ellen Davidson who opened Dimensions circa 2000 with the ever so facile framer, Wendy Palmer.

That’s not to say Dimensions won’t consider your space, however, Ellen explains that at the end of the day it’s about capturing a moment, and a custom frame can transform an attractive piece into something astounding. Collect shells? Why not display them as a work of art on your wall. Book covers and tapestries also look fantastic in a frame.

“I love those clients that let me show them something different, someone who allows us to educate them and to see a different way of framing something that they didn’t anticipate,” says Ellen.

In addition to being a custom framing shop, Dimensions is also an expansive and expressive gallery featuring local artists specializing in all genres.

After a few years operating off the beaten track, Ellen and Wendy discovered Riverside, a neighbourhood with a charming businesses district and fabulous people. It wasn’t long before they set up shop in the hood.

“It’s a unique community,” says Ellen. “It’s not The Beach, it’s not Leslieville, it’s Riverside. We’re tiny yet we have a lot of spirit.”

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 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.

Welcome to Riverside: The John

The Riverside neighbourhood is so excited to welcome another fun spot for a night out to the area! The John is the newest bar in the ‘hood. On July 25, 2019, The John opened its doors with a soft launch. Opening parties are to come in the near future so stay tuned!

They have 2 bars right next door to each other at 682 and 686 Queen Street East. With delicious food, 40+ craft beers on tap, pinball machines, darts, music videos, and a massive outdoor patio, it’s easy to come together to create your best night ever at The John.

Make sure you follow them on social media to keep up with all that’s to come!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ouivibe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejohnbar/

Website: https://www.ouivibe.rocks/

Eastbound Brewing Co. – ‘Good in the Hood’ Series

‘Good in the Hood’ Series

Eastbound Brewing Co. 

Eastbound Brewing Co. crafts fresh, innovative beer and food, with no pretension. Their recipe for a good time is simple: good beer, paired with good food and good people. 

From the bar-stool lined brewing operation to the open kitchen, and the merchandise, they are a totally transparent operation. Eastbound wants customers to be apart of what goes on at their location. With a menu designed by Chef Tara Lee, bar food is elevated to a level that does not make customers feel like they are in a bar environment. 

Located at 700 Queen St. East and open 7 days a week (Tues-Sun: 11am-12am, and Mon: 1pm-9pm). It is the perfect place in Riverside if you are looking for a beer hall, brewery, bottleshop or brewpub. 

Thank you to the  J & C Toronto Real Estate Team for creating ‘Good in the Hood,’ a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. They are a dynamic local husband and wife real estate team that live and work in Toronto’s East End who wanted to put a spotlight on the Riverside/Leslieville businesses they know and love. 

Sash & Bustle is Hiring!

Looking to join a new team? Sash & Bustle is looking to hire a store manager! 


They’re looking for a result-oriented boss-babe to join their leadership team. For over 5 years, S&B has been bringing Toronto brides a curated collection of cool gowns that feature whimsical, modern, free-spirited and boho styles! 

Sash & Bustle is looking for someone to fill a manager position. This person will drive a profitable, supportive, and encouraging team culture. A day at the job will include overseeing the operations of S&B, from client appointments, orders, staff relations and scheduling to developing our systems and growth. Your role as a manager is to assist and coach the S&B team and maintain a smooth flow of daily operations. They’re determined to find an individual with a proven history of driving success in their previous positions. 

Requirements include: 

  • Bachelors Degree or Diploma
  • Two (or more) years of experience in a Management position in a high-end environment (Retail preferred)
  • Knowledge of garment construction, fit and alterations
  • Natural customer service skills to create a memorable, informative and fun client experience
  • Willingness to work in the evenings and weekends
  • Previous experience in Bridal retail
  • Met sales targets. Ideally, individually and team goals.

Position Details: 

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 to $48,000.00 /year


  • Retail Management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • sales: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred)


  • Toronto, ON (Preferred)


  • English (Required)
  • French (Preferred)

Application Process:

To apply, email a personalized cover letter and resume. Include why you want to join the S&B team and what excites you about the position! Applicants without a cover letter will NOT be considered.


Digital Main Street is Back!

We’re excited to announce our partnership with Digital Main Street (DMS) will be continuing!

Riverside will have the presence of Lorenzo, a digital squad member, to work one on one with businesses to improve its digital presence. He will be able to help you in whichever digital aspect you need. 

The primary role of Digital Main Street is to assess your digital needs and teach you how to better navigate through the online options you have. Lorenzo can help you gain a basic web presence, or enhance your existing web presence by helping you activate easy-to-use tools such as Google My Business, social media, or setting up a free trial of an e-commerce shop (through Shopify). He can also provide some guidance, resources and recommendations on how your business can progress digitally.

There is absolutely no cost to you as a business as this service is being offered through the BIA. 

Lorenzo will be here in Riverside for the weeks of July 29th, August 12th, August 26th, and September 9th. Schedule a time with Lorenzo at https://www.canumeet.com/lorenzogonzalez.

It doesn’t matter your level of savviness, you can always improve it and DMS is here for you!

  • Looking to update your website?
  • Wondering how to get Google to work for your business?
  • Willing to increase the sexiness of your social media?
  • Learning your way through MailChimp?

Let DMS help you meet your digital goals!

Schedule a time with Lorenzo at https://www.canumeet.com/lorenzogonzalez.