Queen Garden Centre- Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverside Business Profile Series

Queen Garden Centre

Jordan at Queen Garden Centre in Riverside says dream gardens and zen spaces are all about being one with nature. Awareness of soil quality, understanding of sun exposure, and practice with plants, in general, make the perfect garden.

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“People continually come to us with this goal in mind, and we love assisting clients in that process,” says Jordan, noting all employees have a strong foundation in plant identification, garden maintenance, and landscape design.

“We sincerely try our best to help navigate people through any issues that they are experiencing,” he says. “All our staff has a love for gardens and we hope that passion shines through when we interact with the public.”

In addition to plant sales, on-site consultations, and garden installations – from greening up small balconies to and sprucing up backyards – Queen Garden Centre also specializes in tree planting and delivers/installs trees all over the city.

Jordan says the idea to open a garden centre in Riverside has been in the works for a while. However, it wasn’t until 2015, when the parking lot at the corner Queen and Saulter became available with Nick Sweetman’s barely dry pollinator mural as the backdrop. The timing couldn’t have been better, he says.

 

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.

Welcome to Riverside: Animal Liberation Kitchen

Riverside neighbourhood could not be more excited to have a 100% vegan restaurant again! 

ALK Riverside

In a soft opening format, Animal Liberation Kitchen (ALK) opened its doors for the first time, Thursday, March 14th. It’s a family-run business used of doing farmers markets and events and festivals, now they have a place to call their own, and that’s 717 1/2 Queen St East! 

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The ALK menu will be filled with vegan and organic food options that include a great selection of nutritious smoothies, pressed juices, comfort food, daily soup and stews, grain salads and sandwiches. Not only is the food packed with nutrients, but it also convenient for those on the go.

ALK Riverside

They are committed to bringing you affordable vegan options. According to Tania, the owner, “at Animal Liberation Kitchen, our goal is not to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat; we simply intend to offer a healthy and tasty alternative.”

Make sure to follow them on all social media channels to check all the new happenings!

Instagram: animal.liberation.kitchen

Facebook: ANIMAL LIBERATION KITCHEN

Twitter: animalLkitchen

“Game of Thorntons” RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising

RTCC’s Annual Fund-raising Gala and Silent Auction takes a darker turn…

“Winter has ended” and the great Houses of Riverside – including the Boultons, the Saulters,  the McGees, the Grants, and the DeGrassis – are gathering at Thornton Castle to divide the spoils, to determine who will get to sit on the Copper Throne, and to win possession of the legendary Thornton Jewel – a diamond circled sapphire, worth a Queen’s ransom (appraised value over $2,000!)

Many treasures will be available for the highest bidder (there is no truth to the rumour that the lowest bidder will be forced to march through the streets, subject to the abuse of the entire city — we save that for our elected officials!)  Unlock your treasury, and acquire the finest art, jewelry, food and drink, and much more to take back to your own abode!

On May 11, all roads lead to Thornton Castle, where Kings, Queens, and commoners alike will quaff the finest brews from the Eastbound and Saulter breweries, sample rare vintages from the Counties of Niagara, Prince Edward, and lands beyond the seas. 
Feast on delicious sweets transported, at enormous peril, across the mighty Don River from famed bakers Daniel et Daniel in distant Cabbagetown, and sample wild boar, gamebirds, and other delights from the renowned ovens of Il Ponte. 

Portrait takers will be on hand to capture this event, so all will be dressed in their most regal finery – and ‘borrowed plumes’ will be available for commoners who wish to look the part. 

There will be dragons, direwolves, lords, ladies, knights, and commoners – sharing the quest for the Thornton Jewel and the other baubles to be had at the “Game of Thorntons.”

An event so grand requires much support. We invite all in the realm to be part of this spectacle. Should you have items to donate to this humble kingdom let them know by phone or mail. No gift is too small and your generosity shall be heralded throughout the land!  Your emissary can contact us at 416-392-6810 or by raven at info@ralphthornton.org.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  They are now available online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/game-of-thorntons-tickets-57954099271?aff=ebdssbdestsearch, and at RTCC Reception. 

 

Big Thanks to Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy: Our 2019 Wine & Craft Beer Fest Sponsors!

Riverside is kicking off spring with our 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest that will take place from Tuesday April 2nd to Saturday April 6th. Get to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces while enjoying Ontario wines and local craft beers – all in local Riverside venues. The 2019 five day festival is made up of a variety of events that include wine tastings, talks, and demos by special guests. The first event on the festival is a FREE Craft Beer Talk & Tasting hosted by the Toronto Public Library’s Queen/Saulter Branch.

We are excited to have Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy as our sponsors for the 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, while supported by our festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co, Saulter Street BreweryToronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Hullmark has been a strong community member within Riverside for several years. Hullmark has shown support for Riverside in past events, such as our annual Eats and Beats Streetfest, Riverside Bridge Lighting and public art projects and we excited to have their support again. Beyond being just a real estate investment and development team, Hullmark is a city builder committed to shaping a vibrant urban Toronto, with Riverside certainly being no exception to this.

100 Broadview Ave. Hullmark Project in Riverside

On Broadview, just south of Queen, The Ninety lofts –Hullmark development– A mixed-use the building that integrates existing 1900’s architecture with contemporary glass and aluminum cladding.

Bentall Kennedy is a new partner to Riverside that is looking forward to supporting a great annual community event. Bentall Kennedy is a property management company that has thrived for over 100 years and whose goal is to build value. Bentall Kennedy is one of Canada’s largest property management firms that manage, retail, office, residential and industrial properties.

A BIG THANK YOU to this year’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest sponsors who have helped make this annual event a reality once again. 

This FREE event will fill up fast, so reserve your spot now: Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Jasper Dandy – Riverside Business Profile

Riverside Business Profile

Jasper Dandy

Ever wondered how the new bar on the block came up with its unusual name?

Jasper Dandy owner, Cam MacDonell explains, “There was a meeting of the minds one night and the word Dandy kept getting bounced around. We were then told of a ferret that our friend, Chris Steele, owned named Jasper Dandy. It was perfect! After saying it in conversation a few times, and with Steele’s blessing, it was settled.”

 

Cam’s friend is now has a lifetime supply (or at least a few pounds) of chicken wings available to him on the house, thanks to his creative contribution.

Open since July 2018, Cam has transformed the former Boots and Bourbon bar into a welcoming and comfortable neighbourhood pub, offering sports fans a new place catch a Leafs game with full sound – or any Toronto sports team in action, for that matter. In addition to chicken wings, Jasper Dandy’s menu features burgers, Pad Thai, perogies and other classic comfort foods.

After working in the west end for many years, Cam decided it was time to take his food and restaurant career east of the DVP.

We decided on Riverside for the community feel,” he says. I grew up in a small town. I love being in the city. It’s the best of both worlds,” he says.

 

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.