Featuring Toronto’s Riverside Business: Bergström Originals

Christina Bergström has built a loyal following since she opened her retro-modern clothing boutique, Bergström Originals, in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood over 15 years ago.

Since 2003, their shop at 781 Queen Street East shop has carried what Christina describes as happy clothing with vibrant colors, bold prints, and sophisticated cuts inspired by her Scandinavian background and love of mid-century design.

“Our customers come to us for our clothing that carries them from work to weekend in stand-out style, all in easy-care and travel-friendly fabrics,” says Christina, who designs and makes all her products in Toronto.

When it came time to open a retail store for her burgeoning Bergström Originals brand, Riverside was an easy choice.

“We felt our aesthetic fit in with all the groovy retro shops that were present at the time,” said Christina noting Riverside also showed a glimmer of hope to become what it is today – a hip, urban environment with an eclectic mix of unique independent businesses.

“The landscape has changed, with many new condos and building projects, yet the beautiful architecture of the area has been preserved,” she said.

There’s a lot that Christina loves about running a business in Riverside but what she enjoys most is her customers.

“We have met so many people over the years and, love to keep seeing them,” she said. “Many are like friends now.”

In addition to one-of-a-kind fashions, including the popular Mrs. Robinson Wrap Dress, now in its 10th year, Bergström Originals also carries a variety of unique accessories and footwear perfect for modern-day women.

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighborhood. 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.


Riverside’s Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness Studio 6th Anniversary Sale

Here’s your chance to become a devote yogi at the newly renovated Chi Junky Yoga and Wellness studio in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood.

In celebration of their 6th anniversary this Riverside gem is holding an awesome sale:

For the month of February become an unlimited member for ONLY $60 for the first month. $150 regular pricing after the first month. Minimum 3 month commitment. Learn more about the perks to the membership. Purchase in studio only. Full offer details here.

At Chi Junky’s full-service yoga studio, members can look forward to organic tea service, towel service, alkaline water and complimentary yoga mats, whilst reaping the benefits of other discounted wellness workshops and services.

ChiJunky Yoga studio| Riverside

Owner and yoga instructor Rachelle Wintzen has selectively crafted her studio to promote healthy healing. Classes are detailed and practiced with wellness in mind.  Through creative yoga sequencing each class is an opportunity to unravel daily stressors.

Known for their impressive playlist and essential oil massage in savansna (corpse pose) the Chi Junky studio is a long-standing local business with a growing yoga community. Take advantage of the discounted membership offer at the Chi Junky Yoga Studio and find your center! Namaste!

Riverside’s Month of Love: Gift Ideas

This is the month of love in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood – located just across the bridge from the downtown core, on Queen Street East. Now that you know where to bring your loved one to celebrate the Month of Love, there is only one more thing you need to make quality time with your loved one even more memorable – gifts!

Luckily, our local Riverside businesses offer one of a kind gifts that will allow you to further show your love and affection!

Quince Flowers, 660 Queen St. East

Missing days when the sun was out and the flowers were in full bloom? Well, reminisce no longer! From its curated selection of flowers and plants, Quince Flowers knows the best way to brighten up you and your partner’s day. Besides, what better way to say “I love you” than with a bouquet of flowers? 

Oreya Studio, 724 Queen St. East

Show your partner how much you love them by treating them (and you) with a relaxing time at Oreya Studio. Whether its to change up your hair color, apply a new set of lashes or feel pampered with relaxing facials, a day at Oreya will never fail to disappoint! Plus, their complimentary bubbly, good tunes and hospitable hair experts are acts of love that will soothe just about anyone.

Dimensions, 732 Queen St. East

Fuel you and your significant other’s creative side with the help of local artists and designers. With Dimensions’ wide array of custom framings and visually appealing art, you will definitely find an original statement piece that you and your partner will resonate with – or bring in your own special piece to custom frame! 

Blackbird Baking Co.,  635 Queen St. East

Staying in for a warm date? Make sure to visit Riverside’s newly opened Blackbird Bakery and indulge in their delicious freshly baked bread and pastries made with local ingredients!

Token Gift Shop, 777 Queen St. East

From cute notebooks and tote bags, all the stationery supplies you can dream of, bundles of dried flowers wrapped with joy and many more. You will surely find a special gift unique to your loved one. Visit Token Gift Shop for sustainable goodies handpicked with love!

Arts Market, 790 Queen St East

Arts Market is your go-to place for local artisan gifts – with 50 vendors you can find everything from amazing hand-made soaps to custom cards, jewellery and vintage pieces. Something specials awaits for your love there, guaranteed 🙂

Barefoot Beauty, 643 Queen St. East

Delve into complete bliss at this all-natural beauty salon and treat your partner to a papering day at the spa. Barefoot Beauty offers a health and eco-concious experience with waterless manicures and 5-free polish. Gift your loved one with a manicure, pedicure and massage with a custom natural lotion.

The Opera House, 735 Queen St. EastOpera house Riverside

The Opera House is a historical Toronto event venue with a unique architectural interior. Hundreds of musical acts from Metallic and Maroon 5 to Eminem have performed at this iconic Riverside venue. This month gift your loved one a unique night out!

Date Ideas in Toronto’s Riverside

February is here and although its the shortest and chilliest month of the year, it is the most romantic. We are celebrating the Month of Love here in Riverside neighbourhood and want to help you tap into your romantic side and get hip to all the great date spots in the area. This year, take your loved one on a unique date experience:

Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen St E

Set the tone for the night and enjoy the ambiance of Riverside’s Chez Nous Wine Bar. This cozy spot is the perfect place to enjoy wine and light fare with your partner. You and your date can become wine experts while you sip your way through their all-Ontarian wine menu. This wine bar also allows its patrons to bring their own food! PS. they have half-priced wine on Sundays!

ēst Restaurant, 729 Queen St E

What better way to spend a special evening than with amazing food? Join Chef Sean MacDonald as he takes you through a Canadian culinary journey that you will never forget! Offering an 11-Course Tasting Menu, featuring foods from Provinces and Territories around Canada. Limited Seating Still Available for Valentine’s Day. (psst: their 11-Course Canadian Menu is also available throughout February and March.) Traditional and Vegan Tasting Menus Available.

Comedy Night @ I’ll Be Seeing You, 747 Queen St EIll be seeing you comedy night | Riverside

Make your date laugh at Comedy Night at I’ll Be Seeing You bar. Every Tuesday evening of the month this sister-run bar turns into a comedy club. Enjoy good bar food and reasonably priced cocktails at this Riverside gem. And with $6 pints –who could resist 🙂

The Broadview Hotel, 106 Broadview Ave

Take the night off and spend it at the iconic Broadview Hotel. This modern upscale boutique hotel is the perfect night away with lots of options for good eats and drinks, and great views! Start the night out at “The Civic” restaurant – enjoy their Winterlicious menu until February 13.

End it on the roof top terrace with some cocktails to enjoy their Jacob’s Creek Wine winter wonderland – with a 360-degree view of the Toronto skyline. Your stay is guaranteed to be a night of luxury.

Perfectly Paired: Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Toronto Food Tours Experience @ The Peasant Table, 782 Queen St E

For a unique daytime date experience, here is a fun-filled way to spend an afternoon and enhance your culinary education: discover new and old world wines. Learn the story of chocolate from bean to bar. Understand the cheese making process, styles and aging. Toronto Food Tours runs this experience at Riverside’s The Peasant Table on select Sundays and they have one coming up on February 16th! Get the details from Toronto Food Tours.

Love Yourself @ Oma Chiropractic & Wellness, 1 Munro St

Need some self-care for your date and yourself? What about attending the Love Yourself event at Oma Chiropractic and Wellness….

Dedicate your evening to have fun, indulge in self-care practices and love yourself. Join Oma Chiropractic and Wellness in a special night on Feb 21, 2020 from 7:30pm to 10pm. Enjoy chair massage, face yoga, hand massage and much more. Book you ticket now for $20. All proceeds will go to Nellie’s shelter. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Apple of my eye @ Brickworks Ciderhouse, 709 Queen St E

No planning needed here, just get your tickets! Brickworks Ciderhouse has a light-hearted special event on for Valentine’s…Valentine's Day Event

Riverside’s Royal Canadian Curling Club has a new look!

With the start of their establishment in 1891 as the Royal Canadian Bicycle Club in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, to their transformation to the Royal Canadian Curling Club in 1954, the Royals continue to stand today as part of the community’s rich athletic and social fabric.

Thanks to the help of local graphic designer and proud Royals member Gord Naunton, the Royals are excited to present their new and improved logo that respects and honors the tradition of the long-standing club and its previous logo! 

Whether you are a novice or an established curler, there is a league for you at the Royals! Currently, they are in need of an additional player for their Tuesday Mixed league. 

Visit their website to register for their 2020 membership!