Welcoming Body Bliss – The New Aesthetics Centre in Toronto’s Riverside

Meet Body Bliss Aesthetics in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, located at 717 Queen St East, offering skin/body treatments.

Body Bliss Aesthetics Riverside Toronto

Photo Credits: @bodyblissaesthetics

They have a wide range of services, including facials, body contouring and laser hair removal, and their main goal is to provide the community with quality services that will leave them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! 

Be sure to check them out at https://www.bodyblisstoronto.com/ or at their official Instagram account @bodyblissaesthetics.


One of a kind finds at Fashionably Dead Club

Meet Rozlyn and Rosario, owners of Fashionably Dead Club @fashionablydeadclub, located at 717 Queen St E, unit 201 in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. 

Fashionably Dead Club is a clothing line showcasing original artwork by Rozlyn and Rosario. 

Fashionably Dead Toronto Riverside Clothing Business

Photo Credit: @rozlyndubztattoos and @thewolfrosario of @fashionablydeadclub

They do almost everything themselves, from creating the artwork to making their own silkscreens and stitch patterns. Also, they do all of their own printing by hand and love to feature large scale images, lots of prints per item, and creative layering. 

Rozlyn and Rosario do their own embroideries on sweatshirts, hats and tote bags. Their specialty is one of a kind finds and comfortable clothing for day to day wear. 

At heart, they have fun making art and hope you enjoy wearing it! 

Fashionably Dead clothing Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @rozlyndubztattoos and @thewolfrosario of @fashionablydeadclub

Be sure to check out Fashionably Dead Clothing at their official Instagram account @fashionablydeadclub to learn more and to hear about pop up show events at their 717 Queen St E location.  



Welcoming Hermie’s Kitchen – Filipino Cuisine in Toronto’s Riverside

Meet Hermie’s, a new restaurant in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood, located at 701 Queen St. East, offering Canadiana and Filipino cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Originally based out of Orillia, after many requests for them to start a second location, Hermie’s opened the doors to their Riverside location on December 14th, 2022, and have already received a warm welcome from many locals. 

Hermies Restaurant Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @hermies701

Hermie’s is proud to provide their customers with generous portions of  traditional Canadiana foods and unique Filipino fare made by Chef Hermie. Hermie’s extensive menu gives diners a choice of traditional breakfasts like omelettes, poutines, and steak and eggs, to lunch and dinner meals like Sizzling Sisig Pork and Chicken Adobo. 

Hermies Restaurant Riverside Toronto

Photo Credit: @hermies701

Hermie’s plans on offering Karaoke nights and Trivia.

Be sure to check them out at hermies.ca or at their official Instagram account @hermies701.

New Short Film Shares Life Story of Riverside’s George Iliadis and his Broadview Beauty Parlour

George Iliadis has owned his barbershop in Riverside, Toronto for the last 59 years. He has also been married to his wife for the same amount of time. In this short documentary, George shares with us his life story, how the pandemic affected him and the keys to happiness in business and marriage. Watch this short documentary film by Selina McCallum (https:/instagram.com/selcallum) full film (full credits below):

Trailer: https://youtu.be/SFLMHyUWRxs

Full Film here: https://youtu.be/-eLCuG6O46E


A short documentary film by Selina McCallum (https:/instagram.com/selcallum)

Directed by Selina McCallum

Written by Selina McCallum

Director of Photography Wade Hudson 1st Camera Selina McCallum

Edited by Ohemaa Smith

Coloured by Ohemaa Smith Music and Sound Mix by Adrian Edwards

Drone Shots by Ryan Dela Cruz BTS Photographer Sharon Mendonca

Special Thank You to George’s daughter, Helen Konstantinidis and the whole Illadis family!

Riverside BIA: Looking Back on 2022, Looking Ahead to 2023

A message from Riverside BIA Executive Director, Jennifer Lay:

Let’s take a moment to reflect on 2022. It has been an incredible year of re-emergence into the new normal, once again bringing out that vibrancy, constant buzz and small-town-in-the big-city atmosphere that characterizes this business community

We’ve been adjusting together to post-pandemic norms and we will continue to do so in 2023. We’ll also be starting to navigate the major transit construction of the incoming Ontario Line project on which our BIA has spent countless hours over this past year being a liaison and advocate for our members, and will continue to do so in the coming years.

The Riverside BIA Board of Management and staff team are here, to support our members and work with community collaborators, through information updates, one-to-one support, enhanced online presence, streetscape programs like weekly graffiti removal services and public art, community events and campaigns and other programming that supports foot traffic and local economic development, and more.

I want to thank the Riverside BIA’s hard-working volunteer Board of Directors. They are local business/property owners and operators right here in Riverside. This year was an election year and we will be welcoming in some new Board members as well as welcoming back some long-serving members, in 2023. A big thanks also to our hardworking staff team of 2022!

Thanks also goes to our a larger network of supports through the Toronto BIA Association (TABIA), the City of Toronto and all their dedicated services and supportive programs, Councillor Paula Fletcher’s office, our provincial MPP Peter Tabuns, and federal MP Julie Dabrusin, our incredible plethora of community partners and collaborators.

As this Year in Review will attest we have accomplished so much in 2022 by working together – from the 20+ mini-festivals we hosted in the new Riverside Common park, to our Queen East Eats and Window Wonderland programs – these are just a few examples!

We have seen a few of our member businesses close or move on, and have welcomed many new businesses and faces to Riverside. This is an ever-changing business community with 42 years of history of the BIA, and over 125 years of industrious Riverside business people who have done big things right here. 

We can look back with pride on the many collaborative initiatives of the Riverside BIA from the past year to help celebrate the strong spirit here as we say farewell to 2022 and look to the new adventures of a new year. 

Wishing everyone safe, happy and healthy holidays and here’s to working together in 2023!

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