New You in 2015 – RiversideTO Has What you are looking for!

At this time of year, many of us put forth some new years resolutions.  Riverside BIA members are here to help you.  We have  healthy eating choices, fitness options and  fashion ideas   Here are some positive ways to indulge yourself in Riverside and have the best possible year in 2015.

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

Healthy Eating Choices

Interested in a Cleanse and/or  Detox?  Look no further than The Healthy Whey – 740 Queen St E.  Visit here for FAQ on Detox/Cleanses…or visit the store for more info.  Why not sign up for the Healthy Whey Weekly Healthy tips newsletter – click here- to sign up – and as an added bonus, you will receive their TOP 10 Supplement Guide to Healthy Living.



Start every day (or add it to any meal) with some Fresh Juice from Pulp Kitchen at 717 Queen E.  Voted by NOW Readers as the Best Juice Bar in TO,  Pulp Kitchen specializes in fresh juice elixirs and smoothies and a selection of nourishing food items such as soup, sandwiches, and salads.  Their  mission is to make healthy food more available to everyone, and to help educate on the benefits of healthy eating.  And…next Wed – Jan 14th – watch Dragon’s Den – to see owner Marie Deal – #cbcDragonsDen

Pulp Kitchen Healthy Eating

Pulp Kitchen Healthy Eating


Dr. Michelle ND and the team at Oma Chiropractic at Queen & Munro,  challenge you to a 21 day sugar detox! There is no better time then after the holiday season, when sweet treats are abundant!!  Kick start your 2015 with better digestive function, more energy, more focus, and all round better function of your mind and body! Dr MIchelle will be holding a talk on Sat Jan 10 at 2:30pm to launch the detox. She will be discussing sugar’s effects on the body and showing the doc Hungry for Change to give us some inspiration!  Sign up here for the Talk.


If you are preparing your own meals, spruce up your healthy salads with Fresh Fruit Vinegars or Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Olive & Olives at 779 Queen E.  Visit here to for a yummy and healthy recipe for an Orange & Olive Salad.   Pop into their shop for a free tasting and many other healthy recipes and ideas.

Orange & Olive Salad

Orange & Olive Salad









Riverside Market Carries a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and stock  organic and gluten free products as well as things like goat yogurt and kefir.   For the Best Meat in Toronto – Butchers of Distinction at 738 Queen E is your go to shop.  BoD offers a very direct farmer-to-customer service – all of their  suppliers are know to them, their practices and methods approved,   and their commitment to sustainability and ethical treatment guaranteed by BoD.  All meat and poultry is raised without hormones and antibiotics.  Some is certified organic and so labelled.     They offer a range of ready-to-heat and serve foods prepared in our kitchens from their own produce. Roasted smoked and bar-b-qued meats; salads and side dishes ready to eat; marinated cuts of our prime meats and poultry are ready to cook and a range of pies, prepared dishes and stock and soups need only heating.

Healthy Meat from Butchers of Distinction

Healty Meat from Butchers of Distinction


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”-Mark Twain

Fitness Options in RiversideTO

Take Care of your Body – it’s the only place you have to live – while it’s difficult to find time for fitness with our busy lives, many of us use the New Year as inspiration for taking that first step.  Whether you are looking for Yoga, Cardio, Chiropractic, Massage, Meditation, Swimming, Skating, Curling and more – Queen East between the DVP and Booth is the place for you!

Anchoring the East End if RiversideTO is the Jimmy Simpson Athletic and Recreation Centre –  a hub for recreation programming and features an outdoor ice rink, indoor pool and a wide range  of act ivies including swimming, fitness, youth sports and after school and pre-school programs.  Pop in and see Manager Paul Stone and his helpful team!  Stroll a block West and you will find the Ralph Thornton Centre  at the corner of Queen & Saulter – just above the Library – they have a variety of Health and Well-Being programs – many of the free – including:  Mediation, Tai Chi and  TaeKwonDo.  Visit here for more info

Jimmie Simpson Center Pool

Jimmie Simpson Center Pool

Head West just past Broadview to energyXchange  and experience the Evolution of Exercise for yourself.  energyXchange is a cutting-edge fitness clinic  who’s  mission is to educate, incite passion and inspire the journey to becoming a healthier you. There approach is based on providing integrated, whole health services that focuses on a variety of areas in order to achieve overall health and wellness.  Try them out – take advantage of the energyXchange $30 Around the Club in 30 days pass.  They are the un-gym – classes are based on the principles of functional training, muscle confusion and the mind/body connection. Practitioners will help to alleviate your pain and tightness, help with weight and stress issues, and assess areas in which you’d like to see improvement.

Looking for some sweat – head to Quad East at 672 Queen E- where they are committed to providing a positive and welcoming atmosphere, ensuring every client feels respected and pampered regardless of age, shape or fitness ability.  They provide the best indoor cycling experience – which includes a clean, inviting facility and excellent customer service and instruction.  Here is their Schedule  There is a “Take us for a Spin Trial Pass”  and newcomers get the first class for only $10, or a 2 week trial pass for $33.  Quad East Indoor Spinning


Who says activity can’t be social – why not try Curling at the Royal Canadian Curling Club – Just North of Queen on Broadview – They offer curling at various times and days during the week and on weekends.

Curling at RCCC in RiversideTO

Curling at RCCC in RiversideTO

All levels are invited – visit here for more info.  What other sports do you know that have the facilities equipped with a Bar, and the tradition is the winning team buys the losing team drinks after the game!!! (Yes, this is a new year’s resolution blog…but, making time for friends is a good resolution, as well as activity)

“Fashions fade, style is eternal” – Yves Saint Laurent

New Looks for you in 2015

Create your New Style with  with Bergstrom Originals at 781 Queen St E –  a true Toronto Fashion Story – Meet designer Christina Bergstrom and get a behind the scenes look at her RiversideTO shop and workshop.

Christina Bergström combines her civil engineering background with her native scandinavian roots to create quality, streamlined garments with a nordic flair. Christina’s inspirations include; midcentury modern architecture, interior design, and her customers. She believes in local Toronto production strategies, affordable prices, and clothes that are wearable. She has been designing and building her brand since 1998, and continues to thrive with an ever growing, loyal clientele. Bergström Originals, retail concept also includes footwear and accessories that compliment our clothing line. Bergström’s offers the same great shopping experience online.  All of their carefully selected merchandise for the Online Store, is backed by the same great customer service offered in-store customers. For any questions, or special requests please contact

Cross the street and visit Here & Now for Mens and Women’s Fashion and accessories – take a peek at their Winter Collection here.  The team at Here & Now believes in giving you the best quality merchandise at the lowest possible prices.

Looking to give your child some style sense – Little Peeps is a family owned children’s store at 742 Queen St E  in Riverside with  a focus on healthy, environmentally friendly products.

Little Peeps

Little Peeps

As a special New Years treat, they are extending their fabulous sale! 25% off select regular priced shoes and clothes. Come in and scoop up some deals before they are gone!!

If you are a do-it-yourselfer – then macFAB Sews and macFAB Fabrics has everything you need. At macFAB they “like design to be visually POWERFUL, intellectually ELEGANT, and above all TIMELESS”  pop in and ask their expert and friendly staff for advice on you design and decor needs – nothing it to small or large for the team.  You can purchase notions and fabrics for your own project, or ask Dale and his team to help you design a new look – whether it’s costumes, accessories or home decor.  Visit here for some inspiration

Looking for a custom outfit – then visit Silhouette Tailoring at 733 Queen E – they offer numerous services to satisfy the most discerning clients  include:

  • Tailoring
  • Alterations
  • Repairing & Restyling
  • Made-to-Measure Clothing
  • Ready-to-Wear Clothing
Silhouette Tailoring

Silhouette Tailoring


Well, that’s just a snippit of what Riverside has to offer – Happy New Year to you and please let us know what your resolution is!