Canada 150 celebrations in Toronto and across Canada are a wonderful demonstration of this country’s rich spirit and culture. Toronto’s many cultural neighbourhoods are an excellent example of a mosaic of cultures living together in harmony. Behind each store front along The Eglinton Way is a remarkable story of a person who has made a life here and chosen to be a part of this exemplary city.
Thank you to all the participants who came out to The Eglinton Way’s 3rd annual Scavenger Hunt in spite of the weather.
On behalf of The Eglinton Way, we appreciate your enthusiasm for our event. Remember to visit our businesses this summer and shop local!
The Prize winners are as follows…
- Scavenger Hunt 1st prize: Miranda Liston
- Scavenger Hunt 2nd prize: Matthew Crichley
- Scavenger Hunt 3rd prize: Glitter Sparkles (Karen Ellis)
If you haven’t already, please fill out this quick online travel survey to share how you move in Midtown. The survey runs all month and will provide an important data set for planning improvements to the street network, transit services, bicycle lanes and pedestrian facilities in the area.
The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
As part of the Digital Main Street Program, the Province and City of Toronto have announced a new grant program focused on helping member businesses complete and implement a digital transformation plan.
This year, The Eglinton Way invites everyone to attend a Summer Fashion Spotlight!
Join us June 17, 2017 at 2 pm for a special look at stylish summer trends from some of The Eglinton Way’s favourite boutiques.
The Eglinton Way Scavenger Hunt is coming up soon!
Join us Saturday June 17 from 12-4 pm for an exciting afternoon exploring the neighbourhood.
Grind and Pave on Eglinton Ave West from East of Avenue Road to Oriole Parkway
The City of Toronto will resurface the road on Eglinton Ave W from East of Avenue Rd to Oriole Pwy on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Our inspection of the road shows that critical road repairs are needed to bring the pavement to a state of good repair. The existing asphalt surface has deteriorated significantly due to wear and tear, and numerous pot holes have developed resulting in numerous claims
Just outside the busy Yonge and Eglinton core, Crosstown Coffee Bar is nestled on Highbourne Street within The Eglinton Way. It has everything you could want in a good coffee shop: a quaint setting, charming staff, and of course, hot coffee just the way you like it. Sheliza from The Eglinton Way recently sat down with Emerset Farquharson, the manager and head barista at Crosstown Coffee, over a cup of coffee to learn more about this local cafe.
Gallery City is a joint initiative of Metrolinx, Crosslinx Transit Solutions – Constructors (CTSC), Eglinton Business improvement areas, and Eglinton businesses between Weston Road and Brentcliffe.
The Eglinton Way’s Style Lives Here brand was inspired by the collection of independent shopping boutiques in the neighbourhood. One such gem is Bella on Eglinton that’s owned and operated by Melissa Guido. She’s charming, personable, and knows how to dress. Melissa recently sat down with Sheliza from The Eglinton Way to talk about Bella.
Winter is over, now it’s time to enjoy this lovely weather. The Eglinton Way has a great selection of patios for you, your family, and your friends to discover.
Note: Eglinton Way BIA merchants are currently setting up their patios. Contact specific locations to ensure outdoor dining is available.
- Avenue Station Open House
- Scavenger Hunt Prize Draw Reminders
- The Eglinton Way Board Meeting
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bijoux Village. The founder, Gary Bensimon, has a remarkable selection of fine jewellery that would be perfect for your next anniversary, a loved one’s special day, or just as a something for yourself. Gary took some time out of his busy day recently to discuss his business with Sheliza from The Eglinton Way.
- The Eglinton Way e-Gift Card Program
- Patio Fees Update
- Introduction from the Forest Hill Rotary Club
- The Eglinton Way Board Meeting
The Eglinton Way BIA is seeking to retain an urban design and planning team to develop a strategic and master plan that builds on the public realm elements of: The Eglinton 2020 Plan; the future Crosstown LRT Stations; The Eglinton Connects Plan, and; BIA capital projects.
As soon as you step inside the door at eMbody Fitness you are greeted by a community of staff and individuals like yourself. eMbody offers a neighbourhood feeling and community atmosphere within a professional and innovative space that caters to your fitness journey. Sheliza from The Eglinton Way recently sat down with Teri Nitsopoulos and Sheila van der Merwe to discuss the philosophy and programs at eMbody Fitness.
The 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt is June 17, 2017. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the event for the last two years and making it a continuous success.
The Eglinton Way was honoured to receive an award in the events category at the 2015 Toronto Association of Business Improvement Area Awards.
We would love YOU to have an activity for participants on the day of the event. The Scavenger Hunt is a great way to connect with new and existing customers.
The Eglinton Way will work with your business to come up with a promotion or activity that is a good fit for your customers.
Shelley and Toula Hairstyling has been on Eglinton for over 40 years. Shelley is the sole owner of the salon and has seen Eglinton change dramatically since the 1970s. He is everything you could want in a hairdresser: a well-read smart conversationalist with a vision for your next look. Sheliza Esmail from The Eglinton Way recently sat down with Shelley for a cut, colour, and salon chat.
The Eglinton Way BIA is a place of constant discovery, as the stories behind the storefronts are revealed through the people and things that each shop contains. Royal Antique Rugs is among the many hidden gems along The Eglinton Way, boasting a collection of exquisite oriental rugs that come to life with the expertise of David Bakhshi, owner of Royal Antique Rugs. This week, Sheliza Esmail from the Eglinton Way BIA sat down with David to learn more about his collection and his experience in the rug industry.
Join us at our upcoming open house and learn about the future Chaplin Station, one of 15 underground stations on the new Eglinton line now under construction.
The Crosstown’s Communications & Community Relations Team is pleased to be hosting four upcoming tele town halls. These tele town halls will complement a series of upcoming station open houses planned in coordination with Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS). Tele town halls are live and interactive phone meetings – very similar to a radio call-in show. The Crosstown’s upcoming tele town halls will provide residents along the Eglinton corridor an opportunity to ask our project team whatever’s on your mind.
Spring is just around the corner, meaning flurries and freezing weather here in Toronto. We’re ready to ditch our bulky coats and boots at The Eglinton Way BIA, but until the spring weather truly arrives we can take solace in experts like Peter Cook, owner of The Fireplace Shop Ltd., who knows all about keeping any space toasty warm. This month, Peter welcomed Sheliza Esmail from the Eglinton Way BIA into his local shop for a glimpse into the world of fireplace retail.
From the streets of Europe to The Eglinton Way – Maria Botonis, the co-founder of Stimoda, has succeeded in bringing international style into her Toronto store. As a world traveler with a passion for fashion, Maria is a creative and warm person who can style you for any occasion. Maria recently invited Sheliza Esmail from The Eglinton Way into Stimoda for a tour and conversation about their spring style.
Hotel Gelato is The Eglinton Way’s busiest lunch spot. This February marks Hotel Gelato’s 7-year anniversary in the area. Local residents all have a favorite hot drink, meal, and dessert here. Dan Hofman, co-owner and founder, sat down with Sheliza Esmail from the The Eglinton Way BIA this week to talk about the story behind the business over cupcakes and gelato.
The Eglinton Way BIA is seeking to retain a landscaper for The Eglinton Way flower baskets and planters.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care. From jewellery to sweet treats, there are many ways to remind the important people in your life just how much you appreciate them. No one understands a meaningful gift better than the merchants on The Eglinton Way. Here are ten places along The Eglinton Way where you can find something special for your special someone.
If you’re interested in using digital tools or technologies to grow your business but aren’t sure where to start, Digital Main Street can help. Digital Main Street (DMS) is a free online business support program launched in partnership with TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) and The City of Toronto.
Join the Artbarn community on February 9, 2017 from 6-9 pm to show your support for quality arts education and programming!
Artbarn Raising Artists 2017 will be a night of fundraising fun! Everyone is invited to participate in an online and live auction that will feature works from professional artists and faculty members.
Ken Kirkby’s magnificent Inukshuk oil painting (featured above) is one outstanding piece of Canadian art that guests may bid on during the event.
Artists Catherine Shea, Jim Thierry Bravo, and Sandra Iafrate will also be painting onsite to create large-scale works that guests could win in a raffle by the end of the night.
Click HERE to purchase your ticket(s).
Click HERE to participate in the online auction.
Application Deadline: May 18, 2017
If you are a property owner in The Eglinton Way BIA you might be eligible to receive upwards of $2,500 from the City of Toronto to refresh the exterior of your building.
Click HERE for eligibility requirements and application details.
For answers to further questions, please contact Michael Saunders at 416-392-1500 or Michael.Saunders@toronto.ca.
One of the newest additions to The Eglinton Way is the Toronto Arts Academy. Currently celebrating its fourth year as Toronto’s Best Music School from the Consumer’s Choice Awards, the school has been a hit on Eglinton. Sheliza Esmail from The Eglinton Way BIA recently sat with Brandon Brophy to discover what the acclaimed music school has to offer.
Hello BIA Members,
Happy New Year from The Eglinton Way BIA!
Information in this week’s newsletter:
- Board of Management Member update
- Upcoming BIA projects
- Summerlicious 2017 applications
Linda McMaster is the executive director at Artbarn School located at 250 Eglinton Ave W. She started the organization in 2005 as a not-for-profit and has overseen the school’s growth since. She recently sat down with Sheliza Esmail from The Eglinton Way to talk about the school and its journey.
It’s a wet and snowy morning when Linda and I meet at Phipps Café. I get there first and choose a table, it’s early and we’re the first ones in that morning. Linda arrives a moment later and greets me with her ever-friendly smile. We spend a few minutes catching up before the interview.
Toronto is known for its busy city streets and on-the-go lifestyle. However wait times in the city can be incredibly long. Some of the longest wait times are in the downtown core for emergency care. Just over a year ago, John Spirou and Jessica Roeder were discussing this problem and it led to Toronto’s first and only Bone Joint Muscle & Spine walk in clinic. John and I recently caught up and talked about the clinic.
LOOKING FOR HELP THIS SUMMER?
WHY NOT HIRE A STUDENT?
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR WAGES IS AVAILABLE!
The 2017 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is now open.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2017
Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.
The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.
For a better understanding of the Canada Summer Jobs program including key tips to apply, please watch this YouTube video: https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8
We encourage you to submit your 2017 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying as you will:
- Have access to the Canada Summer Jobs application 24/7, from any location, allowing you to complete it at your convenience;
- ensure your application is received immediately by Service Canada;
- receive an instant acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received; and,
- avoid postal delays.
There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:
- Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS): If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or
- CSJ online application form
For more information:
Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)
Visit: a Service Canada Centre
CSJ presentation: https://youtube/SfMoLhkgjU8
The holiday season is a time of joy, getting together with family and friends, and for many, the exchange of gifts. But, searching for that gift can sometimes take the joy out of the season. Your solution? The Eglinton Way. Our businesses are local and ready to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Whether it is a unique item for the hard to shop for, a training session for the health conscious, or simply sharing a night out at a restaurant, The Eglinton Way has something for you.
Fashion trends change with the seasons, age, and lifestyle. On The Eglinton Way, there are countless opportunities to choose styles that suit your personality. Co-business owners of Revival Couture, Christine Hadden and Donna Nesrallah, offer 35 years of experience styling clients in high-end fashion that is elegant, professional, and comfortable. Sheliza Esmail from The Eglinton Way recently had a conversation with Christine about her approach to fashion and style.
Visitors to The Eglinton Way often wonder about the concentration of health and beauty related services in the area. However, a closer look reveals uniqueness to each business. Jeny, at Facial Clinic and Aesthetics, offers one of the many specialized services in the area. The independent owner and operator sat down with Sheliza from The Eglinton Way to talk about her skills and services.
The Eglinton Way is a neighbourhood where people have back yard BBQs and family dinners. We also have a great place to get healthy organic and local meats within walking distance. Tara Longo and Mario Fiorucci opened The Healthy Butcher on Queen Street in 2005. They now have a location on The Eglinton Way at 298 Eglinton Ave W, as well as a location in Kitchener, and an online store. Tara sat down with Sheliza from The Eglinton Way recently to give some insights into the organic food business.
Hello BIA Members,
This month’s newsletter contains information on the following:
- TEW 2016 AGM
- Digital Main Street reminders
- Google My Business and other Google products for Small Business
- #MyexperienceEglinton contest from Mtx
After a long day of shopping or before meeting your friends for lunch, there’s a pleasure in getting your hair done that The Eglinton Way regulars understand. Some of the most talented hair stylists in the city can be found here. New to the neighbourhood, but not to the industry Jenny’s Hair Design recently moved from the busy and popular neighbourhood of Yonge and Wellesley to our midtown hub. Jenny, the owner of Jenny’s Hair Design for 18 years, and Sheliza Esmail from the BIA recently chatted over Jenny’s approach to hair, while Sheliza got her hair done.
Hello BIA Members,
Welcome to the start of fall. This month’s newsletter contains information on the following:
- Chaplin Stn construction
- Digital Main Street
- Small Business and Technology Forum
- Mural unveiling at Art Barn
Day or night on The Eglinton Way, it’s hard to miss the many busy faces on the go and in active wear. One of the key hubs in the area is Body Harmonics, a modern and inviting one-stop-shop for health, fitness and education. Led by founder and owner Margot McKinnon, the studio environment has its own personality that the friendly staff personify. Margot took time out of her busy schedule to speak to the BIA’s Sheliza Esmail about her approach to fitness and what it’s like to run Body Harmonics.
The Eglinton Way loves its collection of independent retailers and the people who run them. It’s these passionate individuals who truly embody our Style Lives Here brand. We’d like to introduce you to Naomi Zeligman, co-owner of fashion boutique, Sense of Independence, and all-round fashionable gal. We sat down with her to get a sense of what it’s like to run Sense of Independence.
The Eglinton Way BIA’s Sheliza Esmail spent a few minutes with Varouj Tabakian – world renowned jeweller and genuine nice guy – who has humbly called The Eglinton Way his home for 38 years. He’s a professional goldsmith and Jewellery designer, who is a proud member of The Canadian Jeweller’s Association, Jewellers Vigilance of Canada, American Gem Trade Association, The Armenian Jewellery Association and the 24K Club.
The Eglinton Way’s very own Artbarn School is offering FREE sample classes on Saturday, September 10.
Sample class participants receive 10% off registration for enrollment in a Smart Start class at the Artbarn location (Offer valid on September 10 on registrations for the Artbarn location ONLY).
… In which BIA Administrator Sheliza Esmail eats a burger for breakfast.
It’s midmorning on Eglinton and I’m walking down the street heading east towards Burger Shack. John, the owner there, is expecting me for our chat. I have known John for almost a year now through working for the BIA. He’s known in the neighbourhood for being a very friendly and busy man. I often run into him when I am out in the BIA and he always takes a minute to say a cheerful hello. John is behind the counter when I get in, he greets me, and offers me a drink before we start chatting.
Hello BIA Members,
This month’s newsletter contains the following:
- Scavenger Hunt thank yous and feedback request
- Requests for your logos and social media handles
- Trees and litter updates
- Digital Main Street Information
- Safety tips from Division 53
- Look ahead to the fall
- Scavenger Hunt photos
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What is Digital Main Street?
This is a platform that connects main street businesses to the digital world. By joining Digital Main Street, main street businesses receive a free digital assessment and a recommended to-do list that identifies technologies and service providers that can help businesses meet their digital goals.