ABOUT OUR BIA
Formed in 1987, The Eglinton Way Business Improvement Area (BIA) was one of the first BIAs to be recognized and approved by the city of Toronto. We began as a way to engage with neighbourhood businesses, providing an economic and social anchor in the area. To this day, our passionate management board is comprised of local business owners who work to engage with our community on matters relating to streetscapes, events, city and transit matters, and more.
To create vibrant and prosperous business areas for residents, visitors, tourists, and entrepreneurs.
To Host community events
The BIA board serves the area’s aesthetic, social, and economic goals while also providing timely updates regarding parking, construction, and events.
To increase foot-traffic through the neighbourhood
Style Lives Here – With multiple stores, services, and eateries in its radius, The Eglinton Way is the perfect place to shop, stroll, browse, eat, and get pampered. Find everything from unique boutiques, specialty stores, and professional services to fitness studios, health centres, authentic dining experiences, and sought-after hair and beauty destinations. The area is considered one of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping districts and features a myriad of upscale boutique shops offering designer and one-of-a kind artisanal wares.
Show love for local – Shopping local is a concept that is important to us. Studies show that money spent at local merchants is redistributed back into the community at a higher rate than money spent at national chains. Our boutique shops reflect the consumer’s desire for one-of-a-kind, curated items and boutique service that contributes to our neighbourhood’s unique spirit.
HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
The Eglinton Way’s story begins with Agostino Arrigo Sr., a 15 year-old Italian immigrant with the dream of opening a stand-alone movie theatre. In 1936, Arrigo’s dream came to fruition when The Eglinton Theatre (now known as The Eglinton Grand) opened its doors in an undeveloped corridor now known as The Eglinton Way.
Its true Art Deco style, along with rich wood and marble, set the stage for what would become one of Toronto’s most eclectic and elegant shopping destinations. Today, The Eglinton Grand acts as the ‘jewel in our crown’ and a landmark tribute to the area’s history; Arrigo’s dream of a spirited, diverse community lives on as The Eglinton Way.