Celebrating Milestones On The South Bayview Stretch (Leaside) #shoplocal
Welcome to south Bayview, an area with a community feel where residents and business owners shop local.
ACADEMY OF CULINARY ARTS
After 46 years, it’s the customer’s comprehension of cooking and the importance of quality products that has changed the most says Laurie Oehy, owner of Academy of Culinary Arts at 1703 Bayview Avenue.
Nowadays, people are more knowledgeable about the world of food and “so much more sophisticated…”
The neighbourhood has also changed. While the community still retains “what makes it Leaside,” in that businesses (including Oehy’s), support community organizations, “what has changed somewhat is its busy-ness.” Oehy affirms this with her assertion that customers always make a point of shopping local.
THE BIG STRETCH YOGA CENTRE
In the 20 years that Joanne Lowe has taught yoga, first at churches and then at The Big Stretch Yoga Centre at 1560 Bayview Ave., one thing has remained the same — a “warm and welcoming space.”
“Everyone is a special part of the Big Stretch family.” Lowe explains. The proof, she says, is that many clients have been with her since the beginning. There are also those who “come and go, some come and go many times.”
Bayview Avenue is much the same, offering ups and downs in terms of busy-ness, while being a “neighbourhood that seems like a small town.”
HORTICULTURAL DESIGN INC.
Michael Renaud says it doesn’t feel like that long ago that he opened Horticultural Design Inc., yet the lifestyle garden store, known for being green, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The 1610 Bayview Ave. location attracts residents as well as those from across the city. They all come for unique garden details that are sourced from around the world, designed and manufactured by the store or sold on consignment.
“You never know what you’ll find in here,” suggests Renaud.
LIT ESPRESSO BAR
Nicole Stone and Joe Angellotti, owners of Lit Espresso Bar, 1517 Bayview Ave., wanted to be on Bayview Avenue for one reason — its sense of community. After two years, they haven’t been disappointed.
“It was such a warm welcoming,” says Stone, who boasts they have great customers — both new and old.
And to ensure the sense of community, Stone points out that they also shop local.
“We love that we are able to shop the neighbourhood the same way our customers do.”