Eco In The City | The “Greener” Side of Newmarket By Lisa Borden

Newmarket, just north of Toronto, has that small town charm but offers big city conveniences. Whether you stop on your way from the city to the cottage or camping up North, or you take a day trip to one of Newmarket’s seventy parks and nature trails, don’t forget to enjoy the local healthy spots and shops.

ECO Building Resource

If you are building a new home, renovating or just doing some quick fixes around your home, ECO Building resource is your supply base for environmentally sound and healthy building products and accoutrements for consumers, contractors and builders. Kevin Royce, who has spent over 25 years in the industry, sources and reviews materials to ensure they are safe for people and the planet. Reduce the off-gassing of VOCs and other toxins, increase the quality of your life, and create a more comfortable, healthier indoor living environment, just by shopping here instead of at the big box hardware store.

Visit them Online: ECO Building

Nature’s Emporium


IMG_3949Think of Nature’s Emporium as a health food lover’s playground – this indie supermarket is over 50,000 square feet offering farm-fresh, local, 100% organic produce; vitamins and supplements; grass-fed meats; sustainable seafood; organic and specialty groceries; gluten-free, vegan raw foods; and an incredible variety of clean cosmetics and personal care items. As an extra incentive to go: you can eat lunch off their delicious buffet, and get a green juice in store!

Visit them Online: Nature’s Emporium



On beautiful Main Street in Newmarket, Rawlicious seats twenty-seven and includes a cozy fireplace to keep you warm while eating great raw food—even in the winter. Enjoy nachos, spring rolls, Caesar salad, pad thai and more of your favourite, familiar dishes, done with raw veggies. Smoothie tip: don’t consider this just a drink, they also make a great dessert!

Visit them Online | Rawlicious



When you want a tea or coffee, Covernotes, is a quaint (but quick when you want something to go), indie spot, serving locally roasted coffee and artisanal loose tea – they strongly support Fair Trade, too. If you stay to enjoy your sandwiches, snacks and drinks, you’ll love browsing their extensive collection of second-hand books for sale, plus they have live music and local art.

Visit them Online | Covernotes

Hungry Brew Hops


This bar features twenty-eight taps of local craft beers, including Beau’s, a certified B Corp, making certified organic, award-winning beer in Vankleek Hill. The focus is on Ontario craft breweries, although there are choices from the US, Belgium, and Germany as well. Craft beers are brewed naturally, and without the use of chemicals or preservatives – something to raise a glass to with friends!

Visit them Online |  Hungry Brew Hops


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Lisa Borden, owner of Borden Communications, takes a unique approach to holistically marketing eco-intelligent living and working. Some of her favourite titles (from a long list) include: Strategist + Catalyst, Enthusiastic Philanthropist, Inspiration Agent, Mother of 3 and Wannabe Organic Farmer.


  1. OK,, I operate ECO Bldg, have been a patron at Hungry Brew Hops, Rawlicious and Natures Emporium for a while.
    This weekend I must try a coffee and sandwich at Covernotes
    Thank you for the info

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