In Conversation with… SCW local co-founders of the Bump to Baby Show

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Six weeks to go until the Bump to Baby show on June 2nd at The Wychwood Barns… Each week, for the next six weeks leading up to The Bump to Baby Show (B2B), we will be featuring an entrepreneur involved with the event who lives and works in the St. Clair West Community.

To kick off this series, we interviewed co-founders of the Bump to Baby show: Mira Heitz and Dr. Rachel Schwartzman ND.

Neighbours and best friends for decades, Mira and Rachel share a passion for the health and well-being of children, mothers, and families. Together, they have worked to create a gathering where parents, parents-to-be and business’ have an opportunity to connect with experts in the field as well as each other. In the spring of 2015, their vision culminated in the very first Bump to Baby Show. While B2B has grown dramatically over the years, Mira and Rachel are committed to keeping the event free – and therefore accessible – to all.

Organizing this specialized annual event, however, was not enough for this dynamic duo. Seeking to establish a consistent presence for holistic health care in the community, Rachel and Mira co-founded Dupont Naturopthatic Family Centre. Opening in early May at 789 Dupont Street, services will include naturopathic care, acupuncture, massage, nutritional counseling, lactation support, therapy, workshops and more.

The two could not be more excited to keep the spirit of Bump to Baby going all year long in their new digs. We asked them a few questions about what it’s like to raise their kids and work in the St. Clair West community…. and here is what they had to say:

Rachel: What event do you think best represents the spirit of St. Clair West? My entire family loves a good Halloween party, so Boo at the Barns is a yearly tradition for us. The jack-o’-lanterns are next level! It’s heartwarming to see so many friends from the community coming out to have a good time with their kids. We appreciate that this event is free, and therefore accessible to everyone. I’m grateful to all the generous sponsors that make occasions like this possible.

Mira: What is your favourite community space? Hands down Artscape Wychwood Barns and Cedarvale Ravine. I mean The Barns has it all, playground, dog park, The Stop, amazing events, a wonderful nursery school…we could go on and on. It is truly a community hub. Cedarvale is one of the best kept secrets in T.O. You can walk or bike through the ravine and it is absolutely gorgeous. The park also has a great tennis court, a beautiful community garden and of course the best tobogganing hill north of Dupont.

Rachel: What act of kindness have you witnessed lately in the neighbourhood? My son and I recently volunteered with Ve’ahavta b’nai mitzvah program. It’s a Jewish organization that provides support and services to individuals of all faiths and backgrounds who have been affected by poverty and hardship. Their reach spans the city, so when my son asked where the first stop was going to be on our shift, we were surprised when the driver said “St. Clair and Bathurst”. We pulled up beside the Joe Fresh where several people were waiting for a warm meal. As we helped deliver hot food and warm clothes, we reflected on those who require support right here in our community, and the privilege of being in a position to help them.

Mira: Which eateries do your kids beg to go to? Our kids love La Paloma in the summer and Ferro and Kibo all year round. The kids devour the pizza at Ferro and I love the magic mushrooms. We’ve celebrated many birthdays at Kibo and the Donburi is always satisfying. La Paloma does gelato. If you’ve been, you know. Delicious!

Rachel: What advice or message would you give to people moving into the neighbourhood? We would say-get to know and support local businesses. You can walk up to St. Clair West to; grab a bite, hit a workout class, pick up a gift or a fresh loaf of bread, check out the thrift shop, and meet a friend. We’d also say- join those Facebook community pages. We have received so much support and advice with the simple click of our finger tips.

Stay tuned to Village Living Magazine for next Monday’s interview with the fabulous, Tamar Wagman…..

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