About Regal Heights Village
Situated on St. Clair Avenue West between Dufferin and Winona Drive, Regal Heights Village is centered on the headwaters of Garrison Creek, with the neighbourhood of Regal Heights to the south and the historic St Clare Church and Oakwood Collegiate at either end. The main street, with its iconic streetcars, boasts a number of unique shops and restaurants as well as a renowned ballet school and an innovative neighbourhood gallery. With interesting turn-of-the-century architecture, it has also been the location for a number of film productions. It is a place unlike any other, a place with real character and a strong sense of community.
We were so excited to be a part of the Canada 150th Celebrations.
We invited our businesses along Regal Heights Village to participate in our first Annual Window Decorating Contest. Thank you to the following businesses who constructed, created and celebrated the 150th with beautiful displays of Red and White.
Hotwire Communications, Curactive Salon, Mandala Designs, Ayegro Books, Lil Miss Dressup, May Flowers, Cakes Cove, Astra Salon, and Salon 1065.
The windows were judged on general presentation, workmanship, originality and Canadian representation. There is a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner along with a Community Choice Award. The winners will be announced shortly. We love all of our businesses along Regal Heights Village and thank everyone that participated in this initiative.
In partnership with the Window Decorating Contest, we also held a Selfie Contest. Community members were invited to take a selfie in front of decorated windows and a winner was randomly drawn to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. We are so excited for our winner @julesthorogood for her submission.
The fun didn’t stop there. Through a joint effort between the Regal Heights Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), Oakwood Collegiate Institute and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) a large “Sesqui” Maple Leaf was put on the Oakwood Collegiate Fence.
“Not only are we celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday,” said Steve Yee, Principal of Oakwood Collegiate, “ but we are also celebrating a true community effort, an expression of what makes Canada such a great place to live.”
‘Sesqui’ came about as a Popup Project in conjunction with a larger effort, spearheaded by Trustee Marit Stiles, to revitalize the grounds at Oakwood, that involves a number of community organizations. This Popup project was designed as a way to work out some of the details of working together – the local business community, the local school and the local school board.
The BIA, with the help of UB Signs, created ‘Sesqui’ from red chloroplast, which was then installed by the TDSB – and hoisting a 10 foot tall anything on a 12 foot high fence is no easy task.
“It was great to be able to work together with our local high school on such a meaningful project”, said BIA Chair Elena Simonetta, proprietor of Salon 1065. “Hopefully it is the first of many”.
The Regal Heights Village BIA represents the businesses on St Clair Ave West from Winona to Westmount, centered on Oakwood Avenue.
Oakwood Collegiate is situated at the corner of Oakwood and St Clair West and boasts signature programs in music, dance and basketball.
Regal Heights Village BIA wanted to also celebrate with the community and hosted a “Sesqui” Selfie Contest. Thank you to all who participated. The winner was randomly selected and a $25 Visa Gift Card goes to the Team at Mandala Designs.
You can view all of our photos using the hashtag #myvillage_rhv150.
Do you have information or images you want to share with us at the BIA? You can use the hashtag #myvillage_rhv to share!
Thank you once again for everyone that participated and we hope everyone had a fun and safe Canada 150th Weekend.
The Good Folks of the Regal Heights Village BIA
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I love bagels. I love cream cheese. Salmon…..mehh…never been a big fan. It’s my own issue, I get it, but there is something about fish, salmon, tuna…anything fish like that makes me make that face. You know that face. The same face your 8 month old makes when you feed them mashed up peas for the first time. Have I ever really eaten salmon? In all honesty, no. So my harsh judgements on salmon and it’s cousins is based on a completely ignorant palate.
Today…today was the day that I became a lover of salmon. My palate has become a newly introduced connoisseur of “lox”. Paired with a great tasting bagel, some amazing cream cheese, hand crafted pickled onions and a sprig of dill I am now hooked.
I am out and about in Regal Heights Village often and was excited to visit the newly opened Lox & Schmear, located at 1030 St. Clair Avenue West. My original intention was to pick up a couple of bags of their St. Urbain Bagels, have a quick chat and head on my way. Clean, modern and very welcoming is what you will find when you enter Lox & Schmear. Oh and don’t forget the amazing smell of bagels and smoking salmon. I admittedly did not know what Lox was and Lev & Kiki were more than happy to explain the in store process of curing and smoking amazing cuts of fresh farmed Atlantic salmon. I was sceptical at first when they offered me a sample of some of their fresh salmon but upon trying it I rather enjoyed it. It wasn’t until Lev whipped up a small tasting of the lox, cream cheese, pickled onion, and dill that I had to order a Lox & Schmear sandwich.
I honestly cannot say enough about this place. We have a lot of great businesses in Regal Heights Village and this is an amazing addition to that roster. Be sure to head in and check it out. Buy a bag of bagels, order a sandwich and have a chat with the owner Lev and her sidekick Kiki. You won’t be disappointed!
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