Presenting: Kingston Road – a Revitalizing Business Community and an Integral Part of the Beach

5. What kind of merchants and services can be found along Kingston Road?

The Kingston Road Business Community features a wide range of stores from boutique gift shops, pet care and accessories, unique/trendy furniture and décor, spas/salons, flower shops, book stores, crafts, clothing, sporting goods, stained glass, music store, health food, art galleries/stores, etc.

6. What kind of restaurants, bakeries and cafes are located along Kingston Road? Which places have outdoor patios?

We have a variety of hospitality establishments: bar and grills, pubs, a Cajun restaurant, a Hungarian restaurant, several pizza and pasta outlets, coffee and bakery shops that sell sandwiches, soups and other hot food items, baked goods, etc. Three of our small coffee shops and bakeries have outdoor seating, one pub and one bar and grill also have an outdoor patio.

Malvern Collegiate Institute

7. Please tell us about some of the special events and festivals that are held throughout the year along Kingston Road.

We have a Spring Festival (usually the 1st Saturday in June) and a Fall Festival (in late September/early October). We host these festivals jointly with Community Centre 55 and there are many children’s activities, live bands and other family entertainment. Many of the merchants have store specials and/or free food on offer for the crowds.

This past year, Community Centre 55 organized the First Annual Christmas Parade along Kingston Road which was well attended by the community. The Lions Club, the Kingston Road Business Community, local schools and politicians were also involved on the parade committee.

8. What community, non-profit and service organizations are active in the Kingston Road area? What about places of worship?

We have a wide variety of non-profit organizations that work right here in the community: Community Centre 55, the Lions Club, the Pegasus Community Project, all the schools, the Kingston Road United Church, St. John’s Catholic Church as well as the YMCA.

A beautiful residence just north of Kingston Road

9. What sports and recreation facilities are available in your area?

Recreation is an important part of life in the Beach. Our neighbourhood has a wide selection of sports and recreational facilities, including Ted Reeve Arena, the YMCA, the Balmy Beach Club, Lation Fitness Studios, and Curves, another fitness studio.

10. Please tell us about new initiatives that are going to happen along Kingston Road.

The committee’s first order of business is to name the area. Our Spring Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007. The Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2007 and the Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Thank you, Carolyn, for taking the time to introduce us to the Kingston Road Business Community. Good luck with your special events.

The Kingston Road United Church

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