Eye on Business

When she’s not on the road touring with the band Radiohead or Canadian pop diva Avril Lavigne, Dr. Shannon McEwen owns and operates the newly-opened Upper Beach Health & Wellness Centre at 1937 Gerrard St. E.. The Beach resident plied her skills as a chiropractor for the past five years in a downtown location, but has decided she’d rather work closer to home. Dr. McEwen and her team take a “functional approach to supportive and preventive health care” offering such services as chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, physiotherapy and massage.

“We believe in an individualized and more personal approach to family wellness,” McEwen says. “We strive to seek out the root of any problems, and not just deal with the pain.”

For more information, or to book an appointment at the Upper Beach Health & Wellness Centre, call 416-627-5006, or visit upperbeachhealth.com.

If your office is anything like ours here, there’s a lot of stuff that needs dealing with – stuff that can sometimes overwhelm you and distract you from getting at your real work. Enter The Office Organizers. Peg Bradshaw and Susannah Coneybeare will come in, plow through your backlog of files, revamp and streamline your sorting systems and follow up to make sure things are going smoothly, leaving you time to get back to what it is you’re there to do.

Susannah and Peg have a combined 16 years of organizing experience. Before launching The Office Organizers, they operated The Sorting House, a residential organizing company which over the years has helped hundreds of homeowners get out from under their mess. They both realized their services are sorely needed in small business.

“A couple of days spent reviewing and inspecting the contents of their office lets people analyze everything, keep what they need, and feel confident they are on top of things,” says Coneybeare.

If you think you can’t afford such a service, think again. “People don’t account for the loss of revenue when business grinds to a halt for a tax-time scramble through a disorganized office,” says Bradshaw.

It might be time for you to consider hiring The Office Organizers to help your business get more streamlined. Give Peg and Susannah a call at 416-200-3166, or visit theofficeorganizers.ca.

Peg Bradshaw and  Susannah Coneybeare
Peg Bradshaw and Susannah Coneybeare

Soccer – or football as it is known worldwide – is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in Canada, catching up to hockey in terms of interest and participation levels. The fact that it is fun and easy to play, requires little in terms of equipment – shin pads, shoes and a ball – and is generally played outdoors, has made the sport popular with a growing number of young people and their parents. As with any athlete wanting to take a love of a game to the next level, proper training is essential. René Kwol has started the Canada First Academy for Soccer Excellence to do just that.

“We are a new addition to the local soccer scene and provide high level training to talented, ambitious soccer players aged six to 18,” Kwol says. “We strive to provide the optimal environment for our students to become confident, outstanding soccer athletes with strong personalities, who also excel in their academic education.”

Established in 2012, Canada First Academy (CFA) offers several levels of training at varying age groups as well as personal training. CFA operates at Cherry Beach, Greenwood Park and the newly renovated Monarch Park Stadium where they can train all year around. Joining Kwol are Dave Butler and Robert Ellis, both certified soccer coaches, and kinesiologist Angela Wolch.

“[Soccer] has always inspired me and rewarded me with countless moments of excitement, pleasure and a sense of achievement and self development,” says Kwol. To find out how to achieve that reward for yourself or your young soccer player, call Canada First Academy for Soccer Excellence, call 647-973-9555, or visit canadafirstacademy.com.

The Mail Slot at 2192 Queen St. E. has a new owner. Kevin Graham was born and raised in the Beach, went to school at St. Denis, Danforth Tech (where he learned about printing and graphic arts), and Centennial College (graduating as a paramedic). He spent more than 20 years working at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, as well as a stint with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. When the current owner of the franchise decided to retire, Graham saw an opportunity to run his own business. Look forward to open house specials, and many new and exciting products over the next few months.

For more information call Kevin at 416-690-4990, or visit mailslot.ca.

Lindsey Stephenson’s Penny Paper Company offers custom paper products.
Lindsey Stephenson’s Penny Paper Company offers custom paper products.

Combining her love of art with her business acumen, Lindsay Stephenson created an online art and stationery company that she has run in the Beach since 2004. It originated as Penny People Designs after cartoon characters that she had been drawing her whole life. In 2010 she retired those characters and re-branded as The Penny Paper Company. Since then her design work has been featured in Style At Home magazine, the National Post, and Today’s Parent, as well as in retail outlets such as HomeSense.

The Penny Paper Company offers personalized alphabet prints, address labels, personalized stamps, invitations and art prints, each item as unique and creative as the company that created them. Stephenson is offering free delivery to Beach residents. For more information visit PennyPaperCo.com.

After 35 years at 2906 Danforth Ave., the Psychic Centre and Book Store is closing. Owner Jackie Lewis, who bought the business 21 years ago, decided it is time to devote her energies to art, writing and psychic readings rather than running a used bookstore.

“I love the people, and I love the books, but I’m bored of the business end of things,” says Lewis. The Psychic Centre originally began as a place for psychic readings, but gradually morphed into a used book store where readings still take place. Jackie explained the last owner, Ed, sold her the business for one dollar when he decided to move back to the US. “I even inherited two employees,” she said. “They taught me a lot about books.”

The Psychic Centre and Bookstore is closing April 30, and Lewis is offering 50 per cent off everything in the store until then. To find out more call 416-691-3335.

It’s been a long wait – the sign has been up for months – but The WORKS, the gourmet burger bistro, has finally opened its Beach location at 1953 Queen St. E. To celebrate, The WORKS offered free burgers on April 10, with donations collected for Community Centre 55.

“We are excited to be bringing the ultimate gourmet burger experience to the Beach,” said Andy O’Brien, President and CEO of The WORKS. “The WORKS is the perfect bistro for burger fanatics.” The company was founded in 2001, and is famous for its 72 varieties of burgers. For more information visit worksburger.com.

“We are proud to be a part of this great village community,” says Su Willson, owner of Advanced Approaches to Massage, 927 Kingston Rd., in celebration of the clinic’s 10th anniversary. “We have lots of great massage special offers available to coincide with it.” Specials will include couples massage, hot stone, paraffin waxing, a Mother’s Day aromatherapy massage and others.

Su Wilson
Su Wilson

Staff at Advanced Approaches to Massage are fully qualified RMTs with a wealth of experience in various forms of massage. The clinic’s website has been redesigned, and bookings are now available online as well as by phone or in person. To make an appointment please call 416-694-6767, email info@advancedapproachesmassage.com or visit advancedapproachesmassage.com.


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