Most people in Toronto refer to it by its location; Finch and Weston, but its actual name has a long and colourful history. Emery Village sits in the former municipality of North York and is expected to draw a lot of attention in the coming years.
The Emery Village Business Improvement Area
, established back in 2003 is working on a number of initiatives to put the neighbourhood
on the tourism map. The group consists of 1, 300 different businesses and is Toronto's largest BIA
At the time of publication, the Emery Village BIA was waiting for Toronto City Council to approve their biggest project to date; the implementation of the tallest flagpole in North America, a way to celebrate national pride and bring attention to Emery Village.
Emery Village is named for the historical settlement that once existed near what is now Finch Avenue West and Weston Road. The area is surrounded by a strong residential area to the west and a convenient transportation corridor; highway 400 to the east, Steeles Avenue to the north and Sheppard Avenue to the south.
Emery's first pioneers arrived in the area after the American Revolution; however, the construction of the Toronto Grey Bruce Railway and Train Station in the late 1800's helped establish the community.
The settlers proved to be hard working, setting up the Emery School House, the United Church, meeting halls, a post office, and a general store. In the 1950's the area saw rapid industrial development.
The construction of Highway 400 made it a perfect location for business. This industrial phase was followed by a residential boom in the area. Soon, small commercial plazas appeared on the major routes in and out of the neighborhood. Many of these plazas still exist today.
While Toronto's Emery Village is still developing its modern commercial image, it has a lot to offer consumers. For example, the area has a wide selection of both wholesale and retail fashion outlets. You will also discover that this is home to some of Toronto's best bakers.
Fashion (retail & wholesale)
Here are some fashion options in Emery Village:
- Conchilia Blu Ladies Boutique
- Top Line Fashions
- La Trapanese Fashion & Gift
- GGS Inc
- SGN Export Inc.
- Mini Kids Fashion Wholesale & Retail
- Silvana Family Clothing Department Store
- North American Clothing Inc.
- Supreme International Co. Canada
- Cleptomania Shoes
- Allure Leather Fashions
- Finch Centre Jewellers
- S & M Jewellery
It is not uncommon to catch the aroma of fresh baked bread or sweet pastries when you wander around Emery Village. The neighbourhood is known for is fresh, baked goods.
- Milvan Bakery & Sweets
- Naraines Bakery
- The Corner Bakery
- West Finch Bakery
- Zeina Bakery Inc.
- Molly B Glutten Free Kitchen
Speaking of food, this multi-cultural community offers up a wide selection of restaurants
that include popular dishes from various countries around the world. Below you will find an extensive list of Emery Village Restaurants
- Akad Restaurant
- Bangali Sweet House
- Bistro 96 Bar & Grill
- Da Peppino Italian Eatery & Espresso Bar
- Best Dressed Jerk
- Cane Grove Restaurant
- Apple Jacks Junior
- El Sabroson
- Flaming Star
- K & J West Indian Cuisine
- Jamaican House Restaurant
- House of Te
- La Zeez Shawarma
- Las Brisas Eatery & Cocktail Lounge
- Lucky Garden Restaurant
- Mama Mia Trattoria
- P & G Fish & Chips
- Pacino Panino Sandwiches
- Las Fronteras Restaurant
- Pho Dau Bo Restaurant
- Prestige Palace
- Rosas Place
- The Suya Spot
- Restaurante Mi Pueblo
- Taste of Bombay
- Windmill Restaurant
- Willy's Jerk
- Golden Key Chinese Food
- Frontline Suga Restaurant
Since there is a lot of industry in the Finch and Weston area of Toronto, the local BIA
is working towards strong environmentally friendly business practices. For more information, check out their official website at www.emeryvillagebia.ca
They've set up an environmental committee to assist businesses with their waste reduction and energy conservation efforts. The committee informs business owners of important environmental initiatives and issues, including any new laws set out by municipal government.