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WELCOME! Welcome to the third “lite” edition of UPBEAT. Due to the pandemic, we decided to create an online, visitor’s guide to help local community members explore everything that Uptown has to offer. As you flip through the virtual pages of this comprehensive, Uptown handbook, we hope you will be inspired and motivated to visit in person or shop online at one of our amazing main street businesses. Over the last six months, our Uptown stores and eateries have quickly adapted and changed their way of doing business to keep their staff and customers safe. Choosing local is now more important than ever. It is essential that our main streets are here to serve us tomorrow and into the future. By continuing to support local businesses, you are in turn supporting your local economy as significantly more money stays in a community when purchases are made at locally owned, rather than nationally owned, businesses. So, we thank those of you who have made it a priority to order takeout from their favourite Uptown restaurants and pubs on a regular basis, purchase gift cards and Uptown dollars, write positive reviews about Uptown establishments and buy online and/or make appointments at your preferred retailers. Your thoughtful actions are greatly appreciated. As we make it through the next few months, we encourage you to continue choosing local. Our businesses are weathering through yet another storm (following several years of construction) and desperately need your support. We are all in this together. In gratitude,
Tracy Van Kalsbeek Executive Director, Uptown Waterloo BIA Editor, UPBEAT Magazine 3
UPBEAT VISITORS' GUIDE PUBLISHED BY Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tracy Van Kalsbeek
EDITORIAL Natalie Gallo Tahnee Hipel Tracy Van Kalsbeek
PHOTOGRAPHY Dawne Taylor-Gilders (unless otherwise noted)
DESIGN Natalie Gallo
UPTOWN WATERLOO STAFF Tracy Van Kalsbeek, Executive Director Natalie Gallo, Marketing & Communications Manager Dawne Taylor-Gilders, Events & Outreach Manager Tahnee Hipel, Office & Programs Manager
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CONTENTS ARTS & CULTURE .......................................................................... 7 HUGHES LANE ART WALK ............................................................ 10 BEAUTY, HAIR & SPAS .................................................................. 14 ENTERTAINMENT .......................................................................... 17 TOP 5 GREEN SPACES IN UPTOWN WATERLOO ...................... 18 FITNESS ........................................................................................... 19 CAFÃ&#x2030;S & SPECIALTY FOOD ......................................................... 21 UPTOWN PARKING MAP ......................................................... 22-23 CASUAL DINING ............................................................................. 27 FINE DINING ................................................................................... 33 TOP 5 INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES UPTOWN ........................... 34 RETAIL ............................................................................................. 35 FALL/WINTER EVENTS ................................................................. 42
The listings in this guide are just the tip of the iceberg of all the businesses in Uptown Waterloo! We are home to over 450 businesses, ranging in other categories like Business Consulting, Drycleaners & Tailors, Financial Services, Health, Software & I.T and more. Browse the full directory on the Uptown Waterloo website at www.uptownwaterloobia.com/business-directory. Advertisements in this guide were given to businesses on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge; the businesses who advertised here were ones who requested space but were unable to advertise in previous editions of Upbeat. 5
ARTS & CULTURE ART INCUBATE • 52 & 56 REGINA ST. N. www.artspay.org/art-incubate @artspaywr
ART STORE OF WATERLOO • 91 CAROLINE ST. S. www.theartstoreofwaterloo.com
Calling all architects, teachers, hobbyists and students! Looking for the very best in fine art and drafting supplies? With an inventory that constantly expands and changes and friendly staff eager to help you find that perfect item for your next special project, you’ll find everything you need at the Art Store of Waterloo. Discounts are available for seniors and students and be sure to ask them about their Bonus Club!
BUTTON FACTORY ARTS • 25 REGINA ST. S. www.buttonfactoryarts.ca @buttonfactoryarts
BY HAND & FIRE POLISH POTTERY • 187 KING ST. S. www.byhandandfire.com @byhandandfirepolishpottery
CANADIAN CLAY & GLASS GALLERY • 25 CAROLINE ST. N. www.theclayandglass.ca @cdnclayandglass
GALLERY DOUBLE T • 76 REGINA ST. N. www.gallerydoublet.ca
KITCHENER-WATERLOO LITTLE THEATRE • 9 PRINCESS ST. E. www.kwlt.org @kwlittletheatre
Since 1935, the K-W Little Theatre has showcased local talent – onstage and off. The community theatre is a haven for people trying out acting in an amateur format. As an entry point to the theatre experience, auditions are open to anyone. A little stage shy? No problem! There are also offstage opportunities like directing, technical work, reading and front of house. And, don’t forget to purchase tickets to their next play! 7
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L'ABBE POTTERY • 41 DUPONT ST. E. www.labbepottery.com
PAINT BY MUNZY • 32 KING ST. N.
PAULA WHITE DIAMOND ART GALLERY + DESIGN STUDIO 187 KING ST. N. • www.paulawhitediamond.com @pwd_gallery Paula White Diamond (PWD) is recognized by industry professionals as one of Ontario’s leading fine art sources. The gallery features and sells work from both established and emerging artists. Owner and artist-inresidence Paula White Diamond creates large-scale oils, acrylic and mixed media work.
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RISING MOON GALLERY • 8 REGINA ST. N., UNIT 3 www.rising-moon-gallery.com @risingmoongallery
STATE OF THE ART SUPPLIES • 84 KING ST. N. www.stateoftheartsupplies.com @stateoftheartsupplies
UPTOWN GALLERY • 75 KING ST. S.
www.uptowngallerywaterloo.com @uptowngallerywaterloo The Uptown Gallery and Workspace is a collaborative space dedicated to promoting local artists since 2006. Every two months the gallery hosts a new show featuring many different genres and styles. Photo from BIA files
HUGHES LANE ART WALK
The Hughes Lane Art Walk was born out of a desire to bring more vibrancy and 2020, the Uptown Waterloo BIA and the City of Waterloo collaborated to create Shareable Moments grant. Eight artists were commissioned to paint the back d Street, to which Hughes Lane runs parallel (between William and Erb Streets). S the quality, aesthetic appeal and connection to participating businesses; here's
NIKOLINA KUPCEVIC â&#x20AC;˘ ZERO WASTE BULK Nikolina's mural piece is called "Enlighten." Here's what it means in her words: "It depicts a woman lighting her own light, glowing with this realization of power and allowing that light to burn the barriers that were preventing her from achieving inner peace and enlightenment. One's satisfaction with life truly does come from within and it is not dependent on outside factors. Realizing this fact has changed my life and I hope that my mural can provoke similar thoughts in its viewers. As Uptown Waterloo continues to develop and flourish, I notice that this is due to the ambitious and inspired people adding new life to our city. We are truly lighting our own candle." 10
21 FIR • ART BY LUKE
d public art to Uptown. In August e the Art Walk, funded by RTO4's doors of businesses along King Submissions were juried based on s how they turned out.
Lucy Bilson is a designer, researcher, and educator working at the periphery of contemporary graphic design practice. In addition to owning and operating Lucy Bilson Design, Lucy’s creative practice explores the interdisciplinary space between design and art, often using her work to contest the boundaries of contemporary practice. This particular work combines experimental typography and layered sketches of local buildings to speak to the fluidity of the city’s identity and the multiplicity of ways to experience physical space. The fragmented text speaks to the piecing together of public spaces as they are experienced and the sketches of local buildings reference the concept of collecting personal landmarks as one navigates space. Acknowledging that the city’s identity is in flux creates space for different voices and room for growth — particularly as Waterloo continues to expand and diversify.
LUKE SWINSON • 21 FIR (Featured above) Luke Swinson is an Anishinaabe illustrator living in Kitchener, Ontario. As told to The Community Edition, Luke says he was inspired by Indigenous artists growing up, specifically Woodland art. “Adapting my art to mimic that style has allowed me to feel much closer to my heritage. I’m learning more and more about it every day and I want to share that with everyone. This is the way that I know how,” he said. About this piece, Luke says ""Waawaashkeshi - Deer" and "Gekek - Hawk" are animals that are plentiful in our region. The busyness of everyday city life can often lead us to forget the natural beauty around us. These depictions were made as a reminder that these amazing creatures will always share space with us." 11
JACKIE LEVITT • HUSTL+FLOW "Meditations on Breath" We are all connected by invisible threads. Breath is urban air quality. and how we greet strangers. It is interdependence. Cut down a tree in a neighbourhood, and we all feel the difference in our lungs. Breath branches out of our bodies in ways that can be seen. Bronchioles in the lungs, tree root systems. Coral structures, the breath of the ocean.
TARA COOPER • BUD & SALLY CANNABIS CO. There’s a photograph of Matisse in his 70’s sitting in his wheelchair, barefoot with a pair of scissors in his hand. His gaze surveys the hundreds of coloured scraps strewn across the floor of his studio. This time, a kind of pseudo quarantine, is often referred to as Matisse’s second life. It follows his bout with cancer and his confinement to a wheel chair, neither of which seemed to hold his art practice back. Taking cues from Matisse and this time period, in particular the pochoir prints published in Jazz, my mural for Hughes Lane depicts a patterned garden based on plants that have healing properties: cowslip, lion’s tooth (aka dandelion) and safflower. Similar to Matisse, I employed the strategies of cut-outs and stencils with lots of colour and graphic punch. Ultimately, I would like to convey a sense of taking care within this graphic garden, of ourselves, each other and the natural environment.
ANDI+CO. • KING STREET TRIO From the artist: "The piece is entitled Spontaneous Speech, an illustrated poem that speaks to the importance of expressing and following what’s truly in our heart. Too often, the fears that our dreams and desires are too big, or that they simply don’t matter, creep up in our mind and keep us smaller than we know ourselves to be. May these words serve as a community reminder and inspiration to live boldly and from the heart." 12
KAT HERNDEN • MCCABE'S Patterns are everywhere; in nature, in architecture, on bathroom floors. They make sense to me. They imbue this seemingly chaotic and mad world with structure and order and I adore them. Walking around this diverse city, I am overwhelmed by the incredible geometry and simple or complex patterns that present themselves at every turn. All you have to do is pay attention and they are literally everywhere. For this mural, my proposal was to go into the building/business whose door I would be painting, and to take inspiration from a pattern inside to use as a base for my painting. I didn’t even make it inside of McCabe’s, thanks to COVID-19, but I didn't need to look any further than the patio chair I sat in while I ordered my beer. That’s right: my mural was inspired by the plastic patio chairs at McCabe’s. Take a look at them - you’ll see what I mean! Inspiration lurks everywhere when you are open to receiving it. It delights me to no end to take a seemingly mundane or overlooked object and elevate it through art.
JASON PANDA • PATENT SOCIAL My contribution to Hughes Lane pays homage to Waterloo Park and, the design, features a tessellation with dynamic shapes, gestural lines and colours that project community, environment and creativity. Tessellations, made popular by the world renowned Graphic Artist M.C. Escher, illustrate incredible worlds and visualize complex mathematical principles. As an art form viewers are constantly finding new points of interest to catch their attention as positive and negative spaces intertwine and slide together, creating intricate shapes and stories. The tessellation’s form in itself represents our community’s juxtaposition of technology, arts, culture and family as it gives importance to every aspect and piece of the puzzle.
For more information about this project, including a map of Hughes Lane and door locations, visit uptownwaterloobia.com/hugheslane-art-walk. 13
BEAUTY, HAIR & SPAS ABSOLUTE HAIR • 8 REGINA ST. N., UNIT 1 www.absolutehair.ca @absolutehairwaterloo
AFYA SKIN & BODY CLINIC • 192 KING ST. S. www.afyaskinandbody.com @afyaskinandbody
Because healthy skin just feels better! Joining the Uptown family in 2019, the AFYA Skin & Body Clinic focuses on restoring the health and vitality of their clients’ skin. They believe in utilizing the industry’s best technology to customize treatment plans that suit each individual’s needs. AFYA offers treatments for all types of skin concerns such as sun damage, anti-aging, acne, body contouring, hair rejuvenation, laser hair removal and more.
ALL MY NAILS SALON • 22 KING ST. S. www.allmynails.ca @allmynailssalon
ARISTA ELECTROLYSIS • 30 DUPONT ST. E., SUITE 104 www.aristaelectrolysis.ca
BARE ESSENTIALS WAXING & LASER • 95 KING ST. N. www.bareessentialswaxing.com @bareessentialswaterloo
B*HAIR BROWN SALON • 22 KING ST. S.
CONTROL HAIR • 55 ERB ST. E. www.controlhair.ca @ctrlhair
COSMETIC SURGERY CLINIC • 50 ALBERT ST.
COWBOYS AND ANGELS SALON • 14 PRINCESS ST. E. www.cowboysandangelssalon.ca @cowboysandangelsuptown 14
DERMASECRET • 55 ERB ST. E.
G&T BARBER • 75 KING ST. S. GINA'S HAIR STUDIO & MEDI SPA • 6 REGINA ST. N. www.ginaspa.com @ginasspawaterloo
HEADLINE BARBERSHOP • 91 KING ST. N.
HEART & SOUL BEAUTY BAR • 11 ERB ST. E.
HIGHBROWS: AESTHETICS BY THEA • 187 KING ST. S. www.highbrows.ca @highbrowsspa
Relax. Refresh. Renew. Located in Uptown’s trendy Bauer Marketplace, boutique spa Highbrows has been providing professional aesthetic and spa services since 2014. Book an appointment today for your next mani, pedi, facial, waxing, brow tinting, electrolysis or lash fill. P.S. You’ll find Thea inside Romeo’s Salon.
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ICON NAILS • 89 KING ST. N. JULY NAIL BAR • 112 KING ST. S. www.julynailbar.com @julynailbar
LUXE NAIL BAR • 95 KING ST. S. www.luxenailbar.ca @theluxenailbar
NAIL CARE SALON • 75 KING ST. S. www.nailcarewaterloo.com
OASIS JOE'S BARBERSHOP • 104 KING ST. S. www.oasisjoesbarbershop.com
PURE+SIMPLE WATERLOO • 42 BRIDGEPORT RD. E. www.pureandsimple.ca @pureandsimplekw
ROMEO SALON & SPA • 187 KING ST. S. www.romeosalonspa.com @romeosalon
SEINT BEAUTY • 120 KING ST. S. www.seintbeauty.com @seintbeauty
THE STRAND • 33 ERB ST. E.
THE SUGAR CUBE • 42 BRIDGEPORT RD. E. www.thesugarcube.ca @thesugarcubewaterloo
SUPER DAVE'S BARBERSHOP & HAIRSTYLING • 20 SPRING ST. E. www.superdavesbarbershop.com For the ultimate grooming experience, look no further than Super Dave’s Barber Shop. Tucked away on Spring Street in Uptown, this hidden gem’s owner and head barber Cheryl has been cutting and trimming families' hair for years. Give them a call to make an appointment! Photo from Google
TRI-CITY STYLES • 108 KING ST. N.
UPTOWN BEAUTY LOUNGE • 4 KING ST. S.
VOILA SALON & SPA • 228 KING ST. S. www.voilasalon.com @voilasaloncanada
THE WATERS • 75 KING ST. S.
XCENTRIC HAIR • 42 BRIDGEPORT RD. E. www.xcentrichairstudio.com @xcentrichair
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The best in professional hair design? Check! Located in The 42 – a hip, mixed purpose building on Bridgeport Road – Xcentric’s amazing team are up on all of the latest trends and styles. Check out their Instagram and prepare to be inspired! Book an appointment for your next cut, colour, highlights, balayage, root touch up or updo today.
ENTERTAINMENT ACE PING PONG LOUNGE • 9 KING ST. S.
DIVE BAR • 85 KING ST. N. @divebaruptown THE DRINK • 56 KING ST. N.
ERB & CULTURE • 24 KING ST. N.
THE JAZZ ROOM • 59 KING ST. N. www.kwjazzroom.com @thejazzroom The Jazz Room is a welcoming, family friendly music venue dedicated to the best in jazz music presentations. Also home to the Grand River Jazz Society, the Jazz Room has a dual mandate – to support exceptional musicians from our local community and to invite talent from elsewhere for local audiences to hear. You’ll find them located inside Uptown’s historic Huether Hotel.
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THE MAKING BOX • 57 KING ST. N. (UPPER LEVEL) www.themakingbox.ca @themakingbox
PRINCESS ORIGINAL CINEMA • 6 PRINCESS ST. W. & PRINCESS TWIN CINEMAS • 46 KING ST. N. www.princesscinemas.com @princesscinemas
REVIVE GAME BAR • 90 KING ST. N.
www.facebook.com/revivegamebar @revivegamebar You just have to check out Revive – Uptown’s newest retro game bar and late night diner! A blast to the past, this 90's retro diner is sure to bring back fond memories with their bank of retro Nintendo game consoles.
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IN UPTOWN WATERLOO
Since the early days of COVID-19, we seemed to agree that being outside was an important part of our changing routines. Not only is it healing, calming and rejuvenating to be in touch with nature, but we had to figure out where to go while keeping our distance and staying safe. If you've been looking for new green spaces to explore, here are our top five favourites around Uptown Waterloo that you can enjoy even into the snowy season.
K-W OKTOBERFEST CARILLON This past March, the carillon at William and King was refurbished. Its bells ring every hour, on the hour, and there are seating areas for you to grab a quick rest. If you're a dog lover, you may be pleasantly surprised to find a few dog petting opportunities around here, too!
WATERLOO PARK • Enter by Grist Mill (reopening 2022) for a scenic stroll along Silver Lake day or night in any season. Silver Lake sits right next to Waterloo Park, a beautiful green space with walking and biking trails and sports areas. SEAGRAM LOFTS • This historical building isn't
just sweet on the eyes and great for social snaps, it's also got a green patch that makes for a perfect midday break. Take a seat or wander around the building when you're visiting Willis Way and other Uptown shops.
RAILWAY TRACKS • Located at the intersection
of Spurline and Laurel Trails, beside the railroad tracks where the former train station is (now Paul Puncher), there's a green space that also sits outside of City Hall. It's a great place to watch the ducks, listen to the water flow and even enjoy a little bit of outdoor yoga.
SUN LIFE FINANCIAL • The gardens around the building at King and Union are immaculately kept. Lots of space to garden gaze and get some fresh air, it's the perfect place to start or end a sunny day in Uptown. 18
Photos of Oktoberfest Carillon and Sun Life Financial by Charity Matheson
FITNESS ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO • 104 KING ST. S. www.arthurmurraywaterloo.com @arthurmurraywaterloo
HEPCAT SWING • 42 ERB ST. E.
HUSTL+FLOW • 120 KING ST. S.
MODO YOGA • 55 ERB ST. E.
SPINCO • 85 WILLIS WAY www.spinco.ca @spincowaterloo Fall into the challenge and find your purpose! SPINCO Waterloo offers structured, full-body spin classes designed to strengthen the body, energize the mind and feed the soul. New to Uptown, the goal of each SPINCO class is to work together as one team, one bike, moving in unison to the beat of the music to engage the butt, core and arms. Lead by well-trained and motivated instructors, workouts are made to inspire and uplift. No matter your fitness level, prepare to be inspired to achieve higher levels of personal well-being, physical strength and positive mental attitude.
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UNDERDOG DANCE CORP. • 71 KING ST. N. (UPPER LEVEL) www.underdogdance.com @underdogdancecorp
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CAFÉS & SPECIALTY FOOD AROMA CAFÉ • 33 ERB ST. E.
BAUER BAKERY • 187 KING ST. S. www.bauerbakery.ca @thebauerbakery
CAFÉ 1842 • 59 KING ST. N.
CAFÉ 22 • 22 KING ST. S.
www.cafe22-winebar.com @cafe22_winebar Located in the heart of Uptown, Café 22 is an independently owned cafe and wine bar where guests experience unique, European flare in an enchanting atmosphere. Prepared with love, fresh ingredients and attention to detail, their delicious cuisine offers something for everyone. Bonus – as the sun sets, Café 22 transforms into a candle lit, romantic date night destination with an alluring ambiance like no other. Be sure to say hi to Asia, Café 22’s charming owner, who can always be found behind the counter waiting to serve you.
CRUMBY COOKIE DOUGH CO. • 8 REGINA ST. N., UNIT 5 www.thecrumbycookiedoughdo.com @thecrumbycookiedoughco
FOUR-ALL ICE CREAM • 75 KING ST. S. (WILLIS WAY) www.fourall.ca @fourallicecream
GEO'S ANTI-CAFÉ • 42 BRIDGEPORT RD. E. www.geosanticafe.com @geosanticafe__
GOOD VIBES JUICE COMPANY • 120 KING ST. S. www.goodvibesjuice.myshopify.com @goodvibesjuicecompany
JUST LOVE PIE • 33 ERB ST. E. www.justlovepie.com @justlovepie
PLANNING A VISIT TO UPTOWN WATERLOO? Park in any of the lots listed on this map and you'll be within a 5-minute walking distance of any business Uptown.
NOUGAT BAKERY • 75 KING ST. S. www.nougat.ca @nougatbakery Found at the Willis Way entrance to the Shops at Waterloo Town Square, Nougat Bakery has a wide variety of freshly baked breads and pastries, danishes, strudels, cakes and more. Their large selection of imported European chocolates and candies is sure to please every sweet tooth in your family too. Pop in to grab a coffee and a slice of cake today!
PRINCESS CAFÉ • 46 KING ST. N.
Q'S CAKES & CAFÉ • 188 KING ST. S. www.qscakesandcafe.com @qscakeskw
SETTLEMENT CO. • 23 KING ST. N. www.settlementco.ca @settlementcoffee
SEVEN SHORES COMMUNITY CAFÉ • 10 REGINA ST. N. www.sevenshores.ca @sevenshorescafe
A simple, ethical business located in the heart of Uptown’s local food scene, Seven Shores is community owned and operated. With a focus on sourcing out as much local food as possible, paying staff a living wage and supporting the local community by offering event space and services, Seven Shores helps to enrich lives through daily interactions. They are well known for their healthy menu, delicious baked goods and fairly traded coffee. Did you know? Many new business ventures first began as conversations at Seven Shores beautiful, outdoor patio tables!
SMILE TIGER COFFEE • 110 KING ST. S. www.smiletigercoffee.com @smiletigercoffee
STARBUCKS • 95 KING ST. S.
TEREMOK CAFÉ • 55 ERB ST. E. @teremokwaterloo
TIM HORTONS • 109 KING ST. N. www.timhortons.com @timhortons 24
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CASUAL DINING 21 FIR WHISKEY BAR & KITCHEN • 100 KING ST. S. www.21fir.com @21fir
ABE ERB BREWING COMPANY • 15 KING ST. S. www.abeerb.com @abe_erb
ANGIE'S SINCE 1962 • 47 ERB ST. W.
www.angieswaterloo.com @angiessince1962 We couldn't mention Angie's without mentioning their mouth watering cinnamon buns. With so many flavours to choose from, you could indulge during classes, after an Uptown outing, or just because. Recently featured on Narcity.com saying these "Ontario's gourmet cinnamon buns will Photo from Instagram spice up your life in the best way possible," it's no wonder locals can't get enough. But, cinnamon buns aren't all that's on the menu. Enjoy a delicious all-day breakfast, choose from an assortment of lunch specials or other sweet treats as you explore this amazing restaurant that's been feeding Uptown passersby and die-hard foodies since 1962.
BARLEY WORKS • 59 KING ST. N.
BEERTOWN • 75 KING ST. S.
CAPTAIN'S BOIL • 15 KING ST. N.
CHEESES MURPHY • 46 KING ST. N.
CRAFT CHIPPERY • 94 KING ST. S. www.craftchippery.com @craftchippery
COPPER BRANCH • 80 KING ST. S.
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Copper Branch offers 100% plant-based cuisine for those looking for a quick take-out meal or casual sit-down experience Uptown. Menu selections range from delicious power bowls full of non-GMO ingredients, organic and even gluten-free options to burgers, breakfast wraps, smoothie bowls and desserts. All plant-based, all delicious, all the time.
CORA BREAKFAST & LUNCH • 75 KING ST. S. www.chezcora.com @corarestaurants
CRYSTAL PALACE • 10 KING ST. S. www.crystalpalacemenu.ca
DUKE OF WELLINGTON • 33 ERB ST. E.
EMPRESS OF INDIA • 46 KING ST. N.
ETHEL'S LOUNGE • 114 KING ST. N. www.ethelslounge.com @ethelslounge
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This hot spot has been around since '94, serving up elevated pub dishes that you can feel good about. You won't find any deep fryers here! Come on Mondays for their burger special, Tuesdays for Tacos, and enjoy other great features throughout the week. Inside, make sure to check out the walls for some nostalgia and the around-the-world sticker collection behind the bar.
FAMOSO NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA • 15 KING ST. S. www.famoso.ca @famosowaterloo
THE FAMOUS OWL OF MINERVA • 2 KING ST. N. www.owlfamily.ca @thefamousowlofminerva 28
FRATELLO PIZZERIA • 84 KING ST. N. www.fratellopizzeria.com
FRESHII • 110 KING ST. S.
GOURMET PIZZA • 75 KING ST. S. (WILLIS WAY) www.gourmetpizzacafe.ca
HUNGRY NINJA • 55 ERB ST. E.
JANE BOND • 5 PRINCESS ST. W. www.janebond.ca @janebond_005
JINZAKAYA • 75 KING ST. S. (WILLIS WAY) www.jinzakaya.ca When you're looking for an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi experience, Jinzakaya is where you need to be. Open for lunch and dinner, you can choose the right time to fill your belly during an Uptown outing. The sushi is delicately prepared, the bento boxes neatly stacked and everything is full of flavour. When you've got so many delicious options to Photo from website choose from, you'll want to come back and experience this popular Japanese cuisine again and again.
KENTUCKY BOURBON & BBQ • 103 KING ST. N. www.kentuckywaterloo.com @kentuckywaterloo
LION BREWERY RESTAURANT • 59 KING ST. N. www.huetherhotel.com @thehuetherhotel
MARBLES • 8 WILLIAM ST. E.
MASALA BAY • 3 REGINA ST. N. www.masalabay.com
MCCABE'S WATERLOO • 44 KING ST. S.
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MR. SUB • 102 KING ST. N. www.mrsub.ca @mrsubofficial
NICK & NAT'S UPTOWN 21 • 21 KING ST. N. www.uptown21.ca @nnuptown21
POTZONE HOT POT • 2 KING ST. N. www.potzonehotpot.com
PUB ON KING • 77 KING ST. N.
QUICK SANDWICHES • 95 KING ST. S.
PROHIBITION WAREHOUSE • 56 KING ST. N.
SCORE PIZZA • 80 KING ST. S.
Creating your own quality pizza is Score’s specialty. They use fresh ingredients for their crust and toppings including veggies, meats and an extensive selection of cheeses. Visit their new eatery and have a seat or take it to go. Either way, at Score Pizza, they deliver a “craveable” experience.
SUBWAY • 80 KING ST. S. www.subway.com @subway
TACO FARM • 8 ERB ST. W. www.tacofarm.ca @tacofarmco
THAI SUN • 75 KING ST. S. (WILLIS WAY) www.thaisun.ca @thaisunwaterloo
WATAMI SUSHI & SAKE BAR • 14 KING ST. N. www.watami-sushi.com @watami_sushi 30
WHITE RABBIT • 47 KING ST. N.
THE WORKS GOURMET BURGER BISTRO • 92 KING ST. S. www.worksburger.com @workswaterloo
Z-TECA • 75 KING ST. S. www.z-teca.com @z_teca
FINE DINING THE BAUER KITCHEN • 187 KING ST. S. www.thebauerkitchen.ca @thebauerkitchen
KING STREET TRIO • 40 KING ST. S. www.kingstreettrio.com @kingstreettrio
LOLOAN LOBBY BAR • 14 PRINCESS ST. W. www.loloanlobbybar.com @loloanlobbybar
Loloan Lobby bar has been reviewed numerous times as an atmospheric delight serving up impeccable Southeast Asian cuisine. Sister restaurant to Bhimas Warung in Waterloo, if you're looking for an elevated dining experience full of adventurous cocktails and intricate dishes, this Uptown gem should be on your list of places to visit.
PROOF KITCHEN + LOUNGE • 110 ERB ST. W. www.proofwaterloo.com @proofkitchenlounge
RED HOUSE • 30 WILLIAM ST. W.
SOLÉ RESTAURANT & WINE BAR • 83 ERB ST. W. www.sole.ca @solerestaurantwinebar
Solé is an award-winning Mediterranean restaurant with an array of flavours and fine wines that you'll appreciate when celebrating a special occasion, dinner, or a weekend brunch. Be sure to call to book a reservation though because, with feature spreads and mouth-watering prime rib dinners, this eatery is a hot spot that fills up fast.
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INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES UPTOWN
Instagrammable spaces are abundant in Uptown, but this season, to stay COVID-friendly, we're focusing on outdoor spaces that give you some great scenery to enjoy as you're out supporting local businesses. If you're looking to add some life to your IG feeds, here are five landmarks that you'll want to explore.
THE ORANGE WALL Located beside the railroad tracks between King St. Trio and Harmony is a wall of many possibilities. Use it to superimpose other cool details or keep with a colour theme on your IG feed. This wall makes a great backdrop and sets the scene for creativity. Photo by Cassidy Albrecht
HUGHES LANE Eight artists contributed their works of art to eight doors on Hughes Lane that are very IG worthy. In our feature piece on page 10, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a little bit more information on each door. They all make great backdrops for social snaps and are the perfect way to incorporate local art onto your feeds.
THE UPTOWN PARKADE The City of Waterloo also has some new murals up along the parkade wall on Willis Way near Regina. As part of an ever-growing beautification initiative in the city, these works of art are definitely something you'll want to enjoy and are also very IG-friendly.
WELCOME TO WATERLOO SIGN A replica of the old vintage sign was unveiled at King and Union in 2018 and is begging to be featured in your IG posts. Whether you're a local Waterloo habitant or visitor, this is a cool piece of Waterloo heritage. Photo from CBC Kitchener 34
ART AROUND UPTOWN Check out the City of Waterloo's website for a list of 22 public art pieces, seven of which are in the Uptown core, that would make a great backdrop or subject in an IG post. Find the Laurel Creek installation outside of City Hall, the Waterloo Bell in Waterloo Town Square, Fourteen Neighbours beside the Button Factory, and more, all within walking distance.
RETAIL ALEXANDRIA'S SHOES • 75 KING ST. S. (WILLIS WAY) www.alexandrias.ca @alexandriasshoes
ASCANIA JEWELLERY/FUTON DELIGHT • 113 KING ST. N. www.facebook.com/futondelight
BOB'S VALU-MART • 75 KING ST. S. www.valumart.ca @valumartca
BUD & SALLY CANNABIS CO. • 32 KING ST. S. www.budandsally.com @budandsally
BY HAND & FIRE POLISH POTTERY • 187 KING ST. S. www.byhandandfire.com @byhandandfirepolishpottery
CARRY-ON COMICS • 32 KING ST. N. www.facebook.com/CarryOnComics
Carry-on Comics has been a staple in Uptown Waterloo for comic and memorabilia aficionados for years. Although things have recently changed slightly due to the pandemic, loyal customers and first-time visitors are still making their way to the shop to pick up new and classic graphic novels, action figures, magic cards, and more.
Photo by Ashley Gallant
CARTERS OSH KOSH • 15 KING ST. S.
CHANNERS MENS' APPAREL • 113 KING ST. N. www.channerswaterloo.com @channerskw
CHARMED FLOWERS & GIFTS • 2 KING ST. N. www.charmedflowers.net @charmedflowers
COURTS PLUS • 55 ERB ST. E. www.courtsplus.ca
DANA SHORTT GOURMET & GIFTS • 55 ERB ST. E. www.danashortt.com @danashorttgourmet
DIFFERENT STROKES • 95 KING ST. N.
DISTINCTLY TEA • 187 KING ST. S. www.distinctlytea.com @distinctly.tea
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The history of Distinctly Tea is something out of a movie. Sometimes you don't know what's in store for your life until you're hit in the face with an idea, or in Peter Barker's case, a sweet, steeped aroma. Intrigue turned into Peter and his wife Joyce starting a business that would serve tea lover locals in Stratford and Waterloo, and online around North America. Explore fine teas and teaware at this welcoming tea shop.
EASTWINDS FASHION ACCESSORIES • 19 KING ST. N. ERBAN CORNER • 95 KING ST. S.
FOLKWAY MUSIC • 22 DUPONT ST. E. www.folkwaymusic.com @folkwaymusic
FRANK'S JEWELLERS • 8 KING ST. S. www.franksjewellers.ca @franksjewellers
FREEDOM MOBILE • 75 KING ST. S. www.freedommobile.ca @frdmmobile
HARMONY • 42 KING ST. S.
HOUSE OF BAMBOO • 95 KING ST. S. www.houseofbamboo.ca @house_of_bamboo1
JOY OF FLOWERS • 33 ERB ST. W. www.joyofflowers.info @joyofflowerskw
JEFF ALPAUGH CUSTOM ( JAC) • 120 KING ST. S. www.jeffalpaugh.com @jeffalpaughcustom
Adding to Uptown’s already existing fashion hotspots is JAC – a custom clothing shop started first in Fredericton by Jeff Alpaugh that designs the “world’s most dangerous dress shirts.” Cautious, curious, dangerous, deadly – you can choose your own danger level – online or in the store. They even have customizable barkspokes (collars for pets) – perfect for ring bearer pit bulls or chihuahuas.
JUST FOR YOU FINE LINGERIE • 75 KING ST. S. www.justforyoufinelingerie.com @justforyoufinelingerie
KINDRED SPIRIT • 34 KING ST. N. @kindredspiritwaterloo
KING STREET CYCLES • 2 KING ST. S.
LCBO • 95 KING ST. S.
LOFT 106 • 191 KING ST. S. www.loft106.com @loft.106
LONG & MCQUADE • 36 KING ST. N.
LOOP CLOTHING • 13 KING ST. N. www.loopclothing.net @loopclothing
LUSTER & OAK • 2 KING ST. S. www.lusterandoak.ca @lusterandoak Luster & Oak is the nostalgic throwback gem you're looking for. Run by students for students, the goal is to provide a cost-effective experience for the more frugal shopper looking to add a pre-loved touch to their wardrobe. You'll discover amazing t-shirts, sweaters, pants, jackets, shoes and accessories. Can't make it in-person? Shop online before these one-of-a-kind finds are snatched up.
Photo by Cassidy Albrecht
MARK NUNES • 191 KING ST. N.
MCPHAIL'S CYCLE • 98 KING ST. N. www.mcphailscycle.com @mcphailscycle
NADIA'S JEWELLERY • 27 BRIDGEPORT RD. E. OLD GOAT BOOKS • 99 KING ST. N. www.oldgoatbooks.com
ONTARIO SEED HOME HARDWARE • 16 KING ST. S. www.homehardware.ca @oschomehardware
When you're looking for home and garden goods, Ontario Seed Retail Store & Home Hardware has everything you need. Top that off with amazing customer service and you can easily see why this Uptown shop is keeping local families stocked up. The assortment of seeds, bulbs, and plants will help even the beginner gardener create their dream garden.
ORANGE MONKEY MUSIC • 12 KING ST. S.
PAUL PUNCHER MENS' CLOTHIER • 20 REGINA ST. S. www.paulpuncher.com @paulpuncherclothiers
PAWS EVOLUTION • 191 KING ST. S. www.pawsevolution.com @pawsevolution 38
PONYBOY VAPES • 43 KING ST. N.
ROBIN'S GOLDSMITHING • 188 KING ST. S.
RUNNERS CHOICE • 55 ERB ST. E.
RUNNING ROOM • 15 KING ST. S. www.runningroom.com @runningroom
SAM CROWN JEWELLERS • 75 KING ST. S. SEASONS FINE CLOTHING • 80 KING ST. S.
SHOPPERS DRUG MART • 75 KING ST. S. www.shoppersdrugmart.ca @shoppersdrugmart
SIMPLY FIX-IT • 75 KING ST. S. www.simplyfixit.ca @simply_fixit
THE SOCK FACTORY • 75 KING ST. S.
THE STAG SHOP • 7 KING ST. N. www.stagshop.com @stagshop
THE TRUTH BEAUTY COMPANY • 46 KING ST. N.
UNI+KONCEPT • 85 WILLIS WAY www.uni-koncept.com @unikoncept
UNIQUE BOUTIQUE • 26 YOUNG ST. E.
VALENTINA BRIDAL & COUTURE • 16 KING ST. S. www.valentinabridal.ca @valentinagowns
Uptown has so much to offer including the “intimate, cozy, chic boutique” that is Valentina Bridal. For your special day, you want a team that is as passionate about making your day perfect as you are. The team at VB is the team that will make sure when it comes to adorning the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers of the happy couple, it's all covered. More than just a bridal shop, find dresses for all special occasions.
VINCENZO'S • 150 CAROLINE ST. S.
WORDS WORTH BOOKS • 96 KING ST. S.
YOUR HIGHNESS • 10 KING ST. N.
ZERO WASTE BULK • 110 KING ST. S. www.zerowastebulk.com @zerowastebulk
Come on up to check out these upcoming activities in Uptown Waterloo. Social distancing measures and Public Health regulations will be observed at all in-person events.
TREATS IN THE STREETS/ WINDOW WALKERS ART WALK Come trick-or-treating and enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience while exploring the businesses of Uptown Waterloo and select windows painted thematically for the Uptown Window Walkers Art Walk. For more info and a map, visit www.uptownwaterloobia.com/ events-activities/uptown-treats-in-the-streets.
WONDERS OF WINTER See the festive light display in Waterloo Park and enjoy the magic of the holiday season! Take a selfie with Santa's picture and watch the animated elves prepare toys for Christmas! Bring the whole family from 5:30 to 10:30 beginning November 28 and right up until January 1st. Find all the details at www.wondersofwinter.ca.
VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Tune in to Facebook Live to watch the official annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Waterloo Public Square â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with Santa! Make sure you're following Uptown Waterloo on Facebook to catch it: www.facebook.com/ uptown.waterloo.
MISTLETOE LANE Starting December 4, take a romantic stroll through our festively decorated Mistletoe Lane, between McCabe's Waterloo and the Uptown Parkade and snap a selfie under the mistletoe! Find more info and a map on our website soon at www.uptownwaterloobia.com.
HOLIDAY HOP 'N SHOP Hop around to various Uptown businesses offering special promotions for the holiday season and start your holiday shopping in Uptown Waterloo! Stay tuned for a full map and more details available on our website soon at www.uptownwaterloobia.com/ events-activities/uptown-holiday-hop-n-shop.
Events may not look like how they used to for a while, but we promise to do our best to bring interesting and enjoyable experiences to Uptown Waterloo while remaining safe. Follow us on social media @uptownwaterloo and regularly check our website to stay in the loop. To get event news delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter at www. uptownwaterloobia.com/e-newsletter.
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