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  • Writer's pictureIzzy Siebert

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep in OEV

Updated: Jan 12

Having a hard time sticking to your New Year resolutions or don’t know where to start? These fantastic spots in Old East Village make it easy for you to lock in your 2024 goals.


Try Vegetarian at Bella’s Acacia Catering


Our mouths water just looking at pictures of Bella's delicious food!

If you’ve recently decided to switch up your diet, finding tasty food can feel daunting. Bella’s Acacia Catering has got you covered with authentic vegetarian and vegan Korean food! Choose from her delicious menu of dumplings, rice bowls, noodle soup, and veggie tofubap (my personal favourite). For the full experience, pick up a jar of Bella’s famous kimchi, handmade with love!


Get Moving with Align Wellness


Let Kassandra lead you in fitness classes at her studio!

Joining a gym doesn’t have to be stressful: Align Wellness Co. offers small group classes, one-on-one personal training, and pre and post-natal programs so everyone can feel supported in achieving their goals. Not sure where to begin? Reach out to find a program that will work for you. With flexible class passes and memberships, you can customize it all to fit your life and goals.


Learn A New Instrument at Strings Guitar Shop


Whether looking for lessons or ready to learn on your own, stop in at Strings to start right!

This resolution makes it on many lists for good reason! Playing an instrument reduces stress, enhances coordination, and improves memory. Strings Guitar Shop offers private lessons to get you playing the songs you love sooner. Don’t have an instrument? They carry a quality range of acoustic and electric guitars, as well as ukuleles, pianos, and more.


Spend More Time With Friends at Willie’s Cafe


Willie's seating area is one of the best and brightest in Old East Village!

Old East Village is a great place to catch up with friends! One of the best spots is Willie’s Cafe, in the beautiful East Village Market (630 Dundas). Start the day by meeting a friend for coffee, plan a soup-and-sandwich lunch together, or catch up over a sweet bakery treat. Willie’s sunny seating area has tables just the right size for spending time with a few of your closest friends.


Learn A New Skill with Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op


Squeaky Wheel's WTF Workshops provide a safe space to complete repairs with Women/Trans/Femme participants.

A visit to Squeaky Wheel checks off a lot of resolutions: get more physical activity, live more sustainably, meet new friends, and learn new skills! Their do-it-yourself bike repair shop welcomes everyone to use their space and tools to fix up their bicycles. No experience? No problem! Their staff and volunteers are there to help teach you. Stop in when they’re open or check their social media for the next Volunteer Night, WTF Workshop, and other events and programs.


Need more resolution inspiration? How about…


None of these catch your eye? Make a resolution to support local businesses this year! Visit our updated business directory to explore everything Old East Village has to offer.



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