Lakeview’s Best Businesses

      The Newly Renovated River Heights Mall at the Corner of Regina Ave and Montague St.

As a person who is tired of big box stores and chains clogging up the retail sector of this wonderful city, I am a big advocate of the small business. We are fortunate in Lakeview to have a number of awesome small businesses which offer a wide enough variety that one can find almost all they need without having to leave the neighbourood. Here are some of the businesses that are my favourite:

1)Lakeview Fine Foods

3404 Hill Avenue


This is probably the last small grocery store you will find in this city. While it is not as big or as fancy as the newly renovated Safeway Stores, this place is good as it has everything you need in about the same amount of shelving that Wal-Mart has reserved  for party hats. The people are super friendly, and actually know where things are located when you ask. For a fee, Lakeview fine foods will even select and deliver your groceries, right to your door! Just try and name one other grocery store in town that does that. You can’t, because they are the only ones that do so.

2) The Chimney Restaurant and Lounge

2710 Montague Street


The Chimney is probably one of my favorite local restaurants. The menu is typical of Regina Greek restaurants, Souvlaki, steak, seafood, pizza, etc., but you get so much food! Dinner meals come with soup, salad and garlic toast, followed by the gigantic main course. The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxing and the service is exceptional. The lounge is on the other side of the restaurant and is a good place to meet with friends and relax over a beer or three. The Chimney in my opinion trumps Lakeview’s other greek restaurant, Houston Pizza  in terms of atmosphere, food quality and service.

3) River Heights Drycleaners

2750 Montague Street


Okay so I will admit that I am a tad biased towards this place, as I was employed there for most of my high school career, but this store is great. The prices are reasonable and the clothes are always ready to be picked up in a timely manner. Vern, the owner, is a great guy who likes a good conversation and will actually remember your name. They also are a Sears catalogue sales merchant and  rent carpet cleaners. Awesome!

4) John’s Barber Shop

The Basement of the River Heights Mall


For those of you who have lived in Lakeview for a long period of time you will probably recall Ivan, the barber in the basement of the River Heights mall. Well, Ivan retired this past year and John was his replacement. John is a friendly, charismatic individual and one hell of a good barber. As he tells me every time I go there to get my hair cut he will “cut all styles.” John is also probably the most reasonably priced barber in town. Where else can you get your hair cut for under $20? Another plus about John is that he will give you an old-timey shave! Barbers like John are definitely becoming more and more of a rarity as more and more of them are retiring and forcing us guys to have to go fancy salons and pay $30 for the exact same haircut.

5) Kuntz’s Automotive

3435 Hill Avenue


When I was a teenager I drove a crappy car. It broke down sometimes. Actually it broke down quite often. And when it broke down, I could always trust the guys at Kuntz’s to give it the quickest fix at the most reasonable price. The guys at Kuntz’s do everything from installing a new mirror to  doing complete engine rebuilds.

6)Orange Boot Bakery

 3904 Gordon Road


     Technically this business is in Albert Park, but the owners live in Lakeview and it is still relatively close by so I will recommend it. The Orange boot bakery, believe it or not, actually started when Mark and Cindy Dyck (who are both former LCA exec’s) started baking delicious bread in a brick oven in their back yard. Mark and Cindy started selling the bread to friends, and eventually it became so popular they had to stop the backyard business and set up plans to open up a store. A while later, Mark and Cindy were back, this time in a store on Gordon Road. The bread is just as good as when it was baked in their backyard oven, and they now offer amazing other bakery items such as cookies and muffins. Definitely check this place out if you haven’t already.

So, the next time you require require a service, try one of these amazing small businesses instead of heading out to a gigantic box store. You will probably be happy that you did.

Our AGM is Monday, October 17th!

Every October, the LCA holds its famous Annual General Meeting. This year, the meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22 , 7:00 PM at Lakeview School. This is a great opportunity to come and find out about all of the things we have been up to over the past year, and also meet the people who run the programs in your community. If you are thinking “Oh, great a long and  boring meeting full of snobby executive board members” you could not be more wrong. Our meetings are informal and are full of fun and friendly community-minded people. We also probably hold a world record for “fastest annual general meeting.” Bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring anyone who has an idea they would like to share! Also, For only $5 you can purchase a membership and are eligible to vote for stuff. Will refreshments be provided? Come and find out!

photo by sunergos on flickr

Fitness Instructor (Urgently!) Needed

The Lakeview Community Association is in dire need of someone to run our adult fitness classes starting in mid-September. Janet, our program co-ordinator has had a few leads but still has not been able to find anyone. The adult fitness class is on Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30 and includes a combination of both cardio and strength training. The instructor would need to have experience in fitness training and/or instruction. So, if fitness “is your bag” and you are interested or know someone who would be interested, please contact Janet Gabriel. *Fitness Instructor must be YMCA or SPRA certified*

“Like” us on Facebook!

The LCA has our very own Facebook Page! We have had it for some time now but we only have 56 people who like our page. I seriously doubt that there are only 56 people in Lakeview who have facebook. So if you live in Lakeview, and have facebook, please like our page! Its an easy way to get community information out to a wide audience. If you are one of the 56 people who do “Like” us, please invite your friends and neighbours to join in!

Help Clean Up the Dog Park!


After two rounds of flooding The Cathy Lauritsen Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park (this spring known as Lake Cathy Lauritsen), is almost ready to be reopened for our furry friends to once again enjoy the freedom of walking without a leash. However, due to the large amount of water that passed through the park during the last few months garbage and debris have littered the area and pose a hazard to the people and pets that use the park. This is where you come in! The city of Regina is looking for volunteers to help with the dog park clean up this Thursday, July 28 from 6:00-8:00 PM. City of Regina workers will be there to assist volunteers and garbage bags and gloves will be provided. If you use the dog park facility this is an easy way to give the community a helping hand and make sure the park reopens as soon as possible.

Family Fun Day is This Saturday!

This Saturday, June 25 is the Lakeview Community Association’s 2nd annual family fun day. This is an event for all ages and will include all three food groups: Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy and Popcorn! There will be various activities throughout the day including Face Painting, a fish pond, raffles and one of those huge bouncy houses that children love so much. This event will take place from 11 until 3 PM at Kiwanis (Waterfall) Park. (The corner of Regina Ave. and Montague St.) The best part about this event- its Free! Bring down the whole family from your toddler to your moody teenager, and enjoy some food and fun courtesy of the LCA.