Riverside is a beautiful area filled with local stores, talent and beautiful scenery filled with great nooks that you will love to explore, like Violet Boutique and The Bark Boutique on Park Avenue.

Riverside Park has been diligently preserved by the Riverside Avondale Preservation Society. The park is a Riverside landmark and provides a beautiful green landscape in the center of the urban core. Memorial Park is located on the banks of the St. Johns River and was created in 1924 in dedication to the Floridians who died during World War I.

Texie Leibe has lived in Riverside for 10 years. Seven years ago she decided to open Violet Boutique. It is only fitting as her favorite things about Riverside are the locally owned businesses and restaurants. She feels the earthy bohemian appeal of the area perfectly reflects the shop’s aesthetics. Maisy, her four-year-old Cairn terrier mix, is the shop mascot. Texie rescued Maisy from a shelter in Georgia three years ago.

Jamee Yocum opened The Bark Boutique in 5 Points Riverside in 2009. She chose Riverside as the location for Bark because of the dog-friendly people in the small community with nearly everything she needs within walking distance and the lack of “big box stores.” She loves the history of the area, architecture of the homes and even compares Riverside to a “mini-Portland.”