Changing Streetscapes-Ottawa Street Changes Through Devastation

This winter, with the help of a co-op student, the Ottawa Street BIA has been taking the time to archive many old stories and photos that were serving no purpose sitting in the basement of the BIA office. We feel it is important to share with the community, some of the history of Ottawa Street. This is the first of many posts that highlight some of the interesting stories we have discovered along our historical journey. As I looked through the old photos, it occurred to me that the BIA streetscape looks quite different than it used to. In my 17 years here, I have seen lots of changes but the photo below baffled me. I didn't even recognize the building! Evidently, this building used to sit on the northeast corner of Ottawa and Argyle - now the home of...

Mother’s Day at our Farmers’ Market

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, May 11at the Ottawa Street Farmers' Market and let your kids plant a plansy for FREE for mom. Big thanks to our Market vendor Oliviera Farms for donating the pansies! We will be planting with the kids form 10-2. Big shout out to all the awesome moms in the world!

Shuttle Schedule for Sew Hungry

For those of you wishing to take the shuttle to Sew Hungry tomorrow for lunch, the details are as follows: (East Bound) Departing City Hall beginning 11am and every 20 mins until 2:20 (West Bound) Departing Ottawa St and Roxborough at 11:20 and every 20 mins until 2:40

Do You Feel Inspired on Ottawa Street?

We have a dream! The Ottawa Street BIA wants to inspire your creative spirit when you come to shop on the Street! Are you buying an antique to re-finish? Show us what it looks like! When you visit are you bringing along your pinterest pic to duplicate in your own home? Are you sewing your own diy project? Are you getting a tattoo? There are some many different ways to feel creative here. Are you shopping at our Farmers' Market and making dinner? If you bought a piece of art here - where did you put it and how does it enhance your life?We know you are - now we want you to tell us about it and show us the fruits of your labour. "What Will You Create Today" is a campaign that we have begun so we can...

#WWYCT Voting is Now Open!

Five entries have been submitted by Hamiltonians with familiar faces after a week-long creative challenge! The 'What Will You Create Today?' contest accepted submissions in the culinary arts, fashion and home furnishings categories (some include by a combo of these!). We're now asking the public to vote on their favourite creative process and project. The winner will be awarded a donation of $1000 to the charity of their choice. Check out the entries below to see why Ottawa Street is Hamilton's destination for inspiration!

What will you create today?

Local Celebs Get Crafty in Support of Ottawa Street Campaign Will it be a fabulous outfit, a delicious dinner or a funky piece of furniture? The Ottawa Street BIA is inviting some famous faces and local Hamilton personalities to the street to show off their creative talents and make a ‘Do it Yourself’ project for charity this November. Annette Hamm and Lori De Angelis from CHCH, Julia Chapman from CBC Hamilton, Julie Van Huizen from the “We So Thrifty” blog with Jentine Goojes from “My Edit” and Graeme Smith from Gorilla Cheese will all be competing for the grand prize of $1000 for their favorite charity. “I've relied on Ottawa Street for creative inspiration (and great food!) for years. The charming shops have been a fantastic source for fabric for my wedding dress and curtains for my home, along with...