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Rain or Shine, Food Central is ON on Ottawa Street!!

It might be gloomy, it might be wet, but Ottawa Street is still up and running daily until July 26th! We've got three trucks on the street today, Wrap-Ture, Mango Chutney and Jonny Blonde!!!

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Ottawa Street getting love in the media!!!

Whether we're getting featured in Hamilton Magazine for all the awesome shops on the street year-round, or whether we're promoting Food Central, this has been an awesome summer so far for Ottawa Street in the news! Bountry Hunter Toys and Greta's Flair went live, we also had a segment for our local restaurants using ingredients from the Farmers' Market, and so much more! Check our MEDIA section to keep up to date with all our highlights!!!

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First week of Pan Am Food Central on Ottawa Street!!

Whew!!! Days 1 & 2 of Ottawa Street's Food Central Pan Am celebrations are all wrapped up, and we couldn't have had a better time! If you made it out, you got to enjoy food, live music, live pottery, and more! We're doing this whole thing daily 11pm to 8pm until July 26th, so don't miss out!! Here's what it was like…. Thought Beneath Film rocked the music tent on Saturday, and even Jed, the famous "Hamilton Dancing Man" came to boogie to their infectious pop rock sound! We also had the amazingly talented Chuck Coles hit the stage, right after we were wowed by Kirby (who stopped by to serenade Ottawa Street before jetting off to play another show - the man's a touring machine). We loved every minute! Our local restaurants brought their game faces for our Pan...

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Dream Toy given to Once Again from a Generous Gentleman!

Marilyn from Once Again (249 Ottawa Street North) came by the BIA today with one awesome story! Last week, in the middle of the day a man named Russ came by her store with one very special item: a 1950's red toy pedal car, for free! "They didn't just donate a toy, they donated my dream toy!" Marilyn gushed. "People donate things all the time to corporations, it was so touching to have someone come in and be so generous with our shop. He said he liked the way we did business, that he had been in our store and wanted to keep this kind of business going, to keep it around." The tailgate was bent in, so Marilyn went into full resortation mode, flattened it out, took out a ding in the front right with a rubber mallet, and...

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Something old is being made new again at The Painted Bench

Between curious knobs, fanciful pieces and versatile paint options for everything from fabric to wood and back again, it's easy to lose track of time at The Painted Bench, at 208 Ottawa Street North. "People get lost in here," admits Melanie Anderson, the owner of this DIY trove. You can often see Melanie riding her bike to work now that the weather has taken a turn towards beautiful and sunny, and the sidewalk outside the shop is a tempting assortment of charming colourful ladders, antique seats and rare phone desks. Inside, you can expect beautiful one of a kind items that would brighten any living space, like the coloured glass egg holders that would also double nicely as vintage apperetif shot glasses we saw today. Melanie also facilitates a lot of local learning from her shop. Coming up on June...

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Granny’s Attic Treasures needs your help!

If you've spent time on Ottawa Street, you've likely been drawn into Granny's Attic Treasures at 186 Ottawa Street North. The small mom and pop retro shop is whimsical and full of unexpected vintage collectors items beckoning from the front window and sidewalk displays, inspiring bargain hunting relic lovers to bring a special item home forever, like a 50's kitchen set, tree trunk coffee tables, funky lights, gorgeous vintage crystal and even suitcase end tables. Gil and Kathy, behind this gem of a shop, need our help now! "Sadly, our 15 year old truck desperately needs either major work or to be replaced," they explain on their IndieGoGo campaign page. They are looking to raise a very reasonable $3,500 to get a new-to-them cargo truck, so they can continue to safely travel to acquire stock for the store. They need...

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FRIENDLY REMINDER: Steeltown Pickers Spring Auction this Saturday May 23rd!

One of Ottawa Streets' favourite antique shops is hosting a sweet spring auction!!! Geoff from Steeltown Pickers has gathered up his favourite finds with great care and scrutiny to bring the best of the best to collectors and bargain hunters at the Pickers Spring Auction on May 23rd . You can expect to see original art, antique furniture, collectors items and other vintage oddities. Collectible tin toys, vintage maps, suitcases, vanity desks, chairs, slot machines, oil paintings, model radios and more treasures than you could imagine are all up for grabs. Visit their Facebook page for a full photo gallery of all these unbelievable finds! The auction starts at 1pm sharp, but you can preview the items available and participate in advanced bidding between 11am-1pm. The Pickers Auction accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard AND debit, to make taking home your pick...

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Meet Lauren, new face behind the BIA blog

You may have already noticed a new face at the Ottawa Street BIA, or at least noticed the new blog posts popping up on our site. Meet Lauren Olson, the new BIA Marketing and Event Coordinator! Lauren started working with the BIA early this May, and has been chomping at the bit to get more blog posts up, engage on social media with all our Ottawa Street Shoppers and Merchants, as well as support events like the recent Sew Hungry 2015, the upcoming PanAm Food Central event in July and the fall Sidewalk Sale! Lauren has been involved with social media and marketing for over a decade in roles requiring promotion, recruitment, event planning, web design and media communications for non-profit and community-oriented organizations and is very excited to be on Ottawa Street during this vibrant time. You can come...

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It’s pretty wicked at Wick’d Wax Creations

Wes Fletcher of Wick'd Wax Creations at 203 Ottawa Street North is more than just a Chandler. No we're not referring to the ubiquitous 90's sitcom character. 'Chandler' is the correct vocational title for professional candle makers! "Wax is my medium, instead of say a paint brush," explains Wes, who considers his work to be artistic and more deeply involved than some may realize. Wes has been on his grind making custom candles and wax treasures for 25 years. "I started from the ground up…" he pauses, adding, "…scraping wax off the floor of a honey barn." He laughs, because he knows it doesn't sound glamorous. He opened his shop on Ottawa Street three years ago, but there's a twist - 13 years ago, Wes was employed in the exact same location for Joe Glow Candles. "It's a little strange,"...

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Maxam Fitness guarantees quality equipment for your fitness regiment!

Whether you're a hardcore fitness enthusiast looking to increase the effectiveness of your workout, or if you've never set foot in a gym and are looking for something you can start using at home, Maxam Fitness at 303 Ottawa Street North has what you need. Sue and Al Moffat are the couple behind this massive and bright location, and have been in the business of fitness for 30 years. They started out on Ottawa Street, moved locations a couple of times and came back to the street 8 years ago. "Big spaces in Hamilton are hard to find," explained Sue, who keeps an impressively large inventory. "We also love this area. It's a good fit!" Maxam manufactures their own equipment in Ontario, which means they can guarantee the highest level of quality control. Everything is made with Canadian regulated steel,...

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