Month: January 2020

Merchant Feature: Stardust Records

Sharron and her husband first opened Stardust records in September of 1983 after the record store Sharon worked for decided to close their doors. Driven by passion and love for records, they first opened their store on Barton St., then moving to Main St. E before coming to Ottawa St. N. Her current location at 124 Ottawa St. N is her second on the street but she enjoys the visibility of being on a corner and enjoys the other trendy merchants that draw customers to the street. Sharron's vast selection of cassettes, CDs and records are worth the visit as she offers a vast selection, specializing in oldies (50s-early 90s). Sharron offers one of the largest collections of 45 records in the region and carefully curates her record collection, ranging from country to pop to classic rock to blues and...

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Merchant Feature: Millenium Jewellers

After more than 23 years as a travelling jeweller, Rafael decided to open his own brick and mortar in 2013 at 3-134 Ottawa St. N. Being a trained goldsmith, he wanted to have his own space to sell as well as repair pieces that customers bring in. Being a long-time Hamiltonian, Rafael felt at home in the Ottawa St. N and the Crown Point community through his daily walks in the neighbourhood with his dog, Coco. Being a family-owned business, Rafael runs the shop along with his wife, Alba and Coco is a regular staff member as well with regular customers stopping by for a quick visit with Coco. Rafael is a watch and jewellery collector, specializing in vintage and high-end pieces. Boasting one of the largest collections in town, be sure to ask to see other pieces that may not...

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Merchant Feature: Ottawa St. Health Collective

Maureen founded Aloft Massage Therapy in 2016 and through the Small Business Enterprise Center, she received a grant to be able to expand her business space and Lila joined her in late 2017, followed by Nancy in 2018. Caitlyn, Nicole and Madeliene all joined recently and this past fall they decided to found the Ottawa Street Health Collective as they found they were often referring patients to each other and joining forces would draw more attention to their space as well as draw in more patients and other like-minded providers. They are a group of independent healthcare providers connected by a common workspace and shared values. Their areas of expertise include Registered Massage Therapy, Naturopathic Care, Osteopathy, Clinical Social Work, Individual Psychotherapy, Child and Family Therapy, Manual Therapy and, movement classes. They are a body-positive, queer-positive, safe space for those that...

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Merchant Feature: Bounty Hunter Toys

Mike has always had an interest in action figures, toys, video games and comic books. Having had a collection of toys growing up, he found that there was interest and value in his collection so he began to sell at trade shows and online as well as expand his repertoire to comic books and trading cards. 27 years ago, Bounty Hunter Toys was born. His interest eventually inspired him to step away from a his day job at the age of 26, and opened up a shop in Stoney Creek. Joining Ottawa St. N 7 years ago, he has seen his business continue to grow. Drawn to the street not only because of it’s convenient location in the city but also because it’s a nostalgic street for Mike – as a child, he used to shop on the street with...

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Merchant Feature: The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy

Amy's first time reading tea leaves was 30 years ago, while enjoying a cup of tea in a cafe in a Chinese restaurant in Toronto. Since then, her passion has continued to grow and you can find her Mystical Tearoom at 116 Ottawa St. N. Drawn to the location for the variety of businesses, street traffic as well as being a resident of Crown Point herself, Amy offers tea readings, workshops and other educational components to regulars and walk-ins alike. Over the last 30 years, Amy has deepened her knowledge and understanding of tea and tea leaf reading through her time working as a horticulturalist, becoming a certified tea sommelier and discovering that tea leaf reading runs in her biological family! She is currently working on a book about the mystical side of tea and will include a substantial section...

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Merchant Feature: Keto Kravings

Crystal has called 323 Ottawa St. N home for over 2 years with her first business, Sola Flowers Canada and just last week, opened her second business, Keto Kravings. Having gone through her own Keto journey, Crystal struggled to find products that fit within the lifestyle and saw the need for better access to Keto-friendly products to others. Crystal has seen an amazing response from the community! Knowing that most people assume the Keto diet is a fad or approach it in an unhealthy/unsafe way (just consuming bacon and cheese), Crystal strives to properly educate people so that they know that it is safe and beneficial for weight loss and other medical concerns. Keto Kravings provides low-carb and Keto friendly products including baking and pantry supplies, breads and desserts. Continuing in her Keto lifestyle, Crystal stands behind every product she...

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Merchant Feature: Hamilton Vacuum Supply

Calling Ottawa St. N home since opening in 1957, Bill took purchased the business from his father in 1985 and moved the store to its current location at 110 Ottawa St. N. Having worked in computer programming, Bill found the lack of interaction with others to be too dry and he was drawn to get involved in the customer service driven business of his family. Most of Bill's customers come from within a 20km drive of the store but he has drawn customers from Mississauga and Niagara as well. Not only does he sell vacuum supplies and repair vacuums in house, but Bill also sells central, household and commercial vacuums at a competitive price to box stores. Able to supply customers with a vacuum that fits a wide range of needs and budgets, Bill strives to maintain superior customer service...

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Merchant Feature: Skizzers Hair Design

Darnell had always dreamed of being a hairdresser since she was a little girl and owning her own hair salon. Luckily for her, her dream came true and after hairdressing for 20 years, she opened her own salon 13 years ago at 108 Ottawa St. N.! Originally from Toronto, Darnell was drawn to Ottawa St. N. by the variety of the street businesses, feeling that the store is able to offer so many services and by the prettiness of the Crown Point neighbourhood. Darnell specializes in both men and women's cuts, as well as colouring and highlights. You can find her on Instagram (@skizzers_hair_design) as well as her website (skizzers.com). To book an appointment, go to her Facebook page or call 905-544-0815.

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Merchant Feature: Ottawa Key Shop

The Ottawa Key Shop opened its' doors at 81 Ottawa St. N in 1939 and over the last 81 years, it has grown to its' current size with the last expansion taking place in 2016. Having been a family business since 1972, Ron took over for his father and his daughter who has been at the Key Shop for 15 years, is slated to take over for Ron when the time comes. Ron's father decided to purchase the business because the Ottawa Key Shop was well located in the Crown Point neighbourhood. The Ottawa Key Shop offers a variety of services including all door hardware, handicap door access needs, safes as well as selling and repairing door locks. With 5 service trucks on the road, they are well equipped to respond to the needs of the needs of their residential,...

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