Ottawa Street BIA

Merchant Feature: Dora’s Delicatessen & Catering

Dora's Delicatessen & Catering With a strong family history on Ottawa Street the Grover’s are no strangers to the food business. Owner Dora began her career as a catering manager at the iconic Beach Road Meats and by 1993 all four children had joined the team. Daughter and now Executive Chef and Owner of Dora's Delicatessen & Catering, Mary, recalls her time at Beach Rd as a 13 year old who’s main tasks included cleaning old buckets and helping out on the floor. It was an experience that eventually led her to pursuing her Red Seal Chef certification - an achievement that Mary has worked towards all her life. In 2000 Dora and husband Bob decided it was time for change when they saw an opportunity to purchase the building across the street from Beach Rd on Ottawa Street. In...

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Merchant Feature: Campbell Glass

Campbell Glass  Founded in 1907 Campbell Glass has been an integral part of our community for over a century. It started as a family run business by Mr. Campbell and the name carried on when owners Zena and Manny Fresco took over in 1988. As a welder by trade, Manny was a creative force with a strong knowledge in sandblasting. He later worked as an employee at a local glass business and quickly became the go-to-guy for all things glass related. It was clear that Manny had found his niche. He knew at that moment that he was going to be a business owner. In 1988 an opportunity presented itself to Manny and Zena and they purchased Campbell Glass. Originally located on Mary Street it wasn’t long before the company grew and switched locations to Ottawa Street N.  All in...

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Merchant Feature: Kerry’s Party for Less

Kerry’s Party for Less A one stop shop for all your party needs, Kerry’s Party for Less is located at 188 Ottawa Street N. Kerry started out in the industry in 1995, as the owner of a Buck or Two franchise, she noticed a growing popularity in helium balloon orders and party supplies. She decided to grab a hold of this opportunity for growth and had a Certified Balloon Artist come in and train her and her staff. Kerry then expanded her business model to sell hand-made custom balloon décor, affordable party supplies, themed items, stuffed animals, party favours and more! Kerry specializes in custom balloon displays and décor. She is a Certified Balloon Artist and travels around the world visiting balloon conventions picking up new industry tips and tricks. Kerry brings vibrance and joy to Ottawa Street with her...

Show us your Heart Contest

Calling all graphic designers, artists, aspiring artists & community members! The Ottawa Street BIA is running a contest from now until May 1st 2020. Do you love supporting the local businesses on Ottawa Street? We want you to show us your heART!  Show us your heart contest details: Design an original piece that shows what you love about Ottawa Street North. Submit by email to by May 1st 2020. All submissions will be reviewed and a winner will be selected and contacted by May 4th at 5pm. The winning prize is $500 worth of Ottawa Street BIA business gift cards (10 $50 gift cards in total) the winner will select what 10 businesses they would like to receive the gift cards for. The winning design will be available for purchase on adult and children’s t-shirts and canvas tote bags....

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Merchant Feature: Nova Sewing Centre

Having grown up in the sewing machine industry as his parents worked in it, Sean was working in the wholesale side of the industry when Nova Sewing went up for sale in 1991. Already an established business on the street since 1981, Sean jumped for the opportunity and bought Nova, keeping it at its original location. Sean enjoys running his business amongst other like-minded businesses in the textile district on Ottawa St. As Canada's biggest sewing machine retailer, Nova sells all major brands of sewing machines (largest Janome dealer in Canada, largest Brother dealer in Ontario) and sells every sewing supply (buttons, zippers, threads and trims). Specializing in the sales and and service of sewing machines (starting at $149), embroidery and surfer machines, and supplying any sewing related products (aside from fabric), Sean and his team are ready to meet...

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COVID-19: Updated Businesses Hours

Annie's Beauty Bar - Closed Artiques - Open Barefoot Babies - Closed (online purchases, delivery and curbside pickup available) Bell Arte Camera - Open (online purchases, delivery and curbside pickup available) Ben Navaee Gallery - Closed Bounty Hunter Toys - Opening May 28th (online purchase, delivery and curbside pickup available) Boon Burger - Open (take-out and delivery available) Bra-Makers Supply - Closed (accepting online orders/curbside pickup) The Cannon - Open 9am-12pm (take out only, drinks and retail, online purchases, delivery and pickup available) City & City Books - Closed (home deliveries and curbside pickup available) Curbside Grill - Open (take-out & delivery only) Cuts Are Us - Closed Dragon's Lair - Open (online purchase, delivery and curbside pickup available) Dora's Catering - Closed (delivery available) Earl's Court Gallery - Open by appointment (online purchases and delivery available) East Hamilton Cheese...

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Merchant Feature: Print Design Plus

Originally planning to open a book store, Bill came upon the opportunity to purchase signage equipment and decided to switch gears and in 2015 he opened Print Design Plus at 188 Ottawa St. N. He was drawn to the street as he enjoys the community as well as the added benefit of increased foot traffic from the street. Bill likes to say "if it can be printed, I can do it", he is able to provide the printing of promotional products, postcards, banners, apparel, drink ware, lawn signs, magnets, tote bags, labels and more! You may have even seen his product of his own design - "Hamilton: Lovin Where You Live" t-shirts, hats and mugs! To inquire about a printing need, call Bill at 289-799-2334 or email at

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Merchant Feature: Murray’s Farm & Butcher Shoppe

Murray's Farm & Butcher Shoppe has called 182 Ottawa St. N home for the last 2 years after the previous butcher shoppe closed its doors. Seeing the opportunity to be involved in the community and all the new shops that were opening their doors in 2018, Farmer Murray was eager to open the only farmer owned butcher shoppe in Hamilton. Murray's Farm & Butcher Shoppe has become popular in the neighbourhood, with over 1/2 of their customers being regulars. They enjoy the strong support system that is present on the street with not only the residents but the other business owners as well. In fact, Murray's is one of the stops on the Ottawa St. Food Tour fundraiser for Food4Kids Hamilton coming up on March 18th. Farmer Murray's farm is located in Cambridge, where he breeds heritage pigs, chickens and...

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Merchant Feature: The Maternity House

Nancy was on maternity leave when the opportunity to purchase The Maternity House arose. As a regular of the store, she didn't want to see the business disappear as there are no other designated maternity consignment shops in the area. Since taking over the shop in October of 2019, she has felt warmly welcomed by the street and community. Nancy focuses on used and new maternity and nursing wear. Her store is filled with all options of clothing, ranging from XS to 4X.   Go to to see some of her inventory and redeem an online coupon for $10 off (use code: firsttime10)! She is also on Instagram (thematernityhousehamilton) and Facebook (The Maternity House). Head on into her store at 168 Ottawa St. N to discover all that she has in store fr you or if you're interested in...

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