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Merchant Feature: The Painted Bench

The Painted Bench Opened in May 2014, The Painted Bench has been a part of our Ottawa Street family for over 7 years. If you’ve visited the street chances are you’ve stumbled into this fabulous shop. Located at the corner of Ottawa Street N and Britannia Ave this cozy shop has an English cottage like feel and is filled with beautiful vintage furniture that has been hand-picked by the owner. Best known for being stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, the Painted Bench has a ton of offerings. Whether you’re new to the world of chalk paint or a seasoned vet, owner Melanie Anderson is always available to offer a demo, discuss paint pairings, or to simply reminisce about the vibrant history of Hamilton and Ottawa Street. She and husband Chris grew up in Hamilton and raised a family in...

Merchant Feature: Calipan

Calipan Calipan opened at 191 Ottawa Street N on March 26th 2016 by owners William and Catalina Prado. Calipan is an Authentic Colombian Eatery that specializes in traditional meals, snacks and pastries all made in house. In addition to their traditional menu items Calipan has a small grocery section offering Colombian treats and beverages. As soon as you walk in the door you feel like family, the Prado’s kindness radiates and their passion for cooking shows in each and every dish they prepare. Hot grab and go snacks are available at the front counter, some of the most popular items including gluten free empanadas served with house made salsa, dedos de queso (cheese fingers) and churros with Dulce de leche to name a few. Their empanadas are made with traditional corn flour filled with either chicken, beef or potatoes and...

Merchant Feature: Earls Court Gallery

Earls Court Gallery  Earls Court Gallery first opened its doors in 1973 as a print and framing gallery located at 105 George Street in Hess Village. Owner Bob Daniels was an avid woodworker and was originally planning to get into custom cabinetry. But his love for woodworking soon met his growing interest in art when Bob and his then business partner were asked to make picture frames for a local photographer. This was just the beginning for Bob, he soon went on to form connections in the industry and decided he wanted to expand his knowledge of historical and contemporary art by working with artists and selling their works in his gallery. As Hamilton evolved and his business grew Bob decided to make the move to Ottawa Street N. Bob renovated the new space to make it his own. The...

Merchant Feature: Caro Restaurant

Caro Restaurant  “Caro Restaurant & Bar is the first labour of love for restauranteur Cory Tower. It is a light and airy space with great modern Italian cuisine and cocktails. A place that you can call home, with friendly staff, great atmosphere and many laughs to be had. It is a cozy and warm place to be in the winter, and a great summertime patio destination for those hot Ontario summers. This is a restaurant that our dear guests, friends, family and community can enjoy for years to come.” - carorestaurant.com Opened in January 2018, Caro has grown to become a community staple and is known to be regularly featured in food blogs across the GTA. Caro meaning my dear or darling – serves up modern Italian fair at affordable prices. With a lunch, dinner and brunch menu (offered on...

Merchant Feature : Poke Co.

Poke Co.  Owners Judith and Peter opened their Ottawa Street Poke eatery on Dec 3rd 2019. A family owned and operated business -Peter does the cooking and Judith runs the front and back of house. Both Toronto transplants, they have spent years in the food and beverage industry and eventually found themselves commuting out of the city each day for work. They made the move to Hamilton and immediately felt at home here. Residing in Barton Village they do their part to support local whenever they can. Tired of working late nights in the restaurant industry they decided it was time to venture out on their own. Opening Poke Co. in December just months before the pandemic hit wasn’t the easiest - but the community was so receptive and supportive says Judith that they developed a following within a matter...

Merchant Feature: Revolving Closet

Revolving Closet Opened in 1998, Revolving Closet has been a part of Ottawa Street for over 22 years. Owner Eva Grad took over ownership of the business and has been running everything herself since the beginning – from keeping track of sales, serving customers behind the desk to stocking inventory. Revolving Closet is well known for its colourful window displays that change weekly. Revolving Closet is a consignment shop and is always accepting clothing and accessories from local sellers. This is a great opportunity to dig deep into your closet and get rid of those items that are always in the running yet never seem to make the cut. Not only is this a great system for making an extra bit of cash off your unused goods, it also means your supporting a 100% sustainable and eco-friendly way of shopping....

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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...