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Merchant Feature: European Textiles

European Textiles  Ottawa Street’s history as a commercial shopping district dates back to the 1920’s when the local textile and fabric industry was booming. Over time the street developed to allow other industries to flourish but our rich history as a textile district still remains thanks to the many fabric shops that are here today. “A family operated business since 1979, with an emphasis on value and service. Since the beginning, European Textiles has been known for its commitment to quality, fashionable fabrics at reasonable prices. Over the years European Textiles has grown into one of the industry leaders in all things fabric. Whether it’s fabric for quilting, bridal, kids or the latest in home décor, European Textiles has all your needs covered and Sew much more.” Last Friday Canada's fabric industry lost an icon, President of European Textiles, George Tsiflikiotis passed away after...

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: 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: 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...