Things to do in The Village!

So this is me, on a cold snowy day in #TheVillage

The Village is our little area of downtown Hamilton, also known as the International Village BIA.  It encompasses West Street to Mary Street, and King Street to Main Street. It’s a cozy little nook that needs more attention, so here I am to shine some light on all the businesses that deserve it!  Please note that the list below is just a personal list, and doesn’t encompass EVERY shop in The Village.  It’s just the places I know and love.  I should mention that in writing this post, I learned about more I should (and will) be checking out.  For a comprehensive list, click here.

Also, these notes were originally posted for Valentine’s Day, so some of the sales/promotions have probably expired.  But check out their IG accounts, FB pages, and websites for current info!

Places to Visit 

Café Oranje (312 King Street East)

Tianna, Chris, and Mina (and their team) have a sweet little nook where you can come in from the heat, cold, rain, etc., get greeted with a friendly smile and get a gooood cup of coffee with beans from local roasters (Vintage, Signal, and Relay).  They also do teas lattes from Parkermann’s Fine Tea Co. (I would recommend the Hamilton Harvest tea latte for sure).  They have yummy in house made food, soups, and baked goods, and also feature outside bakers, including weekends donuts from Donut Monster, as well as various treats from the ever-amazing Cake and Loaf Bakery.

I should also mention they have this adorable box of handmade cards from A. Strong Design, and some of the proceeds go to our local YWCA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canna Gems (315 King Street East)

Britney and Carina have got some gorgeous glass pendants in stock, made by some of the best flameworkers in North America. This one below is called “Flower of Life” and you’ve got to see it in person! It’s amazing!  They also have a signature line of jewelery, which you can check out in store or custom order!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Birch General (219 King Street East)

Lisa’s got the new shop on the block, and it’s a great addition! She’s got foodie treats that you can’t find just anywhere, and a new home section with awesome soaps, lotions, candles, etc. Ok, now on to the important stuff…she’s an AMAZING baker! Literally… the scones, muffins, and cookies are fresh baked daily and are to die for. She’s got some awesome coffee and latte skills as well.

My initial post on the BIA’s Instragram account was about Valentine’s day, but I get the impression Lisa is going to make each holiday something special!

Her Valentine’s game is STRONG!

❤Feature Valentine’s drink is Raspberry Hot Chocolate (pictured), made with scratch made syrups.
❤Pre-order Valentines treats for you love, including cookies and chocolate dipped brown butter crispy rice hearts!
❤ If you spend $30 in store, she’ll even gift wrap your purchase with a beautiful box and ribbon! Foodie lovers – this is a great gift!

Circle Studios (12 Ferguson Avenue North)

Melanie has made this yoga studio into one of the most friendly, inclusive, calming, and all around happy places I’ve been to in a long time!  I took part on my first yoga class in 3 years the other day, and it was a Warm Vinyasa Flow class during lunch!  The instructor (Pip) was very inclusive and welcoming.  I didn’t feel at all out of place.  In fact, I felt right at home.  Melanie also offers Aerial Yoga at lunch, too, which I’m excited/scared to try!  She’s got beautiful things for sale as well. Stop in – you’ll be happy you did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosplay FTW (225 King Street East)

Check out this awesome Rick and Morty wall! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that Toni and Jo had to tell me what Rick and Morty was….😳 These ladies are so friendly and their store is full up with awesome Cosplay accessories!  All of their plushies and mugs are 10% off until Feb 14th, and you can use the coupon code COSPLAYLOVE10 on their website (valid until Feb 20th)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gameopolis (223 King Street East)

Jess and Nick are super fun people and you can tell that straight away, when you walk into their awesome board game lounge. Not only do they sell ALL of the board games, but for $5 you can play any of their 1000+ games (and no time limit👍)!  Did I mention Jess is an amazing vegan baker and they have beer? I feel like I can just stop there….no more words needed.  Pop in, say hi, and play a game or two.  I personally love Braintopia, which I maybe have purchased for more than one person this past Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl on the Wing (181 King Street East)

Whitney takes care in stocking her shop with the most amazing lovely little things! I think her website sums it up – “vintage clothing and nostalgic wares; a well-curated collection of lovely little things; each piece is part of a lifestyle focused on beauty, whimsy and dreams.”  You get that feeling immediately when you open the door.  Currently, you should pop in to see her awesome stock of Valentine’s Day cards! There’s one for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JH Gordon Books (314 King Street East)

Julie has helped me build almost my entire collection of John Irving works. She’s very well-read and can help you find specific titles when available.  Julie has a wonderful selection of new and used books. She only stocks the best in gently used literary fiction, classic literature, award-winning Science fiction and Fantasy, and scholarly and general non-fiction titles. Her new books focus on local authors, which is awesome!

❤ Pop in to see her selection of Valentine’s day books, while they last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Past Clothing (185 King Street East – soon to be 308 Ottawa Street North)

They’ve got an amazing selection of vintage/previously owned clothing and accessories.  Sadly, they’re leaving us soon (they’ve got a primo spot on Ottawa Street starting March 1st, so they’re not far), so take advantage of their clearance section!  All the dresses that are already marked down, take an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock N Tees (199 King Street East)

I’ve been getting my band tees here since as long as I can remember. And I think I’m in love with these Docs!  Since 1984 (!!) Rock ‘N’ Tees has been serving the local community with everything Rock and Roll, including band merch, custom printing, converse, Dr. Martens, Vans, etc.

❤ Yea, you could probably get this stuff online.. but why would you? Next time you need some cool Docs or Vans, pop in. You’ll be excited by the selection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steel City Studio (327 King Street East)

Nadine and Jen are super fun and have total taken co-working in a new direction with their studio.  It’s a membership based space for crafters who don’t want the hassle of trying to work from home.  You take out your stuff and put it on the kitchen table, and then you put it all away in time for dinner? No thank you!  You can leave your stuff out in this shared studio space (with your own designated “area”) and work on it as you can/want to.  They also offer some classes and events, and they’re very community based!

I don’t have any pics because everyone was busy working when I went by, but what do you expect? Check out their IG and FB pages for lots of fun pics!

 

Studio 205 (205 King Street East)

Mel, Vito, and Trisha are so welcoming and friendly, you’ll feel right at home when you walk in! They have an amazing selection of 100% CANADIAN MADE products, with something for everyone. I literally can’t go in without finding something I want to purchase. They have also have yummy treats and make a good strong coffee or latte.

They have a big selection of Valentine’s gifts and cards for guys and gals, as well as FREE gift wrapping (every day)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fizz Sandwich and Soda (217 King Street East)

The Fizz opened up last year and Trevor’s got a bunch of yummy sandwiches on the menu.  We needed a lunch spot downtown, and he’s definitely delivered.  Also – I love soda water, and Trevor does all kinds of yummy sodas, featuring real fruit flavouring! Yum!

Check out his website for pics and information.  He also uses Skip the Dishes!!

 

Theatre Aquarius (190 King William Street)

It’s amazing that we have a theatre this close to us, and I personally need to take advantage of that a little more. They’ve got three shows on from now through May, and they all sound great.  I’m literally looking into tickets right now.  We’ve got some great talent in our city, so check it out!

 

Thrifty Designer (203 King Street East)

Leslie reuses, recycles, repurposes, and repairs quality used clothing.  She’s also a hoot; she works with wine on her sewing table so she’s a girl after my own heart!  There are so many wonderful items in store, and you can see the scarf I purchased at the top of this post (it used to be a kilt)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thuya Floral Arts (191 King Street East)

If you’re looking for contemporary arrangements, or something different/specific, Tasha has something for you!  She can definitely help you with any of your floral needs.  Her shop is new, but it fits right into our little village.  Pop in and see what flowers she’s got in stock! She’s also got a section of modern gifts – so cute.

 

True Hamiltonian (249 King Street East)

I love the pride I feel when I put on my Hamilton is Home shirt! Max did a great job by making us feel even more united! If you haven’t been in lately, you’ve got to see some of the cool stuff in store!  Everything you need to show your pride in your city!

 

Tundra Leather (313 King Street East)

This is our shop – check out the rest of your site to see what we have to offer.  Have a custom leatherwork project in mind?! Message us for details.  Need some help with pricing leather, tools, and supplies? Send us an email!

 

Tundra Music (257 King Street East)

Fender Custom Shop and Master Built Guitars, their stuff is absolutely gorgeous! So many one of a kind guitars and over 300 Fender Custom Shop Guitars!  Stop in if you have any questions for them!

 

Vintage Soul Geek (279 King Street East)

I have a soft spot in my heart for vintage things, and Nick’s definitely always got something amazing! He and Connie have a great eye for beautiful vintage things, and they’re always on the hunt for more.  There’s ALWAYS something new in there store! Pop in and say hi, you won’t regret it! ❤

 

Zoran Designs (285 King Street East)

Maja has an amazing eye for gorgeous jewellery, and a wonderful selection of unique jewellery! I’ve definitely got a few lovely pairs of earrings from her shop and they’re top quality!  Maja also likes 🍷 (another girl after my own heart)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Kristi
Tundra Leather
Written February 14, 2018