Located in the center of downtown Hamilton, James Street North runs from King William Street to Murray Street West. Once the hub of Italian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese communities, the street is now the home to Hamilton's lively art scene with its various galleries, coffee houses, vintage clothing shops, and concert venues. Here is just a sampling of the places you'll find on James Street North: Blue Angel Gallery, James North Studio, Mixed Media, White Elephant, Downtown Arts Centre, Loose Cannon Gallery, and much more. The street also hosts a popular Art Crawl on the second Friday of every month, where galleries and shops open their doors until late at night.
Unique products and top-notch quality are the propositions of Ten Thousand Villages, and their Locke Street South branch is no different. The store has a wide range of items on sale, from home decor, fashion accessories, clothing to organic food products and items related to personal care, are all sold here. Musical instruments and toys are also a part of their product display. All of the items sold here are created by skilled artisans from villages across the globe. Crafted with a lot of care and precision, these handicrafts make great gifts and souvenirs.
Westdale Village, located in the heart of the city, is one of the major shopping districts in Hamilton. No matter what you're looking for, Westdale Village is the place you will undoubtedly find it in. Everything from clothes to baked goods, beauty salons, grocery stores, financial institutions, jewelers, home decor stores, bistros, pubs, and even a movie theater, this place literally has it all. Westdale Village is also host to a number of live music shows, exhibitions, and other events.
House of Java, as it currently stands, was established in the year 1972 and has one of the largest selection of freshly roasted coffee beans in the city. This petite little coffee shop has an overwhelming variety of coffee beans on offer, over 80 in total, and includes single origin, organic, blended, flavored, decaf, and even exotic coffee. They also serve delicious baked goods and some of their roasted coffee in the store itself. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and eager to please. House of Java is definitely worth a visit when in the city.
Located next to the Hamilton Public Library since 1980, the indoor Hamilton Farmers' Market is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With the nearly 70 vendors on site, the market offers fresh eggs, meat, produce, coffee, seafood, flowers, cheese and more. So whether you are looking for food that is all organic or all vegan or all gluten-free or all-around delicious, this market is an excellent stop for you. You might even be able to catch a cooking demonstration while you're there.
You can be sure to find all your pharmacy supplies at Shoppers Drug Mart. This store is managed by knowledgeable pharmacists who are always available for help. In addition to medicines, Shoppers Drug Mart also stocks beauty and personal care products, dry groceries as well as frozen foods can also be bought here. Shoppers Drug Mart also has a section dedicated to pets.
Fortino's is a chain of supermarkets which saw its beginnings in the 1960s in the heart of the city of Hamilton. Today, with branches spread all across Canada, the stores still guarantee great service, high quality food products and affordable prices. Ingredients for cooking different cuisines ranging from Thai and Japanese to Greek and African can all be found here. From dressings and condiments to poultry cuts and vegetables, each ingredient is fresh and great in both quality and quantity.
Beer Store - Upper James Street is a great place for beer lovers. They have an impressive collection featuring more than 100 breweries from across the globe. Their expert staff will guide you to the right brew and also give an insight to their drinks. From the process of brewing to the types and glassware to food pairing, you get to learn a lot from this store. They will also advice on how to store your beer.
Big B Comics has three locations in the province of Ontario and the Hamilton branch is their flagship store. The comic book store is a treasure chest for any fan of comics; the store has a large layout with neatly arranged books that provide easy browsing. They also have a number of events going on at this location. In addition, patrons can also sell their gently-used comics here at good prices.
A popular name in the North American household, today Walmart is synonymous to home shopping. Great deals, greater discounts and helpful staff are all traits of this retail giant, and the Upper James Street location is no different. The spacious layout which a quintessential trademark of Walmart ensures hassle-free shopping here and the range of products and their top-notch quality leaves absolutely no room for complaints whatsoever.