The Showroom a flourishing fashion designer hub in Hamilton

There’s a new fashion hub in Hamilton And it’s a place that’s overflowing with innovation and creativity. I recently visited The Showroom, a large studio space located at the Cotton Factory, flooded with natural light from huge windows. I was fortunate to meet up with two of the fashion designers that use the space. Both Leslie Smith-Aragona and Ash Bullock

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Hamilton entrepreneur creates shopping platform for local pottery artists

The Northern Kiln is a brand new platform, just launched for local Ontario potters to sell their amazing functional pottery amidst a pandemic that has seen their regular sales avenues cancelled.  The company was founded by Rhiane Heslop, a born and bred Hamiltonian (recently moved to Guelph with her boyfriend), a young female entrepreneur who started the initiative while also

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Girl on the Wing uses lockdown as opportunity to create online shop

Girl on the Wing has been a staple of Hamilton’s boutique shopping scene for years now. Even if you haven’t been in the store, you may be familiar with owner Whitney McMeekin’s handiwork around the city with community events like Hamilton Flea, the Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival, Good Foot Party, and more. Her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit combined

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East Hamilton Cheese celebrates two years on Ottawa Street

East Hamilton Cheese Company The big cheese on Ottawa Street A few doors down from Cannon Coffee, you’ll spot the yellow sign of East Hamilton Cheese Company. Step inside and be greeted by the smiling face of Yvette, the owner, and a lit-up display of cheese galore – glowing like a beacon on Ottawa Street North. One of the only

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Top 10 way to build an online brand using social media

Top 10 ways to build an online brand using social media

As recently published in the Hamilton Arts Council 2019/2020 Culture Guide: Top 10 ways to build an online brand using social media Create a profile on all the major social media platforms even if you’re not going to regularly use them, and direct people in your bio to the best platform to reach you. Pick the platform you prefer to

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The Hamilton biz that professionally styles you online

If shopping isn’t your favourite thing to do, you’ll be happy to hear there’s a business that will style you with professional career wear and deliver it right to your door every month. The company is Styleyes Fashion Crate, owned and operated by Nancy Wiskel of Hamilton. Nancy worked in the corporate sector for many years, travelled for business, and

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Hamilton artist turns doodling hobby into a business

You may not have heard of Jenna Gregory, but you’ve probably seen Jenna’s Doodles. Hamilton artist Jenna has been drawing guests’ portraits for the Mike on Much Podcast for the past four years, and her work can be found in shops across Hamilton and beyond. She also has an exhibition on display at Mulberry Coffee House on James North until

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Local fempreneurs taking their sauces to the top

A quick chat turned into a big success. But it didn’t happen overnight. For Jo Ann, Marlow and Mary, sauce is more than just a business. It’s a way of life. Hamilton has become a place for sauce making (think Dawson’s, Cooksville, Natal, Twisted Tomato, etc) and La Dee Da is the next big thing. We asked co-founder Mary some

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Cool Canadiana

Nestled in the downtown neighbourhood of James Street North in Hamilton, White Elephant is the go-to spot for shoppers looking for handmade goods from independent artists. Co-owners Jane LaBatte and Hollie Pocsai focus on Canadian-made goods, including women’s clothing, jewellery, accessories, gifts and paper goods. Jane and Hollie, friends for almost two decades, decided to open a shop to promote sustainable shopping

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