The past few weeks has seen lots of action on Ottawa Street. Just 2 weeks back on September 16th Ottawa Street hosted Sew Hungry: Food Truck and Restaurant Rally 2011. I heard about the event the day of, when I saw this poster at Downtown Bike Hounds. I was already on my way out for a lunch date so I was sad that I didn’t get to sample all of the latest gourmet trucks that have been popping up around the city and around southern Ontario.
Apparently the first Sew Hungry Food Truck event saw 8000 people attend! The rally featured local trucks; Gorilla Cheese‘s gourmet grilled cheeses, Sweetness Bakery and Cupcake Diner‘s gourmet cupcakes plus a whole slew more of out of town speciality food trucks. If you’re into the latest food truck craze that’s been hitting the hammer, you’ll also be happy to know that there is also the super amazing Sweet Ice snow cone stand/trailer, which made their appearance at this year’s Supercrawl. Sweet Ice is hosting a dance party event this Saturday, October 1st at Vasco Da Gama; 175 James St. North, featuring DJ Donna Lovejoy on the 1′s and 2′s, plus there’s promise of a giant lite brite AND mixed drink snow cones!
There’s been big changes happening on Ottawa Street the past few years. I remember when I was a kid, when Ottawa Street was primarily known as a garment district. I’d come down with my mom to get fabric and supplies for extravagant dance recital outfits.
Things have been changing over the years and it appears as though Ottawa Street tells a similar story to that of how Locke street looked a few years back (when the street consisted mainly of antique shops, many of who have moved on down to Ottawa Street where the rent is more affordable). There are still some fabric stores complemented by upholstery shops, a giant wallpaper store, restaurants, delis, and an art gallery. The storefront landscape is for sure evolving .
I recently visited the strip for some antiquing. My first stop was to the latest edition to the block; Steel Town Pickers at 180 Ottawa St. north.
There are more antique stores on Ottawa Street. More than I can count on my fingers these days. Below are some photos from various antique stores on the strip.
Antique Avenue, which is my favourite antique store, opened up nearly 9 months ago with a huge stock of antique and vintage that came primarily from one man’s personal collection. To read the story click here.
Every time I go by this store I always make sure to pick up a little something. It’s a great place to buy super unique gifts. There’s an amazing selection of vintage magazines, books, tins, jars, dishes, toys, furniture, frames, tools etc. You name it they’ve got it. The owner’s of the store Tom Watson and Adam Hughes always give out great deals too.
Ottawa street is also home to a weekly farmer’s market, the first Tim Horton’s ever, a super record store, and regular and awesome sidewalk sales.
*Antique Avenue, 329 Ottawa St. north, Hamilton, Ontario, 905.547.7168