Michael Carruth
Michael Carruth inside his restaurant. Photo by Sean Hurley

Down The Street Food Co.

Tucked between Hambrgr and Burger Lab on Ottawa Street North, is a small, dimly lit, unassuming little building housing the Down The Street Food Co., owned and operated by chef Michael Carruth who serves up soup and sandwiches. Between burger joints and opposite Simply Italian Bakery and the new Ottawa Market, both of which serve …

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File photo of Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market, Crown Point’s green grocery

Many have said that Ottawa Street needs a green grocer. In fact, we have one. It may require some planning, but every Saturday morning a green grocery opportunity sets up shop in the municipal parking lot east of Ottawa. Market vendors provide a number of different products to visitors. There are a few hardy vendors …

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Simply Italian Bakery is simply delicious

Simply Italian Bakery (SIB) opened on Ottawa Street North on June 1st. Despite opening day hiccups like Interac machines not fully functioning, they had a busy day with customers coming and going all day long.  The space is modern, clean and bright with large windows facing onto Ottawa Street.  There are plenty of tables and …

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Sean Hurley

Schnitzel comes to Crown Point

I arrived at Das Schnitzel to locked doors at three minutes before noon. I stepped back to take a photo and in that brief moment the doors were unlocked and two interlopers rounded the corner and walked straight in ahead of me. You snooze and you lose in the world of schnitzel. Sherri Bowles and …

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Sean Hurley

A new chapter on Ottawa Street

On a Friday, after work, I bought a hardcover copy of Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers, by Hamilton musician and artist, Tom Wilson. I found a bench, parked myself, and started reading. Tom Wilson tells stories and he’s good at it. In the few chapters I got through on Ottawa Street, on an early …

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Sean Hurley

New face on Ottawa Street

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Working at the Ottawa Street BIA is a new, memory-filled journey for me. As a kid, I would go through the world of fabrics with my mom. We’d search for that perfect pattern and fabric to complete my latest sewing masterpiece. One year, with my mom’s help of course, it was pajama sacks which became …

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Sean Hurley

A royally good sandwich shop

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sometime last year, just as the cold weather set in, a new shop opened inconspicuously on Ottawa Street North called Crown Point Sandwich. I confess, I have had more than one sandwich there, and my best intentions to provide a review failed as the sandwich has not, until now, survived long enough for the obligatory …

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Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and MP for HWAD, made the announcement in front of the excavated building site. Sean Hurley

Millions for affordable housing on Ottawa Street

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A vacant parking lot overlooking a demolished building site was warmed on a very cold Tuesday morning by the announcement of almost $11 Million federal dollars for affordable housing on Ottawa Steet North. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors and MP for Hamilton West Ancaster and Dundas, was on hand for the announcement made jointly, on …

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A photo of antique items at Filter.

Filter is a little mysterious and impressive

[vc_row][vc_column][rd_images_carousel animation=”rda_bounceIn” images=”792,790,788,786,784,782″ onclick=”link_no” nav_style=”hover_nav_style” hide_pagination_control=”yes”][vc_column_text]Crown Point’s reputation for great food might still be growing, but it’s already well known as one of the best places to shop for antiques. This despite losing some of the better shops in the last while, including Steeltown Pickers, which moved to Concession Street, then Antiques Unlocked, whose owners …

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Mo trims Joe's hair.

Brothers on Ottawa Street

Three Syrian brothers who arrived in Hamilton from war-torn Syria have set up shop cutting hair in Hamilton, Ontario, Brothers Barbershop at 290 Ottawa Street North. According to Tammy Heidbuurt, posting in the Crown Point Community Facebook group, “Mohammed and his brothers used to run a barbershop back in Syria until they had to flee. …

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