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Emerald Coffee Co. is brewing up a storm on Barton Street East Emerald Coffee Co. is an all-natural coffee shop located in the heart of Barton Village
Mar21

Emerald Coffee Co. is brewing up a storm on Barton Street East Emerald Coffee Co. is an all-natural coffee shop located in the heart of Barton Village

Photos by Kyle West By: Andrew Mrozowski Tucked away on Barton Street East are a ton of local Hamilton shops with a lot to offer. On Barton Street East and Emerald Street North, a coffee shop is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. Aptly named Emerald Coffee Co, the space creates a larger than life quality that has been ten years in the making. Owner Phil Green grew up in Montreal. For the past ten years, Green worked in the...

Culinary Class Act: Panini and Ice Cream The weather and you will be warming up to these treats in no time
Mar21

Culinary Class Act: Panini and Ice Cream The weather and you will be warming up to these treats in no time

Photos C/O @paninisicecream What it is The Panini and Ice Cream shop makes some of the most unlikely of combinations pleasantly intriguing. And I’m not just talking about the brilliant sweet desserts and savory sandwich mixes on their menu, but the space itself consists of a couple wild combinations. The shop takes up one half of an expansive space shared with a convenience store. The Panini and Ice Cream half has bar seating along a...

Crumbled is mixing it up on Barton Street East Crumbled Bakery is deconstructing cake on Barton Street East
Mar14

Crumbled is mixing it up on Barton Street East Crumbled Bakery is deconstructing cake on Barton Street East

Photos C/O Razan Samara By: Andrew Mrozowski Tucked away on Barton Street East is an unexpected pop of colour that catches the eye when passing by the old grey brick buildings. Immediately when you walk through the door you are greeted by the smell of succulent cake. On your left is a vibrant mural created by Hamilton-artist Trinity Bolduc, capturing the very essence of Crumbled. Owner Dom Pugliese is likely to be mad at work trying...

Steel City Studio has grown The creative co-working space’s 2000-foot expansion will allow the business to grow its influence
Mar07

Steel City Studio has grown The creative co-working space’s 2000-foot expansion will allow the business to grow its influence

Photos C/O Steel City Studios On March 1, creative co-working space Steel City Studio threw a grand reopening celebration to mark the completion of its expansion and renovation. The changes, which began last November, brought better workflow to the space and will allow the studio to grow as a business. The studio is now 2,000 feet larger than it once was. When the second floor unit beside the studio became available, cofounders Nadine...

A magical mercantile opens up downtown Witch’s Fix brings its enchanting goods and gifts to a brick-and-mortar store on John Street North
Mar07

A magical mercantile opens up downtown Witch’s Fix brings its enchanting goods and gifts to a brick-and-mortar store on John Street North

Photos C/O Katie Benfey Kyanite crystal allows the creation of new pathways and the opening of one’s mind to new positive possibilities. Lauren Campbell was wearing kyanite when the idea for a bright, quirky store with crystals, tarot cards and other magical items came to her. The name for the store, Witch’s Fix, also came to her in that moment. At the time, Campbell was working a full-time job in Toronto and wasn’t entirely happy...

For the culture Two local rappers speak about how they express themselves through hip hop
Feb28

For the culture Two local rappers speak about how they express themselves through hip hop

Photo C/O Matt Barnes I fell in love with hip hop around 2013 when I listened to my first rap album, Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. To me, hip hop is an art of storytelling, rooted in struggle and triumph. It has its haters and it is not perfect, but it has also saved and changed countless lives. In the tradition of the 1970s New York City DJs and MCs that founded the genre, the guardians of modern hip hop are innovative, creative and...