Down on King East, the Village continues to hum along with several new openings and renovations underway.
The once crummy block between Wellington and Spring is now full of life, other than Denningers massive eyesore at King and Wellington.
Three 16 Lounge is open and doing a great business. Great vibe and menu.
Buildings to the east now include a web development firm, a real estate agent and another reno underway. Across the street two more buildings have been purchased. Renos are underway in the building that houses YaMan for upper floor apartments and a new commercial space at ground level.
Between this building and the Freeway Cafe, Village Music is set to open soon.
Arts Hamilton is finally moving out of Jackson Square and into new digs in the Village. They will be open next door to Brownies Downtown Fine Food and Spirit.
The Book Villa is changing names and moving next door to make way for a new artists co-op and gallery in their old space.
Maxims Deli Cafe at King and Walnut is open and fabulous. Great cappuccino is now available in the Village! Immediately behind Maxims is the Parisian Artists Lofts. The lofts are quickly being leased and the reno job was well done.
Don't forget about the Mustard Festival coming up at Ferguson Ave during Labour Day weekend.
Thai Memory is open on King William at James. It's an amazing reno job, and I've been told the food is fabulous.
Liason College is moving to King East as part of the Ramada/Crowne Plaza reno. They will be in the new conference centre.
James North continues to see more building renovations. No word yet on new shops/galleries although at least one new gallery is apparently on the way.
Little Green Tree is moving from Burlington to downtown Hamilton in the old Reggie's School of Music location on John North.
On Locke Street the search continues for a buyer for the Bad Dog and building. A few folks are kicking the tires as we speak. Let's all hope for someone who will keep this Hamilton institution open!
Rumours persist that Judy Marsales is opening a new real estate office in the old CIBC bank on Locke.
Live jazz is coming to Nina's Bistro. Let's hope this becomes a regular event.
More rumours - this time that Starbucks has locked up the old Robert David space.
A new Irish pub is said to be coming to John and Augusta in the old Raven location. Let's hope for a nice patio on Augusta.
It sounds like Ray's Boathouse is opening a new eatery on Locke South. The Perfect Wing and Burger shake and malt shop is opening soon across from the Locke Street Bakery.
Let's hope local residents don't hate wings and burgers as much as they hate crepes. This will be a very welcome addition to Locke and the folks at Ray's have a great reputation.
Finally, I saw a pile of these signs last night on Scenic Dr. The sign has pictures of ugly "commie blocks" with a cross-out line through them.
Their website does a good job of trying to take an 'environmental' angle and make it sound like residents want to see this area protected as some wildlife reserve. In actual fact, they want a gazillion single family homes and associated four car driveways and two car garages to be built.
Hopefully the city holds their ground and realizes the potential of such a great site overlooking the city close to downtown and easy biking access to downtown. From this location it's about a 10-15 minute ride to Locke South and Hess Village.
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