Like many things in Hamilton, Ottawa Street had a grand heyday and then slowly started to decline. It's still a beautiful street, but not a destination so much as it used to be.
Stories like this make Hamiltonians sad. We hold on to pictures of a bygone era and say "Wasn't this nice, don't you wish we could have this again?" And sometimes, we get lucky. Sometimes, a committed group of people get together and try to start up a community movement. On Saturday, Sarah and I happily strolled in and out of boutique baby shops, antique stores and we were fortunate to finish our stroll at the Cannon Coffee Co. .
The two young women who own the shop were friendly and open to talking about owning a shop on Ottawa Street. The coffee, using beans from local roasteries, was delicious and heady. The decor was sunny and fresh and I hope that lots of people take advantage of the sunlight that floods the place and grab a coffee and a book and stay a while. As they work out their menu, the current price of a coffee is "pay what you will". I hope they make LOTS!