In celebration of Small Business Week, Thompson and Hart would like to take a moment to recognise small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Hamilton- Burlington area. According to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, small businesses make up 98% of all Ontario businesses and employ over 3,000,000 Ontarians! Which means the more we support small businesses the more we support the people of Ontario. Small business owners are often passionate about helping others and the community around them and it's time for us to show them that we appreciate the work they do for our communities. Here is our list of 5 inspiring small businesses in the Hamilton- Burlington area who care about their products, their customers and their local community.
We start with Burlington Post Reader’s Choice winner, Farmer Jack’s Market. This is a great place to start with because when you support them you are also supporting local farmers! Owners Nazim Bardai and Terry Tai outline their philosophy for eating local foods and supporting local businesses. Disappointed with the variety of local foods in the larger grocery stores, these two made it their mission “to carry as much variety of local produce as possible”. Their website even has a calendar that tells you which fruits and veggies are in season. Talk about going above and beyond.
2. Mama's Chewlery
If you have a toddler who is teething we highly recommend checking out this local mother and businesswoman’s business. She makes jewelry and toys for children to chew on while they’re teething. These products are made from 100% Food Grade Silicone and are completely non-toxic. They do not harbour any bacteria, or support the growth of mold or fungus. Oh and did we mention she’s also a Burlington Post Reader’s Choice Platinum Award Winner for Best New small business in 2015?
3. Saving Thyme
Saving Thyme offers a stellar home made menu of breads and pastries, to soup, salad, sandwiches and more. Owners, Alex and Phil Kinsman are passionate about serving their customers to the best of their ability. Their catering menus are individually crafted to suit their customer’s needs. Their passion and ability has brought them from a small catering business, operated from their home to a beautiful store at Appleby and New St in Burlington, ON.
4. Copper Kettle Cafe
One might expect this trendy cafe to be tucked away on a busy city street, but you’d be wrong. The Copper Kettle Cafe is actually located in the beautiful town of Waterdown and features menu items such as gourmet fritters, specialty coffees, soups, sandwiches... oh and an ALL DAY BREAKFAST MENU. A perfect stop for hikers or people out browsing the local shops. If you’re a coffee enthusiast or if you have a sweet tooth this stop is a must. An amazing fact, this cafe buys their coffee beans from a single farm in Brazil. This farm is owned and operated by people who have been growing coffee on the farm for 5 generations!
4. Charred Rotisserie House
With all of the shops opening up on James street it can be hard to keep track of where you’ve been, but once you try this place you won’t forget it. Their signature dish is poutine with piri piri sauce and their charred rotisserie chicken. The food is phenomenal and the portions are large and the service is great. This place is rated #3 out of 193 Restaurants in Hamilton by Tripadvisor and is often at full capacity, but never fear… they deliver!
5. The Mulberry
A local landmark and a hub of entertainment, The Mulberry is the essence of community. The building which houses the Mulberry Street Coffeehouse was built in 1887! Although, Mulberry Street Coffeehouse did not opened its doors until August 9th 2010. By day the Mulberry is a coffee shop, with an art gallery and a patio. At night the Mulberry transforms itself into a dance floor, pub and centre of activity. Not only does the Mullberry hold it’s own events for the community but they offer to host events as well making it an ideal place for up and coming local bands, choirs, and meetings of all kinds. Oh and if you’re already starting to think about shopping for Christmas gifts, the Mullberry has a full list of local shops and small businesses located on James street in their “about us” section of their website, because they are just that awesome.
Remember this week is small business week so please go check out a few of these places and experience the value of people who love to do their job. Get inspired to tackle your own projects and get involved in your community!