Shop Local. Shop Small.
Downtown Hamilton is quickly becoming an interesting destination for shopping. Henry’s Candy, selling chocolates and candy in every color of the rainbow, is a favorite of sweet-lovers in Hamilton.
Nearby, Sara’s House offers a different type of home decor and gifts option, specializing in the unique, and offering one of a kind the repurposed furniture, furnishings and gifts. Made to Love offers great finds for an even better cause.
Downtown arts offerings have grown substantially in the last couple of years. InsideOut Studio has a workshop and gallery and Renaissance Fine Art Supplies is serving the artistic community’s supply needs.
For the musically-inclined, downtown has both Mehas Music and 3rd Street Music, which offer instruments, lessons, and even a recording studio. In fact, some national acts have played in 3rd Street Music’s recording studio.
Make sure to visit these shops when they’re open late for evnet such as Alive After 5 and other shop hops!
True West is a coffee shop and café with the best chocolate chip cookies around. Their Main Street location was so popular they opened another location downtown. The Almond Sisters Bakery is delicious! Their signature almond twists are great, but you have to try a geode at least once.
High Street Cafe is a perfect breakfast or lunch spot if you’re looking for fresh comfort food. All you need to know about All8Up is that they make a great pizza, and their calzones may even be better.
Downtown’s newest restaurant is Basil 1791. This Asian-American restaurant has the best of both worlds with sushi AND burgers, and lots in between!
Grab a drink at Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton’s first craft brewery in almost a century, or at North Second Tap & Bottle Shop. Plaza One Grille at the Courtyard by Marriott is a great place to host a business lunch or have a relaxed dinner with drinks.
What would an old downtown be without a couple of greasy spoons? Kosta’s has been breakfast and lunch time staple in downtown Hamilton for decades. In fact, Kosta’s retro interior was featured in the Hollywood movie Carol. Located at 221 Court Street, Kosta’s is definitely worth visiting for a diner burger and fries.
Main Street Shopping
Hamilton’s historic Main Street is building momentum. Eleven new shops opened in 2016 and another eight opened in 2017. The historic business district is home to a wide variety of specialty shops and is a great business district to walk to see what you can find.
Secretly Shabby, Serendipity, Rustic Home, and Fleurish Home all offer upcycled home decor items. The Studio is a paint-your-own-pottery store perfect for a kid’s party or an evening with friends. Pet Wants sells fresh, high quality pet food, and Unsung Salvage Design Company, repurposes old items into furniture, art, and other creative new uses
Check out these shops and more during the 2018 Event Series, which includes Art Hop on Main (May 11), Superhero Saturday (June 16), Music on Main (November 17), and more!
Main Street Dining
Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub opened in early 2018 and offers clever pub plates, microbrewed draught beer, and unique cocktails. Their Hamilton location has a rooftop patio that overlooks the Great Miami River.
You haven’t lived until you have had a steak sandwich from long-time favorite Richards Pizza. Their pizza is great, too. True West flagship cafe has a great vibe and now has a drive-through. It’s a great spot for morning coffee, afternoon study sessions, and live music at night.
Coming soon: Roll On In, a casual sushi restaurant, and Rise N Shine, a breakfast spot that will mix healthy with classic farm-hearty fare.
Historic District Finds
There are some gems in Hamilton’s historic districts as well. Front Room on 7th is worth a visit to Dayton Lane, Your Homely Sister is an anchor in German Village, and Lambikin’s Hideaway is your spot for yarn in Rossville. If you’re hungry, stop by Neal’s Cafe for barbecue in German Village and then get dessert at Freddy’s Cookies.
Hamiton’s historic districts are also home to a number of unique events and cool spaces. German Village hosts the annual Christmas Walk along with a number of other events. Located in German Village are Marcum Park, which hosts events such as the Hamilton Flea, and Third Street Plaza, which was finished in 2015. Dayton Lane Historic Area puts on the Ghost Walk every fall, a fundraising event which teaches visitors about the history of the neighborhood.