We love walking down the street, seeing a papered up window and wondering what the space will be home to. And well sometimes, peaking in to satisfy our curiosity. So much good is coming to the downtown, I just love this city more and more everyday. You may remember our recent post about Downtown Bike Hounds moving to their new location on John Street. Well, it didn't take long for a beautiful new shop to open up in the former bike space. A few weeks ago I discovered Relish, a home-design-clothing-art shop filled with one-of-a-kind treasures. "Opening my own store is really the only thing I've ever wanted to do," says owner Katherine Hollands, "Lucky for me, things just sort of came together earlier this year, and now I finally have the opportunity to have a go at my dream job." When she heard that Bike Hounds would be moving to a new location, Katherine jumped at the opportunity to chat with Sean about the space and what might happen there next. "I've always kept an eye on new things happening downtown," she says.
Initially Katherine's plan was to stick strictly to home decor. "I've always loved vintage home decor items and the charm and character they can add to a space," says Katherine, "But I also wanted to showcase some of the incredible talent we have here, and promote independent Canadian designers." So how does she choose what to feature in the store? To edit which items she carries, whether they are new or vintage, Katherine asks herself one question -- "Does it make my heart flutter?" This rings true to us, and we always suggest you surround yourself with things that make you happy. "If I adore something and want it to live in my own house, then it passes the test," says Katherine, "I wanted to fill the shop with things that I love."
"Luckily for me, Sean from Bike Hounds had already done a ton of work to the space," says Katherine on choosing the location, "The layout was already perfect for what I wanted to do and it had so much character already, like the beautiful tin ceilings and the separate upstairs space with the detailed banister." With just a few coats of paint, and new lighting fixtures the shop has really transformed. With the street level dedicated to home decor, the upstairs is the perfect place for clothing and accessories. Among the vintage pieces, you'll find clothing and accessories by great independent designers like Vancouver's Allison Wonderland, Toronto's Simone's Rose, and Montreal's C Comme Ca, as well as home decor from artisans like Le Lampiste, Madman Incognito, and Sarah Smile Design.
"I think it's very important to support local talent," says Katherine, "Not only are you saving an item from being shipped halfway across the world, but you often end up finding smaller, independent designers and artisans. It's so much more gratifying to know exactly who made something you purchase." We couldn't agree more, it's so important to support independent businesses. And as Katherine says, "Don't think you have to compromise on style, there is incredible talent right here in Canada!"
We love these PomTree paper decorations. They come in a variety of colours and sizes, and are a fun dccoration to string outside like garland for an outdoor party. See a post we did on tissue pom poms here.
Before opening Relish, Katherine worked at the lovely Lulu & Lavigne on Locke Street, who too are known for their fab decor, upholstery and vintage furniture. As such, she's brought with her a breadth of experience and knowledge for selecting vintage pieces. "I source the vintage furniture and decor items from all kinds of places," says Katherine, "but mostly from flea markets and auctions in and around Hamilton." She suggests this tip for vintage shopping -- make sure you edit! "It's very easy to get carried away," says Katherine, "but it's important to make sure you limit your selections to things you truly love, and not those that you fall for in the excitement of the moment."
This is Katherine's dog Bertha! She is so adorable and comes with her everyday to the shop. She happily sits by the door and greets you when you come in.
Stay tuned to Katherine's blog for store updates and new products. I can't wait to see her vintage chandelier lighting!
6 Cannon Street East
Hamilton, ON L8P 2E3