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Spring Up in the Village Contest

From April 22 - May 11 enter our Spring Up in the Village Contest while you shop and explore the International Village in Downtown Hamilton

To enter, visit 8 participating businesses with your #TheVillage Passport. Collect 8 stickers at each business you visit. Then drop off your completed ballot at Thrifty Designer (203 King St. E.) or Cafe Oranje (312 King St. E.).

You could win a $300 prize pack filled with great prizes from your favourite local businesses including 193 Bench Kitchen, Cafe Oranje, Tundra Leather, Black Forest Inn, Studio 205, Vagabond Saints, VintageSoulGeek, J.H. Gordon Books, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Don’t forget to share your experience in the International Village by using #TheVillage and tagging us in your posts.

Participating Businesses
  • Nuttybutter Cafe
  • Thrifty Designer
  • Cafe Oranje
  • 193 Bench Kitchen
  • Studio 205
  • J.H. Gordon Books
  • Gameopolis
  • Vagabond Saints
  • Tundra Leather
  • Fade Away Laser
  • The Fizz
  • Letterbox Mercantile
  • Cosplay FTW
  • Forbidden City
  • Girl On The Wing
  • Cherry Birch General
  • Circle Studios
  • Groom For Men
  • Minuteman Press
  • VintageSoulGeek
Contest Rules:
To enter visit 8 participating businesses from April 22 to May 11 at 6 p.m. Collect 8 stickers on your #TheVillage Passport, then drop off your completed ballot at Thrifty Designer (203 King St. E.) or Cafe Oranje (312 King St. E.). Limit one entry per person per day. Ballot expires May 12, 2019. Individual business hours may vary. If unsure about availability contact the business directly. No Purchase Necessary. A skill testing question required to claim the prize. The contest winner will be drawn at random once contest ends. The contest is open to legal residents of the Province of Ontario and is void where prohibited by law. Prizes may not be exactly as shown. The actual/appraised value may differ at the time of prize award. The specifics shall be solely determined by the International Village BIA which reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with one of equal or greater quality/value. All prizes must be accepted as awarded.

2019 On-Street Patio Program

Hamilton’s On-Street Patio Program is back for another year! The On-Street Patio Program gives businesses the opportunity to create a temporary seasonal patio or seating area by utilizing an on-street parking spot within a Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and Community Improvement Project Areas (CIPA). The City of Hamilton will be accepting applications between March 1st and April 30th. The application will not be accepted after the deadline. Further, the application will be limited to cafes and restaurants only, or non-retail public activities submitted by the BIA.
Interested in learning more about the On-Street Patio Program? Please click here!

Digital Main Street: Transformation Grants

The world is changing. Digital technologies impact our daily lives. Consumers have embraced digital media as a means to interact with and find information about businesses within the community. Without an online presence, businesses risk being overlooked. As we embark on a New Year it's important to set specific and actionable goals to increase consumer participation and awareness online. These goals can include creating a website, online store, or Instagram page. In an effort to encourage digital innovation, the Province of Ontario partnered with the Ontario BIA association to create Digital Main Street (Digital Main Street Link: Through this program, small businesses can access resources designed to act as a ‘how-to-guide’ for digital technologies. In conjunction with resources and workshop, Digital Main Street offers grants of up to $2500 to small businesses working to adapt their marketing strategy to include a digital component. Eligible costs include websites, hardware/software, digital training, and more! Enrollment has begun for the Digital Main Street - Digital Transformation Grant. Make a resolution to increase your digital presence this year. Grants are limited, for more information or to apply click here! (Click Here Link:

Important Information to BIA Members

Please read the attached Pdf file foor important information from Hamilton Police Services to BIA members.

A message from the Chair, Herb Wodehouse:

With the upcoming LRT project plans well underway, it is important for each and every one of our members to understand the role of the International Village BIA board of management and how we can help you through the LRT process. We want to make it clear that the BIA is neither for or against LRT. We have members who are strongly in support of LRT, and members who strongly disagree with elements of this LRT project. The role of the BIA is to be the connector and communicator of information to and from our membership, the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx throughout the LRT project. We are not involved in the political decision making of this project. The board is made up of a group of volunteers from various businesses and properties around the village and we have a great cross-section of opinions and views.

Our executive director Susie Braithwaite sits on several committees which deal with LRT and related issues and is able to bring our board valuable information from those meetings. She is also able to tackle issues that face our BIA in a timely manner by having a seat on these committees. Again, Susie has been very clear that she is neither for or against the LRT project but is here to represent our BIA members as we go through this process.

The next several years of LRT consultation and then construction are going to be especially tough for our businesses and property owners. As a board, we are working very closely with the City of Hamilton and Metrolinx LRT staff to keep current on all information about this project and to make sure that nothing is ‘slipping through the cracks’. We will continue to host public meetings at least twice a year and more leading up to construction. We encourage you to take the time to attend these meetings as they are extremely helpful in educating us about the LRT project and are also a way to have your voices heard – whether for or against.

Your views, concerns, comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can reach out to Susie, myself or to any of our board members. We want our members to feel that you do have a voice and that you are being properly represented. LRT is proving to be a very complex project. As I write this message, we are told that the LRT project is moving ahead, which is why we wish to emphasize the need for you to follow all developments very closely, to voice any concerns you may have, and to adjust your business practices, plans and policies wherever necessary to put the best interest of your business at the forefront. As a business or property owner, this places a very significant undertaking and responsibility on you. On behalf of the International Village BIA board of management , I want you to know that we are here to help you channel whatever representation you feel is needed, to the appropriate decision-makers, and to do all that is within our powers to help you through this project.

Herb Wodehouse, International Village BIA Chair

2017 BIA Awards of Excellence

The winners of the 2017 BIA Awards were: Urban Map for the Façade Award and Studio 205 for the Sparkle Award. Congratulations to both valued BIA members.

Studio 205 receiving award image
Studio 205
Urban Map receiving award image
Urban Map

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