Checking in with Downtown

Part 3: Valentine’s Day, Downtown Hamilton Style

Today is the first day of February, and this means that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. There are now less than two weeks until February 14th, a day designed to celebrate love in all of its forms. Many people take this as an opportunity to have an extravagant or fun celebration, and thankfully there are many businesses in downtown Hamilton that can help make this day as special as possible. This means that you can show both the important people in your life and the incredible businesses in downtown Hamilton some love simultaneously!

One of the most stressful parts of Valentine’s Day is gift-giving, as there is pressure to get a gift that the recipient will love. Thankfully you do not have to look any further than downtown Hamilton for perfect gifts that anyone in your life is sure to love and appreciate. One unique gift is paying to have your loved one get their nails done, and Happy Nails would be the perfect place to visit. Located at 8 James Street North, this nail salon offers a variety of services such as manicures, pedicures, and acrylics, and they are sure to leave your loved one feeling and looking incredible. You can call them at 905-540-9088 or visit them at 8 James Street North to book an appointment. Another amazing option for gifts is Charles & Hunt, located in suite 155 of 28 James Street North. This men’s clothing store focuses on carrying quality and reliable brands that ensure the person wearing them feels confident and stylish. They carry items like outerwear, knitwear, t-shirts & polos, and loungewear, and you can browse all of their products and shop online here. You can find more information about Charles & Hunt and the services they offer through their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

One staple of Valentine’s Day is going out for a delicious dinner, and thankfully any one of the incredible restaurants in downtown Hamilton will provide great food and atmosphere for a romantic night out. One amazing option for a Valentine’s Day meal is to visit Conversate, located at 38 King William Street. This steak and seafood restaurant is offering a special four-course dinner that is accompanied by live music from violinist Viera Zmiyiwsky, which will surely prove to be an enchanting night. There are two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 pm, and you can choose from amuse-bouches, starters, entrees, and desserts from their set menu at a cost of $125 per person. You can find the full menu online here. You can find out more information about Conversate on their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Another incredible option for a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner is Mystic Ramen, located at 51 King William Street. This restaurant focuses on small-batch ramen, and it is sure to act as a delicious and warm remedy to these cold winter months. They will be open for dinner from 5 to 9 pm, offering appetizers, desserts, cocktails, and sake in addition to their signature ramen. Reservations will be open soon, and you can find more information about their Valentine’s Day plans here. You can find more about Mystic Ramen on their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates as they come in.

If you are looking for a fun and exciting event to attend for Valentine’s Day, one incredible option is Escape Manor, located at 103 King Street East. They offer axe throwing and escape rooms in addition to food and drinks, acting as the perfect one-stop shop for all of your Valentine’s Day plans. In addition to their axe-throwing sessions, their escape room themes include Prohibited, The Asylum, The Final Viewing, and The Magician’s Assistant, each one promising to be a unique and exhilarating way to spend Valentine’s Day. You can find out more information about Escape Manor and book an experience through their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Another incredible experience that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day is attending a show at Mills Hardware, located at 95 King Street East. While they do not have any shows scheduled for Valentine’s Day itself, they have shows scheduled before and after February 14th that will allow you to extend your celebrations even longer. On February 10th Steven Ryan is playing with Brian Melo, and on February 19 Luca Fogale is playing with Rachel Bobbitt. For both dates, the doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. You can find more information about Mills Hardware and book tickets to any of their shows here, and then follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   

Whether you are celebrating another person, your friends and family, or self-love this upcoming Valentine’s Day, it is always a day for love and celebration. There are plenty of incredible businesses in the downtown core that can help make your Valentine’s Day even more special, and visiting any of these local businesses will allow them to feel the love as well!

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