Shop Local. Shop Small.
Downtown Hamilton is quickly becoming an interesting destination for shopping. A regional favorite, Art Off Symmes brings customers the best selection of handmade gifts and home decor in the area, representing over 400 American artists.
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 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.
Ryan’s Tavern is downtown Hamilton’s flagship restaurant and bar. Ryan’s Tavern has been serving Irish dishes and brews in downtown Hamilton since 2007. The renovation of the buildings, which date from 1892, have created a wonderful atmosphere for lunch, dinner, drinks, and special events.
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. True West Downtown specializes in grilled cheeses.
High Street Cafe is the newest addition to the downtown restaurant scene. They are a perfect breakfast or lunch spot if you’re looking for fresh comfort food.
All you need to know is that All8Up makes a great pizza. And their calzones may even be better.
The Almond Sisters Bakery is delicious! Their signature almond twists are great, but you have to try a geode at least once.
What would an old downtown be without a couple of greasy spoons? Ohio Lunch and Kosta’s have been breakfast and lunch time staples in downtown Hamilton for decades. In fact, Kosta’s retro interior is featured in the upcoming Hollywood movie Carol. Definitely worth visiting for a diner burger and fries. Kosta’s is located at 221 Court Street and Ohio Lunch is located at 332 High Street.
Main Street Shopping
Hamilton’s historic Main Street is building momentum. Eleven new shops opened in 2016 and there is a lot of development planned for 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. Stores include Killian’s Cupboard, Secretly Shabby, Serendipity, Treasures on Main, The Studio, Pop Revolution, Future Great Comics, Sherry’s Petals, and much more.
Coming soon to the district includes Unsung Salvage Design Company, which repurposes old items into furniture, art, and a lot of other creative new uses. Fleurish Home will be opening their fourth home goods store on Main Street and Pet Wants Hamilton will be offering fresh, high quality pet food.
Main Street Dining
J Austin’s Riverbank Cafe is Hamilton’s newest full service restaurant. It specializes in southern cuisine with a twist and has great local beers on draft.
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.
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.