Con­ces­sion Street’s busi­ness boom

‘Busi­nesses are re­ally dig­ging in’ on the Moun­tain street

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - MARK NEW­MAN Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity News

Mouhamadou Taffa pauses af­ter mak­ing a fresh drink.

“I think this is a great lo­ca­tion,” said the Nige­rian im­mi­grant, who, along with his wife Michelle Myrie, opened The Juice Kitchen on Con­ces­sion Street in May. “I think Con­ces­sion Street is com­ing up big and is go­ing to be a great place in Hamil­ton in the fu­ture.”

It also has lots of foot traf­fic, on which his busi­ness re­lies.

Across the street, Stephanie Scheid is busy at Ideal Vapes, a va­p­ing shop that she opened with her son Kae­lan Doel in July.

“We moved up here from Locke Street,” she said. “There was no other vape store in the BIA so we fig­ured it was time for our busi­ness to be here.”

The two busi­nesses are among 10 new op­er­a­tors that have opened their doors in the Con­ces­sion Street Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Area since Jan­uary.

“There’s def­i­nitely been a lot of in­ter­est and growth in the com­mu­nity,” said BIA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Cristina Geissler. “We’re def­i­nitely get­ting a mix of di­ver­si­fied busi­nesses mov­ing into the area.”

The new busi­nesses fea­ture a mix of food and bev­er­age, re­tail, health and beauty, and ser­vice providers.

Geissler noted two more new busi­nesses, both sa­lons, are plan­ning to open their doors in the com­ing weeks and a lo­cal pizza estab­lish­ment will be ex­pand­ing in Septem­ber.

In ad­di­tion, three busi­nesses moved to new lo­ca­tions on the street ear­lier this year.

“It’s great, be­cause it shows that busi­nesses are re­ally dig­ging in and they are look­ing to be here for the long-term,” said Geissler, who noted only three or four store­front lo­ca­tions re­main avail­able on Con­ces­sion Street.

She said af­ford­abil­ity and the fact that the street un­der­went a ma­jor re­con­struc­tion two sum­mers ago are also sell­ing points for the Moun­tain’s old­est shop­ping district.

MARK NEW­MAN, HAMIL­TON COM­MU­NITY NEWS

Mouhamadou Taffa makes a drink.

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