SHOP NEWS: Some of you know and others have heard rumblings – but we have made the decision to move Mixed Media to Westdale and also open up a new book shop in the old Bryan Prince space called King West Books (1060 King St. West). We’ll miss being downtown but we feel it is time for a change and the opportunity and challenge came up to do something new in a very special space. Bryan Prince is the owner of the building and has been very supportive of our idea to rejuvenate his old space. We think books and art make a great combo! King West Books (@kingwestbooks) will focus on art, design, architecture, local lit, Canadian and lots of great kids books. Mixed Media has been selling books from day one and we can’t wait to have a bit more space with King W. to really showcase all the books and subjects we love. Mixed Media (1058 King St. West) will continue to stock all your favourite supplies, gifts, art, prints and paper and we can’t wait to show you how it all fits into the new space. This will be a big adjustment but we hope it will be a welcome move. Things are happening fast on our end as we prep for the move. As it stands right now – the James St. location will stay open for the month of August and maybe September in more of pop-up sense. Most of our stock will be moving over to Westdale where we will be open to the public starting Aug. 1st. It has been an amazing ride since we opened our doors for the first Art Crawl in September 2005. We’ve moved locations from 174 to 154, participated in almost every crawl night, created amazing relationships, championed local artists and causes, provided the city with a unique space to find creative goods, got to be part of an amazing time in Hamilton’s history and contribute to James St. North’s renewal. We feel very honoured to be able to do this all. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in Mixed Media’s story so far – we hope you can join us as we move onto the next chapter. See you soon in Westdale Village!
The Spec wrote more about our move here.
While we whittle away at creating a better web presence for the shop. I thought I would do a big post highlighting some of the amazing art products you can find at Mixed Media.
Join us on Sunday April, 30th from 2-4pm for an in-store appearance from Toronto author and urban observer, Shawn Micallef. We’ll be celebrating the launch of his new book, Frontier City and also discussing The Trouble With Brunch and Stroll. After the talk, we’ll head out for a small walk around James St. North. This is sure to be an engaging conversation. We’ve wanted to being Shawn into town for a while now. Really honoured to present this to Hamilton. Event is free to attend and Shawn’s books will be available for purchase.
You can check out our full listing of 2017 calendars and planners here. Here’s a few standouts we are happy to feature this year:
The always adorable animal illustrations by Ryan Berkley are highlighted here in 12 wild months. Prints and books by Berkley Illustration always sell out and we’re sure this calendar will be gone quick.
We didn’t stock Nikki’s calendar last year and we got an earful from people who love living with these paper cut images through the year. A sense of nature and community can be found from month to month. A truly engaging calendar.
The book was a real hit last year – and this colouring calendar of amazing places by Ontario-based artist, Steve McDonald is sure to make your walls pop!
We are happy to say there is lots of choice this Holiday season when it comes to books about Hamilton and books by Hamiltonians. Here’s what we got in stock right now:
Did you know we carried the following hard-to-find Made in the USA lines:
1. Tattly – Designy and temporary tattoos for kids and adults! Tattly works with some of the best illustrators and designers to create fun art for your skin that will come off. Great for parties!
2. Field Notes – One of our best-selling items throughout the year and a proven hit when it comes to stocking stuffers. We are fully stocked when it comes to these amazing little notebooks.
3. Juniper Ridge – If you smell the forest as you browse the shop this holiday season, more than likely you are getting a whiff of Juniper Ridge’s products. Harvested from the forest floors of California and distilled the old fashioned way – these body washes, soaps and perfumes are sure to transport you back to summer.
4. Uncle Goose – We are big fans of wood blocks and the ones from Uncle Goose are some of the best. Beautifully designed and made for play, Christmas is not complete without some blocks under the tree.
*If you are looking for a specific item from any of these companies and we do not have it in-store – we may be able to order in time for Christmas.