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SPOTLIGHT // Hamilton // Nest

January 23, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

Winter 2019 // Discover this animal-themed shop on Locke Street: Nest.

OUR HOMES Hamilton Winter 2018/2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2018/2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Hamilton and Area, p.38. Find local businesses in our Hamilton directory

Owner Robyn Allan
THE PLACE: Let’s get this straight: Nest is not a pet store. It’s not for animals. Nest is for people. Animal lovers, or those who know animal lovers. Marrying her passion for both wild and domesticated animals, and years of retail experience, Robyn Allan opened Nest on Locke Street just over a year ago. It’s a family business, with son Ryan working with her while simultaneously finishing his schooling. Nest carries only Canadian handcrafted works, from home décor and kitchenware to giftware and clothing. “It’s a weird idea,” Robyn suggests. “There’s nothing quite like it. There’s literally something for everybody because everybody likes some kind of animal.”
THE STYLE: Nest is as much a gallery of artworks as it is a retail outlet. Robyn features animal-themed pieces by 77 Canadian artists, half of them local Hamiltonians. “An artist may not think themselves an animal lover but they’ll have photos, oil paintings, watercolours, jewelry, crafts and toys. Even if it’s not their go-to, there is so much art about animals,” she explains. Her warm, carefully curated space is filled with beauty, inviting shoppers to explore and touch.
THE CHOICE: The range of options found in Nest is incredible. There are Woolly Doodles’s felted animals, Kitties and Cabernet’s hand painted dishware, original oil paintings by Duke Studios, and Robyn says she is constantly blown away by Joanne Jarry’s watercolours and Wild Design’s velvet cats. “I love everything I carry!” she proclaims.
SEASONAL: Last year one of the biggest hits was wooden handmade dog ornaments in over 40 breeds. Robyn will again be carrying them this year, along with a lot of new items including ever-popular greeting cards, small gifts, DIY paper and embroidery craft kits. With Christmas around the corner, it’s a gifter’s paradise. “We have anything you could think of to give someone to do with animals!”
GET THERE:
171 Locke St. S., Unit #2, Hamilton
905.979.6378 | nesthamilton.com

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