Our locke street community
For almost any Hamiltonian, Locke St. represents a historic neighbourhood that over the years has become one of the most popular destinations for Hamiltonians and visitors from the surrounding areas.
The street is filled with one-of-a-kind shops, antique stores and restaurants. Among these various shops and restaurants there are two that stand out for us as the pillars of that community.
St Joseph’s Parish
It is difficult to put one hundred years of a parish history into a single blog. St. Joseph is not unlike hundreds of other parishes that dot this country, except for its people. When built, St. Joseph was on Hamilton’s western boundary, in an area not yet populated. The only question left in those early days was who would fill the seat?
The working-class Catholics found their way to streets bordering the railway tracks- such streets as Canada, Jackson, Hunter and Melbourne, to name but a few. Aberdeen, Bay, Undercliffe and streets closest to the mountain became the home of some of the most influential members of Hamilton’s society and industry.
On September 24, 1893, the cornerstone for the present church was laid by Bishop Thomas J. Dowling. Construction was completed by June 24, 1894, at which time Bishop Dowling returned to dedicate the parish in the name of the patron, St. Joseph.
Since 1933 the parish has been served by priests from the Congregation of the Resurrection – a group of forward thinking Christian men committed to the local community. Today, St. Joseph’s is a very active community, with members driving in from across the Hamilton area.
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Their creations have earned them numerous awards including:
- 2nd place at Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival in 2017
- 1st place at Burlington’s Butter Tart Festival
- Best Crust at Burlington’s Butter Tart Festival
Their cupcakes are so good that they have even been featured on the popular Food Network show “You Gotta Eat Here.”
Customized or personal, Bitten can make your order unique to you and your needs and offer a variety of display options. Their delicious cupcakes or whoopie pies are presented in individual boxes and make a perfect take away gift for any occasion.
They do event catering for celebrations, corporate, weddings.
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Locke St. is a great place to satisfy your craving no matter what the type! So the next time you are in the Locket St. neighbourhood don’t forget to visit this beautiful St. Joseph’s parish to explore a bit of our rich Hamilton history and taste the delicious cupcakes that Bitten has to offer.
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