“Ever since I was a child, I have felt that books are more than just the sum of their parts. Books are the physical embodiment of ideas, which are ephemeral. When the elements of a book come together, magic sometimes happens. It follows, then, that bookstores too are more than just bricks and mortar, shelves and hardcovers and paperbacks. When you combine so many books—so many voices, opinions, stories, and ideas—into one space, a creative and cultural fire often ignites.”
— Ross MacDonald, Art of the Bookstore: The Bookstore Paintings of Gibbs M. Smith
The James Street Bookseller is located on the main floor of a stately Victorian building in the historic James St. South area of the Durand neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to the charming bookstore there is a multi-use sitting room/event space and office below.
The bookshop features high ceilings, original hardwood floors, stained glass windows and antique mahogany rolling stairs. Vintage decor including typewriters, antique desk lamps and phonographs make this an ideal spot for film and video locations or photos. The bookshop is a popular spot for romantic engagement photos and fashion shoots. The lower level boasts a gorgeous sitting area and separate office space. Perfect for film, photo, or professionals such as doctors/therapists, real estate agents, paralegals, focus groups, or anyone looking for a quiet and tasteful spot to meet with clients. The exposed brick walls and small kitchen also make the lower level a lovely and intimate spot for art shows, author readings or small gatherings. Centrally located and well-appointed, the event space is available on an ongoing or a per-use basis. The bookshop is available for full or half day film or photo shoots. ENQUIRIES WELCOME.