Article written October, 2020 Linda’s Corner This weather prompted me to get out and walk through our neighbourhood. After weeks, even months of feeling isolated, it is so great to be able to enjoy the outdoors once again.
Today, I came across a lovely little store, that has just opened on Barton Street, called Royal Flush. Well, the name caught my attention, so the desire to take a trip inside was overwhelming, and I was not disappointed. The owners of this store, a delightful couple, Liisa Graham and Zach Worton, gave me a brief history of their store and the reason for opening up on Barton Street, which I’m glad they did. Although these people are not Hamiltonian raised, their heart definitely sings Hamilton. I’m sure it won’t be too long before they become one of us. And if you go in and meet them, face to face, albeit masked, you will understand what I mean. They are friendly and helpful, they love to meet new people and they are already embracing their new life on our street. They began their vintage venture while living in Gravenhurst, however when the pandemic happened, their store took a huge hit, especially during the past tourist season. So after much thought and research, they decided to come to Hamilton, lucky for us!!
Many of our ward 3 neighbours, especially in my own age group, will definitely appreciate their goods and merchandize. Although they scout for their own merchandize, they will also buy from customers, who come into the store and have something interesting and vintage, to offer. They prefer to buy from the 1950’s to 1980’s period. If you are purging, downsizing, relocating or simply want to donate your collectibles, Liisa and Zach are the people to contact. I know there are also many more eclectic “younger” people who have relocated to our community over the past few years, I say go pop into this store and meet the owners, browse around and I am sure, you will find that hidden gem you have been searching for.
As I entered the store today, I was instantly hit with a feeling of childhood nostalgia. They have a wonderful formica table and chairs, which all my aunts had in their own homes. As I wondered around I saw toys from my past and clothing I wore from the 60s. Zach showed me a girl guide uniform, that a 90 year old lady had brought in, in great condition. I believe she had this from her own childhood.
For more information, contact Royal Flush Vintage goods on 413 Barton Street E. or check them out at: royalflushvintage.com And, let’s all wish them well as they get to know us and we them.