Who are you?
My name is Erin Dunham and I do restaurants in Hamilton. (*I feel compelled to expand here – Erin and her partner Matt run some of the city’s most popular eateries including Rapscallion, 2 Black Sheep, Black Sheep Snack Bar, Except for Kenneth and Burlington’s The Alex – and in summer 2015 we’ll see The Mule. In March 2015 Erin was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the year award from The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and The Other Bird Inc., was awarded the Outstanding Midsize Business award.) Erin recently participated in a TEDX talk, sharing her thoughts and experiences being a woman in business.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the West Mountain and the outskirts of Hamilton in Mount Hope.
Where do you live now?
I now live in the Corktown neighbourhood, in downtown Hamilton. I love this area because (when I moved here) it was affordable and an upcoming area with a pretty great buzz and energy.
What do you think has changed about Hamilton over the years if anything?
I think almost everything has changed in Hamilton since I was a kid. The most relevant to me is the change from being a blue collar town to a white collar town with an incredible new emphasis on the arts.
What are the best things about Hamilton?
I think the best thing about the city is the population. We are a group of people that are just super excited to be a part of this growing metropolis, yet lack the pretension of a big city.
What advice do you have for anyone considering a move to Hamilton?
Discover the city. Walk the trails, visit the waterfront, admire a waterfall, and find all the treasures that aren’t connected with being the “steel city”.
What are your favourite places and things to do?
Get a parfait from TCBY in Westdale and then walk around the McMaster Campus.
Go to any festival in Gage park…just awesome.
Matsuri Sushi in Dundas, is the best Sushi I have ever had. Better than Toronto, B.C. and SanFran. Go there.
Of all the things going on Hamilton these days – what are you most excited about?
I am most excited about the growing art scene. There is some incredible talent in this city. Do art crawl…you will see.