Beyond Survival: One immigrant’s triumphant journey to self-employment

With over 30 years of automechanic experience in his home country, Nusrat Mehmood did not want to settle for a ‘survival job’ in Canada. Now the owner of Hamilton’s Ustad Kar Kare, Mehmood opened his automobile repair shop just four years after immigrating to Canada. / MICHELLE BOTH By Michelle Both “You have a lot… Continue reading Beyond Survival: One immigrant’s triumphant journey to self-employment

Taste of Budapest: A Spicy Addition to Barton Street

The Taste of Budapest offers authentic Hungarian food in Hamilton’s James Street North neighbourhood. Entrepreneur Monika Deak Bocz opened the business in 2014 at 22 Barton St E. / MICHELLE BOTH By Maggie Macintosh A handwritten chalkboard menu greets Hamiltonians on the corner of Barton and James Street, directing passersby eastbound to 22 Barton Street.… Continue reading Taste of Budapest: A Spicy Addition to Barton Street

Fashioning her own future

With a passion for fashion, Olinda Manzano runs her own sewing design and alterations shop on Hamilton’s James Street North. / MICHELLE BOTH By Natalie Timperio Strolling down James Street North, Olinda’s Fashion Studio’s bright pink storefront and stylish mannequins are not easily missed. Upon entry, however, one takes notice not of the studio itself… Continue reading Fashioning her own future

Immigrant Spotlight: Marbell

Like many immigrants from Central America, Marbell Flores, her husband and their six-month-old son came to Canada in search of a better life, leaving the political turmoil of their native Nicaragua behind. The 53-year-old recalls her arrival in 1985 in Hamilton: “It was not easy at the beginning. We needed to learn the language and… Continue reading Immigrant Spotlight: Marbell

Immigrant Spotlight: Julia Serna

Julia Serna loves to make fresh coffee for her customers in the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, and she is proud to be the original vendor of fair-trade, organic coffee in the Market. “She likes working with people, enjoys the opportunity to innovate and be creative, and is confident about the good quality of her product.” When… Continue reading Immigrant Spotlight: Julia Serna