The Bodega 220 King Street West

I already knew what the title of this entry would be before visiting our latest tour stop. Carly and I pondered the name Bodega as we moseyed down the street on our way to the brand new shop on 220 King, fancying its meaning and how it would reflect the space. The Bodega, described as a clothing, beauty, and art boutique, fully lives up to its name as a being multi-purpose space. The owners, journalist and stylist Felicia Mancini and stylist and aesthetician Rachel Green, have stocked the place full of everything to make it a one-stop shop: from vintage and designer clothing, shoes, accessories, artwork, and unique pieces of home décor, to a beauty bar in the back where you can get everything done from hair, nails, waxing, and more. As if that isn’t enough, they host monthly art showcases exhibiting local artists’ work and also host acoustic performances and DJ sets.

The walls of the spacious interior are creatively decorated with framed photos, posters, vinyls, custom-made bicycles, and a colourful tapestry of Michael Jackson. Another unique fixture on the walls is a mirror framed by old VHS boxes. The mixture of the décor works with the merchandise and makes for a real DIY, neighbourhood shop feel.

What makes Bodega particularly authentic is that Felicia and Rachel are experienced vintage buyers and really know their stuff. Not only do they have strong senses of style in their own rights, their backgrounds as stylists ensure they know what will look good on their customers. In perusing the racks at Bodega, there is definitely something for everyone. There is also an emphasis on fur and leather pieces, and t-shirts are a specialty. Some of the lines they carry include Creep Street and the t-shirt line You & Yours.

Making good use of social media, Bodega has drummed up buzz through their frequently updated Tumblr and Facebook pages. Customers are quick to spot newly acquired garments and accessories and request specific items to be put on hold. The beauty of their collection of vintage pieces is the originality of being able to sport something that is one-of-a-kind. Felicia admits that for her and Rachel, it can sometimes be a challenge to watch some of their favourite finds go out the door!

With new merch in all the time, we’ll definitely be back, and hope to attend some of their art and music events as well. See you at the Bodega!

– Kristin

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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