Craft Arts Market is a stylishly curated home, gift, lifestyle and art retail store that sells beautiful pieces by mostly local artists on consignment.
More importantly to anyone, such as me, craving a flat white coffee from a well-trained barista at 9am most mornings, it is also home to the Craft Espresso Bar.
It was such a “Yay!” moment for me finding this little gem after moving from Newcastle, Australia, where you can’t walk down a city street without tripping over a hip espresso bar with an award-winning barista.
Craft Arts Market serve Pilot Coffee, which is roasted in Toronto. I almost always manage to swing by for a flat white on my morning walk around downtown St Catharines, and I am always greeted with a smile by the owner, Sarah Jarvis, or her colleague, Nicole (also the creator of Neeks bath bombs – check them out in the store), whipping up a velvety crema poured over a carefully tapped espresso.
I also can’t help but browse the beautiful items on display while waiting for my coffee, and so far I have found thoughtful things for a 1st birthday, a thank-you gift, Fathers’ Day and a few things just for me – like my AeroPress for at-home caffeine emergencies.
Supporting local artists, local business and finding unique items that aren’t a-dime-a-dozen at the mall is such a win, win for me. And, when there is good flat white coffee served, I just can’t go past it!
Next time you need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend popping into one of my favorite downtown St Kits locations, Craft Arts Market, for an espresso – and then stay for a browse.
There is also word on social media that Sarah Jarvis has a new venture downtown opening in Fall 2017. Apparently, it involves coffee, cocktails, wine, craft beer and food in an “underground” location. Take a peek at Trouble Coffee and Spirits on Instagram.
Location 160 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2