By 1930, shops stretched along both sides of Hamilton
St, and a few along Churchill St.
Over the decades, a village atmosphere evolved - pastrycooks,
bakers, millers, estate agents, hairdressers, debtiksts, butchers, follrists, barbers, chemists and dressmakers.
The barber shop was on the corner of Hamilton and
Chuchill Sts, but closed down in the 1960s and a TAB moved in. Now, the property is a Rail Fan shop.
The building at nos. 17-19 on the western side has
an interesting history. It dates back to about 1915, and was a milk-bar in the 1950s. It became cafe in the
1990s, now the Orient Express, and now offers a good service to customers who like to enjpoy their cappucinos at European-style
chairs and tables on the footpath, under brightly colored umbrellas!
Several Opportunity Shops are well-supported.
The chemist shop is still in its original position
next to the newasgency - it became a "pharmacy" in later years!
An estate agency survives next to the Laundro
A bakery is in Hamilton St, a popular target for local
tradies around midday!
Saturday mornings are represented by a sausage-sizzle run
by a local charity on the footpath outside the bakery! This also serves as an unofficial commujnity meeting place.
Whilst not in Hamilton St, a Pizza shop operates in
Mont Albert Rd, just around the corner.
A State Bank was built in the 1930s in Mont Albert
Rd, directly opposite Hamilton St. This had closed down by the mid-1990s and the building is now apartments.
A small modern shopping strip is sited on Mont
Albert Rd, adjacent to the western side of Hamilton St. These include a convenience store, a Chinese restaurant, and
a video-hire outlet.
A community notice-board and public conveniences are
located next to this strip.
This strip was built on land which was part of a
service station until the 1970s.
Ample on-street and off-street car-parking is available,
with car-parks behind the shops on both sijdes of Hamilton St.
The Orient Express
Not everybody likes puns, but you have to at least appreciate the thought that went into naming this
little cafe in Mont Albert. The walls of the Orient Expresso are hung with vintage railway posters, most from either the Orient
Express or the London Underground. This is fitting, given that the cafe is located right next to Mont Albert railway station.
Directly opposite is the popular Railfan
shop.which moved from the CBD to Mont Albert in 2012,