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History in the baking

From local bakery to entertainment and hospitality giant, Carmens Group is rooted in a history of hard work, dedication, family-first values and supporting our community.

In 1978, Peter and Morris Mercanti opened a bakery on Hamilton’s Concession Street, inspired by their mother Yolanda’s recipes. More than four decades later, we’ve proudly grown the family business into one of Hamilton’s most iconic brands that spans hospitality, food, lifestyle and entertainment.


The evolution of Carmens Group

Today, Carmens Group offers a distinguished collection of event venues, hotels, conference facilities, premium catering and food production, and elevated dining experiences. We’ve also made significant investments in our community initiatives, with operational branches dedicated to the revitalization of the city’s entertainment district, game-changing community projects, and celebrity events that raise millions for charity.

A man bends over, playfully pretending to eat the delicious contents of a pot held by another woman

Keeping Nonna's spirit alive

As we’ve transformed and expanded our business, we’ve kept the spirit of Nonna Mercanti’s warmth, love and passion for family and community at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to continuing her legacy of being a champion for our city and helping realize Hamilton’s great potential for years to come.

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