Shopping (and eating) in St. Jacobs
St. Jacobs is located just north of Waterloo. It is a popular location for tourism, due to its Mennonite heritage and retail focus. The Conestogo River, which powered the village’s original gristmill, runs through the village.
St. Jacobs is the headquarters of Home Hardware. This national chain of over 1000 independent hardware retail stores located across Canada was founded in the village in 1963.
Officially named in 1852, St. Jacobs was first known as “Jakobstettel” which means “Jacob’s Village”. The St. was added to the name simply to make it sound more pleasing and the pluralization was in honor of the combined efforts of Jacob C. Snider (1791-1865) and his son, Jacob C. Snider Jr. (1822-1857), founders of the Village.
Where: St Jacobs