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A first look inside the new home of the Silver Snail

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 25, 2012

Silver Snail Yonge DundasAs we learned last month, the Silver Snail comic book store, a Queen West stalwart, will be moving to a new location at Yonge and Dundas this summer to take on entertainment giant HMV (which also sells comics and graphic novels) and several other book stores. Work is still underway on the new digs, but a recently posted tour of the space by owner George Zotti offers a peek at what's to come.

It's pretty long, but Zotti gives a few interesting details about the new layout. There will be iPads containing digital comics set into the cafe counter overlooking Yonge Street, a new space for art, and even a live drawing station for guest artists to use at signings and other special events. Skottie Young and Dave McKean are two big names dropped in the video who could be making appearances soon after opening.

To ensure some continuity for loyal customers, parts of the signage and famous decorations from the old store will be salvaged and worked into the new decor. Plans are also afoot to have the company logo printed large on the brushed concrete floor of the store, which was formerly the jazz and blues section of HMV.

The new Silver Snail expects to be up and running in early July.



huskylord / May 25, 2012 at 04:47 pm
something about the video makes it look like he's wearing a scumbag steve hat
avp / May 25, 2012 at 07:08 pm
it's weird how queen st west gentrification has forced stores to relocate to yonge street...
Steve replying to a comment from avp / May 25, 2012 at 07:13 pm
you can also look at it the opposite way. Yonge Streets revival is attracting a Queen West business
Jarrett / May 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Wasn't it formerly World music? The attachment wasn't accessible on the top floor
GeeMoney$$$ / May 25, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Looks like a 24hr massage parlour - inside and out!!!
Todd replying to a comment from GeeMoney$$$ / May 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Ahhh man sick idea - frontin as a comic shop but really your a backroom rub and tug where the ladies dress up as wonder woman, she-ra, etc.
Greg replying to a comment from Todd / May 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm
sick! Sick! Idea!!! I'd go to that. Pick up some good reads and get a tug on a Friday night...
Magda / May 26, 2012 at 12:44 am
SO PUMPED! I live so much closer to this location than the old one!

Canterbury Tail / May 26, 2012 at 06:45 am
Maybe this will force Leon up at the Hairy Tarantula to consider modernizing his business a little.
skeeter / May 26, 2012 at 06:28 pm
The guy in the video says that the store is located where the Jazz and Blues section of HMV was. That's incorrect. I believe that second floor area was the rap, soul, world music section.
Arrow / May 30, 2012 at 10:53 am
It sounds like they're trying to modernize the appeal of comic book stores with the cafe, I hope they don't fill it with so much junk.

He started to lose me when he was saying he'd bring the spider-man and perhaps other heroes blocking the skylight.
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