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Good Music / Music Store

256 Queen West 416.506.4663 Website
Good Music

Good Music is down the familiar black and white striped staircase of the Black Market on Queen Street, where I can already hear the early 80s punk music blasting over...


Play De Record / Music Store

357 Yonge Street 416.586.0380 Website
Play De Record

Play De Record, if nothing else, has proven itself. Situated right beside Zanzibar Tavern on Yonge St., this long yet slim shop has endured the test of time and watched...


Espresso Cycles / Bike Shops

521 Annette St. 647.344.2669 Website
Espresso Cycles

Espresso Cycles on Annette at Runnymede seems like the sort of place that would be half cafe, half bike shop. Based on its name, I pictured bikes and equipment set...


Kops Records (Annex) / Music Store

592 Bloor St. W. 416.593.8523 Website
Kops Records (Annex)

Kops Records new Annex location at Bloor and Markham is already bustling on Saturday afternoon just a couple of hours after their official opening last weekend. I stopped in looking...



Planet of Sound (West Queen West) / Music Store

1020 Queen St W 416.530.9703 Website
Planet of Sound (West Queen West)

Planet of Sound has just increased its orbit. With a new store along West Queen West, the purveyors of quality hi-fi sound systems are expanding their reach to audiophiles on...


Switchback Cyclery / Bike Shops

651 Queen St. E. 416.466.6776 Website
Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery is a bike shop in Riverside near Queen St. E. and Broadview, and they give back to the community in more ways than just hooking it up with...


Gallant Bicycles / Bike Shops

678 Bloor St W 416.572.2593 Website
Gallant Bicycles

Gallant Bicycles is a new Toronto-based company (and store) that offers highly customizable urban bikes at a price that belies the various options on offer. Co-owned by Jason Wood and...


LP's LPs / Music Store

104 Ossington Avenue Website
LP's LPs

LP's LPs has a note hanging on the door when I first stop by. "Be back at 5:30. Go grab a coffee. I had to run an errand. I'll see...



Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel / Tattoo Parlours

1695 Dundas Street West 647.347.3324 Website
Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel

Victory Industries is the mom and pop version of a Toronto tattoo shop. Which is to say that the quote-unquote mom and pop in question are into a '50s aesthetic...


June Records / Music Store

662 College St. 416.516.5863
June Records

June Records is the latest record store addition to College St., and it's taking over the old Ammo Video space. Located between local favourite Soundscapes and the new thrift store/record...


Red Tent Sisters / Sex Stores

810 Danforth Avenue 416.463.8368 Website
Red Tent Sisters

Red Tent Sisters falls somewhere in the categorical realm of sex shop-meets-women's health boutique. The east end store offers books on fertility, an assortment of natural feminine hygiene products, and...


Grasshopper Records / Music Store

1167 Dundas St West
Grasshopper Records

Grasshopper Records doesn't have a storefront sign yet. Just milk crates chock-full of records sitting out font, unassumingly. Oh, and Wu-Tang's "Protect Ya Neck" debut single resting in the window....



Broom Wagon Cyclery / Bike Shops

701 Danforth Ave 647.352.6200 Website
Broom Wagon Cyclery

Broom Wagon Cyclery has been open for four days when I first walk in. But they sold a bike on their second day, so that's a good start, right? Nestled...


Okey Doke Tattoo Shop / Tattoo Parlours

853 College St 416.538.0303 Website
Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

Okey Doke Tattoo Shop is a good jog from Cabbagetown. When I get to the shop, located at College and Ossington, and gracefully dismount from my bike, I have a...


Come As You Are / Sex Stores

493 Queen St W 416.504.7934 Website
Come As You Are

Come As You Are (CAYA) has been Toronto's cooperative sex store for over 15 years, though now, it's offering its organic lubes and Fun Factory Dukes from a little further...


Sonic Boom (Annex) / Music Store

782 Bathurst St. 416.532.0334 Website
Sonic Boom (Annex)

Sonic Boom, Toronto's biggest independent record shop, can now be found on Bathurst just south of Bloor, less than a minute-long walk from its former location. As promised back in...



Sonic Boom (Kensington) / Music Store

201 Augusta Avenue 416.901.8854 Website
Sonic Boom (Kensington)

Sonic Boom records recently announced they were vacating the premises at 512 Bloor West, to be replaced by not one but two new locations. While the store in the...


Cycle Couture / Bike Shops

926 College St 647.694.0542 Website
Cycle Couture

Cycle Couture is the type of bike shop that could only open in a city that's at least somewhat cycling friendly. Even if our bike lane infrastructure isn't where it...


Cycle Shoppe / Bike Shops

630 Queen St. West 416.703.9990 Website
Cycle Shoppe

The Cycle Shoppe is the older sibling of Cyclemotive, and has been located in and around Queen and Bathurst for 20 years. Unlike the newer shop which is larger and...


Duke's Cycle / Bike Shops

625 Queen St W 416.504.6138 Website
Duke's Cycle

Duke's Cycle is back at 625 Queen Street West — where it belongs. After a six-alarm fire destroyed it and nearby buildings in 2008, it's been a long and expensive...



Speakeasy Tattoo / Tattoo Parlours

299 Harbord Street 647.378.2481 Website
Speakeasy Tattoo

Speakeasy Tattoo puts you at ease when you enter. No pretense -- just art, a fluffy Pomeranian named Wilma and traditional-style tattoos. And as I make myself comfortable in the...


Cyclemotive / Bike Shops

156 Bathurst St 416.915.5551 Website
Cyclemotive

Cyclemotive is one of those bike stores where you get a bit of everything. Affiliated with the older Cycle Shoppe on Queen West, this larger space around the corner on...


Racer Sportif / Bike Shops

2214 Bloor St. W 416.769.5731 Website
Racer Sportif

Racer Sportif is one of Toronto's oldest high-end bike shops, specializing in performance road, track and mountain bike sales. Located just east of Runnymede on Bloor, the long, narrow store...


Liberty Street Cyclery / Bike Shops

171 East Liberty Street 416.516.8880 Website
Liberty Street Cyclery

Liberty Street Cyclery is a small shop that specializes in speedy repairs and custom builds. Opened by Ed Tsui last spring, the space has a casual everyone-knows-your-name type vibe, which...



Wheels of Bloor / Bike Shops

2007 Bloor St. W 416.762.9119 Website
Wheels of Bloor

Wheels of Bloor is where to go if you're a road cyclist looking to buy a dream bike. Although not the only shop in Toronto that carries bikes that cost...


Black Line Studio / Tattoo Parlours

577 King St. West 416.850.8227 Website
Black Line Studio

Black Line Studio, as soon as you enter, exudes a different vibe than your average run-of-the-mill tattoo joint. For one, the window display is stuffed with local artwork. And upon...


Broadway Cycle / Bike Shops

1222 Bloor St W 416.531.1028 Website
Broadway Cycle

Broadway Cycle differs from many of the other stores I've been visiting in that it doesn't try to cater to only one type of cyclist. Instead of targeting urban utility...


Riders Cycle and Board / Bike Shops

80 Geary Avenue 647.349.5649 Website
Riders Cycle and Board

Riders Cycle and Board is your quintessential neighbourhood bike shop, right down to the full service coffee bar that entices locals to linger and talk shop with owners Jeff Ubalde...



The Bike Joint / Bike Shops

290 Harbord Street 416.532.6392 Website
The Bike Joint

The Bike Joint is where you go when your beater bike needs fixing. Don't get me wrong, the store can handle all sorts of bikes, but it really comes into...


Urbane Cyclist / Bike Shops

180 John Street 416.979.9733 Website
Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist is the reigning champion in our best bike stores post, and for good reason. Over the 14 years the store has been open, it has attracted a loyal...


Curbside Cycle / Bike Shops

412 Bloor Street West 416.920.4933 Website
Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle does indeed have its roots on the curb, when owner Don Watterson first set up shop outside of the Brunswick House over 15 years ago. If this were...


Archive Tattoo Studio / Tattoo Parlours

1528 Dundas St. West 647.342.8494 Website
Archive Tattoo Studio

Archive Tattoo Studio dates all the way back to 2008. When I first meet David Glantz, the head honcho at Archive, he's knee-deep on a customer's leg sleeve. And he...



Sweet Pete's / Bike Shops

1204 Bloor West 416.533.4481 Website
Sweet Pete's

Sweet Pete's main bike shop occupies a huge 4000 square foot space on Bloor in between Dufferin and Lansdowne. A former Loblaws grocery store many moons ago, its current tenant...


Tat-A-Rama Tattoo Shop / Tattoo Parlours

3834 Bloor Street West 416.234.1144 Website
Tat-A-Rama Tattoo Shop

Tat-A-Rama, more than any of the other tattoo shops we've checked out, has a history. Opening its doors for the first time in '87, many of Toronto's top tattoo artists...


Sal's Tattoo & Barber Shop / Tattoo Parlours

429 Spadina Avenue 416.593.4161 Website
Sal's Tattoo & Barber Shop

Sal's Tattoo & Barber Shop doesn't cut hair. They used to, a while back, but not any longer. There's just an antiquated barber's chair that sits alone in the front...


Imperial Tattoo / Tattoo Parlours

9 Ossington Avenue 416.531.6666 Website
Imperial Tattoo

Imperial Tattoo is found in an unassuming black building directly across from CAMH on Queen, just a smidgen north on Ossington. Like most of the city's top custom tattoo joints,...



Seven Crowns Tattoo / Tattoo Parlours

2499 Yonge Street 416.322.7696 Website
Seven Crowns Tattoo

Seven Crowns Tattoo is your definition custom ink shop. Not your typical storefront shop on Queen or Bloor. Nor is it downtown like some of the other shops we've checked...


TCB Tattoos / Tattoo Parlours

618 Queen St. West 416.203.1615 Website
TCB Tattoos

TCB Tattoos has walls that are splashed with art. And tattoo designs. That's the first thing I notice. Second thing I notice is that it's a narrow store, but this...


New Tribe Tattoo / Tattoo Parlours

232 Queen Street West 416.977.2786 Website
New Tribe Tattoo

New Tribe Tattoo is hard to miss. Sitting across from MuchMusic on Queen West, New Tribe is a 4,000 sq. ft. body art kingdom. And with six full-time tattoo artists,...


Passage Tattoo Parlour / Tattoo Parlours

473 Church St. 416.929.7330 Website
Passage Tattoo Parlour

Passage Tattoo Parlour. If you're not looking for it, you will miss it. Nestled in the thick of the Village, firmly planted on Church St., its only storefront is an...



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  • Boubah's Pet Store I do not recommend this place at all wen it comes about grooming. I took my puppy Yorkshire for his first time grooming his hair was a bit too long,...
  • Good Music Music for the dead and famous.
  • Duke's Cycle I have had really great experiences with Dukes. I am tall and found it hard to find a good intro road bike that fit my frame and budget. The staff...
  • Cyclemania The Danforth location is awful. RUDE service and the store-brand bikes are a ripoff Newbies Beware! Do NOT purchase the in-house built bikes. They may look new...
  • Set Me Free The Roncesvalles location seems to have changed ownership and is now a head-scratching mix of women's fashion and a few mid-range mediocre bikes.
  • Liberty Street Cyclery Like others have said, these guys don't rip you off and give you excellent service. I have multiple cycle shops closer around me, but over the years, have leaned towards...
  • Duke's Cycle Maybe 25 years ago, I had a distinctive, very unusual bicycle and Duke's was the place I often had it repaired over the years. Unfortunately, the thing was stollen. I...
  • Kops Records I went to Kopps records a couple of times but I never buy anything frm the store coz they overpriced their vinyl records&mosy of the time the vinyl records are...
  • Broom Wagon Cyclery The best bike shop I have been to in this city. It is the only shop that I don't get the whole bike dude macho attitude. I'm just a girl...
  • TCB Tattoos After having several friends get work done at TCB, I decided to go there for my first tattoo. GREAT experience. I was greated at the front desk with homemade (by...
  • Helmutt's Pet Supply I am disgusted with the customer service I've received on multiple occasions at Helmutt's. The staff are obnoxious, lazy, and far from friendly. Of course knowing that pet owners have...
  • Speakeasy Tattoo I have been tattooed from NY to London, with some of the best internationally known artists (Sarah Schor, Duke Riley etc). both the Speak Easy artists i have worked with...
  • Sweet Pete's Bought a road bike recently. First impression: Walked out of the store with my new bike - the headset was loose. Not a problem for me to correct but shouldn't...
  • Cyclemania Came in today to get some air. Asked for a presta adapter, like I have been for two years. I always found the owner shady. Drinking and smoking while working....
  • Definitive Studios Definitely regret getting a tattoo from Monika. Her work is brilliant. However, one of the artists at Definitive Studios named Dylan really needs a lot more apprenticing than what he...
  • TCB Tattoos Went in for my 1st tat a couple of weeks ago. Didn't know what to expect. The staff were great--friendly, took their work seriously. I couldn't have...
  • Spaces Self Storage I'm in the market for a storage unit for a few months. I have to say, based on Peter's response to Lee, I think I'll skip this company too. I...
  • Capsule Music Biggest assholes on Queen Street I've ever met. They talked shit about me AS I was sitting in their store trying out a product, as if I couldn't hear them...
  • Cosmos West Records Absolutely the most overpriced store around. He buys his "collections" in the US, for pennies. He has someone down in Ohio scooping up records to the most broke and poor...
  • UrbanDog My dog loves this place! All I have to say is "Let's go to daycare" and she's at the door, waiting to get her collar on. I bring...
  • Good Music Thanks Lincoln! We've updated the website.
  • Good Music In Penguin's defense, the owner Kim was awesome. He didn't keep a lot of popular or trendy stuff on the shelves, but he was always willing to talk about...
  • Cyclemania Shitty service, and I'm pretty sure they are selling stolen frames
  • All Canadian Self Storage I called the Brantford location and had excellent service both on the phone and in person.
  • Good Music Just a heads-up that yesterday I launched a website for the store: http://www.ilikegoodmusic.com/ as well as a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/goodmusictoronto (Instagram is still instagram.com/goodarrivals ) Business has been great -- thanks to...
  • Sweet Pete's Awful service. Took my 3 year old in this morning to buy him a trike. I put him on three kids bikes when we decided the beauty Giant was...
  • Scooter Girl What a good resource. I have bookmarked it and will take my granddaughter to the one in Roncy when she comes to visit in April. Thanks for putting this together!
  • Discovery Records Admittedly, the owner (Jim) is a bit odd . But typical of the Record Collecting community (see "Vinyl" on YouTube). I thought prices were fair and condition of...
  • Play De Record yes theu sell plastic lp covers? just call them at 416-586-0380 for prices and quantities. r
  • All Canadian Self Storage I got a storage unit at the lakeshore building. i rented for 9 weeks ,as i am going home to see my aging parents. i spoke to alex to pay...


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