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Sonic Boom (Spadina) / Music Store

215 Spadina Ave. 416.532.0334 Website
Sonic Boom (Spadina)

Sonic Boom officially welcomed the public to its brand-new space in the Robertson Building at 215 Spadina Ave. last month (and held a massive funeral party for its former Honest...


Canadian School of Lutherie / Musical Instruments

276 Carlaw Ave., Unit 105 416.333.7557 Website
Canadian School of Lutherie

Canadian School of Lutherie is a place you'll probably never come across, unless you're intentionally looking for it - and even if you do have the address, it's still a...


La Bicicletta / Bike Shops

1180 Castlefield Ave 416.762.2679 Website
La Bicicletta

La Bicicletta is one of Toronto's most established high-end bike shops, having occupied its spot on Castlefied Avenue for over 15 years. While the store carries a small selection of...


Tattoo People / Tattoo Parlours

1077 Bathurst St. 647.850.5977 Website
Tattoo People

Tattoo People is an airy, bright new tattoo parlour at Bathurst and Dupont specializing in various Asian design work. There are two locations already in Busan and Seoul, South Korea,...



La Carrera Cycles / Bike Shops

1611 Dupont St. 416.538.1203 Website
La Carrera Cycles

La Carrera Cycles moved from its previous Harbord St. location last year to a resurgent stretch of Dupont in the Junction Triangle. In contrast to the World Cup crazed street,...


The Pedal Stop / Bike Shops

127 Ossington Ave 647.352.3240 Website
The Pedal Stop

The Pedal Stop is nestled at the northeast corner of Ossington and Argyle, just south of Little Portugal's gateway, west of Trinity Bellwoods. Plain and unassuming from the outside, the...


Giant Bicycles / Bike Shops

650 Queen St. West 416.703.9990 Website
Giant Bicycles

Giant Bicycles has set up shop in what was once MissBehav'n, just a couple doors east of Palmerston on Queen. The international cycling company has transformed the storefront into a...


Silent Sports / Bike Shops

111 Doncaster Ave. Thornhill 905.889.3772 Website
Silent Sports

Silent Sports is not a shop you would ride by on your daily commute. Located just off of Yonge Street in Thornhill, this is a destination store. Doncaster Ave. is...



Bateman's Bicycle Company / Bike Shops

913 Bathurst St. 416.538.2453 Website
Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's Bicycle Company expanded from their original Barton St. shop in 2012 to this 2,000 sq. ft.location that used to be home to Bathurst Cycle. "We cater to all rider...


Sweet Pete's (Brick Works) / Bike Shops

550 Bayview Ave. 647.341.7271 Website
Sweet Pete's (Brick Works)

Sweet Pete's Brick Works location opened just three weeks ago, their new digs annexed beside Bike Works in a refurbished building nestled within the revitalized heritage site. "It's a great...


Lifer Tattoos / Tattoo Parlours

1769 Danforth Ave. 647.351.3923 Website
Lifer Tattoos

Lifer Tattoos opened its doors on the Danforth at the end of last summer, and from what I can see, the shop comes by its name quite honestly. Lil Mamma...


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 416.534.0184
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

790 Dundas St. West 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...


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...



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  • Seven Crowns Tattoo I just had an old tattoo covered up by Mike Beddome at 7 Crowns and am really happy with the results. I was told by others the old tattoo was...
  • Sonic Boom (Annex) I went to this store hoping it would be a great experience. Instead, when I entered I was treated to some odd, VERY odd music that sounded like a...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I am a regular customer with U-Haul at Lakeshore & the Parklawn dealership. without a doubt the best U-Haul experience i have had. I have used U-haul many a time,but...
  • Cycle Butik Hi, I'm looking for just handlebars, like bmx style? Do u sell just handlebars there and how much does it cost?
  • Flying Wheels Just took my bike to Vesko to adjust the brakes and they work great now. He's super nice and while he was working taught me a few things about taking...
  • Apple Self Storage Our experience with Apple Self Storage was exceptional. We were greeted by Cheryl, who answer every question we had. She was knowledgeable, polite, and very helpful answering all of our...
  • Grasshopper Records The prices are ridiculously high. The records are generally in bad shape.- lots of torn and damaged sleeves - my thirty year old albums are in better shape. Most of...
  • Tat-A-Rama Tattoo Shop grew up in etobicoke always passing the shop and even though it looks kind of shabby from the outside it does not reflect on the quality inside! Got my first...
  • Hoopdriver Stay away from this bike shop. The owner is arrogant, rude and talks to you like a child if you're not a bike expert. Do yourself favour and go to...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I am a very Happy Client at the U-Haul @2256 Lakeshore blvd w. the equipment was very clean and smelled very fresh. service was the best.I dealt with the agent Kyle . The...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I had such a great experience with my Truck rental at the New All Canadian Self Storage location on Kennedy Rd. You have a new fan! RK
  • All Canadian Self Storage We needed space to store extra furniture and personal items after moving a family member from a 3BR home into a 1BR apartment. After looking at several other storage places,...
  • Junction Guitars Great prices for easy repairs/ restringing. Fast, professional service.
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) Dollarama is okay, but it and similar big chains don't have to be on every block in every part of Toronto (and no, I don't hate Sonic Boom.) This article about...
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) Is that supposed to be a put down or something? 1. it is similar looking to an urban outfitters 2. Dollarama is the fastest growing retail company in the country. There's...
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) I think they were kicked out to make room for Bad Boy's furniture.... which is going into their space... I am guessing it will eventually close down by even after...
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) There is an elevator in the Robertson Building that will give you access to the lower level of Sonic Boom.
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) I hope there's an elevator down to the basement at this new location. Wheelchair accessibility was one of the things that drew me to the old location; it's a rarity...
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) You shop at Dollarama..
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) Too much stuff - I'll miss the one in Kensington
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) It looks like an Urban Outfitters
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) New home looks great!
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) That is an amazing store. I would definitely go out of my way for this store but fortunately, it's in the middle of downtown Toronto, so I don't have to...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I rented a uHaul 17ft truck from u-Haul & storage at 2256 Lakeshore Blvd W location.great service ,best U-haul experience i had. Clean truck ,and served my purpose very well. keep up...
  • Cycle Couture You might want to put a deposit down if you really want the bike. In all likelihood, they took an order in and sold them all and just forgot about...
  • Rotate This Love the place for access to fun times. Haven't been in a while due to life.
  • All Canadian Self Storage My Wife & I rent a self storage unit at 2256 Lakeshore W Staff and facilities are great, I have used other storage facilities in the past and they don't even...
  • 2Q Video The one on Queen closed down not too long ago I think.
  • Cycle Solutions Terrible experience. Arrived at store having already decided on what bikes to get for both me and my wife. Waited about 15 minutes for some service. When it appeared that...
  • Sweet Pete's I was a little leary when I first purchased my cyclocross bike there and especially when I walked out the door with the steering stem completely misaligned but they corrected...


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