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Parkdale Platters / Music Store

1614 Queen St. West Website
Parkdale Platters

Parkdale Platters, which opened its doors for the first time on January 11, allows the neighbourhood's music lovers to hunt for records a little closer to home. Though Parkdale's gentrification...


The Black Pearl Tattoos / Tattoo Parlours

294A Danforth Ave. 647.777.2201 Website
The Black Pearl Tattoos

The Black Pearl Tattoos and Piercing is a tattoo shop in a hidden second-storey location on the Danforth. Chances are, if you live in this family-friendly neck of the woods,...


Rotate This / Music Store

801 Queen St. West 416.504.8447 Website
Rotate This

Rotate This on West Queen West has been a constant favourite of Toronto's music lovers for over two decades. Honest Ed's is on the way out, condos are popping up...


Soundscapes / Music Store

572 College St. 416.537.1620 Website
Soundscapes

Soundscapes, nestled in Little Italy between College Street Bar and a BMO at College and Manning, is a shop many consider a neighbourhood fixture. Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary...



Tonality Records / Music Store

2168 Dundas St. W 416.532.8808 Website
Tonality Records

Tonality Records, a staunchly indie record store, is nestled between Mojo Cycles and a vet clinic on Dundas West near Roncesvalles. And now just down the street from a newly...


Tiny Record Shop / Music Store

804 Queen St. East Website
Tiny Record Shop

Tiny Record Shop is tucked in the back of gift shop Token in on Queen East in Riverside. The shop isn't named like a 400-pound movie thug - it's actually...


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...



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  • Parkdale Platters moonshake - that's a typical record dealer response. If you are selling copies for $12 you are presumably buying them for less than that, right? And if you...
  • Parkdale Platters Was there today. Great guy, solid selection, and probably the most reasonable pricing in the whole city. Real rad.
  • Parkdale Platters Always great to see more record shops in the city. LOVE IT!!!
  • Parkdale Platters Everyone's wants and needs are different, and your point? You're into records?
  • Parkdale Platters pre-gentrification, the only reason to go west of spadina was for Rotate This and The Record Peddler
  • Parkdale Platters Agreed record stores have been along Queen West for decades
  • Parkdale Platters What does Parkdale's gentrification have to do with the lack of record stores west of Rotate This? Starbucks are usually a sign of gentrification (actual or impending,) but I've yet...
  • Parkdale Platters $5.00 is too much for Harvest and it's all over the place at flea markets and garage sales? really. -snickers- Negative Nelly. Cheapest I've ever sold one for is $12...
  • All Canadian Self Storage Annissa @ Weston did a great job arranging my locker for me. She was courteous and had a lot of knowledge of her product.
  • Parkdale Platters Really great joint - good stuff, reasonably priced. Reminds me of good old school Toronto used spots like Driftwood. I hope he can keep it stocked up though. Everybody I...
  • Parkdale Platters She Said Boom. North Roncesvalles. Hi there!
  • Parkdale Platters I will obviously check this out. But as an aside a used copy of "harvest", of of the biggest selling albums ever by a canadian artist, is certainly worth no...
  • Parkdale Platters Nice to see a store not just resort to pricing all their items at the median Discogs price. I wonder how long those places will stick around if they aren't...
  • Parkdale Platters Nice vinyl selection and his collection of t-shirts is really cool. Worth a visit.
  • Parkdale Platters Can't wait to shop here all the time. This city and the world in general can always use more record shops. Good things come out of record shops. ...
  • All Canadian Self Storage As a Mover for over 2 years, I've had dealings with a fair amount of storage facilities in my time on the job. All Canadian is by far the best...
  • Parkdale Platters cool, might want to change the "praxis gallery" sign?
  • Parkdale Platters Looking forward to checking this place out.
  • Sonic Boom (Spadina) Sonic Boom. Godsend. An education. Enlightenment even. This place is like the physical manifestation of the internet. Social culture.
  • Mike's Music I think Mike is my cousin...haven't seen him in a long time, but I recognize the family resemblance and I know he's into music. Maybe someone can let me know...
  • Queen Video (Bloor St.) I Was wondering if people can donate their old DVD's and video games to your store. If Yes please email me back at willhark2W@hotmail.ca
  • Centron Self Storage I am writing this review ,as last week i rented a storage unit from centron Storage.i was simply blown away by the service received.the building was very clean & inviting.The staff...
  • LP's LPs Yes, LP's LPs has moved to 2227 Dundas W. since August 2014. Same great selection, just more of it!! 7 days a week, 12 - 7pm
  • Exotix Studios Hi,I really want to get my nipple piercing for my birthday,was wondering how much it will cost to get that done?
  • For Your Eyes Only Went here last Saturday night. Everyone working there was in cocaine. A lot of sketchy people there. We left at a good time cause then we saw there was a...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I am a very satisfied customer at your Lakeshore & parklawn location. Lindsay.
  • All Canadian Self Storage Hey Folks, Use their service at the kennedy location, you will not be disappointed.
  • Tiny Record Shop This place is like Cosmos Records if it were an airport kiosk. They have a smaller selection, charge Cosmos prices and have some amazing rare collector stuff. Unlike...
  • Lucky 13 Tattoo Shop Lorena is a rookie when it comes to doing letters and words. She made a huge mistake on my friend by written the same thing twice. You can not read her...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I rented a unit at 1 Laird Dr. the service was simply outstanding. Great folk to deal with. Karen.


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