Guess what? There are currently four stores now open to serve your comics-buying needs this holiday season, and into early 2017!
TL;DR Version: The Beguiling @ 601 Markham Street will remain open under regular operations until December 31st. Starting January 3rd, operations will move to the new location (now open!) at 319 College Street. Little Island’s last day is December 30th. From January 3rd to 28th, 601 Markham Street and 742 Bathurst Street will be used to liquidate older stock (details forthcoming).
This past weekend we did a ‘soft’ open for our new shop location at 319 College Street to get the ball rolling on our big move next month. It was a success and a good handful of friends and well-wishers came out to welcome us to Kensington Market, which is super nice! We’re slowly stocking, curating, and arranging the shop to make it a great place to visit. Oh, and it’s an accessible space as well, which is great. 🙂
BUT! The ‘official’ opening isn’t until January 3rd, and the majority of the stock (including new comics) still lives at 601 Markham Street, and it will until that date. Afterwards all regular operations, including pullfiles, will move to The Beguiling’s new location at 319 College Street (and Page & Panel, for those that requested it). The 601 Markham Street Location will be used to liquidate older stock from January 3rd to January 28th.
As for Little Island Comics, we’re very sad to say that it’s last day of regular operations will be Friday, December 30th. At that point much of the kid-focused stock will move to Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop, 789 Yonge Street, which will hopefully become a great new home for kids comics in the city of Toronto. We can’t really say enough about how important Little Island was, and how much it exemplified our overall mission statement to broaden the audience for comics. We hope that the generation of young readers we served there will continue to love and cherish this medium, and we’ll try to keep serving them at all future locations of the shop.
Finally, we’re happy to announce that Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop (which is actually a completely separate shop, run by TCAF) is doing well and will be open for years to come. If you haven’t been in a while (or haven’t been at all), Page & Panel is a great space filled with a unique array of comics and book items, apparel, merchandise, and more. It’s not quite like anything in the city, we recommend checking it out.
Alright! Now that you’re up to date about what’s going on at all three stores in general, here are the Holiday Hours through the first week of January…
Until and including December 22nd: All stores operate on regular hours.
Fri Dec 23: 11am-9pm for 601, LI, and 319. 10am-8:30pm for P&P
Sat Dec 24: 11am-3pm for all stores.
Sun Dec 25: All Stores Closed
Mon Dec 26: Boxing Day! 10am-6pm for 601, LI, and P&P. 11am-5pm for 319
Tue Dec 27: Regular Hours All Stores
Wed Dec 28: Regular Hours All Stores
Thu Dec 29: Regular Hours All Stores
Fri Dec 30: Regular Hours All Stores. Little Island Last Day!
Sat Dec 31: 11am-6pm for 601. 10am-3pm P&P. LI & 319 are Closed.
Sun Jan 1: All Stores Closed
Mon Jan 2: All Stores Closed
Tues Jan 3: The Beguiling @ 319 College Street Grand Opening, 11am-7pm. P&P regular hours. Other store hours TBD.