Both Little Island and Beguiling to Close in Advance of Move to College St.
by BK Munn
Legendary Toronto comics shop The Beguiling announced today via its website and social media that it has found a new location and will be transferring operations there as early as December.
The new location is 319 College, just south and east of the old location at 601 Markham. Also a walk to the new spot, can take you past the original spot on Harbord! The new location is just a bit further from it than the current one. That’s only of importance to old Toronto comics nerds.
The announced move marks the end of years of speculation and rumour about what will happen with the store, since it was announced the block it’s been on for years, is to be redeveloped into a condo tower following the purchase of Honest Ed’s department store and surrounding property. The Mirvish family, owners of Honest Ed’s, were the landlords of the Beguiling and its sister store, Little Island Comics, located on the other side of the block at 742 Bathurst.
Both Mirvish Village locations are set to close permanently at the end of January.
From Beguiling owner, Peter Birkemoe:
The Beguiling: News About Our Move.
Over the past few months, many of you have asked just what will be happening with The Beguiling when Mirvish Village is shut down in early 2017. Well, we’re ready to share the first part of what comes next. Both our home at 601 Markham (since 1992!) and Little Island Comics at 742 Bathurst will shut down at the end of January, probably around January 28th. We’re currently making plans to say goodbye with a bang, and we look forward to sharing more details on that in the New Year. In the meantime, we’re currently setting up a great space on College at Spadina (319 College St., south side) near the top of Kensington Market. This new space is a ten-minute walk from our current location; it’s serviced by both the TTC’s College streetcar line as well as the Spadina LRT. It’s easily walkable, accessible by transit, and a great space overall. We’re excited to join the neighbourhood. We hope to open those doors at 319 College in a matter of weeks, with a selection of our current merchandise geared toward holiday shopping and specials.
Our legendary Boxing Week sale will still take place as usual at 601, but then beginning Tuesday January 3rd, all the full regular operations of The Beguiling will be handled out of 319 College St. That means: pull files and all new releases.
If you’re a pull file customer, you have two options:
1)Unless we hear otherwise, your pull-file will automatically continue at 319 College starting January 3rd.
2) If you’d prefer to continue to do your comics shopping on the TTC Bloor subway line, Page & Panel (the TCAF shop in the Toronto Reference Library) will start offering full pull-file service that first week of January. We want this transition to be as convenient and comfortable as possible for all of our customers, so just let us know.
We’re also happy to say that much of Little Island’s all-ages material will be made available at Page & Panel. There will be more news to come in 2017. As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to say thank you to the Toronto comics community, and to our many loyal friends and customers for your continued support. We’re excited to enter this next phase of the shop with you.
– Peter Birkemoe, and the Staff of The Beguiling