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Sonic Boom serves as a second home to music-lovers of all kinds, particularly to vinyl aficionados as it has the best record selection in the city. After moving their vinyl section from the back of the store to the basement and simultaneously creating a stage for free all-ages shows, it jumped to the forefront of must-visit stores for any indie music fan looking for a rare find or a great recommendation. The staff is helpful and friendly, which is a nice change from the pretentious attitude that is sometimes displayed at other record stores in the city. Open late every day, swing by to sell your used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, videogames, and even videotapes.
Blue Banana Market is a one-stop destination for gifts, souvenirs, greeting cards, home decor items, jewelry, fashionable apparel, toys and bath lotions. As soon as you enter this shop, you are greeted by boxes of animal-shaped jellies, hand-painted mugs and thermocol cups, bottled jams, T-shirts with pop art, party packs, colorful watches, scarves and socks. Racks of greeting cards and posters pop out in vibrant hues, making it hard to choose just one. Other items include gardening equipment, toys and board games, Indian diyas (lanterns), scented candles, candle stands, musical instruments, British and Canadian foodstuffs, gourmet coffee, books and DVDs. One can also find rare vintage treasures to create a unique gift. To extend your shopping pleasure to a loved one, you can purchase gift cards, which come without an expiration date in the amount of your choice.
The 'Food & Wine' magazine placed the St. Lawrence Market among the 25 best markets in the world. You won't find a better place in the town for fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Not to mention exotic foods from every ethnic corner. The historic St. Lawrence neighbourhood also has over 50 vendors offering some of the best delicatessens and restaurants in the city, with a wide range of speciality foods, deli meats, fish and seafood, baked goods and gourmet teas and coffees. Opening hours differ for the farmers market and south market.
Dr. Flea's Flea Market is touted to be the largest of its kind in the city. This weekend market was established in 1987 and features an indoor and outdoor shopping area. From collectibles to cosmetics, home products to clothing, comic books to records and food stalls to farmer's market, there is plenty to shop about. You will also find nail salons, hairdressers, bakeries, poultry and delis. With more than 400 vendors, you will get some great bargain deals here.