I just thought I would mention a little magic shop that is still going strong and is one of the most personable shops I have ever been to!
The Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto, Ontario Canada. If you have never been, you are missing out.
You walk in upon a small card table covered with a black velvet cloth given to the shop by a magician no longer with us. Jeff the magic shop owner greets you with unusual quirks and stock lines. A glass display counter runs the long length of the shop on your right and the left has ventriloquist items and juggling supplies.
The young guns envelope the table and the regulars often come with baked goods from a local shop.
People share tricks and a LARGE wall of books is found at the back of this humble shop. You can sit and peruse a book before buying it and often can receive a demonstration from someone in the shop of something in that book you chose! We occasionally see the local names in magic; Publishers, Working pros, authors, and on occasion celebrities such as Steve Martin! Stories of past magicians in the area are exchanged such as Dingle, Bertram, Willis Kenney, Vernon of course and on occasion a magician will come in with a little something unpublished that everyone seems so anxious to get a hold of.
Magic club meetings for those 16+ happen the first Saturday of every month and Jeff provides snacks and drinks.
Lectures happen often thanks to a couple names in the area bringing people such as Johnny Thompson, Lee Asher, Gregory Wilson, John Carney, Max Maven, and the list continues to grow.
This is my little shop I go to. And fond memories are being formed day after day!
What about your shop?