I finally made it to visit Toronto's newest independent bookstore yesterday (after two months, shameful), and I think one of the owners must have crawled into my head before designing their bookstore. Tons of light, tall bookshelves with lots of open space in which to browse, a great magazine selection and the books - a fantastic selection of new and backlist titles. It's my dream bookstore!
I picked up Blue Angel by Francine Prose and some book-related periodicals but the best was the 45 minutes or so of browsing. I didn't make it much past the fiction section, except for a small foray into the children's section and the science/nature section.
Two recommendations if you get a chance to visit:
1) Make sure you go to the kid's section and sit on the blue mushroom. Then find out where they got it and let me know! I think I just found a must-have item...super comfy.
2) Check out the scented pencils, especially the rootbeer one. (Hint: they're by the cash register) I think it's the first time I've found a scented pencil that smells like the real thing. (Thanks to my friend Jennifer who found them!)
Type Books is located at 883 Queen Street West and business hours are as follows: Mondays – Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sundays from noon to 5:00pm. I didn't make it downstairs into their gallery space but they currently have an exhibit of handmade books which sounds worthwhile.