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Subject: Hairy Tarantula Closing Downtown Store rss

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Chris Kovac
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I was visiting the Hairy Tarantula store in downtown Toronto and they told me they are moving out as of December since they are redeveloping the building. Lots of good memories and they most probably will have some good sale around Christmas.

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Matthew Goddard
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A shame. Most of the first boardgames I own came from that store. Walking up those stairs to, well I wasn't sure to what, and then opening up to all the games and comics.
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that's a shame. I can't say I bought many games there (maybe one or two) over the years, but losing a FLGS at a prime location always sucks.
 
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Dan Bradshaw
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From the headline, and not knowing the name of the store, I thought someone was shutting a store down because a tarantula was inside. It seemed a bit of an overreaction.
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There's still Hairy Tarantula North up at Yonge and Steeles.

Too bad, I'll miss the cats at the downtown store...
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I was there yesterday looking for some random games when I heard the news. I'm a shop with my eyes kind of person and hitting up the North store probably won't happen since I work halfway between Meeplemart and 401 and live in East York.

It's unfortunate because I've found titles there I haven't seen at the other stores mentioned.
 
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Mike Ellis
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cry Love this store!
 
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Matthew Goddard
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Too bad, I'll miss the cats at the downtown store...


Funny, the cats are why I had to stop going. My allergies would explode walking in and they would let the cats sleep and lie on the boardgame boxes that you were trying to browse.

My eyes are watering just thinking of it. cry
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Brian Hoier
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Yeah, it was a giant cesspool. Sorry, but it is true. I vacationed up there and hit 401, another shop, and Tarantula.

Hairy was up a shady looking staircase, had almost no signage outside (I walked past it when looking for it), was full of cats and litter box smell, was COMPLETELY cramped and had narrow "aisles" (I use that term loosely, more like paths through piled up boxes), was poorly lit... need I go on?

And thinking about it now... it was totally inaccessible to the handicapped. Is that even legal? Here in the U.S. Stores have to have a way for wheelchairs to enter and maneuver around.

You guys have some awesome shops, but that was not one of them.
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benevolentweasl wrote:
Yeah, it was a giant cesspool. Sorry, but it is true. I vacationed up there and hit 401, another shop, and Tarantula.

Hairy was up a shady looking staircase, had almost no signage outside (I walked past it when looking for it), was full of cats and litter box smell, was COMPLETELY cramped and had narrow "aisles" (I use that term loosely, more like paths through piled up boxes), was poorly lit... need I go on?

And thinking about it now... it was totally inaccessible to the handicapped. Is that even legal? Here in the U.S. Stores have to have a way for wheelchairs to enter and maneuver around.

You guys have some awesome shops, but that was not one of them.

Quoted for truth. One of the physically dirtiest stores I've ever been in over more than four decades of gaming (though the amount of dust and dinginess in their dark, basement North York location gives it a run for the money). Yes, the selection was usually good, but awful experience otherwise (and the staff was never what I'd call especially helpful). That store is a good example of why non-gaming folks roll their eyes at the hobby.

P.S. I am the staff for three cats so litter boxes don't normally bother me ... this store smelled.
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Brian Hoier
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Glad I'm not the only one who found it disgusting.

And I have plenty to compare it to. I've been to game shops in:
Orlando, FL
Ocala, FL
Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE
Minneapolis, MN
Fantasy Flight's store
Miniature Market's store
Sioux Falls, SD
Regina, Canada
Toronto, Canada

TRUST ME, this was the grossest. Period.
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The Hairy T was the first gaming store I went to when I first got into the hobby 11 years ago. I'm happy there are many other options now. It is a disgustingly dirty space. It's one thing to have cats in a store. I can live with that. I like cats. But the store was dirty and smelled awful. The prices were also a lot higher than other local stores, and it was so disorganized in there it was hard to browse.
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Luckily I can buy my games at 401 Games just a short walk North on Yonge Street or MeepleMart on University Avenue in China Town. Both are better lit and a lot cleaner.

I only went to Hairy Tarantula to buy some manga, but never trusted to buy anything else from there. The staff were rude if you asked them a question and the place was dirty and smelled awful.

With regards to the legality of accessibility here is the City of Toronto guidelines for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7ed9...

Hairy Tarantula may have an exception under the Ontario Heritage Act where it protects damage to Ontario Heritage buildings. That building... somehow... may be a Heritage building. However, the redevelopment indicates that it may be demolished or renovated to make it legal. Or more likely being replaced by a condo.
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I think I went in there twice - I found a used copy of Java there (they let me rummage in the back). They let me have it for one third of the price because there was a tile missing (which Rio Grande sent me)

I liked the "treasure hunt" aspect of the store
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Cabralicus wrote:
Luckily I can buy my games at 401 Games just a short walk North on Yonge Street or MeepleMart on University Avenue in China Town. Both are better lit and a lot cleaner.

I only went to Hairy Tarantula to buy some manga, but never trusted to buy anything else from there. The staff were rude if you asked them a question and the place was dirty and smelled awful.

With regards to the legality of accessibility here is the City of Toronto guidelines for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7ed9...

Hairy Tarantula may have an exception under the Ontario Heritage Act where it protects damage to Ontario Heritage buildings. That building... somehow... may be a Heritage building. However, the redevelopment indicates that it may be demolished or renovated to make it legal. Or more likely being replaced by a condo.


The building wasn't a Heritage building. The business was simply operated illegally in that regard, which is why it never had a fire exit, much less disability access.
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mightygodking wrote:
Cabralicus wrote:
Luckily I can buy my games at 401 Games just a short walk North on Yonge Street or MeepleMart on University Avenue in China Town. Both are better lit and a lot cleaner.

I only went to Hairy Tarantula to buy some manga, but never trusted to buy anything else from there. The staff were rude if you asked them a question and the place was dirty and smelled awful.

With regards to the legality of accessibility here is the City of Toronto guidelines for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=7ed9...

Hairy Tarantula may have an exception under the Ontario Heritage Act where it protects damage to Ontario Heritage buildings. That building... somehow... may be a Heritage building. However, the redevelopment indicates that it may be demolished or renovated to make it legal. Or more likely being replaced by a condo.


The building wasn't a Heritage building. The business was simply operated illegally in that regard, which is why it never had a fire exit, much less disability access.


AODA requirements are not final until 2020 I thought. It is more renovate to get there by 2020 or have an exemption in place for whatever reason.

Aside from that in a lot of cases storefronts are just renters, it is not their responsibility.
 
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Huh, I did not notice a sale or any signage and I was there this weekend. I did note that one area was stripped bare. I thought they were either renovating or had a "clean" play area.

They still have a decent collection of board games.
 
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sir benji
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The Hairy T was the first gaming store I went to when I first got into the hobby 11 years ago. I'm happy there are many other options now. It is a disgustingly dirty space. It's one thing to have cats in a store. I can live with that. I like cats. But the store was dirty and smelled awful. The prices were also a lot higher than other local stores, and it was so disorganized in there it was hard to browse.


It's pretty bad. I've bought a few games from there and there's sometimes a coating of dust on the shrinkwrap. I don't think they ever vacuum.

The prices are a little on the high side, but the price tags are very high. They have this continuous 20% (or whatever it is) discount though which they advertise as if it were some major promotion, when in fact everything is just permanently marked up by 20%.

Not a great shopping experience, though the staff I spoke to were helpful at least.

I get most of my stuff from 401 now, which is a great store but usually very crowded. For that reason, I prefer Meeplemart, but it's less conveniently located for me. Still, once in a while I make the trip and it's usually worth it.

401 just moved a few years ago for a bigger space, but I think they need to move to something bigger again...
 
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Add me to the list of people that won't miss Hairy T. They were the first local gaming store I tried when I first started gaming. (Although this account is new, I started gaming about 6-7 yrs ago. Just came back after a long break.) Fortunately I discovered nicer, cleaner stores with better prices here in Toronto.

The dust in that store really bothered my allergies (and didn't care for the smell of unchanged litter boxes - I have cats myself but their litter boxes need to be changed frequently.) I disliked the extremely crowded conditions. Their prices were high too. The final straw for me was when one of the staff put a leaflet with crazy conspiracy theories (and undertones of antisemitism) in my shopping bag. I've boycotted them ever since.

I much prefer 401 Games or MeepleMart for downtown stores.

(I don't care for Hairy T's North York store either - it feels like a dungeon and smells very funky.)
 
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Purrceys wrote:
The final straw for me was when one of the staff put a leaflet with crazy conspiracy theories (and undertones of antisemitism) in my shopping bag. I've boycotted them ever since.


It was this kind of content on their web site that led me to take them off my list of preferred game stores some years ago.
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Well, looks like they are having a closing/moving sale. Everything off either 20% or 50% only at the downtown location.
 
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