Retail Recap: Gamerama moves south, Oh! Original Hot Dogs launches in Annex, Village Ink and Paramount Fine Foods open in Yorkville

Gamerama Video Games relocated one block south, to Yonge and Erskine, in June after their former post of 21 years was rezoned for a condominium. As one of the last independent video game stores in Toronto, customers flock here to repair gaming consoles and to sell or trade new and used video games (2470 Yonge St., 416-487-5501).

The Village Ink is now open for business in Yorkville as the first tattoo studio to set up shop in the high-end shopping district. Founder and native of the area, Jonny Silverstein, stresses a collaborative effort between artist-designer and client, to ensure each customer receives a one-of-a-kind work of art that he or she can wear for life (101 Yorkville Ave., 647-343-4949). 

Paramount Fine Foods, a family-friendly restaurant that serves fresh halal food and authentic Lebanese cuisine recently opened in Yorkville. It will be the chain’s fourth location in Toronto and its 15th location in Canada. The menu includes a variety of middle eastern dishes like manakeesh and baklawa. Large murals with Arabic quotes span the walls on one side of the resto, and lead to an open kitchen in the back (1250 Bay St., 416-960-3434).

Lime Asian Kitchen is a welcome addition to the Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue neighbourhood. Executive chef and co-owner John Tan uses only the freshest ingredients and exotic spices in his authentic Asian recipes — like the black cod and tofu fries. The spacious modern resto features an extensive wine selection and an array of martinis, with enough seating to accommodate 60 guests (3243 Yonge St., 647-344-5463).

Oh! Original Hot Dogs recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Annex location. With some unconventional twists on an old North American favourite, each quarter-pound, redefined hot dog or “steamie” comes with a multitude of choice toppings and condiments. Plus, the joint’s funky graffitied walls and late business hours make it a great spot to hang out and an appealing alternative to T.O. street meat (406 Bloor St. W., 416-944-1164).

West Coast Kids is moving in on Bayview, where the old Moms to be … and More store used to sit. Former owner Karen Becker moved her stock out in May to make way for the chain’s seventh Canadian location, which she will now manage. It will carry high-end products for moms and kids of all ages. Becker anticipates the new store will officially open in September (1642 Bayview Ave., 416-480-2288).

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