Mike Cullen on Mags & Fags

Photo credit: Mike Cullen

A young public servant, Mike Cullen is also a regular contributor to (Cult)ure Magazine as a music editorialist. His passions include music, coffee, writing, travel and comic books.

There are many places you can go to get the this week’s trashy celebrity tabloid, the latest MixMag or any other number of periodicals, but my favorite in the city is a little hole in the wall with a lot of charm called Mags & Fags.

Mags & Fags is located near the corner of Elgin and Somerset Streets along Sens Mile. Their specialty is magazines and newspapers, but the store is much, much more than that. It is a store that brings people not only from community but from other reaches of the city (including myself) for their favorite periodicals.

Photo credit: Simon Schuck

Mags & Fags may be a local privately owned magazine shop, but it features an international flavour with magazines available in store from around the globe, including newspapers from some of the world’s largest cities. One can spend quite a bit of time browsing through the extensive racks of publications (I once spent nearly an hour going through just the music section alone!), and for the hard to get or find publications, the friendly and super knowledgeable staff are on hand to provide assistance.

Also available are a variety of cigarettes and cigars (obviously since it’s your traditional magazine and cigarette shop), and while I can’t speak for the selection as a non-smoker, I’m told that they are one of the best places in the city as well.

In recent years, the store has branched out in the gift card and small gift idea niches, giving them more pull for customers to come in, surprisingly without sacrificing shelf space. My friend Mel and I spent a few minutes perusing the blank journals and day-timers yesterday, drooling over the options and possibilities.

Mags & Fags is definitely worth a visit the next time you find yourself walking along Elgin Street, or find yourself in desperate need of the latest issue of OK! Magazine.

Thanks for the post Mike!