Local to me here in Toronto is a great store called Valhalla Cards & Gifts. Its main trade is a wonderfully eclectic collection of greeting and post cards, most of which owner Chadwick Gendron designs himself. Accompanying the cards is a wealth of knick-knacks and paddy-whacks on the shelves; Pantone mugs, off-kilter children’s books (Go the F**k to Sleep, why don’t you?), board games, fridge magnets, note books, ect. ect..
Of course, the products that catch my attention are retro game themed. Here’s a couple of snaps I took of some while visiting the store:
Pac-Man plug-and-play video games
These Pac-Man plug-and-play video games apparently sell really well. Even though the joystick makes Pac look like he has an orange goiter on his face.
Space Invader candy
An arcade of Space Invader candy. What’s funny is that, back in its heyday in Japan, storeowners actually did move out all of their stock and installed all-Invaders arcades to ride the game’s immense popularity. Here, though, Snake Plisskin seems to be scaring the customers away.
Invaders side art
Even the side art on these little guys is great. Note the Pac-Man greeting card behind the cabinets.
Taking a trip to Valhalla is always pretty cool, with one never failing to find something they didn’t expect. The store is located at 791 Queen Street West in Toronto, with operating hours between 11am and 7pm on weekdays and 12pm to 6pm on the weekends. They also have a web store at ValhallaCards.com, as well the Twitter handle @ValhallaCards.
If you want to find out more about the history of the video games featured in these pics, consult your local Dot Eaters articles here:
The History of Pac-Man
The History of Space Invaders