Independent shops vs. chains in Montreal
Record shop - Achat et Vente = Buys and Sells
Montreal is more a place of independent shops than chains.. how different it is from New York City - you only have to search for all the starbucks in manhattan to see how truly overrun NY became.
There are still chains like subway (with it's 'ouvert' sign) but they are in the minority, same with Toronto where you are hard pressed to find a starbucks. Canada has rules about not allowing chains to open up there.