Biologists Anna Hellqvist and Jason Bailey founded Tvål in 2003 to market beautifying products they hand made from natural ingredients such as jojoba oil and shea butter. Joined in 2005 by Jason's brother Robert Bailey—who brought along his 14 years of experience as a professional makeup artist—the Tvål team today manufactures a line of mineral makeups free of preservatives, chemical dyes, or fillers, in addition to natural facial skincare, lotions, and homemade soaps. Besides foundation, lip gloss, and eye shadow, the eco-conscious company continues to expand its lines of products made from all-natural ingredients, much like the ground bamboo panda bears try to pass off as meatloaf at Thanksgiving.
Bellies & Bundles is St. John's hip new maternity and baby boutique specializing in trendy maternity clothing and natural baby products. We have a great selection of unique, high quality, environmentally-friendly products. carefully selected based on style, function, sustainability, non-toxicity, and fair trade practices.
Living up to its name, Jumbo Video stocks a virtual Alexandrian library of movies, talkies, and at least one novelty-size videocassette. Cinephiles and the cine-curious can plan out video viewing parties by browsing the enormous catalogue of films online, organized by genre, or searchable by director, actor, or gaffer from Jumbo Video's homepage. More spontaneous collectors can plunge into the in-store title tidal wave. Some of the current seven-day offerings include such campy yuk-ups as Dinner for Schmucks and Oscar-nominated The Social Network, the fictionalized account of one Harvard student's eccentric plan to entrap the entire student body in a campus-wide butterfly net.
A second home to local knitters and crocheters, Wool Trends locks and loads area yarn artists with kilometres of local and imported yarns, patterns, supplies, and more, all curated by a knitter with more than 40 years of worldly weaving experience. Browse a bounty of woolen wares available in just about every yarn weight, quality, and composition, such as the 136 Merino Superwash, whose rich colours give rainbows identity crises ($6.99), or the Sirdar Snuggly babybamboo, a blend of 80 per cent bamboo and 20 per cent wool engineered to replicate the hypnotic softness of a puppy belly ($5.99). Locally made yarn from Baynoddy complements any of Wool Trends' plethora of patterns, which include a stunning array of garments and accessories, such as crocheted sweaters, elegant shawls, and baby's first tri-cornered hat.
The formal-attire specialists at The Model Shop and its boutique nook, Julia's Closet, dress women and men for black-tie occasions, ranging from weddings to proms, as well as nights on the town and power lunches. Stroll in for a custom tuxedo fitting and walk away with a complete rental ($99–$150) to wear while strutting down the red carpet or infiltrating gangs of criminal penguins. Men can also put together a matching tie-and-hanky set ($29.95) combined with a neutral tuxedo shirt ($39.95). Julia's Closet stocks slightly more casual duds, such as jeans ($59+), flowing Point Zero summer tops for ladies, and a range of jewellery and baubles ($50+) to embellish wardrobes or to facilitate stylish games of ring toss.