Ballistic Skate & Snow outfits customers with a gallery of name-brand skate and snowboard decks, clothing, footwear, and accessories. Peruse lengthy racks standing at attention against exposed brick walls for a rainbow of saucy graphic tees ($20+), luring out tops from brands such as Element and Volcom with a snack of fresh dryer lint. Adidas, DC, and Vans shoes in various hues ($50+) lounge on bare wood shelves while entertaining an extended family of fabric or synthetic Sanuk flip-flops ($40+). Customers can teach art appreciation to uncultured sidewalks with graphic-designed professional skateboard decks ($60+) and guard arms from attacks by jealous breezes with a range of hoodies ($60+). Mid-shopping entertainment, such as occasional sets from live DJs, accompanies clothes and gear in Ballistic's industrial space.
Maverick Sports & Collectables celebrates the enthusiasm of sports fanatics with apparel, bygone baubles, and souvenirs for athletic devotees of all ages, as well as games and dart supplies for home-generated recreation. A Sidney Crosby figurine ($16.99) prominently displayed atop a shelf or wedding cake proves a steadfast dedication to the puck-based arts, and duplicates of Michael Bublé trading cards can be crumpled and lobbed via slapshot into a Montreal Canadiens garbage can ($34.99). A DVD of Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story ($39.99) lends eyes and ears a howling icon to emulate and activates heretofore latent impulses to restock wardrobes with nothing but plaid suit jackets. Noggins clad in a Team Canada retro Olympic toque ($19.99) remain impervious to arctic winds, and a St. John’s Fog Devils pewter keychain ($5.99) keeps keys from absconding.
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.
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.