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.
The Rooms' collections, exhibits, and outreach programs recount the history of Newfoundland and Labrador through multiple collections of art, artifacts, archaeology, architecture, and archives. Mirroring the architecture of traditional fishing rooms where local families once gathered to process their daily catch and thoughts about space-time, The Rooms' facilities—complete with panoramic views, multimedia theatre, and an atrium—play host to an array of permanent and visiting displays. Permanent museum exhibits surround visitors with the history of Newfoundland's original peoples and ecosystem. A current temporary exhibit sifts through the myths and facts of Fantastic Sea Monsters, exploring centuries of fascination with the watery unknown. Historic accounts, scientific studies, modern conservation efforts, and dramatic reenactments examine the stories behind Canada's local legends, maritime mammalia, and unexplained gargoyle population.
Maverick Sports & Collectables celebrates the enthusiasm of sports fanatics with apparel, bygone baubles, and souvenirs, as well as games and dart supplies for home-generated recreation. Pull over a lightweight MapleLeafs blockade jacket ($84.99), decorate an office cubicle with a Sidney Crosby figurine ($16.99), or shred unflattering Michael Bublé trading cards in a Montreal Canadiens garbage can ($34.99). The McFarlane classic hockey net ($9.99) equips junior leaguers to reckon icy alleys like pros, and the Don Cherry Rock'Em DVD ($21.99) lends eyes and ears a howling icon to emulate. Maverick Sports and Collectables also adorns little pucks in cuddly team garb, such as the St. John's Fog Devils toddler jersey ($44.99), finally giving grandmothers something to coo over during their weekly monster truck rally.
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.