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 and Bundles owners Lesley Reid and Ashley Russell combine their twin passions for fashion and environmental sustainability into the products and ethics of their boutique. The duo recruits tops, dresses, and undergarments into their stock that are both practical and fashionable, such as wrap dresses by Ripe Maternity and casual wear by uMaMe. To ensure carefree wearing for mother and child, the shop eschews clothing whose fibres are made with chemicals, pesticides, or the help of Rumplestiltskin. While perusing the stroller-friendly boutique, moms are also welcome to take a break in the store’s nursing corner.
Through rich photographs and incisive articles from a wealth of contributors, each glossy issue of Home & Cabin explores the physical, social, and cultural minutiae of home and cabin owners in Newfoundland and Labrador. Articles in the quarterly's March, June, August, and December issues profile the businesses, builders, decorators, and landscapers that create the abodes, the individuals who inhabit them, and the structures themselves. The magazine's do-it-yourself pieces walk readers through projects such as room redesigns and floating-deck construction, and its eco-friendly tips encourage sustainable cleaning methods and uses for rainwater other than filling your basement shark tank.
As a provincial crown corporation, the Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation oversees the handling and distribution of alcoholic beverages throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Spanning 24 retail stores and more than 100 agency locations, the NLC provides these cities and outlying communities with beverages that help make parties rowdier, holidays more festive, and soccer games actually interesting. Unlike many other provincial liquor services, the NLC blends and bottles its own spirits, and is responsible for dispersing more than 125,000 cases of liquor. Additionally, the shops carry a multitude of wines as well as beer brewed locally and around the world.
Wicker Emporium’s product buyers scour lands near and far to find elegant home accents for their customers. The practice of travelling to different countries began more than 35 years ago, when the company’s heads joined the crew of a pirate ship to pay off a gambling debt. Today, in 20 stores across Atlantic Canada and Ontario, customers can still browse pillows, quilts, mirrors, outdoor accessories, and shelves imported from local manufacturers and international crafters.
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.