St. John's & The Avalon: shopping
The best bets are the stores downtown, on Water Street and
Duckworth Street, and some in the Murray premises.
There are some indoor malls --- the Avalon Mall,
Village Shopping Centre and Mount Pearl Square. Also
Churchill Square and Atlantic Place, and a Zellers
near Torbay Road (on the way to the airport).
Also there are box stores on Stavanger Drive, Kelsey Drive
and in Mount Pearl.
Fred's on Duckworth Street and O'Brien's on Water Street offer the
widest selection of local artists, though other stores such as
Music World, HMV and SAM in the malls and even Wal-Mart are now
offering at least a
few local folk titles. Fred's has more of the local pop, rock
and alternative titles in addition to folk ones, while O'Brien's
has many hard-to-get folk titles, plus instruments and songbooks.
Old Victorian Shoppe/Breakwater (local writers, including my sister,
Mary Dalton) is on Duckworth St. They might now be
called Newfoundland Publishers' Bookstore or something like
that, and have more than just Breakwater books.
Afterwords (used, Duckworth St.)
Second Page (used, Topsail Road)
The Tickle Trunk on Water Street has some used books
Sylvia's Treasure Chest on Water Street has some used (maybe
some new too) books, also crystals, tarot readings, more.
Granny Bates Books. children's books. They have readings and
often music performances for children often, most often
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Bennington Gate is a fairly good bookstore in Churchhill Square
but (2008) may be going out of business.
The Downhome Shop on Water Street has some local books.
The Memorial University of Newfoundland bookstore is on the
second floor of the University Centre.
and some Coles and maybe Classics and W.H. Smith, in the malls, plus
a Chapters (with a Starbucks inside) on Kenmount Road west of
The Avalon Mall.
The biggest non-university public library is in the Arts and Culture Centre but
there are other branches. Also Memorial University has a well-stocked