the big bad story
The Rad Zone was established by Paul "Monk" Muncaster in 1984, here in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. Originally as Radical Records (housed ontop of Bruce Street Hill) - Paul carved a niche out for himself as the leader in selling rare vinyl that couldn't be found anywhere else in Sault Ste. Marie. He was often taking trips to cities like Vancouver and Toronto... and bringing back punk and metal albums that weren't commercially available in other record stores.
The Rad Zone was also the first place that you could actually buy skateboards in the Sault. Fully stocked with safety gear, skateboard decks, hardwear, gear and accessories - it was instrumental in bringing skateboarding to Sault Ste. Marie in the mid-late 80's and early 90's. After moving space from Bruce Street to down on Queen and then to Dennis Street - The Rad Zone had matured into being known for the one stop shop for skaters and record collectors alike. Paul was always on hand to ask questions and would gladly take down products and start up hunts to find what was wanted.
Now located in the Wellington Square Mall on Trunk Road - The Rad Zone has expanded to house Hole In The Wall Books - a new and used book store with hundreds of golden finds ranging from SciFi to Fantasy to Fiction to Kids... and also The Rad Zone's Street Boutique - a clothing store centered on fashionable streetwear for both men and women. Still promoting amazing finds for vinyl and fully stocked skateboard equiptment as well as a huge selection of both new and used video games, systems and accesories - The Rad Zone is still here and has no intention of leaving.
A small staffed and completely independently owned and operated - The Rad Zone fully supports local musicians and skateboarders - and can often be found sponsoring and showing up to events.
If you need to get a hold of us - please give us a call or drop on in and say Hi.
Wellington Square Mall (625 Trunk Road)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada - P6A3T1
telephone: (705) 945-0911
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