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Shopper’s Diary: Drake Hotel General Store in Toronto

November 16, 2011 2:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Since opening in 2008, the Drake Hotel General Store (there are now two additional outposts of the shop) in Toronto has "played with the notion of taking the traditional hotel gift shop and reimagining it in a contemporary and varied urban context." The owners take inspiration from the classic general store, the museum shop, and the flea-market stand; to see the offerings, go to the Drake Hotel General Store.

Above: Each of the Drake outposts feature a neon purple cross that was modeled after the styling of European pharmacies; "it acts as a beacon, letting guests know that they’ve arrived at our cultural crossroads."

Above: A display of bags at Drake's recently opened 50/50 concept store.

Above: P'tite Poutine Bowl; handmade in Quebec; $24 CAD.

Above: Crocheted Cactus, hand-knitted by a Toronto artist; $28 CAD.

Above L: On the Road Flask made of leather and metal; $36 CAD. Above R: Petit Cafe Cup; $20 CAD.