Just Opened: Drake Hotel’s third General Store

Just Opened: Drake Hotel’s third General Store

(Image: Connie Tsang) 

The place: The Drake Hotel expands its General Store empire with its third location in as many years. The new shop is a partnership with the Toronto clothing line Shared (the designers Joyce Lo and Carlo Colacci are buyers for the General Store), which has occupied the King and Bathurst premises since last fall.

The stuff: Shared’s tissue-soft organic tees (this season’s collection sports magic-themed graphics) are still on offer, as is a selection of old-school Levi’s jeans and Cheap Monday plaid shirts. The staple General Store gift store tchotchkes are here, too, but the Bathurst shop focuses more on quirky accessories for the home—vintage measuring cups, juicers and light fixtures—than the Queen (giftware) and Rosedale (where kids’ items get more play) locations. Even the rustic-looking display cases and furniture are for sale.

The customer: Area condo dwellers looking to outfit their new pads with unique finds and ironic Canadiana.

Our favourite thing: Pendleton’s tartan wool blankets ($105), which come rolled up in their own leather holster for easy portability to island picnics.

Drake Hotel General Store, 82A Bathurst St., 416-531-5042, ext. 101, drakegeneralstore.ca.