But I'm not here to talk about the Drake, I'm here to talk about the Drake Hotel General Store.
Located just a bit east of the hotel and bar itself, The Drake General Store is a tiny place, and it's not overstuffed. Actually it resembled a small local vintage shop more than it does a major biz (which, I suppose it is, in a way).
They stock adorable, kitschy housewares and gifts, and a few small vintage treasures. Stuff in Pendleton's Glacier Park print, which resembles the Bay's signature stripes, great little things like bird-head juicers (which I blogged about on the Chic page awhile back when I first saw them.) And while the stock is a little dusty and unassuming, it's definitely not cheap. Mid-range to high-end prices abound.
I often think about buying something at the DGS, but I rarely do. It's not that I don't like the it, as I said, I do, but my biggest beef with the shop is that it makes me feel uneasy. It's so small and so quiet, and whenever I'm in there, it's empty except for a cheerfully hip shop girl who ignores me (which I like) as I poke around. It's the sort of place that is so close and familiar, I feel guilty just touching things on the shelves, and I feel like I should apologise when I want to leave without buying anything.
Maybe the place just isn't for browsers like me. Maybe you have to go in with more purpose.
As far as reviews go, this is not so informing, I know. Nonetheless...
The Drake General Store
1150 Queen St W
Toronto, ON M6J1J3
* Photos of the Queen St. store from the DGS website.