Jeff Stober, the CEO of Drake Properties, successfully launched the Drake Hotel in 2004, and later expanded the brand to create Drake General Store in 2008. While the store was once nestled next door to the hotel, it now spans over three-storeys in a beautiful building across the street.
Drake General Store is described as a “traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand and a museum shop all rolled into one.”
Here you're sure to find unique and Interesting items reminiscent of all the different aspects of Toronto.
Drake General Store Toronto sells everything from clothing (for men, women, and children), accessories, home decor, kitchen and bar, and beauty products, and even has its own coffee shop.
Each and every product is brought in to the store with the locals in mind. The shop is aimed at connecting individuals of Toronto with commonly loved characteristics of the city.
Nostalgia is the heart of this company.
The Queen Street West location is across the street from the famously known Drake Hotel.
While the brand's second location in Toronto can be found at 176 Yonge Street, in the lower level of the Hudson's Bay flagship.
Along with these store locations, Drake General Store has an online store with an abundance of products that you can browse through and order at the touch of your phone or computer.
Overall, Drake General Store has become a recognizable Canadian brand on its own.
There are three in-house collections that this shop Carries which are Drake General Store, Arborist, and Shared.
Other artists and designers that are found in the store are Canadian, as the Drake Properties focus on supporting individuals from Canada.