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The Drake General Store Stocked for Christmas

The Drake General Store Stocked for Christmas

As Canadians, it is part of the social contract that we must roll our eyes at Toronto now and then. However, with the Drake General Store at Hudson’s Bay in the Rideau Centre, Ottawa shoppers need to put this bias aside and go indulge in a little bit of Toronto cool.

fullsizeoutput_6d17Located on the main level of Hudson’s Bay in the south-west corner, the Drake General Store location really does have a shop-local vibe. Stocked for Christmas with the cutest and coolest in home decor, clothes, and gifts, you will find something for any birthday, house warming, baby shower, bar mitzvah, holiday or wedding you are invited to. That is to say if you can bear to give your new finds away.

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Founded in 2008, and with now 7 locations across Canada, the Drake General Store has made a name for itself by aggregating unique, high-quality brands and stocking its shelves with current must-haves and introducing shoppers to all the things they didn’t even know they needed  (i.e. every Arborist onesie.)

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The store is also packed with enough kitschy cool Canadiana to make even the most blasé Canadian patriotic. For example, at first glance you will find a “sorry” banner, a maple syrup can shaped pillow, a Mountie thermos and, my personal favorite, a children’s Canadian Snowbirds Jacket. With Canada celebrating her 170th birthday next year, you better start stocking up now.

Another hallmark of the Drake General Store is embracing its host city and featuring local brands. This past week, shoppers were greeted with cookies and refreshments from Ottawa gem, Little Jo Berry’s and a lot of Ottawa shout-outs throughout the store. From Ottawa-centric pennants, prints and banners, to local offerings such as preserves from the Lowertown Canning Company. All ready to go just in time for Christmas.

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