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Drake General Store coming to Leslieville

The Drake General Store, the gift shop offshoot of Toronto's favourite (notorious?) boutique hotel, has spread around the city like woolly, kitschy wildfire since first opening in 2008. But though they've spread as far north as Yonge and Eglinton and invaded downtown Hudson's Bay locations with pop-up shops, they've never actually brought their retro Toronto tees and high-design home goods past the Yonge St. meridian.

Until now, that is: Good Neighbour, a brand-new shop coming to Leslieville, has teamed up with the Drake to give east-enders a general store all their own (obviously, that's not counting Leslieville Pumps, located right next door). The boutique, set to take over a converted house that was once a former Degrassi production facility, will include a dedicated mini-store for the Drake: "It's basically a little store within a store - the best of the Drake General Store as we see it," says staffer Sam Jalees.

The Drake imports will be appearing alongside their own selection of denim, footwear, home goods, and gifts; there's also a collaboration with Summerhill decor shop Love The Design in the works, though it's not yet known what that form will take. Look for a soft launch for Good Neighbour as early as this weekend.

Photo via Good Neighbour on Facebook.


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