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Postcards From...Mallorca

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 4 days, 14 hours ago

Drake General Store’s marketing manager Daniel visited Mallorca, Spain to rendezvous with his hubby working abroad.

Illetas Beach Postcards from Mallorca
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Design Icons: Meet Charles & Ray Eames

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 3 weeks, 3 days ago

In our first design icon post, we decided to begin with one of the most prolific and important North American mid-century modern design duos of all time, Charles and Ray Eames. Known for their celebrated furniture designed for the Michigan-based manufacturer Herman Miller, the husband and wife team believed that design is not for the elite, but for the masses.

Charles and Ray Eames
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Win Tickets to the Toronto Urban Roots Festival

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 1 month ago

Want to take in TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival)? Enter now to win 3-day weekend passes to the festival!

Toronto Urban Roots Festival
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Fare + Provisions: Rob Rossi Talks to Acquired Taste

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 1 month, 3 weeks ago

With Father's Day fast approaching, we're happy to share our latest campaign, Fare + Provisions with you. The collection includes an exclusive line of food, preserves and pantry items made by some of the city's top chefs. We've also partnered with Toronto-based food publication Acquired Taste to profile the chefs involved in the Fare + Provisions campaign + discuss their views on healthy eating, cooking for kids and the ceremony of family meals.

Acquired Taste had the pleasure of sitting down with the chefs (who happen to be father’s too), to discuss everything from cooking with their kids, to what it means to be a great dad. For our third interview we sat down with Bestellen’s very own, Rob Rossi. But considering Rob is not a father (yet), we decided to take a different approach and chat with him and his father Guido. The result is a hilarious conversation about picky eaters, Italian food culture and why Rob’s father is so proud of his son’s accomplishments.

Rob Rossi for Drake General Store and Acquired Taste
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Fare + Provisions: Mark Coster Talks To Acquired Taste

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 1 month, 4 weeks ago

With Father's Day fast approaching, we're happy to share our latest campaign, Fare + Provisions with you. The collection includes an exclusive line of food, preserves and pantry items made by some of the city's top chefs. We've also partnered with Toronto-based food publication Acquired Taste to profile the chefs involved in the Fare + Provisions campaign + discuss their views on healthy eating, cooking for kids and the ceremony of family meals.

In our second interview for our collaboration with Acquired Taste, we sat down with wine aficionado + maker of Coster's Prescription bitters Mark Coster to discuss his secret to raising good kids, what it’s like to be a dad when you work in the industry and why food culture is so important.

Mark Coster by Acquired Taste
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Introducing... Drake General Store Apothecary

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 2 months ago

Is it just us, or does finding the perfect bath + body essentials sometimes feel like an overwhelming + ultimately disappointing process?

Products either smell too sweet or too strong, aren’t hydrating enough or are so expensive that you might as well book an appointment with your facialist. Simply put, we weren’t wholly satisfied with the available options. Plus, we really wanted to use something that was homegrown. As a result, our team decided to come together to create a range of Drake General Store apothecary products that met all of our needs. After months of formulating, testing + re-testing, we’re happy to bring you the finished products!

Drake General Store Apothecary
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Fare + Provisions: Ted Talks to Acquired Taste

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 2 months, 1 week ago

With Father's Day fast approaching, we're happy to share our latest campaign, Fare + Provisions with you. The collection includes an exclusive line of food, preserves and pantry items made by some of the city's top chefs. We've also partnered with Toronto-based food publication Acquired Taste to profile the chefs involved in the Fare + Provisions campaign + discuss their views on healthy eating, cooking for kids and the ceremony of family meals.

For their first post, Acquired Taste sat down with The Drake Hotel's corporate executive chef Ted Corrado. Read their interview below + stay tuned to our blog as well as acqtaste.com for additional posts in the series.

Fare + Provisions - Ted Corrado
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Drake General Store Warehouse Sale

Posted by Daniel Okorn, 2 months, 1 week ago

It’s finally spring, time to update your wardrobe at Drake General Store’s Warehouse Sale!

This will be our first warehouse sale at our new space location at 201 Geary Avenue.

Come shop and save up to 70% off an amazing selection of salvaged furniture, clothing for men & women and a collection of curated curiosities.

Drake General Store Warehouse Sale
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