Well, I was excited to be invited to the grand opening of the pop up Drake Store in The Bay at Eatons Centre. It was surprising that the same indie gift store that inspired us to create a photoshoot would be paired with a mega-retailer like the Bay, but the Drake Store's vision and the Hudson Bay company fit together nicely. The Drake Store brought more fun, and eclectic version of Canadiana to the Bay. If I had to describe the store, I would use the word 'handmade'. Jay Pooley, a local architect who designed and hand made the displays and interior (no pre fabricated designs here, folks) met the challenge of a polished, indie look. I also met Joyce, one of the co-owners of store who was proud to have something for everyone, and watch the Drake Store grow to multiple locations. It's not every day you meet the talented people behind the magic. Oh also, tons and tons of bloggers and friends of friends arrived thanks to Dominka (digital media outreach extraordinaire.) So many creative people in one place.
Below are some awesome people with amazing style, and some of my favorite things.
|Salad bowl, heart to heart.|
Free drinks (my lemonade in the photo rimmed in sugar)
Clever gifts that set their own scene (with the camera just because...)
And souvenirs for the traveller at heart