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The Drake Hotel – Drake General Store #BackToSchoolForever #Giveaway

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DrakeGeneralStoreBackToSchoolForeverThe Drake.  You can’t live in the GTA without having heard of this iconic hotel. The Drake Hotel is known as a “hotbed for culture” in the heart of downtown Toronto.  Although I’ve often heard of The Drake mentioned as a popular spot to see some great live music, there is so much more to this landmark than just music.  Here you’ll also find comedy acts, art tours, film fests and….a General Store.

Yes, to my surprise, I recently found out that The Drake has their own “Drake General Store”.  In fact, they don’t just have one General Store…they’ve got 3 in the Toronto area.

“Since opening our doors in 2008, we’ve played with the notion of taking the traditional hotel gift shop and re-imagining it in a contemporary and varied urban context. By capturing inspiration from the classic general store, the museum shop and the flea market stand, we’ve worked really hard to create unique destinations for classic and modern goods and goodies. Each of our stores are filled with a sense of whimsy and nostalgia, which caters to the sensible and the not so sensible; travelers and neighbours alike.”


Take a quick peek at some of the photos on the Drake General Store website and you’ll see a store full of all kinds of wonderful unique gifts and goodies.  You’ll find “Canadiana” merchandise, Toys, Housewares, jewellery, clothing for the whole family, and so much more.  I wish we had a Drake General Store here in Ottawa.  It’s the kind of store I could spend hours browsing in.

Great news for those of us who don’t live in the Toronto area – the Drake General Store is online! That’s right, you can shop at the Drake General Store from the comfort of your own home.

With students ready to hit the books and get back to school, the Drake General Store is a fun place for students and parents alike to find great gear to make going back easier.  In their BackToSchoolForever boutique you’ll find everything from clothing, knapsacks, notebooks and laptop cases, to totes, books and more.

To celebrate the new school year, Drake General Store has teamed up with host Rants ‘n Rascals, and co-hosts Canadian Blog House and Journeys Of The Zoo to give away a great #BackToSchoolForever prize pack (valued at $250!) to one lucky winner!!  Here’s what you can win:

  •  A SHARED Traveler knapsack – ($128) 
  • Two SHARED Canada Tees – one charcoal, one white ($35 x 2)  
  • Field notes  – Expedition note pad ($15)  
  • New SHARED Lunch Bag – ($36) – Not even online yet. Fun, good looking,durable, water resistant bag.

This fantastic Drake General Store #BackToSchoolForever giveaway runs now until September 8th.  ONE lucky Canadian reader (sorry, this one is not open to Quebec residents) will be chosen at random from the total entries received from all three participating blogs.  Here’s how you can enter for your chance to win:


Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

  1. September 8, 2013

    Lisa A

    I like our routine being back to normal

    • September 9, 2013


      Me too, Lisa 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  2. September 8, 2013

    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    getting the house back to myself

    • September 9, 2013


      I’m sure there are many parents who look forward to that exact thing, Brenda 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  3. September 8, 2013


    Peace & least until lunch time.. 🙂

    • September 9, 2013


      Hehehe! And then….lookout! Thanks for entering, Sharlene!

  4. September 6, 2013

    lisa bolduc

    i love to get new clothes!

    • September 6, 2013


      Me too, Lisa 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  5. September 6, 2013


    I love the routine that comes with back to school.the summer’s fun but it’s nice to get back to being more organized.

    • September 6, 2013


      I would totally have to agree with what you have said, Jonnie!! Thanks for entering 🙂

  6. September 5, 2013


    back to school = crisp evenings + final lingering days of summer. My favourite time of year!

    • September 6, 2013


      So well said, webpossum! Love it! Yes, Fall is one of my fave times too 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  7. September 5, 2013

    Natalie D

    Back to school for me means learning new and exciting things.

    • September 6, 2013


      Great answer, Natalie…learning new things is what it’s all about! Thanks for entering 🙂

  8. September 3, 2013

    Wanda Tracey

    I love that when school starts and things settle down we actually have to know what day it is again.

    • September 4, 2013


      LOL Wanda!! Soooo true! Thanks for entering 🙂

  9. September 3, 2013


    Back to school means holiday season on the way, colder weather and more colors outside.

    • September 4, 2013


      Oooh…I like those choices, Kim 🙂 Esp the holidays and the colours! Thanks for entering!

  10. September 3, 2013

    Victor Goguen

    Getting the kids back into a routine.

    • September 4, 2013


      Routine is a popular thing amongst many of us, Victor 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  11. September 3, 2013

    Kim S

    I like the routine and having time to get stuff done in the daytime.

    • September 4, 2013


      Me too, Kim!! Thanks for entering 🙂

  12. September 3, 2013


    I love the excitement of starting new classes and all of the opportunities that brings

    • September 4, 2013


      It’s just like a fresh start, eh Natalie? Thanks for entering 🙂

  13. September 3, 2013

    Tammy Dalley

    I love the excitement and back into a routine, and back to school shopping of course 🙂

    • September 3, 2013


      All good reasons to enjoy this time of year, Tammy! Thanks for entering 🙂

  14. September 3, 2013


    Back to school shopping

    • September 3, 2013


      I would agree…I love the shopping part, blessedta. As long as the stores aren’t too busy when I go! Thanks for entering 🙂

  15. September 3, 2013


    Back to school shopping – new outfits, new supplies, etc. for me and the little ones! : )

    • September 3, 2013


      Hehehe! Love how you include yourself in the shopping, David 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  16. September 3, 2013

    Angela Mitchell

    I enjoy a little bit more peace and quiet around the house during the day with one less child. And we love the routine of getting out of the house for a walk to and from the bus stop.

    • September 3, 2013


      That sounds perfect, Angela 🙂 Enjoy that little bit of “peace” Thanks for entering!

  17. September 3, 2013

    Maegan Morin

    When I was younger my favorite thing was getting to see my friends again. We always spent the summer out at the cabin and we were kind of isolated lol. My son is going to school for the first time this year. He is excited to meet new friends.

    • September 3, 2013


      Wow…that sounds like a cool place to spend the summer, but yes, I would have been anxious to see my friends again 🙂 Awww…good luck to you and your son today, Maegan! Thanks for entering!

  18. September 3, 2013


    getting back into routine 🙂 and the kids love showing off ha

    • September 3, 2013


      Routine sure is a big thing for many of us, Beth 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  19. September 2, 2013

    Joy M.

    New stories from my daughter of fun times and friends and activities!

    • September 3, 2013


      Yes, I love hearing the stories also 🙂 They are great for supper conversation! Thanks for entering, Joy!

  20. September 2, 2013


    my fave is getting back into a MEAL routine

    • September 2, 2013


      Oh I would have to agree with that also, Pamalot. Seems that meals in the summer often get messed up with such a different routine. For us it sometimes means too many fast food meals 🙁 Thanks for entering!

  21. September 2, 2013


    The excitement and then the calm (at home)

    • September 2, 2013


      Ooooh…the calm 🙂 Perfect! lol Thanks for entering, Catharine!

  22. September 2, 2013

    laura M

    I like that its almost the second time of the year that you get a fresh start- second to New Years!

  23. September 2, 2013

    Maggie C

    showing off your new clothes!

  24. September 2, 2013


    I’m most excited about getting to use new school supplies!

    • September 2, 2013


      I used to feel the same way, Vivian 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  25. September 2, 2013

    Lori B

    i would say meet new people

    • September 2, 2013


      Oh I like that, Lori 🙂 Always great to meet new people! Thanks for entering!

  26. September 2, 2013

    Victoria Ess

    I love the structure it brings.

    • September 2, 2013


      Yes, I would have to agree, Victoria 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  27. September 2, 2013


    Excited that I’ll be doing more thinly things… that I’ll accomplish something

    • September 2, 2013


      More thinly things? Lol…must be my brain isn’t working this early in the morning, because I’m not sure what you mean, Kathryn 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  28. September 2, 2013

    Julie G.

    I like being able to take a shower – uninterrupted!

    • September 2, 2013


      LOL! Great answer, Julie!! Thanks for entering!

  29. September 2, 2013

    Cathy C

    I like that the family gets back on a schedule. By the end of the summer our sleep and diet is all messed up. We get VERY relaxed about them. By September we really need to fix that. Bittersweet.

    • September 2, 2013


      Yes, it sure seems that this back to school time of year is all about getting everyone back on track, Cathy 🙂 Bittersweet for sure. Looking forward to fall but hate saying goodbye to summer. Thanks for entering!

  30. September 2, 2013

    Rose Holloway

    me time 🙂

    • September 2, 2013


      Hehehe….I like your answer, Rose 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  31. September 2, 2013


    What is great about back to school is my kids getting back into a routine and myself too. My kids growing and learning.

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

    • September 2, 2013


      Great answer, Londia!! I would have to agree…I’m looking forward to getting back into more of a routine again. Thanks for entering!

  32. September 2, 2013

    Tammie S

    Back to school means a break for me lol 🙂

    • September 2, 2013


      That is SO true, isn’t it, Tammie 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  33. September 2, 2013


    Back to school means less shoppers in the day time hours.

    • September 2, 2013


      LOL! Very true, Cruiser! Gotta love that 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  34. September 2, 2013


    The best thing about back to school is learning new things!

    • September 2, 2013


      Now that’s a great attitude, kitblu!! Love it 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  35. September 2, 2013

    Tammie S

    Sweet give away:):)

    • September 2, 2013


      Thanks Tammie!! Don’t forget to answer the mandatory question to be entered 🙂

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