LOVE : Best stores on our travels

Weekend:IN’s founder, Olivia, recently returned from an inspiring trip traveling from Toronto, through the east coast of the USA and finishing in Cuba. Whilst exploring the many cities, Olivia discovered so many amazing independent shops that deserve to be shared.

Drake General Store, Toronto

Drake General Store, part of The Drake hotel (also super cool!), describe themselves as ‘a traditional hotel gift shop, a classic general store, a flea market stand and a museum shop all rolled into one’. They sell everything from clothing to candles and one-off treasures to delicious food produce. Olivia couldn’t leave empty handed, so chose a yellow Woodwood jumper, a maple syrup pin badge (when in Rome/Canada) and some 3D letter stickers.

Good for: Gifts and cute bits and bobs


Antidote, Miami

Antidote is based in the vibrant district of Wynwood, Miami, the neighbourhoods cool vibe shines through in the store. Their use of pastel colours throughout the interiors and products is something we love (of course!). They stock tons of unique ethical brands, including one of our absolute favourites, LRNCE.

Good for: Statement colourful clothing


Cocktail Emporium, Toronto

A shop dedicated to cocktails, what’s not to love! Everything you need to create the perfect cocktail - tiki mugs, bar sets and shakers, syrups and a tons of recipe books. The shop is stacked full of goodies and definitely worth a visit. We wish there was one close to where we live to get us ready for parties!

Good for: Cocktail accessories you didn’t know existed


Color Factory Gift Shop, New York

You may have seen pictures of their blue ball pit and colourful exhibitions plastered over NY based Insta feeds! Color Factory is an art exhibition full of colour collected from around the city, their gift shop is at the end of the exhibition, so you’ll need to buy a ticket (but it’s totally worth it!). Their shop is full of colourful artist collaborations, including the best stripy rainbow pyjamas you’ll ever see!

Good for: Anything rainbow


Bird Brooklyn, New York

Based in super cool Williamsburg, Bird is Brooklyn’s premier fashion destination. The large store stocks the best luxury brands including A.P.C, Ace & Jig and Mansur Gavriel. Definitely a ‘treat yourself’ shopping trip! Olivia had her eye on the shoes and bags especially.

Good for: Good quality splurge pieces



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