A few weeks ago, while surfing the online entertainment sites, I somehow got looped into watching a video for Drake’s newest release – Started From the Bottom.
(I’ve linked the video instead of embedding it here because, let’s be honest, it’s Drake… and the lyrics are slightly explicit for delicate ears. Plus, I can’t understand half of what he says.)
Since it’s Drake and I have incredible respect for anyone from Toronto who’s made it to the big leagues, I paused to watch the video. In it, he pays homage to his days back in TO, including playing indoor soccer and working as a night manager at Shoppers Drug Mart.
After a good chuckle, I closed down the video and then took to Twitter to see what people were saying about it, because I’m curious like that. However, I was astonished at how many US media outlets were crediting “Walmart”, “variety stores” and “a Big Box Retailer” as the scene of Drake’s part-time job. DUDE! I recognized SDM the second I saw the uniform – never mind the tell-tale Life Brand product prominently featured by one discerning customer!
And so I did the only thing I could do – I set the record straight on Twitter. You’re welcome, Shoppers Drug Mart.
However, I soon realized that I was getting hot under the collar over a store that frankly, I hadn’t visited in months. How could a brand, so synonymous with Canadiana that I immediately recognized an employee uniform – have slipped off my radar for so long? I suppose, when it comes down to it, I’ve been lured by the convenience of the big boxes here in Canada; the chance to get everything in one place. And while I fill every prescription at SDM, I haven’t poked around there for quite a while. So, I decided to pay them a visit.
Yes, folks – it’s another installment of “Let’s Go Shopping With Lena!”
Ryder and I arrived at Shoppers Drugmart today to find the parking lot fairly empty – for the city, at 3:00pm on a Sunday afternoon – this was definitely not the norm. Doesn’t anyone get sick anymore? Come on, we’ve still got at least 4 weeks left in flu season! I’m thinking everyone was at home getting settled for the Oscars red carpet show (we were headed there immediately after our little pit stop!).
As soon as we entered the store, we were greeted by SDM’s HUGE cosmetics area. Without a word of lie, it seems even larger than the last time I popped in. With a wall of fragrances (very Sephora-ish) and a veritable cornucopia of beauty brands, a gal could literally spend hours here. Bonus points to Shoppers Drug Mart for carrying premium brands like Benefit Cosmetics, Givenchy, Chanel Fragrance, Lise Watier, Smashbox and more. Their very lovely cosmetician Kamilla was knowledgeable about makeup – and great with kids too! Ryder loved her.
Kamilla and I had an in-depth chat about eyebrows – which ended with me pulling out various pictures of my favourite eyebrow “looks”. You see, she had complimented me on my brows, but since I was just running to the drugstore, they were hardly groomed. Now I couldn’t stand it if she didn’t know just how awesome my brows are – when I fill them in, comb them in place and sculpt them – so yes, I whipped out a few iPhone photos. Yes, I may have issues.
Anyhoo, all this eyebrow talk made me realize that I was due for a new eyebrow pencil. Here it is, ladies! The pencil that makes the magic happen.
Next, I hope Shoppers Drug Mart is paying their employees well, because it seems like the entire store is on sale. I don’t envy the employee who has to affix all these sale tickets! Shelves and shelves with nothing but red tickets. If I knew that SDM had such competitive prices, I’d shop here more often. For real.
Included in the sale were Gerber Crunchies. Ryder, although he’ll be 5 in just over two months, is addicted to these things. To tell the truth, so am I – they’re like healthy Cheetos! But they come with a steep price tag – about $3 for a small tin. So as a general rule, I only buy them on sale. Looks like it’s Ryder’s lucky day.
Shoppers Drug Mart’s seasonal section takes on a distinctive “Hallmark” feel with their premium pre-wrapped confectioneries. The entire aisle is incredibly well-stocked and it took much bribing to get Ryder out of there without him adding Easter-themed goodies to our shopping basket. Not pictured: a steady rotation of 4-5 SDM employees who were continually stocking the shelves. Looks like Sunday afternoons is their scheduled re-facing of the store.
Finally, a picture of the place that made Shoppers Drug Mart famous: their pharmacy. There was quite the queue of customers before I left – thanking my lucky stars that I don’t need that particular service today. Stay healthy, peeps!
So, what did I learn from my impromptu visit to Shoppers Drug Mart?
1. It is a beauty and cosmetics mecca. For a wide selection of products at a variety of prices, it’s worth exploring. Will definitely return to spend more time poking around.
2. The sales are a-plenty, and throughout the store. Combine that with Shopper Optimum Points, and suddenly it makes a lot of sense to shop there.
3. If you’re looking for great service, go on a Sunday afternoon. There were quite a few employees on the floor restocking, remodeling and otherwise hanging around.
4. Shoppers Drug Mart is much cooler in my eyes since Drizzy dropped his track.
For more pictures of my trip to Shoppers Drug Mart, be sure to check out my Google + Album. Are you a regular SDM shopper? Why or why not?