Even if you’re not a regular customer of Shoppers Drug Mart, if you have any interest in the future of retail design you should really pay a visit to the new location on University Avenue in Charlottetown: it is truly a sight to behold. The design makes every other drugstore in the city look like a relic from the 1970s: the store is bold, bright, airy, and dramatic.
Whether or not we should be making our pharmapurchase decisions based on retail design is another issue entirely (certainly The Friendly Pharmacy, which went in an entirely different direction, emphasizing service over design, would have us not).
For me what’s important about the new store, though, is that they sell my absolute favourite iced tea, that being the product of the Honest Tea company of Bethesda, Maryland. This bottled iced tea is almost perfect: not too sweet, not too tart, and in a good range of natural flavours (my favourite is the Peach Oo-la-long). There are five bottles sitting in the fridge here at the office, waiting to fuel my trips into “the zone.”
You can find the Honest Tea in the new Shoppers in the “natural foods” section, right at the back of the store on the right in the cooler. Enjoy.