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Props to Sutherlands Drugs

My first memory of Sutherlands Drugs was as a thief.  Yep, I shoplifted a candy bracelet at the behest of the delinquent babysitter of my 6 year old girlfriend.  The statute of limitations has long run out (right, Karan?  Right?).

Fourty years later, with twenty years of Vancouver living in between, I worked up my nerve to walk back in.

While Shoppers is gorgeous, and the Co-op meets most of my grocery needs, Sutherlands has knocked my socks off.

I honestly think it’s the most understated, awesome socially conscious store I’ve ever been in. I can buy…

  • My favourite fair-trade coffee, Level Ground
  • Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and deodorant (all natural!  no animal testing!)
  • Camino (cooperative) chocolate
  • Happy Planet juice (the founder of this is now Vancouver’s mayor, after being one of the original organic farmers)
  • and an incredible array of intelligent, quality magazines

What amuses and impresses me is that in Vancouver, a shop carrying such good products would be all slick and self-congratulatory.  Sutherlands has this completely humble look and feel as it quietly provides exactly the kinds of products I want to buy.   Hat tip, Sutherlands!

(posted by Nancy Zimmerman)

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2 Comments

  • Agreed! I love this store.
    The selection of sustainable goods is impressive for it’s size, the staff is knowledgeable about their products, and it’s locally owned and operated by a great family. Even though I’m a Shoppers addict I still shop here monthly for mags and gifts.

    Green Beaver is my favourite brand there; think Tom’s of Maine but Canadian.

  • Agreed! I love this store.
    The selection of sustainable goods is impressive for it’s size, the staff is knowledgeable about their products, and it’s locally owned and operated by a great family. Even though I’m a Shoppers addict I still shop here monthly for mags and gifts.

    Green Beaver is my favourite brand there; think Tom’s of Maine but Canadian.

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