TL;DR L.L. Bean has announced that it will begin selling products in Canadian department stores this year. L.L. Bean stores will follow in the next few years.
Canadians are, moreover, notoriously skeptical of American corporations that attempt to compete with their favourite institutions.
When Tim Hortons effectively became an American company, the public reacted with a fury rooted in a great sense of betrayal.
The latest American intrusion, however, is likely to yield mixed reactions.
L.L. Bean, the extremely popular New England retailer of clothing, home goods, and outdoor gear, has announced that it plans to further its expansion into Canada with items on shelves and, eventually, entire stores, according to The Globe and Mail.
Previously, Canadians had to order L.L. Bean items through the U.S. online store. Now, they may order through a newly-launched Canadian website here.
In the United States, "Bean," as those in-the-know call it, is famous for its New England-style apparel and durable products. Its flannel shirts, winter boots, wool sweaters, and sleak jackets have become iconic.
Its canvas bags are also ubiquitous.
But its image has greater connotations, too. Its items have become signifiers of class mobility, bourgeois leisure, and the New England intellectual elite.
Whether the Canadian wing of the Maine-based company will gain the same fervent following as its American counterpart remains to be seen. Canadians are protective of their domestic brands.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.