Retailer Updates for June 2021

Per the move to Step 1 as of June 11th, 2021 at 12:01 AM, many Manulife Centre retailers have reopened and are ready to welcome customers for in-store shopping.

As of June 11 we invite you to shop at Birks, Indigo and Bay Bloor Radio in addition to the many essential retailers within the centre that remain open. Visit our Directory for a complete store listings.

As Manulife Centre is home to several shops that do not have direct street access, a handful of retailers will remain open for curbside pickup only until we enter Step 2. These retailers include Over the Rainbow, Bonny & Decatarina, Petra Karthaus and Ron White Shoes. We encourage you to show them support by shopping online until they reopen. In addition, Nirvana Home Collection has temporarily closed their showroom but they are open for online shopping by delivery only at this time.

In addition to the above, GoodLife, The One Eighty, Haartek and Cineplex remain closed per government regulations (however food from Cineplex is available via UberEats and Skip the Dishes).

Stay tuned for updates as Ontario reopens.

 


Kick Off your Summer in TO with these Outdoor Experiences

June is the official start of summer and with that typically comes big outdoor celebrations, cultural festivals and plenty of patio time. While things are a little different this year, there are still plenty of great ways to get outdoors. Whether you’re attending a farmer’s market or simply enjoying a virtual event on your balcony, the experiences we’ve shared below are bound to give you that summer feeling you’ve been craving all year.

 

Express your Pride

June is Pride Month and Pride Toronto has a stellar line-up of virtual events planned for their 40th annual festival kicking off June 1st. Explore their online Pride Guide to find events for the whole community ranging from educational to entertaining. In conjunction with their digital events you can experience a number of Pride-themed art installations throughout the city, as well as a virtual Street Fair and pop-up community connect programs. Grab an iced coffee from Pilot and take an art walk through the city to enjoy the weather and reflect on 40 years of Pride.

Take in a Concert

Bloor-Yorkville’s Summer Music in the Park is going virtual again this year with #BYLiveEdition. This year the music series will feature performances every other Thursday at 12:30pm (weather permitting), streamed from select venues throughout the Yorkville neighbourhood. The inaugural 2021 concert will feature the Chris Platt trio and will take place June 17th at 12:30 PM, streamed live via Bloor-Yorkville’s Instagram account from Eataly at Manulife Centre. Make it a complete experience by grabbing a quick lunch from Eataly via your favourite delivery service and dine al fresco on your balcony while enjoying the livestream for a picture-perfect lunch break.

Visit a Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s Markets bring the best of local produce to the city and they are one of the best ways to get out and enjoy the weather and support local during the current lockdown. One of our favourite Yorkville-adjacent markets is the Evergreen Brickworks Farmer’s Market which takes place every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Once you’ve stocked up on incredible local produce, finish off the rest of your grocery list at Independent CityMarket. Don’t forget to bring your receipt to Guest Services to redeem your complimentary parking with a purchase of $50 or more.

Dive into the World of Exotic Cars

The Yorkville Exotic Car Show has taken to the streets of Yorkville every Father’s Day Sunday for the last 11 years and the tradition continues this year with a virtual event streamed live on Facebook on June 20th from 12-5 PM. We can’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day than an afternoon spent in the backyard with some beers, a barbecue and the stream playing in the background – it’s the best of both worlds! If you want to enhance the experience be sure to check out Bay Bloor Radio‘s incredible selection of outdoor audio-visual equipment – from outdoor TVs to outdoor speakers that fit perfectly into your garden, you’ll find everything you need to make your backyard a techie oasis.

Celebrate the Solstice

June 21st is the first day of summer and there’s no better way to make the most of the longest day of the year by engaging in activities to help you connect with the earth. Start your day with an outdoor meditation, ease your way through the afternoon by settling into a hammock with a good book, tend to your garden or make the longest day last even longer with a backyard campfire under the stars. Whatever you choose, Indigo has an incredible selection of wellness products, books, garden tools and homewares to add a touch of style to your summer activities.

Join a Wine Club

Is there anything more summer than sipping a glass of wine on your balcony or backyard patio? Luckily Eataly makes achieving this idyllic scene easy and educational with their monthly Wine Club subscription. A subscription will give you three hand-picked bottles of wine each month and an invitation to a monthly virtual tasting event with Eataly’s on-site experts. June’s subscription theme is Island Wines the tasting event is on June 25th, leaving you plenty of time to sign up for a subscription.

 

While retail stores remain closed per government regulations, many of our retailers are open for curbside pickup or delivery via their online stores. For more information please visit our Directory


Get Creative this
Mother’s Day

While this year we find ourselves unable to celebrate Mother’s Day with our usual traditions like special outings and big family gatherings, Manulife Centre is here to help your make Mother’s Day special all the same. With a little creative thinking you can harness all of the magic of spring to make this Mother’s Day one to remember with help from some of our fantastic retailers. Spring flowers: check, incredible food Mom will love: you bet, and a look at the firsts of the season from fashion to housewares: always.

 

Something New

Eataly’s La Scuola is hosting a special virtual class event to celebrate Festa Della Mamma that is sure to make for a special memory with Mom. Register for the class taking place May 8th and learn how to prepare tiramisù with an Eataly chef live over Zoom. With registration you’ll receive a kit with everything you need to make your own dish that will serve up to 4 people, plus a bottle of bubbly.

Something Unexpected

Bay Bloor Radio has tons of great options for the Mom who loves gadgets, but we love the idea of giving the gift of Bose Frames Soprano Audio Sunglasses. These innovative sunglasses allow you to subtly listen to music or your favourite podcast while still engaging with the world around you – perfect for the multi-tasking Mom! Perfect for a safe yet motivational run or an afternoon in the garden. Better yet, through May 9th these sunglasses are on sale and include your choice of a bonus pair of lenses to allow for two looks for the price of one!

Something to Anticipate

Every Mom is deserving of a pamper session, but this year more than ever before every Mom’s in need of one. Put together a little at-home pamper kit with some special bits from Shoppers Drug Mart – we’re thinking face masks, fancy lotions, nail polish and, of course, their favourite bath products – and give them the gift of some “me” time. But most importantly, be sure to include a gift card for Haartek Salon as an IOU for an extra special pamper day when salons can reopen, giving your Mom something to look forward to and supporting a local business at the same time.

 

These are just some of the creative gift ideas and experiences that await you at Manulife Centre. Whether you’re looking thrill the cultured Mom with something unique from Indigo, delight the fashionable Mom with a new ‘fit from Over the Rainbow, or surprise the glam Mom with something special from Maison Birks, you’ll find it here at the corner of Bay and Bloor.

 

While retail stores remain closed per government regulations, many of our retailers are open for curbside pickup or delivery via their online stores. For more information please visit our Directory

 


We Transformed,
Just for You

At Manulife Centre, we’re all about making sure every experience you have inside our doors is a memorable one, and that philosophy has been at the heart of our transformation.

While we’re proud to show off our new look, we’re even more proud that so many fantastic retailers have joined us on this journey of transformation, creating memorable retail experiences to delight your every sense. While at this moment in time you’ll have to wait a little longer to experience all we have in store, read on to learn a bit more about how your favourite retailers – new and old – have transformed their spaces to even better serve you.

Bay Bloor Radio

This downtown audiovisual staple has been serving up some of the best sonic experiences in the city for 75 years and they haven’t stopped yet! While Bay Bloor Radio has transformed many times over the years, their recent renovations are definitely worth a visit (once it’s safe to do so again)! Complete with a totally reimagined headphones department – including a private listening room for higher-end models – and a spectacular new entrance off of Bay Street, you’re sure to be impressed. Renovations to the Concourse Level are still underway, but these should be ready for you to experience this summer.

 

Bonny & Decatarina

Bonny Satchels & Duffles and Decatarina leather are a match made in heaven in their new Concourse Level store. While they relocated temporarily during the redevelopment, their new store brings even more polish and personality to their already incredible selection of handbags, briefcases, luggage and travel accessories.

Eataly

New on the block, Eataly’s stunning 3-story space at the corner of Bay and Bloor is an experience unto itself – and that’s before getting into the incredible food on offer! Every corner of Eataly’s space has been carefully designed to create an authentic Italian experience in the heart of Toronto and we look forward to sipping Aperol at La Piazza once again, looking out over a bustling Yorkville.

 

 

Indigo

The flagship Bay and Bloor location of Indigo underwent a huge transformation in 2019 to bring you a perfectly curated retail experience featuring the best of books, music, wellness, home decor and so much more. With specialty shops within each store to help you find exactly what your looking for and a calming atmosphere one can only hope to achieve in your home, you’ll be able to easily find exactly what you’re looking for while discovering everything you never knew you needed.

Maison Birks

The Toronto flagship of the iconic Candian jewellery brand Birks underwent a massive transformation during our redevelopment. Their new store which opened in 2019 is accessible via Bloor Street and boast an incredible selection of Birks own designs as well as brands exclusive to select Birks locations, including a dedicated Van Cleef & Arpels Boutique.

 

 

Over the Rainbow

While Over the Rainbow has been Yorkville staple for decades, they opened new flagship store at Manulife Centre in 2019. Like their jeans, their presence here has been a perfect fit and we can’t love their store more. With their iconic denim walls flanking the store, impressively lit fitting rooms, an on-site tailor and plenty of space for non-denim fashions for men and women, this is a shopping experience you won’t want to miss when stores reopen.

Pilot Coffee Roasters

Pilot Coffee Roasters took over the coffee corner on our Main Level in 2019 and we’ve been loving their open concept, picture-perfect tambour wall and freshly ground beans ever since. Whether you’ve come by for a quick takeaway or to stay for a catch-up with a friend on the bench just outside (when  permitted, of course), a visit to Pilot is sure to brighten your day.

Ron White Shoes

Ron White revamped their Manulife Centre flagship location on our Main Level in 2018 with a fresh new look that is as luxe as the shoes you’ll walk out in. Step inside for a customer service experience like no other (once store reopen again following the current lockdown measures).

Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers is another new addition to the Manulife Centre Family and their fully-stocked store complete with Pharmacy and an unrivalled Beauty Boutique is your one-stop shop for self care. You can come experience this essential service any time!

The Wicket

While the Wicket relocated when our Bay Street entrance was under redevelopment, we’re thrilled to have them back in a new location. Stop by for all of your post office and lottery ticket needs!

Toronto Eye Care

Your local optometrist relocated to their current location early in our redevelopment into a fresh new space on our Main Level. With a large waiting room and separate optical that is twice the size of their original space you are bound to have a comfortable experience while you tend to your eye health.

 

While doors are currently closed for many of our retailers, we can’t wait for you to experience these transformed spaces in the future. Stay tuned to our blog and social media to learn about future transformations and new additions.

For a full round-up of current operations please see our latest COVID-19 retailer update and visit our directory for complete information. 

 


Retailer Updates for
April 2021

Per government regulation, as of 12:01 AM on April 8 2021, Manulife Centre will be open for access to essential services only.

Essential retailers include, Independent CityMarket, Shoppers Drug Mart, LCBO, Scaccia, Pilot Coffee, Eataly, Bay Convenience and The Wicket as well as dental services at Dr. G Szeto’s office and optometry services at Toronto Eye Care. Select non-essential retailers remain open for curbside pickup only until further notice, and active screening will remain in place upon entry to the centre.

 

Curbside Pickup at Manulife Centre

For quick and contactless pickup from non-essential retailers, simply contact the retailer inside Manulife Centre to place a curbside pickup order, either via phone or their online store.

When it’s time for you to pick up, enter the parking garage on Charles Street and follow the signs to P1 where you can park in any of the clearly marked spots. Enjoy 20 minutes of free parking while you wait to accept your curbside order.

Coming by foot? Arrange to collect your purchase from outside one of our entrances on Bay, Bloor and Balmuto Streets.