Fallin’ For It

It’s officially Fall in Toronto – the days are shorter, the evenings are cooler, and the leaves are slowly changing to their golden hue. While we’re sad to bid summer adieu, there’s plenty about Fall to look forward to. Here’s a selection of products from around Manulife Centre that we’re totally fallin’ for, and will help you embrace the season.

 

Fall Focus

Whether you’re back to school or back to work, Fall is a time to refocus after the excitement of summer. With stylish desk accessories from Nirvana Home Collection and Indigo, this Fall is sure to be your most productive season yet.

Products (L-R): Planter, Nirvana Home Collection; Planner, Indigo; Water Bottle, Indigo; Magazine Rack, Nirvana Home Collection

 

Harvest Celebrations

While we think of Summer as the time for fresh produce, there’s no denying that Fall is a time of bountiful harvest. Whether you’re stocking up on snacks for game day, preparing for Thanksgiving or picking up treats for Halloween, the best that Fall has to offer can be found at Bloor Street Market and the LCBO. We personally love the autumnal pairing of sweet potato chips and craft cider made from fresh Ontario apples – is there anything better?

Products (L-R): Ontario Craft Cider, LCBO; Sweet Potato and Beet Chips, Bloor Street Market

 

Lounge in Style

While the cooler weather means some of our favourite outdoor activities are off the table, what it also means is that we can spend more time doing the things we love to do indoors. For us that means putting on our best Ron White loafers, putting our favourite record on our turntable from Bay Bloor Radio and lounging in style.

Products (L-R): Loafers, Ron White Shoes; Record Player, Bau Bloor Radio

 

Autumn Hues

If there’s one thing we love about Fall, it’s the fashion. The warm tones, bold prints and classic styling that just scream “Fall” are all in store at Petra Karthaus. Whether worn to the office or out in Yorkville, this look will turn heads and leave you feeling chic.

Products (L-R): Trousers, Petra Karthaus; Leopard Print Blouse, Petra Karthaus; Suede Belt, Petra Karthaus

 

Deeper Dives

While summer reads are all about the light and easy, in Fall we love to dive deeper into bigger topics and longer tomes. We love the selection of non-fiction books and magazines at Indigo to satisfy this intellectual itch. If you’re having trouble reading the often smaller font, be sure to book an appointment at Toronto Eye Care and get a new pair of stylish specs.

Products (L-R): Magazines, Indigo; The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs, Indigo; Glasses, Toronto Eye Care

 

 


Spring is Here

As Winter continues to drag on in Toronto we’re desperately looking for the signs that spring is just around the corner. While we are having trouble finding them outside, inside Manulife Centre Spring is in full bloom! Check out some of our favourite products from around the centre that will fill your life with the spirit of the season until the weather catches up with our mindset.

Spring is Sweet

Easter Candy | Bloor Street Market
There’s nothing like the appearance of Cadbury Mini Eggs on grocery store shelves to mark the start of Spring. We love the whole selection of Easter treats on the seasonal shelf in Bloor Street Market, including these neon gummy bunnies. Stock up for your seasonal celebrations or simply grab a treat for yourself to enjoy the colours and flavours of the season.

Spruce up your Space

Umbra Woodrow Spruce Wastepaper Basket | Nirvana Home Collection
With Spring comes Spring Cleaning, so why not make the most of your annual decluttering by treating your space to a beautifully designed wastepaper basket. The Woodrow Spruce wastepaper basket from Umbra is not only a beautiful colour that will compliment almost any decor, but it’s an affordable and practical purchase that will serve you for years to come. Pick one up at Nirvana Home Collection and bring home something that will spark joy every time you dispose of unwanted clutter.

Succulent Fever

Succulents Tea Mug with Stainless Infuser | Indigo Books, Gifts & Toys
We all have it. There’s no denying the appeal of these easy to care for plants. But for those with the brownest of thumbs, it’s better to find other ways to achieve #PlantLady status. That’s why we love this gorgeous tea mug from Indigo. This mug will bring the outside in while we wait for the city’s foliage to return with an added bonus: you can’t kill it.

Step into Spring

Men’s Dilan Slip-on Sneakers in Jeans | Ron White Shoes
It really starts to feel like Spring the you can step out of your heavy winter boots and into your light spring shoes. These casual yet classy slip-ons from Ron White Shoes are the epitome of spring footwear and will carry you through sunny walks in Yorkville to brunch at The One Eighty. Pick up a pair at Ron White Shoes and be sure to take in their newly refreshed space while you’re there!

Spring Hues

 
Vincent Collection Floral Scarf by Anja Gockel | Petra Karthaus
With Winter (mostly) behind us it’s time to add a little colour back into our wardrobes. Petra Karthaus makes it easy with this bright and beautiful floral scarf that would make the perfect addition to your closet. These bright spring hues are sure brighten up any day. If you love this pattern as much as we do, be sure to visit Petra Karthaus on our Main Level as they have the whole collection in store.

Sunlight Savings

 

 

Dior Sunglasses | Toronto Eye Care
While the weather is not fully there yet, we have been blessed with several sunny days throughout March. It’s also officially Spring, so our days are not just sunnier, but they’re longer too. So how better to celebrate these longer days than with a new pair of sunglasses! Good thing Toronto Eye Care’s selection is second to none. This tortoiseshell pair from Dior are truly classic and will never go out of style. Find Toronto Eye Care in their new location on our Main Level next to Bay Bloor Radio.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is almost here and while some of us have had our plans sorted and gifts purchased for at least a week, many of us have only just clued in to the fact that today is, in fact, February 13th. With just one day to go, here are some of our best last-minute gift ideas that you can pick up right here at Manulife Centre, for everyone you love.

Timeless Classic

Want to go big this Valentine’s Day? Make your love swoon with a stunning piece from Birks. Jewelry is a Valentine’s Day go-to, but it needn’t have a heart pendant to say “I love you”. We are currently loving the Birks Gold & Pearl collection, which is a perfect pairing of classic elegance with modern styling. With it’s ability to go from daytime to evening seamlessly, we know this is a gift that would be cherished (and worn) forever.

 

Something to Savour

In love with a whisky lover? Treat them to a bottle of Bruichladdich scotch whisky that tastes as great as it will look on their bar cart. Described by the LCBO as “pale gold” in colour with floral, honey and dried fruit aromas, a palate of caramel, apricots and banana, and a light smokiness on the finish, The Classic Laddie has a little something for everyone. The unmistakable turquoise bottle and outer packaging makes it incredibly easy to find among the wide selection of whisky at the LCBO on our Concourse Level, making it the perfect last minute gift.

A Gift that Lasts

We don’t have a florist at Manulife Centre, but we do have the wonderfully stocked Bloorstreet Market where you can conveniently pick-up a selection of cut flowers and potted plants. Instead of a bouquet that won’t survive into March, why not pick up a beautiful potted orchid? Orchids are traditionally associated with love and admiration, not to mention that they can live for years or even decades! Just be sure to care for them and don’t panic when the flowers drop, as orchids have multiple blooming cycles.

In the [Girl] Gang
Looking for the perfect gift for your Galentine? Give her something that will fuel her self-expression like this amazing Feminist Icon Cross-stitch book. Cross-stitch and embroidery is having a bit of a moment right now, and we think this is the perfect empowering gift for any feminist. With this book, not only do they get to read about some incredible women in history, but they also get the gift of a cool new hobby! Pick up a copy from Indigo Bay Bloor and give this great gift with the request that they make you the one for your next birthday (because everyone needs an inspiring cross-stitch of Beyoncé on their desk to get them through the work day). It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

 

Sweet Nothings

What’s Valentine’s Day without candy? While chocolate is the more traditional option, when we think of Valentine’s Day we’re reminded of the candy hearts of our youth. So, give the gift of nostalgia this year with some sweet treats from Rexall Pharma Plus. For the full effect, we recommend pairing your candy gift with a novelty valentine – you know the kind. A simple gift like this one is sure to make the heart go all a-flutter!

No matter how (or to whom) you say “I love you” – from bling to blossoms and more – Manulife Centre has got you covered.

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Gifts for You

1. Dress, Petra Karthaus 2. Mother of Peal and Black Onyx Drop Earrings, Birks

Treat yourself this holiday season to the perfect party dress from Petra Karthaus. Polish your holiday party look with a pair of earrings from the Birks Bee Chic collection.

 

Gifts for Her

1. Black Onyx Pendant Necklace, Birks 2. Cherish Onyx Sparkle Boots, Ron White Shoes

Give her a gift she’ll adore this season. These boots from Ron White Shoes or an elegant onyx pendant necklace are sure to impress this holiday season.

 

Gifts for Him

1. Leather Backpack, DeCatarina Leather 2. Sonos One Smart Speaker, Bay Bloor Radio

This leather backpack from DeCatarina Leather will carry everything from a laptop to his gym gear all through the year. The Sonos One Smart Speaker will take his home (and music) to the next level.

 

Gifts for the Home

1. Glass Cloche with Copper String Lighting, Indigo 2. Mid-Century Inspired Chair, Nirvana Home Collection

Get your home holiday-ready with festive lighting and classic styling. Indigo and Nirvana Home Collection have a great selection of gifts for your home and your interiors-loving friends.

 

Gifts to Pamper

1. Soap Stories Salt Scrub, Gratiae 2. Eufora Styling Products, Haartek

For the beauty guru in your life pick them up a gift that will pamper from Gratiae or Haartek. Take these gifts to the next level with a gift certificate for their expert services.

 

Gifts for Health

1. Gym Membership, Goodlife Fitness 2. Protein Powder, GNC

Give the gift of #GAINS this holiday season. Gift a Goodlife Fitness membership to the family member looking to get back on the fitness wagon or give the gym rat in your life the some protein powder from GNC.

 

Gifts to Get Away

1. Carry-on Suitcase, Bonny Satchels & Duffles 2. Dior Sunglasses, Toronto Eye Care

Getting away this winter? Grab the perfect carry-on from Bonny Satchels & Duffles and finish off your jet-setter look with a fabulous new pair of sunglasses from Toronto Eye Care.

 

Last Minute Gifts

Looking for last minute gifts? Manulife Centre is the perfect destination for everyone on your list. From Indigo and Nirvana Home Collection to Rexall Drug Store and Best One Convenience, we have countless small gift options for your loved ones.


The Big Names Keep Rolling In

Fresh off the news that Eataly had chosen Manulife Centre as its first Toronto home, another known brand has followed suit. Over The Rainbow, Toronto’s premier denim shop, is putting its new flagship location here as well.

This makes us giddy for a few reasons. Firstly (and most importantly) their stuff is amazing. The jeans are great, naturally, and their knowledge about all things denim is arguably unmatched. But the real pot of gold is the attention Joel Carman and his team pay to accessories. There are beautiful belts, stellar shoes and – our favourite – a collection of funky socks. We’re especially drawn to the pair of sunny-side-ups (you’ll know it when you see it).

Secondly, it’s such an honour for them to have chosen us – after all, they’ve been kind of a big deal around here for 40+ years. In the ’70’s, when Yorkville was transitioning from hippie to haute, Over The Rainbow was one of the first retailers to move in and they set the tone for what would eventually turn into the centre of Canadian fashion.

For them to recognize what our redevelopment is going to do for the community – and to want to be a part of making it happen – is a huge vote of confidence for us, considering they were among the area’s trailblazers.

Thirdly, the attention they’re going to bring to the other family run stores around here can’t be overstated. Bonny for luggage, De Catarina for leather and Nirvana for home furnishings have all called Manulife Centre home for years; and we’ve been proud to give them a place to be. Now, with Over The Rainbow in the fold bringing discerning denim shoppers in, more Torontonians will get to know the small businesses that help create the vibe here at the corner of Bay and Bloor.

Over the Rainbow’s new flagship store is set to open in Manulife Centre towards the end of 2018. An artist’s rendering is included with this post.