A Day Off at Manulife Centre

Now that the holidays are behind us and winter has a firm grip on the streets of Toronto, we can’t think of a better time to take a day just for you. So call it in and come into town for the perfect day off at Manulife Centre. Check out our sample itinerary below:


9:45 am: Let us do the parking.

This is a day for you, so let us find the perfect parking spot. When you enter our parkade off Charles Street, head to our new Valet Booth on P1 to take advantage of our Complimentary Valet Parking.


10 am: Indigo for a coffee and a morning read.

Beach-read weather is months away, so make up for it. Grab a cup from the Starbucks on the top floor, a magazine from the stacks next to it and a seat somewhere in the store. If you’re lucky you might find a fellow talented patron tinkling the ivories at Indigo’s piano, setting the tone for a relaxing day.


11:30 am: Work out at The Goodlife

What better way to blow away the cobwebs than a good workout? Luckily we have a Goodlife Fitness onsite to help you get in your daily workout. Not a member? No problem. Ask for a trial visit and check out the chain’s best Toronto club ¾ and the only one with a pool.


12:30 pm: Lunch at Scaccia

This Italian sandwich bar is known for ¾ you guessed it ¾ its scaccias. And while you really should get one if it’s your first time there (we’re big fans of the sausage), the Nicoise Salad is also one of the best in town, and will probably sit a lot better in your stomach afterwards at the movies.


1 pm: Catch a flick at the Varsity

Go for a showing in one of the VIP theatres. Midday screenings are awesome and they’re the perfect way to get your Oscar screenings in before the award ceremony on March 4th.


3:30 pm: Treat yourself.

Get your hair done at Haartek or treat yourself to a luxurious facial at GRATiAE. Don’t forget to pick up some of their amazing products to continue your pamper day at home.


4:30 pm: Grab something to bring home for dinner

Bloorstreet Market’s prepared food section is pretty great. And pair whatever you get with something from the LCBO. It’s just down the hall.


5:00 pm: Redeem your two hours of free parking

It’s nice to get something back. And we’re happy to give it. Saving some money is a great way to cap off your perfect day off.


What would you do with a day off at Manulife Centre? Let us know on social media by tagging us @ManulifeCentre or using #BloorandBetter.

…And A Drug Store

Errands? In the winter? Ugh. You’d probably rather just stay cozy and warm under a blanket or curled up by the fire. Fortunately, we make doing what you have to do easy because Manulife Centre is one-stop get’er done. You can buy groceries from Bloor Street Market, drop off your LBD (that’s little black dresses) at Parker’s Cleaners, get Roy to fix your shoes, stock up at the LCBO and Indigo gift cards, and do your drug store run at Pharma Plus next door.

The thing about drug stores is that most people go in knowing exactly what they want. But if you take some time to look around, the product rage is actually pretty amazing. That’s what we did the other day at Pharma Plus. Here’s what caught our eye.


#5 KIT Argan Cuticle Oil

Winter’s been doing a number on our cuticles around here. We went looking for relief and came up with Rexall-brand Argan oil. 100% natural and paraben-free. And it absorbs really quickly so no mess. Fingers never felt smoother.


#4 Meet Matt(e) Nude

This eye shadow’s palette has nine (nine!) different shades of nude. This means that no matter what your skin tone is, you can find the right match — and go lighter or darker depending on your look.


#3 Be.better Oblipicha Hair Mask

This is another Rexall exclusive brand. We were drawn to the name. We’ve since learned “Oblipicha” means sea-buckthorn oil, and that we’ll be buying more Be.better in the future. They do soaps, sun care and a pretty fabulous beeswax.


#2 Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss

Most lip glosses are sticky. Not this one. Smooth and hydrating — perfect for winter chapped lips. Plus, it has the colour and vibrancy of a lipstick. We like the Deep Brown Berry.


#1 Marcelle Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer SPF 15

Better than a foundation because ¾ again ¾ winter. And this one banishes dry skin and provides SPF protection. They come in three to five shades you can mix to match your skin tone.



Wicked Workout Playlists for Every Mood

Bay Bloor Radio has some pretty amazing headphones in stock right now. And with GoodLife Fitness right upstairs, we see them in action all the time. Whenever we spot someone at the gym bopping to the beat or mouthing along to a song, we always wonder what they’re listening to. (more…)