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.

Holiday Feasts at Manulife Centre

The holidays are synonymous with entertaining, but we know that sometimes we don’t have the time to be “the host with the most” between work, taking care of the kids, holiday parties and shopping for gifts.

That’s why we’re bringing you a recipe for a beautiful yet simple starter for when it’s your turn to host this holiday season. It’s elegant, light, and easy to pull together when you don’t have the time to prepare hours or days ahead of time. The best part about it? You can pick up everything for this dish right here at Manulife Centre – including the perfect wine pairing!

Festive Lobster & Lemon Dressed Greens

Serves 4

1 Bunch of Rapini, trimmed

1 Bunch of Asparagus, trimmed

6 Cups of Pre-Washed Spring Mix

8-12 Pieces of Shelled, Cooked Lobster, mix of claws and tails

 

For Lemon Vinagrette

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest.

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice.

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste.

3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

In a medium saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch rapini and asparagus for 2 to 3 minutes or until al dente. Strain and cool quickly under very cold water to maintain their bright green colour. Set aside.

Prepare vinaigrette. Simply combine all ingredients for Lemon Vinaigrette in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, toss spring mix, rapini and asparagus in lemon vinaigrette. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates.

Top each salad with 2-3 pieces of cooked lobster from Bloor Street Market. Serve with Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from the LCBO.

 


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.


Decked & Prepped

December is here, which means holiday celebrations galore! But with holiday celebrations comes seemingly endless to-do lists and shopping lists. Luckily, Manulife Centre’s one-stop shops and services have everything you need to get holiday-ready.

 

GIFTS

From fashion and electronics to all of your holiday hosting essentials, we’ve got you covered. Get your shopping done at Manulife Centre this season for an unmatched experience.

 

Gift Wrapping at Manulife Centre 

Give more with your gifts this season by having them wrapped here. Starting December 9th, Manulife Centre will wrap your gifts in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. For purchases not made a Manulife Centre, we are accepting donations of $5 (small gift), $10 (medium gift), $15 (large gift) or $20 (extra large gift.) Plus, receive complimentary gift wrapping for your Manulife Centre purchases. Find our gift wrapping station on the Concourse Level near Guest Services from December 9th – 24th.

 

ERRANDS

Mail your packages, drop off your dry cleaning and check all of your errands off your list. With many of our services all located in our Concourse Lounge, you can truly get everything done, all in one place.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking

Starting Monday, December 4th we are offering Complimentary Valet Parking in our parking garage! Simply enter our garage via Charles Street and follow signage on P1 to the Valet Services Booth. We will then park your car for you so you can tackle your to-do list without spending valuable time searching for a spot. As always, you can get 2 hours of parking free with a purchase of $25 or more at any of our retailers. Simply validate your parking at Guest Services on the Concourse Level before you go.

 

RELAX

Treat yourself at the salon or the movies, and enjoy a warm holiday atmosphere. With great places to eat and Toronto’s best movie theatre, a visit to Manulife Centre also makes for a relaxing holiday afternoon.

 

Holiday Entertainment

We are excited to welcome back to the Centre the talented a cappella trio from Countermeasure Music. On the following dates the trio will be roving Manulife Centre, singing the classics and spreading cheer!

Saturday, December 16th, 12pm-3pm

Sunday, December 17th, 1pm-4pm

Friday, December 22nd, 5pm-8pm

 

The Steve Koven Duo will also be on site during the holidays, this time in our Concourse Lounge. Catch them on the following dates:

Thursday, December 21st, 12pm to 2pm.  

Friday, December 22nd, 2pm to 5pm

Saturday, December 23rd, 12pm to 2pm

Sunday, December 24th, 12pm to 2pm

 

Happy holidays to all of our guests. We hope to see you at Manulife Centre this season, where you can get Decked & Prepped, all in one place.


Ready, Set, Holiday Event

The days have gotten shorter and colder, which means one thing: the holiday season is almost here! But with the holiday season comes shopping lists (and to-do lists) that never seem to end. That’s why on Saturday November 18th we’re inviting you to Manulife Centre to kick-start your holiday preparations and get on top of your errands & gift buying before the holiday panic sets in.

Our Ready, Set, Holiday event is designed to give you the opportunity to do everything you need to get ready for the holiday season – press your party dress, mail your holiday cards, shine your shoes, and get ahead on your holiday shopping – all in one place. From 12-3 we’ll even have a variety of activities and entertainment on the go in our Concourse Lounge. Cupcake decorating and colouring, complimentary hot chocolate and holiday movies, and even live music from a local a cappella trio will keep the kids entertained while Mom & Dad get everything done early, making this holiday season a total breeze.

So bring the family and join us on Saturday, November 18th for our Ready, Set, Holiday Event and tackle your to-do list all in one place. Convenience. That’s Bloor and Better.

Details:
Ready, Set, Holiday Event
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Time: 12-3 PM
Where: Manulife Centre, Concourse Lounge